Work from Home with a View | A Quaint Home-stay in the Himalayas

Work from Home with a View | A Quaint Home-stay in the Himalayas
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With the Work from Home trend catching up like crazy in in the past few years, we have curated some of the best Home-stays in the Himalayas, where you can rent long term, without compromising on your Work schedules. These not only make for a nice escape from the city but also make for a great workstation with a view.

So, read on, shortlist your options, make a booking and be ready to head there. Just get your creative juices flowing and see your productivity soar. 

 

In and around Manali

TatSat Homestay | Naggar

Tat-Sat Homestay, a home that’s built with love and dreams is a Kathkuni style house – which is one of the ancient kinds of architecture and construction using igneous stones and wood. Nestled in a quaint village Chachogi – Naggar, the homestay is surrounded by Mountain ranges and canopy of endless Pine and Deodar trees, and is one of the best home-stays in Manali from where you can Work from Home in Manali. One could truly feel connected with nature.

The Homestay Tat – Sat, meaning “This is the Truth” lives by its name for they provide organic, homely and friendly environment. It has 6 beautiful wooden rooms, overlooking the majestic Himalayan ranges and a common room where one can relax and rejuvenate watching the dramatic colours of the sky.

Hosted by two sisters from Bangalore transitioning from ‘City Life’ to ‘Simple Mountain Living ‘, know the meaning of co-existence and friendship, which is also reflected in the homestay.
Mohini, a strong yet calm lady found her calling in the mountains after completing her teacher training Yoga course in Rishikesh. Her presence is captivating and will also teach several outlooks of Life.
Rajani – adventurous and inspiring lady, fell in love with mountains when she saw them first during her Mountaineering Course in Uttarakhand. She is an avid trekker and enjoys taking the guests for short hikes.

Tat-Sat Homestay is a part of Experiential Living Community, where one could learn and enjoy during their stay, and spending a few days at a quaint homestay in Manali such as Tat – Sat homestay is recommended in this 7 Day Manali Travel Itinerary as well.

The TatSat Homestay Work from Mountain experience

Location – Chajogi, Naggar, Himachal Pradesh 

How to Reach: Naggar is a town situated mid-way of Kullu and Manali on the Left Bank of Beas River.

3kms of an off – roading and adventurous ride from Naggar Palace, one can reach Tat Sat Homestay.

The best way to reach Naggar is by Road, it is 516 kms from Delhi. Nearest Volvo Bus stop is Patlikuhl and one can take taxi to Naggar

How to Book – Head over to Instagram , drop a DM to TatSat Homestay, and give my reference (Arnav Mathur from theETLRblog).

 

Flustern Hostel and Cafe | Naggar

The property is located in Naggar, [the heart of Himachal] just 30 minutes away from Manali.

“Flüstern” means “to whisper” in English. Our theme is all about meeting new people, talk, make new friends and create memories.

The property has a magnificent view from every private room and dorms. And the common room which is heart of the hostel, where all the new soul meets together and create the life time memories.  

Facilities – WiFi & power backup, there is a common room, Workspace for working from Mountains, and a reading room. There is also a beautiful apple orchard garden with birds chirping around and butterflies surrounding you. And a bonfire area where people sit and play guitar share their stories and make life time memories.

 

Location – Chhaki Village, Near Sarsai, Naggar – Manali Road, Himachal Pradesh 

How to Reach – Taxi from Patlikuhal can be taken to the property – it takes INR 400

If you are coming from Manali – take a direct taxi to the property – INR 800 – 1000 

Or take local public bus which takes INR 50 

How to Book – Head over to Instagram , drop a DM to Flustern Hostel and Cafe, and give my reference (Arnav Mathur from theETLRblog). Or Book your stay by clicking here.

 

Naggarville

Located about 100 metres from Naggar Castle and the Post Office, Naggarville gives travellers access to nearby cafes and markets while still keeping them away from all the chaos in the town. 

There is a garden superseding the house where the guests can soak in the sun during the day. If you happen to book the mountain view rooms, you’ll be waking up to panoramic views of the snow capped peaks of the mighty Himalayas. 

The kitchen is fully equipped with all modern amenities and equipment, making it an ideal location to stay and work from the mountains. 

Location – Naggar, Himachal Pradesh 

How to book – Book it on AirBnB 

 

The Bunker – Burwa

The drive up the Bunker Burwa is just magical, with every passing minute the majestic mountains keep coming closer. And the view from the hostel is just WOW! Snow clad mountains on three sides and set in the middle of a blooming orchard; this place is a slice of heaven away from the hustle and bustle of Manali.

The Bunker Burwa, is away from the chaos of main Manali, in a relatively quiet surrounding, making it a preferred location to Work from Home in Manali.

Location – Burwa, Near Manali, Himachal Pradesh 

How to Reach – To reach Burwa you will need to reach main Manali and take a cab to The Bunker Burwa, which is 7 kms from the Volvo bus stand on the Leh highway. If you are coming from Old Manali, you can take the inner link road that gets you to Burwa in 20 mins. Bhuntar, 1 hour from Manali is the nearest airport.

How to Book – Book your stay at The Bunker Burwa by clicking here.

 

Orchards House – The Hidden Tribe

Recommended by Zinara from NatnZin

Orchards House is a beautiful homestay in Manali. It’s tucked inside the village of Old Manali with views of the guardian Himalayas. As the name suggests, apple orchards surround the well-maintained garden dressed in peeping marigolds and colorful roses. The homestay’s in-house café, dishes up delicious snacks, local Himachali breakfasts and warm cups of muddy-coloured chai.

Orchards House is a quick auto rickshaw (costs about 200 Indian rupees) ride away from the main bus terminal in Manali. While Manali has become touristy over the years, the homestay remains calm and quiet as it sits in a pristine corner of the village. There are many eateries and hipster cafes on the main road as well.

For those who love trekking, several trails lead up to the far away hills clad in deodar forests. (PS – If you are going to be trekking for the first time, then do check out this helpful Guide for the First Time Trekkers)

The homestay is run by a couple of guys from Delhi and the staff at the place is super friendly. It’s not only a gorgeous, homely place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, it’s also the perfect long-term stay in the Himalayas.

Location – Manali, Himachal Pradesh

How to Book – You can book Orchards House by clicking here or contact them via: +91 98735 99432.

How to Reach Manali – The best and the most cost effective way to reach Manali is by getting on an overnight AC Volvo as it is well connected to the two major hubs in North India – Delhi and Chandigarh. Alternatively, you can just drive on your own, or if you are coming in a group, a private cab can also be an economical option.

 

 

Tirthan Valley

Sunshine Himalayan Cottages

Sunshine Himalayan Cottages are located at one of the best riverside locations in the entire Tirthan Valley, spread in an area of acres of kitchen garden, orchard. Sunshine Himalayan Cottage is aptly named, for it literally gives you all the warm-fuzzies when you first see it basking in the sunlight at the edge of the water. You’ll be instantly lulled into relaxation mode by the sound of the stream flowing by and mesmerised by the views of endless hills opposite the cottage, scattered with tiny waterfalls gushing down the cliffs. Family run by the Sood brothers, the cottages are famous for their unmatched hospitality, great food and a range of activities from angling to mountain biking to camping in the UNESCO World Heritage of Great Himalayan National Park, which is also one of the Best National Parks in India.

With excellent WiFi connectivity, and plenty of working space, Sunshine Himalayan Cottage, is one of the best places not only for a family getaway, but also a great place to Work from Mountains.

Location –  Village Hamini, Tirthan Valley – Goshaini Road, Teh Banjar, Distt Kullu 

How to Reach – Travelling by bus is a good option to travel from Delhi – Tirthan valley. 

There are comfortable Volvo buses (min Rs 1200) from Delhi to Manali. Most of the busses start in the evening from Delhi. You have to get off the bus at Aut early in the morning, and take a taxi (about Rs 1200) or local bus to Banjar or Sainj. Or we can arrange your transportation from Aut by sending our own taxi. 

You can also drive from Shimla via Jalori pass (Shimla – Banjar, 7 hours drive). Be aware that Jalori pass is closed in winter because of snow (December to March). 

If you plan to drive from Delhi – Banjar in your own vehicle, the shortest route is via Chandigarh, Bilaspur, Mandi and Aut. The road to the Tirthan valley diverts before reaching Aut. Just before Aut, there is a tunnel (the only tunnel on the road from Delhi). 

Do not enter the tunnel.

Just at the entrance of the tunnel there is a smaller road on the right. Take this one. After crossing a dam and then a bridge, either you continue straight to Sainj (for Sainj valley), or if you need to go to Banjar (for Tirthan valley), you need to cross the next bridge on the right to reach the small town of Larji. Turn right after the bridge and continue straight to Banjar (about 20 km from Larji). 

How to Book – Contact Owner : Ankit Sood on WhatsApp @ 9418102083 or Panki Sood @ 88940 00613 with dates, name and place of arrival or book via the website – SunshineHimalayanCottage.com 

 

Peace-out Camps by Moonstone Hammock

Peace – out Camps by Moonstone Hammock in Jibhi, have gained immense popularity on Social Media, and offer one of the most unique Workation experiences. While Geodesic Domes itself have become quite popular over the past few years, one gets the chance to choose between Wooden Chalets, the cozy safari tents, or the first of its kind in India – Open to Sky Geodesic Domes.

Theres an in – house cafe as well, where you can order from a variety of dishes. Be rest assured, that anything you order, will be yummy.

There’s WiFi connectivity in the cafe and common area, but Jio and Airtel network are pretty strong in the area.

A few nights at Peace – Out Camps by Moonstone Hammock, will not only provide you with a much deserved break from the hustle and bustle of city life, but you’ll also get to experience working in a unique Work from Home setting, overlooking the mountains.

Location – Jibhi, Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh 

How to Reach – Get dropped at Aut, if you are coming by Volvo from Delhi. Prebook a taxi through the property manager at Peace Out by Moonstone Hammock Jibhi, to take you from Aut to the property. Average cost is around INR 1200 – 1500 / vehicle.

Else, you can catch a local bus to Banjar, from there get another one to Jibhi, and make your way to the property.

How to Book – Send your enquiry for Staying at Peace – Out by Moonsone Hammock Jibhi, by clicking here.

 

The Blue Sheep Tirthan

Recommended by Chandreyi Bandyopadhyay from The Moonchasers

Nestled between orchards, The Blue Sheep Tirthan is a homestay run by Sheena Thakur and her husband Adi in the quaint Banjar village in Tirthan Valley. Reachable by road from Manali/Ramnagar/Kullu, this village will transport you to a surreal world of natural beauty. The Blue Sheep offers private and dorm stays in a beautiful homely setup. It also doubles up as a creative space for travellers seeking solitude to create. The Blue Sheep serves the best home made food and if you are lucky and in season, the delectable apricot and guava jams!

Location – Banjar Village, Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

How to reach – Take any bus to Banjar bus stand, get down and walk for 200 meters to reach Blue Sheep

How to book – You can book via Booking.com or drop a DM to Sheena Thakur ( the owner) via Instagram at The Blues Sheep Tirthan

 

The Forest Edge

Nestled in the Himalayas at a stone’s throw from The Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh, Forest Edge is a home for the heart. The boutique homestay was built by local artisans and masons to keep the flavour of the local architecture intact. There are five rooms which are a balanced mix of earthy interiors and modern amenities to make sure that the traveller feels at home yet lives a dream. The windows open up to the mountains and the Tirthan River.

The Hitchhikers’s Lounge  is a place to relax, dine and just mull over life with a nice cup of masala tea. It is open on all sides, affording a breathtakingly beautiful view of the valley. One can sit there for hours, reading, listening to music, painting or dozing off to the sound of the river.

Come and experience the rustling pine leaves, the gurgling rivers and the chirping birds with an occasional sighting of the mighty Himalayan Leopard (at a perfectly safe distance!). The valley offers you all this. And the hosts at The Forest Edge, try to make sure that in your sojourn with nature, worldly comforts aren’t far behind.

Location –  Tehsil, Tirthan Valley , Village Sairopa, Banjar, Himachal Pradesh 175123 

How to Reach

By Car – A drive to the valley is highly recommended. The roads are good and the drive is wonderful. The Forest edge is around 530 kms from Delhi. So if you leave early, you will be in time for an evening tea. If you are in Chandigarh, a 260 kms drive would get you here in time for lunch.

By Bus – You can also take the overnight Volvo till Aut. Pick and drop facilities from Aut can be arranged through local taxi operators.

By Air – Bhuntar Airport is about 1.5 hours from The forest edge. Daily flights connect the region to Delhi and Chandigarh.

How to Book –  To book get in touch at +91-7011366545 or drop an E – Mail to theforestedge@outlook.com

 

Firgun

Recommended by Avantika Chaturvedi from Wayward Wayfarer

Firgun is a homestay and a backpacker’s hostel tucked away in the quaint village of Shoja in Himachal Pradesh. It is run by Ayush Sureka, a mountain lover and photographer who quit his day job to pursue his dream of living in the Himalayas. Located close to Jibhi in Tirthan Valley, Shoja is famous for its laid-back environment. With the Pir Panjal Ranges flanking on one side and the Beas River quietly flowing on the other, Shoja is every Himalayan lover’s dream come true and Firgun is what connects you to this dream! Shoja is very well connected by road and public transport. 

Location – Shoja, Himachal Pradesh

How to Reach – To reach Shoja, one must first drive to Aut (en route Manali) and from Aut, continue till Shoja for 38 kilometres. While taking public transport, one can book an overnight Volvo to Manali and get down at Aut town. From Aut, there are plenty of local buses and shared/ private taxis running till Shoja. Firgun is located right by the Shoja bus stand.

How to Book – To book a stay at Firgun, you can either message them on Instagram (@firgunhostel) or call/ WhatsApp at 9804990722 or 8360022163.

 

 

Kangra District

The Bunker – Bir

The Bunker Bir is a home for travellers designed by travellers. From the very first moment on, the attention to detail stands out. Be the lovely garden space, the design of the common room or the amazing artwork all around. A lovely set of hosts will welcome you with a smile and take care of all your needs. This is a place where you get swept up in the community vibe with something or the other always happening and will feel at home in no time.

The availability of plenty of co – working space at The Bunker Bir, makes it an amazing choice to select, if you are looking to Work from Home in Bir.

When in Bir, don’t forget to do the Best Thing to do in Bir – Billing – Paragliding. Also, if you are a foodie, this Bir – Billing Food guide will answer the most important question – Where and What to eat in Bir – Billing?

Location – Bir – Billing Road, Kotli, Himachal Pradesh 

How to Reach – Bir is easily accessible from Delhi and Chandigarh by an overnight volvo. The Bunker Bir is just 2 kms from the bus stand, a 5 min cab ride or a pleasant 20 min walk.
You can also fly to Dharamshala airport which is 55kms away and take a bus or a cab to reach Bir.

How to Book – Book your stay at The Bunker Bir here.

 

Kaivalya- The Mountain Song of Dhauladhars

It  is an idyllic, pet friendly, riverside country home nestled in the lap of majestic Palampur valley near Dharamshala. It has mighty Dhauladhars as a backdrop and Neugal river cascading behind the house accessible from the backyard. And sprawling lawns with rappelling natural stream bordering the property is an ideal place to find undisturbed solace in nature. A completely motor-able property with ample car parking within premises is an asset in mountains. It can be exclusively available for the guests. Total 3 double bed rooms with attached bathrooms available along with a common lounge and dining area to socialise.

Location – Palampur

How to Reach – Kaivalya is well connected by all 3 modes.

    • Dharamshala Airport – 35 mins
    • Palampur Narrow Gauge Rail head – 15 mins
    • Pathankot Broad Gauge Rail Head  – 2.30 hrs

How to Book – Drop them a message on their Facebook Page or via WhatsApp at 9810020026

 

Lamrin Norwood Green

Located in the Bundla Tea Estate, in Lohna Village, Lamrin Norwood Green gives the travellers a complete experience of the best that Himachal has to offer. From charming and spacious interiors, to beautiful panoramic views of the mountainside, every moment at Norwood Green is perfectly delightful.

But Palampur is not just a feast for the eyes, but also a hub of outdoor and adventurous activities. 

Palampur is also just an hours drive from Bir Billing – The Paragliding Capital of India. Make sure to check out this Bir Billing Food Guide, and have a foodie’s day out. 

So whether you’re looking for a cool break for your family, from the scorching heat of summers, or a cozy retreat for winters, or a romantic getaway for your honeymoon, Lamrin Norwood Green is the place to be.

And the fact that, one can book an entire villa for the family in Lamrin Norwood Green is just the cherry on top. Technically, its not a traditional homestay, but it makes for an excellent contender for you to choose from, specially when you are looking for a new workstation in the Himalayas.

Location – Bundla Tea Estate, Village Lohna, Palampur 

How to Book – Book your stay at Lamrin Norwood Green Palampur by clicking here.

How to reach Reach – 

If you are coming from New Delhi or Chandigarh, the Overnight AC Volvo is the most convenient option.

Alternatively, you can take a flight to Dharamshala, which is a 35 minute drive from Palampur.

 

 

Uttarakhand

Avinta Himalayas 

Avinta Himalayas is located in a small quaint village named Sankri. Sankri serves as the basecamp for multiple treks like Kedarkantha, Har ki Dun, Bali Pass, etc, which are some of the Best Treks in the Himalayas. Avinta Himalayas has been brought to life by two sisters, who are passionate about providing travellers with safe, clean and vivid Himalayan experiences. 

Basically, if you love the outdoors, and trekking and camping is on your list, Avinta Himalayas is where you should be based out of. And the fact that treks are offered in-house, is the cherry on top.

Location – Sankri, Uttarakhand (190KM from Dehradun)

How to Reach – Cabs and private as well as government buses available from Dehradun

How to Book –  Rooms can be booked through Booking.com . Treks can be booked at 8954339110

 

Sukoon Homestay

Located in a small village called Jalna (Almora) away from the hustle-bustle of the city, Sukoon in The Himalayas, a 03 bedroom offbeat cottage is all that you need to let yourself go. 

At Sukoon Homestay, your day starts with the melodious chirping of birds while the first rays of the sun fall onto the stone walls and slate roofs of your private cottage. Your breakfast consists of local Kumaoni Cuisine made up of fresh vegetables and fruits grown organically on the extensive organic farms.

The homestay is located in Jalna. A small village in the Almora District around 25 kms from the Almora city centre. From Jalna, there is a 01 km dirt road that takes you to the property and parking is available right at the property. The property has 02 Double rooms with Mountain View on the ground floor and 01 family suite on the first floor. All rooms overlook a beautiful valley and peaks such as Nanda Devi.

Location – Jalna (near Almora), Uttarakhand

How to Reach – To reach Sukoon Homestay, you should take the route via Bhimtal and Dhanachuli to Jalna. Overall, the total road distance between national capital Delhi and Almora is around 360 kms and can be easily travelled via reserved cabs and vehicles in about 09 hours.

Route: Bhimtal – Dhanachuli – Lamgarha – Tikoli Bend.

From Tikoli Bend, there is a 01 km dirt road that takes you to the property and parking is available right at the property. 

How to Book – Book your stay at Sukoon Homestay by clicking here.

 

Kot Naikana: A boutique Kumaoni Cottage

Soak in the crisp and fresh atmosphere, enjoy the delectable local cuisine, explore the forests on a walk, spot the ample birds, learn the rural way of life on a leisurely walk to the nearby village, capture the alluring views of snow capped peaks or just do nothing and immerse in the serenity. Kot Naikana offers everything a nature lover would yearn for.

Perched at 1940 meters in the midst of pristine forest of oak, rhododendron, pine and Deodar, Kot Naikana is a painstakingly renovated traditional 04 Bedroom Kumaoni house converted into a boutique Homestay. While the exteriors reflect an old-world charm with stone walls and slated roof, its rooms are comfortable, homely with spacious en-suite bathrooms.

They also have some great add on experiences for you at Kot Naikana ranging from picnic lunches to hi tea walks. The farm to table meals at Kot Naikana are healthy local delicacies prepared by a professional in house chef.

All 4 rooms overlook the valley leading to snow covered white peaks in the distance and are made tastefully while their decor blends in perfectly with the surroundings. Expect rustic interiors, fresh white linen, 9 inch mattresses and cozy comfortable beddings in each room. The washrooms are en-suite with stone walls, fresh towels and quality toiletries.

Location – Naikana Village, Near Jageshwar, Uttarakhand 

How to Reach –  Kot Naikana is about 9 – 10 hrs drive from Delhi.

Route option 1 : Delhi – Ghaziabad – Hapur – Gajraula – Moradabad Bypass – Tanda – Bazpur – Kaladungi – Nainital – Bhowali – Almora – Jhakarsem – Naikana village

Route option 2 : Delhi – Ghaziabad – Hapur – Gajraula – Moradabad Bypass – Tanda – Bazpur – Kaladungi – Kathgodam – Bhimtal – Almora – Jhakarsem – Naikana village

Route option 3 : Delhi – Ghaziabad – Hapur – Gajraula – Moradabad Bypass – Tanda – Bazpur – Kaladungi – Kathgodam – Bhimtal – Dhanachuli – Chalnichina – Suakhan –Jhakarsem – Naikana village

(Important: Route option 3 is very scenic from Kathgodam onwards but much winding and narrow as compared to the other two options) 

After crossing the Jhankar Saim Temple, please call up the staff at the property and follow the dirt road for about 4 kms until the point where it ends (on the way you will cross a small temple and a school on your right). The staff will meet and greet you at the parking area (at the end of the road) and will guide you on a 10 mins walk to the property.

How to Book –  Online via the Book Now page on the website – MountWays.com

 

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