Summer is around the corner, and if you are ideal holiday is to relax and enjoy the cool mountain air in a cozy homestay with simple local meals. Come home to Airbnb for an enchanting and relaxed mountain holiday minus the noise and bustle of typical holiday travel.
This homestay is in the ‘Lake District’ of Uttrakhand. Staying true to hill architecture, the house here is in natural stone and reclaimed wood, and comes with a resident cook.Tucked away in a forest, you’ll be close to the Naukuchiatal lake, but have easy access to markets , as well as recreational activities like boating, paragliding, treking, nature walks etc. It’s a hub from where one can travel to Ranikhet, Binsar, Mukteshwar, Ramgarh, Almora.
Getting there : Trains and buses (including Volvos) to Kathgodam (30 km away); then bus or taxi to Nakuchital.
Price : Rs 10,000 per night
The homestay is set in a clearing amidst 100 acres of untouched forests in Uttrakhand, a couple of hours away from Nainital is a 80 year old house in the Kumaon ranges. It has stunning views of Nanda Devi and the surrounding peaks on clear days.
With just 4 cottages spread across 120 acres, Nanda Devi in the distance, a spectacular ridge with a forest attached and a quaintly eclectic library, Jilling Estate is a favourite among bird watchers, writers and those looking for peace and tranquility.
Getting there: Jilling Terraces is 45 min Climb from Matial Village [Nainital District] Kathgodam is the nearest rail head, from Kathgodam. Its a 1hr drive up hill via Bhimtal to Matial Village.
Price : Rs 6500 per night
Junyali is a dream abode in the mountains where you can spend lazy mornings in the glasshouse with a 360 degree view of the mountains. Taking walks in the thousands of acres of Himalayan forests with quaint Himalayan villages, beautiful old houses and smiling faces.
And spend evenings on the homestay deck looking at the sun setting while sipping a glass of wine. Driving further into the plains takes you to the holy city of Haridwar for a dip in the holy Ganges and experiencing the spiritual side of India.
Getting there: Located about 20 mins from Mussoorie and 30 mins from Dhanolti.
Price : Rs 6200 per night
It’s a British-era bungalow/homestay nestled in a private forest estate in the Lake District of Kumaon,where the sound you hear is that of cicadas, crickets, and lots and lots of birds.Its great for walkers, birdwatchers, nature lovers, readers, writers, artists. Sat Tal, Panna Tal, Naukuchiatal, Nainital, Mukteshwar, Peora, Nathuakhan, Ranikhet, Almora, and even Corbett Park, are within reach for a day trip.
Enjoy the warm, personalised hospitality of the family, and their delicious home cooking, Indian, Continental, and Colonial. Breakfast in the verandah overlooking garden and trees, with a rich spread of home-made preserves, eggs to order, toast or home-baked bread, cereal, fresh fruit, and more.
Getting there : Trains and buses (including Volvos) to Kathgodam (30 km away); then bus or taxi to Bhimtal.
Price : Rs 3500 Per Night
Quite homestead, on the outskirt of Chandigarh,this is also a popular overnight stop for people who are heading to Amritsar and the Golden Temple. Kasauli and Solan are convenient day tours from here. Two separate Villas surround a large swimming pool set up in 5acres of garden over looking the Punjab country side.
On the homestay itself one can enjoy swims and go on nature walks to get close to peacocks, nilgais etc. A walk along the canal and a visit to the nearby village are also highly enjoyable.
Getting there: Ideal for those travelling to Manali using the new route via Ropar as opposed to the one via Chandigarh. It is just 45 mins away from Chandigarh.
Price : Rs 10,500 per night
With an interplay of private spaces (the bedrooms), semi-private such as the verandahs, balconies and courtyard and public spaces such as the fields, village streets, canal road coupled with warm Punjabi hospitality, The Kothi provides an unforgettable experience of Punjab’s village life
One can choose from the wide platter of the local cuisine. Garden fresh fruits and vegetables to sarson da sag & makki di roti straight out of tandoor.
The homestay is surrounded by lush agricultural pastures and is a stroll away from a canal. From the heart of the village, take a tour of the village and participate in the daily activities or travel the country side to visit heritage sites within an hours radius of the village.
Getting there : Gurdaspur is located 80kms away from Amritsar.
Price : Rs 6500 per night.
Tranquility in the Himalayas| Shimla
It was built as the holiday home of a Delhi couple with a lot of love and affection . The house is situated at a height of ~7000 ft surrounded by 150sq kilometers of forest reserve. This creates a sweet and crisp smell of pine in the air.
3 luxurious bedrooms, are on offer with a great cook ,strong mobile reception and satellite TV.Outdoor seating is available to enjoy the serene view of the valley below, as well as a bonfire at night.The best part about staying in the homestay is that it allows you to re-connect with nature, read , absorb and reflect.
Getting there : Driving time from Delhi is ~8 hours.The Kalka Shatabdi departs twice daily from Delhi. The house is then ~3hour taxi ride up from Kalka.
Price : Rs 7500 per night.
Itmenaan Estate is a fairytale getaway in a peaceful rural setting in the Kumaon Himalayas. The 10-acre estate includes virgin pine, oak and rhododendron trees; terraced fields laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables; and to top it all, a small private perennial natural spring.
During your stay ,enjoy mesmerizing views of Nanda devi , Himalayas and valleys. Fill your senses with the scent of the earth. Stare at countless stars that enlighten the night sky. Read, write or paint in the tranquil and scenic surroundings. Partake in invigorating farming, gardening and bee keeping activities. Take leisurely walks or challenge yourself on the trekking trails and enjoy sumptuous picnic hampers that accompany your explorations.
The estate is well connected to Almora, Mukteshwar, Jageshwar, Binsar, Bhimtal, Nainital and Corbett National Park.
Getting There : Itmenaan estate is at a 3 to 4 hours drive from Kathgodam.
Price : Rs 10,000 per night.
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