Meet the Founder/Owner of Duggal Homestay, Dehradun Vishvam Duggal. They as a family were always looking for something which could be operated by the family within Dehradun and when we got to know about the homestay scheme we felt why not give it a try when we are located in the city center in the land of God - '' Devbhoomi Uttarakhand ''.
Let's know more about Vishvam's story and see how did they cope up with the first wave of Covid-19 as a Hotelier.
HW: What inspired you to pursue a career in this industry?
VD: We were in the rental business for the past 20 years ~ Although it started with a single room in the early '20s which now is the most reviewed/Award-winning homestay in Uttarakhand within just 2.5 years.
We as a family were always looking for something which could be operated by the family within Dehradun and when we got to know about the homestay scheme we felt why not give it a try when we are located in the city center in the land of God - '' Devbhoomi Uttarakhand ''.
We started our Airbnb model with 1 room just for experience back in those days when homestays were almost a stranger to everyone. From 1 to 6 rooms it happened in 3-4 months and within 6 months we hosted guests from over 25 countries and started getting familiar and happy with this newly adopted hosting culture - India has been always a welcoming country for all and so are the people so we thought why not revive that culture back which seemed to have been weakened in previous years and after that there was no looking back.
HW: How did you cope with the first lockdown as a hotelier?
VD: As an owner of a newly settled homestay we felt it a bit challenging as just a month prior to the first lockdown we bought our taxi car for our guests to make their transportation and future travels hassle-free.
We did work on our property by engaging ourselves ( host family ) in decorating the interiors of the room, we planted approx 150+ plants without any outside support amidst lockdown for positivity and a green environment for our future guests.
HW: Any message you want to share?
VD: Be our guest once and experience the true hospitality for what the land of gods ~ '' Devbhoomi Uttarakhand '' is known for.
DUGGAL HOMESTAY is a great value option for short/long term stays where you are never a client but a family member. We as a family will help you settle into life in a new place and have the right room for your luxurious stay.