Human Civilization is thousands of years old and the urge to explore a new land has always got the better of humans. Whether the purpose is pure exploration or chronicling a new civilization etc, travel and hospitality have been an integral part of our existence.

Let’s recollect a few travelers who had a profound impact on our present-day world.

  • Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) was attributed as Visionary, ruthless and neurotic, who stopped traveling only when mortally ill. He conducted 4 voyages across the Atlantic and is credited with having founded Iceland (though it’s debatable).
  • Ibn Battuta (14th century) who traveled more than 120,000 km and 44 countries. He offered a rare insight of the 14th-century Muslim world.
  • Captain James Cook (18th century) who circumnavigated the globe twice, visited all seven continents and crossed the Arctic and Antarctic circles. He is credited with finding Australia and New Zealand and building up the map of Pacific as it is known today.

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I am sure there are loads of other writers whom I have not named and before you start filling up the comment box with their names, let me move on to the main objective of this blog!

Presumably, you and I both love to travel but the problem that we face today is the lack of resources or the depletion of resources when we travel today vis-à-vis the times of Columbus’ or James Cook or Ibn Battuta. I don’t think they were aware/concerned about the rapidly depleting water, land, and other resources but in our times, Mother Nature is suffering a lot. However, the good part is that you are reading this blog and in the process, we are becoming more aware!

About BnBs:

Time for a bit of gyaan on the concept of Bed and Breakfast accommodations in India. So Bed and Breakfast scheme started in India before Commonwealth Games 2010 ie in 2006. It was estimated the number of rooms that would be required to accommodate the players, the fans, and other sports enthusiasts.


Cozy BnB run by a Retired Indian army colonel

Cozy BnB run by a Retired Indian army colonel

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0.1 million tourists were expected in the event.  The government of India went into a huddle and realized that they would require 30,000 rooms in Delhi. They realized that they were short of 10,000 rooms. Now it’s tough to build more hotels overnight so, the only way left was to convert the existing homes into hospitable properties for guests to stay. What could be more engaging than staying in an Indian home and being hosted by a warm and caring Indian family? So, the concept of Bed and Breakfast was born in India.

This is not the end. There was one more side to it.

Read how Maggie and Maureen enjoyed their stay in a BnB!


Why Mother Nature loves BnBs


Food for thought: What do you think is the cost of building a hotel room?


The cost of construction of one room of a commercial hotel is INR 35 lakhs. This figure was arrived on the basis of cost analysis prepared for construction of 129 room- hotel on Vasant Vihar depot in Delhi by DTTDC, the estimate of which came out as INR 45 crore (US $6,556,500.00). This figure excludes the cost of land.

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As an alternate option, consider registering a home as a Bed and Breakfast and refurbishing 5 or 6 rooms by fulfilling the basic requirements of a 3-star hotel room. The entire cost of such an activity might be a few lakhs at max. Now, compare that with the gigantic figure of INR 35 lakh for building one hotel room! This is beside the estimation of expenditure on extra water, electricity and sewage disposal.

Your chance to experience Incredible India in its homes

Your chance to experience Incredible India in its homes

Thus, if 1500 such BnBs rooms are built instead of as many hotel rooms, there will be a significant cost saving plus the option will be more environmentally friendly. If you look at it in the long term, cost saving shall run into billions of rupees!


Do you love Mother Earth and have you learnt the lesson?

Mother Nature needs you! Stay responsibly in a BnB and do your part!

Mother Nature needs you! Stay responsibly in a BnB and do your part!


Sadly you and I dont have a scope to travel irresponsibly!



Source of Inspiration:

Ambuj Saxena

Ambuj Saxena is passionate about all things digital! He likes to travel and explore new culture and places. He likes writing blogs and likes chasing people to make them read the blogs too! Of late, he has been concentrating on providing a social media strategy for a few travel and hospitality companies. His co-authored book, 'Indian BnBs: An emerging disruptor in the Hospitality sector' has received enormous response and has been adopted as a course book in Tourism and Hospitality courses in prominent universities of India such as Jammu University, Jamia Millia Islamia university and Ambedkar university. A 2013 Brand Management graduate from Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA), he has successfully executed various online and offline marketing campaigns for companies operating in Automobile, Fashion and Lifestyle, Travel and Tourism sectors as well as Government departments. He has provided consultancy to Hop On Hop Off (HOHO) Bus services in Delhi and helped increase its ridership. He participated twice in HULT Competition, an International Annual Case study contest, in Dubai to solve an issue plaguing the society through social entrepreneurship. Earlier, as a Computer Engineer graduate, he had spent valuable time working in TCS to hone his technical skills. He has co-founded BnBNation as he believes that Tourism and Hospitality is as much online as it is offline, and he can add value to both.


Dr GG SAXENA · July 11, 2018 at 7:42 am

Very good description of BnBs stay which may popularise Homestay concept in India. Ambuj Saxena is doing free publicity of Incredible India BnB scheme of Ministry of Tourism India and all 29 State and 7UTs Tourism Corporations and Boards. Keep it up Author Ambuj and also contribute towards softskilling of BnBs owners and staff. All the best

Lisa · July 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm

I don’t know nothing about India or the b&bs there, but it sounds interesting. Mother Nature on the other hand is a wonder and we’re lucky to have her! Love the quote you cited too; it’s very true!

Anne · July 13, 2018 at 9:09 am

B&B as we call them in the UK have been around forever here so it was quite surprising to hear that it’s relatively new in England. It’s a great way to enjoy a more authentic stay usually at very reasonable prices. I’d be interested in this definitely

Danielle Desir · July 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm

Had no idea that the Commonwealth Games inspired the concept of B&Bs in India! Super interesting!

Annemarie · January 7, 2019 at 2:49 pm

I had no idea BnBs in India were a relatively new thing. That’s interesting. Sometimes sports events can have a good impact for change within the tourism sector.

Medha · January 7, 2019 at 2:57 pm

I did not know that the concept of BnBs started in India during the Commonwealth Games in 2006, in order to accommodate the increased demand and balance the supply. That’s quite interesting! I have never stayed in a BnB in India though I have done that in many parts of the world. I guess to an extent I also worry about the safety aspect!

Yara · January 7, 2019 at 6:37 pm

Wow what a great history lesson! I had no idea that B&bs came to India so recently and especially after a major shortage in accommodation in Delhi. It makes sense that this is the pathway they took to solve the dilemma. Thanks for a great & information post!

Elizabeth · January 8, 2019 at 3:29 am

I have heard about countries lacking accommodations when they are hosting a big world event. Very interesting to know how they started in India.

Amrita · January 8, 2019 at 3:43 am

BnB is a wonderful concept and thankfully it is growing in India now. I always knew that BnBa are friendlier options, but well, I am quite shocked to see the amount spent on building a 3 star property. Hope the BnB culture grows in India!

Adrenaline Romance · January 8, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Definitely! When we travel, we need a place to stay. And the first places that come into our mind are BnBs (also called homestays in our country). They’re affordable and you can share stories with owners and other travelers. Some of the BnBs we stayed in even allow us to cook our own food—and we love cooking our own meals! 🙂

Christopher Mitchell · January 9, 2019 at 1:01 am

Good points here, I hadn’t even considered it from this angle! Nice little post!

Shreya Saha · January 14, 2019 at 2:03 am

I didn’t know commonwealth games inspired the B&B concept. I also agree it’s better to have more B&B’s than hotels. Cost saving and way better experience.

Tami · December 7, 2019 at 3:35 pm

I actually prefer staying in BnB’s anyway — much more authentic an experience and usually much less expensive. So glad to see that the BnB’s are encouraged rather than building new hotels.

Hairstyles Women · January 1, 2020 at 4:48 am

Wow, fantastic weblog structure! How lengthy have you ever been running a blog for? you make blogging look easy. The total look of your site is excellent, as neatly as the content material!

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