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10 Best Homestays in Himachal Pradesh


What can be a better way to explore a new place than blending into their culture and daily lifestyle? And to do all of that more and more travellers are now opting for homestays as their preferred mode of accommodation in hill stations instead of hunting resorts or swanky hotels.

Staying in a homestay has its obvious perks. Apart from experiencing the local culture at its best, it is also a great place to devour some authentic cuisine and collect some fantastic stories. You can even get some amazing tips and inside knowledge of locations from the locals which may not be an option if you are staying at hotels.

Here’s a list of some heavenly home stays amidst the snow-capped mountains of Himachal Pradesh that deserve our attention and must be added to our bucket lists.

1. Khem Bharti Homestay, Tirthan Valley

10 Best Homestays in Himachal Pradesh-1 A lovely home located in the picturesque Tirthan Valley is where you must head to if you are looking for some respite from the maddening lives of the cities. Situated near the Tirthan river and encompassed by the ecozone of the Great Himalayan National Park, this homestay is a peaceful retreat amidst the ethereal beauty of nature. Khem Bharti Homestay gives a feel of living close to nature as every room of the guest house has rustic wooden walls as well as ceilings. You can go hiking, trout fishing and can indulge in a host of other activities while staying at the Khem Bharti Homestay.

Tariff: Rs. 1350. The tariffs also include the meals.

How to reach: The homestay is located in the village called Nagini and is at a distance of 60km from Mandi. It is readily accessible by local cabs from Mandi.

2. Kareri Village Homestay, Kareri

10 Best Homestays in Himachal Pradesh-2 The Kareri Village Homestay is a paradise in disguise for the travellers seeking tranquillity in the lap of Himalayas. This homestay is located in the Kareri Village in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh and is adorned by the sublime beauty of the Himalayan landscape. It is run by a local family and has a capacity of 10 bedrooms built over a two-storeyed property. The breathtaking vistas of the Dhauladhar range embellish this little hamlet and is also a great spot to indulge in some bird watching.

Tariff: Rs750 per person, includes meals

How to reach: Located at an hour's drive from Dharamsala, you can hire local cabs and reach the homestay.

Read: 13 treks in Himachal you must try

3. Bundla Tea Estate, Palampur

10 Best Homestays in Himachal Pradesh-3 Located in the lush abundance of Palampur in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh, the Bundla Tea Estate guarantees you a wonderful escapade. The added advantage of being surrounded by the vast tea estate makes this homestay one of a kind in Himachal Pradesh. The paragliding hub of India, Bir Biling is just at a half an hour drive from this location.

Tariff: Rs 2500 per night How to reach: Palampur is at a proximal distance of 35 km from Dharamsala and the nearest railway station is that of Pathankot located at a distance of 110km.

4. Woodvalley Cottage, Manali

10 Best Homestays in Himachal Pradesh-4 The Woodvalley Cottage in Manali is simply breathtaking. Located a little further away from the hustle and bustle of the main city, the cottage is home to lush green lawns that offer amazing views of the mountain ranges, a beautiful fireplace and cozy and comfortable rooms equipped with modern amenities. Tariff: Rs 4517 per night

How to reach: Located on the Bhutani Gompa Road, Aleo, Manali.

Also read: Manali travel guide

5. Lalkothi Retreat, Kullu

10 Best Homestays in Himachal Pradesh-5 Located in the Raison region of Kullu, is the Lalkothi Retreat at a distance of mere 24 km from Manali. An age old property dating back to 1941, the building is an excellent example of the traditional Kath Kuni style of architecture of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by the lush greenery of the mountains and amidst plum and apple orchards, the open lawns with river flowing alongside is a perfect place to soak up in the sun and simply relax. Equipped with modern amenities are the beautiful cozy rooms make Lalkothi a home away from home. You can also bring your pets here. The property is also home to an organic kitchen garden from where you can harvest your own fresh produce for your meals. Tariff: Rs 5,485 for a private room

How to reach: Lalkothi is located at a distance of 24 km from Manali and is easily accessible by road.

6. Darang Tea Estate- A Homestay

10 Best Homestays in Himachal Pradesh-6 The Darang Tea Estate is located in the Darang Tea Estate in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is a family run 70-acre property that celebrates 150 years of its existence. Situated amidst the vast stretches of tea plantations, the Darang Tea Estate is a treat to the senses with its breathtaking vistas of the Dhauladhar range.

Tariff: For tariff related information mail at darangtea@gmail.com

How to reach: The Darang Tea Estate is a 45-minuttae drive from Mc Leodganj and a 20-minute drive from Palampur. The nearest railway station is Pathankot and the nearest airport is Dharamsala.

7. Sanjiv’s Aira Home Retreat, Shimla

10 Best Homestays in Himachal Pradesh-7 Hidden within the breathtaking beauty and away from the regular verve of the city of Shimla is this paradise like abode waiting to be explored. Run by a couple, the Aira Home Retreat is a bibliophile’s dream come true. An ideal place to cozy up, read a book and enjoy the absolute tranquillity of the mountains. You will wish to never leave this little haven. The property is surrounded by lush Deodar trees and offers magnificent views of Chail and the adjoining forests. The attic is filled with books and the exterior is filled with flowers and vegetation. What more do you need?

Tariff: Rs 6000 per night

How to reach: Aira Home Retreat is located in Chotta Shimla

Also read: Places to visit in Shimla

8. Spirits Unplugged, Farm and Orchard Retreat, Karyali

10 Best Homestays in Himachal Pradesh-8 Located far away from the maddening hustle of the city life is this newly constructed property on a hilltop that offers so much more than its breathtaking beauty. The cottages are mainly built of stone and equipped with the best of modern amenities. A perfect place to gaze at the mountains, read a book, bring on the shutterbug inside you or simply relax, Spirits Unplugged is definitely the place to be this summer.

Tariff: For tariff related or other information contact them at contact@spiritsunplugged.com How to reach: Located in Karyali which is at a distance of 65 km from Shimla, the property is a mere 45 minutes drive from the city. You can readily access bus services as well as private cabs from Shimla to Karyali.

9. Raju’s Cottage, Goshaini

10 Best Homestays in Himachal Pradesh-9 Raju’s Cottage is apparently one of the most popular homestays in Goshaini. Located beside the Tirthan river, Raju’s cottage is a heavenly paradise for the mountain lovers. You can detox yourself, relax and bask in the absolute beauty of this perfect homestay during your stay here. You can go for hiking the mountainous trails of the region as well as engage in some fishing or white water rafting during your stay. Tariff: Rs 3500 for a deluxe room that includes meals. How to reach: The nearest airport is Kullu and nearest railway station is Chandigarh. Goshaini is also comfortably accessible by road from Delhi via Mandi.

10. 7 Pines, Kasauli

10 Best Homestays in Himachal Pradesh-10 A perfect getaway for the solitude and serenity-seeking traveler, 7 Pines is an absolutely delightful serendipity. Surrounded by the luscious green of the pine forests and breathtaking vantage points, this homestay in Kasauli is an absolute delight from the noisy humdrum of the cities. Tastefully done and equipped with modern facilities, 7 Pines offers gourmet cuisine, splendid hiking trails to discover and perfect spots to sit back and meditate or relax. Tariff: Single/ Double rooms are priced at Rs 9500 per day. Meals are charged separately. You can also take part in Yoga classes at an additional charge.

How to reach: Easily accessible by road from Delhi via Dharampur is Kasauli. The nearest village is Garkhal Village at a distance of 8.2 km from the property. Nearest railway station is Kalka at 50 km from 7 Pines. You may opt for private cabs from Kalka as well. The nearest airport is Chandigarh.

In fact, some of the homestays are pet-friendly so you can hug your furry friend and have a good night sleep in the rustic homestays of Himachal. This summer calls for retreats and what can be better than a comfortable yet authentic experience at one of these homestays. Happy travelling people!

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