The concept is not that new but growing popularity of such accommodations is recent. In India home stay accommodations are very popular in Rajasthan, New Delhi, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Goa. the concept finds greater appeal in niche destination which are hall marked for sightseeing and cultural experience.
The home stay accommodations in Rajasthan and Kerala is more of a surviving tradition then rise of a concept. India is well known for the warmth and hospitality of its people. These places have some of the best accommodations which are well equipped and offer host services by the owners. Another advantage is that these lodgings can be established in remote places which are less viable for hotel industry.
The experience of the stay is unique with doorway opening up to understand new culture and society. The biggest benefit part from personal care is the direct involvement with myriads of cultures and traditions.