Looking forward to your next holiday? Trust these government guest houses in India to make your stay special. By Karan Kaushik
India is an incredible land. From the classic Himalayan hill stations and the sandy Konkan beaches to the heritage of Rajasthan and the backwaters of Kerala, our beautiful country has lovely surprises for the seasoned traveller. What also makes travelling across this ancient, vast, varied, and magnificent country are the amazing hotels that each of its states is home to.
We have heritage properties, we have upmarket five-star hotels with world-class infrastructures, we have wildlife lodges and jungle camps, and we have gorgeous nature retreats too. And then of course are our government-run guesthouses and hotels that come with their own unmatched old-world charm.
Every state in India has a dedicated tourism department that is responsible for working toward the development of the travel and tourism sector of the state. And every tourism department has its own tourism development corporations. For instance, Rajasthan has Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation or Goa has the Goa Tourism Development Corporation, and so on.
These tourism bodies have built some amazing properties at popular tourist destinations in India. These properties include government-run guest houses, rest houses, circuit houses, lodges, hotels, and resorts. While these properties are a great choice for state and central government employees, they also offer comfortable accommodations for the common Indian traveller. The best part about such properties is their affordable tariff.
In this listicle, we have tried to feature some of the best and most-popular government guest houses in India. From the untouched valleys of Kumaon and Kashmir to the colonial charm of Goa, these properties are located in some of the most popular tourist attractions of the country.
Here’s a list of government guest houses and hotels in India that promise a truly memorable stay for you and your loved ones.
Government Guest Houses in India
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- KMVN Tourist Rest House, Chaukori, Uttarakhand
- New Circuit House, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh
- RTDC Hotel Kajri, Udaipur, Rajasthan
- Government Guest House, Alappuzha, Kerala
- MPT Betwa Retreat, Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
- PWD Rest House, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
- JKTDC Hotel Alpine, Pahalgam
- GTDC Farmagudi Residency, Ponda, Goa
One of the best properties of the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), this guest house in Chaukori is every bit gorgeous. Set against the snow-capped Himalayas, the property features cottage huts that are clean and cosy. Each cottage comes with a sitting area cum dining space, a bedroom, and a bathroom with a geyser and 24 hours hot and cold water. The cottages have glass walls that offer incredible views.
The courteous staff, lip-smacking homely food, and stunning views will win you over. They also serve complimentary breakfast. You’d love witnessing colourful sunrises and sunsets from this rest house. You can also request the staff to arrange room heaters at an additional cost. From the rest house, you can plan a short trek to the deer park, 2km away.
Where: R2PJ+XJ4, Pithoragarh Road, Chaukori, Uttarakhand
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Located on the outskirts of Kaza, the New Circuit House is one of the most sought-after places to stay in the Spiti valley. All you have to do is prebook your stay. Those who have stayed here have only nice things to say about the warm and hospitable staff and tidy rooms. The property is located near the helipad in Kaza.
The guest house offers 10 well-equipped and spacious suites. Located about 250 kilometres from the nearest airport (Bhuntar Airport), Kaza is a quaint little town that will captivate you with its simplicity and serenity. Popular spots include Key Monastery and Chandrataal Lake.
Where: 63H9+2G7, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh
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One of the most sought-after government-run properties in Rajasthan, the iconic Hotel Kajri is managed by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. On offer here are spacious and well-equipped AC and Non-AC rooms. The property provides all modern amenities.
It also features a multi-cuisine restaurant and a well-stocked bar with quality liquor. The food served here is delicious, to say the least. They arrange local sightseeing tours and excursions to popular spots like Haldighati, Nathdwara, and Eklingji. Other facilities include doctor-on-call, parking, driver dorms, laundry, and car rental. And did we mention their incredibly hospitable staff? Just too good!
Where: Shastri Circle, Corner, Ashok Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan
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This Kerala government-owned guesthouse is set amidst tranquil environs. It is located on the Alappuzha-Kochi highway, 2 kilometres north of the Power House Bridge near Kalappura Temple. The guest house serves as a comfortable stay for cabinet ministers and top officials.
It features well-appointed airconditioned rooms. The staff is extremely courteous. Reviewers on Google find it to be one of the cleanest government guest houses in Kerala. Their talented chefs will delight you with lip-smacking homely food. There’s ample parking space too. Bookings have to be made in advance.
Where: Popy Bridge Road, Kommady, Alappuzha, Kerala
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Madhya Pradesh Tourism has some of the best properties in India. Betwa Retreat is one of them. Nestled along the banks of river Betwa, this property features tastefully done heritage suits and cosy tents. Surrounded by lush greenery, the tents here are as luxurious as they come. They feature peaceful sit-outs, where you can enjoy your morning tea listening to beautiful bird songs.
The property is replete with a rustic charm, thanks to its traditional architecture. There’s a swimming pool too. The Chaupal or village-style space is perfect to enjoy those nights of camaraderie. When here, you may shop for local handicrafts and chanderi sarees at the government-run Mrignayanee outlet.
Where: Ram Mandir Road, Near Betwa River, Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
This rest house is famous for offering some of the best views of Dharamshala. Perched at the top of the hill station, the property overlooks the gorgeous Dhauladhar valley and has a bird’s eye view of the town. The rooms are spacious and the staff friendly.
Conveniently located on the Khada Danda Road, the rest house is at a kissing distance from the main market. The rest house has 15 well-appointed rooms. The lobby and dining hall make for great spaces to unwind. The food is good and won’t let you miss home. Their excellent staff deserves a special mention.
Where: 68CC+V3F, McLeodganj Road, Loharkadi Upper Sudher, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
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Next up on our list is JKTDC’s Hotel Alpine in Pahalgam’s Aru valley. The lovely property features tastefully-done rooms that gel well with the pristine surroundings. Each floor of the hotel has a different theme, which is evident in the furniture, style, and colour schemes.
Their restaurant serves exceptional Indian, Chinese, Mughlai, Punjabi, and seasonal fare. And their staff? Well, they are as courteous as they come. The rooms feature en-suite bathrooms along with necessary modern amenities like LCD television, intercom facility, and Tea/Coffee maker, among others.
Where: Aru village, Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir
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If you are looking for a lesser-explored destination in Goa, give Ponda a chance. Famous for its ancient temples, Ponda is a fresh departure from the crowded beaches that are quintessentially Goan. And, when in Ponda, try and book yourself a stay at GTDC’s Faramgudi Residency.
The beautiful property features elegant cottages with sloping roofs. Surrounded by a well-manicured garden lined with winding flower-edged pathways, the retreat promises a restorative stay away from the touristy bustle of Goa. It has an outdoor restaurant too, which serves delectable local fare.
Where: Opposite Pharmacy College, Ponda, Goa
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