Indians believe in the maxim, 'Atithi Devo Bahava', which means 'Guest is God'. Read on to explore guest hospitality in India.


Perhaps, the one thing that is going to take you by surprise and also deeply touch you on your India tour is the warm hospitality of Indians. A ready smile on the face, always willing to go out of the way to help somebody, exuding genuine happiness upon meeting a person - these are some of the common traits you will find in maximum Indians. The Sanskrit adage, "Atithi Devo Bhava," meaning the guest is truly your god dictates the respect granted to guests in India. So it's understandable why the tourists visiting India want to come back again & again.

The hospitality industry in India is, thus, very strong. Even if you choose to stay in a hotel, all care will be taken by the management to make you feel at home. However, if you wish to know what real Indian hospitality is, then it will be better if you stay at the house of a native. If you already have a friend or an acquaintance in India, it's all the more better. Indians like to serve various types of tasty mouth-watering local cuisines to their guests. So it shouldn't be surprising if right upon entering a house you get aroma of sizzling vegetables.

Most Indians live in a joint family so often you will find the in-laws, uncles, cousins and others staying together. Saying Namaste to a guest is integral to guest hospitality in India and you can expect every member to greet you this way only. The womenfolk form the backbone of traditional hospitality. Apart from taking full care of all their family members, they never ever let a guest go away unfed or unhappy from their home. Indian women are great cooks and can scurry up delectable dishes in no time.

As soon as the guest arrives, the women of the house serve him water and then ask any preferences for food or drink. Infact, you will be surprised to find that even strangers on the road are so friendly and hospitable. If you ask them where a certain shop or place is located, chances are people will not only give you the direction, but also accompany you your destination, especially when the place is nearby. Indian people feel that their guests must be given proper warm hospitality, which certainly requires extreme care and attention.