Sikkim bans homestay owners to lease or rent their establishment to any third party

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The government of Sikkim has implemented a new regulation prohibiting homestay proprietors in the Himalayan region from engaging in any form of third-party leasing or renting of their accommodations an official said on Tuesday. From now, Only the local entrepreneur owing the business will run and operate the homestay.

According to a recent advisory from the Tourism and Civil Aviation department of the state government, dated September 11th, it has been emphasized that in accordance with the regulations outlined in the 2013 Sikkim Registration of Homestay Establishment Rules, homestay proprietors are prohibited from subletting or renting their homestay units to any external parties. Homestay owners are strongly encouraged to follow to these regulations.


The Homestay Association of Sikkim (HAS) has gradually been demanding the ban on renting and leasing of homestay establishments to any third party and now the government have taken a significant step. Any violation in this regulation will be dealt strictly by the department. This decision, aimed at preserving the unique character of homestays and ensuring the safety and authenticity of the tourist experience.

Sikkim is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, diverse culture, and warm hospitality. The state has gained popularity among travelers looking for an authentic and immersive experience, largely due to its flourishing homestay culture. Homestays in Sikkim offer tourists a chance to stay with local families, immerse themselves in the traditions and customs of the region, and enjoy the pristine beauty of the Himalayas.


The recent decision by the Sikkim government to ban homestay owners from leasing or renting their properties to third parties has been met with mixed reactions. The primary objective of this move is to maintain the authenticity and quality of the homestay experience. By ensuring that tourists stay directly with local families, the government hopes to protect the cultural integrity and genuine warmth that homestays in Sikkim are known for.

Additionally, the government is concerned about issues related to safety and quality control when third parties are involved in managing homestays. By enforcing this ban, they aim to have better control over the standard of accommodations and services provided to tourists, thereby enhancing the overall tourist experience.

Pankaj Luitel is a graduate from Manipur University and loves reading and writing. At MountainEcho, Pankaj contributes to the content team efforts and regularly writes for our website

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