GREAT FOR

    This place is perfect for those who’d like to be in the midst of nature, exploring the beautiful valleys, hills and charming villages of Himachal, while living on a working tea estate in Himachal. Artists, writers and professionals in the creative space looking for a quiet place to work on their next project will find this place to be perfect as will those who’re thinking of getting away from the city for a vacation with friends/ family!

What we love

  • The cottages are cradled in the midst of pine forests and working tea plantations as far as the eyes can see in the Kangra Valley of Himachal. The town of Palampur derives its name from a local word called palum which means lots of water as the region is blessed with abundant rainfall. Listen to the symphony of the numerous mountain streams as they carve their way through the rocks in the verdant valley - a sight to behold!
  • Mud cottages built just like those found in the villages of Himachal are a delightful blend of traditional and modern architecture. Each room, minimalistic in style, within the cottages offer great views of the snow capped Dhauladhar range; while some rooms have charming balconies, others come with large windows where one can sit for hours on, reading and sipping on tea, while the mountains gaze right back at you!
  • Every region of Himachal has a special dham, a vegetarian feast prepared by botis (hereditary Brahman chefs) during special occasions and served on pattals (plates made from leaves). While here, gorge on this colourful feast of madra, sepu badiyan, palak paneer, dadi, khatta, retta, maah ki daal and rice! If the taste buds crave for other worldly flavours, you can get those too - from exotic Asian preparations to interesting renditions of Mexican thalis with crispy tortilla made from makki ki aata served with stir fried fajita veg salad to Burmese khowseuy with all its condiments - your belly is bound to be really happy!

What to know

  • Learn the little secrets of how the tea leaves in the plantations end up making the perfect morning cuppa that puts a spring on your feet or recharges you though the day! Stroll through the plantations, trying your hand at the skilful art of plucking leaves, visit the factory where you can witness how tea is processed and packaged, and finally indulge in a fun tea tasting session where for a few minutes you can feel like a tea connoisseur - the little luxuries of staying on a working plantation!
  • Wouldn’t you just love a lazy picnic on the mountain top? Think colourful throws, spreads and cushions, a scrumptious feast and the snow capped mountains in the distance. Sigh! That’s how you could spend your day here - reading, snoozing, chatting or just about doing nothing at all. By evening, the venue shifts to the bonfire set up close to the cottages where finger snacks roll in while you exchange interesting stories with fellow travellers, every now and then, stargazing or getting lost in your own world of thoughts.
  • The locally employed staff are extremely warm and friendly. The hospitality is just what one would like up in the hills - from serving tea at 5 am with a smile to walking with you for miles on to show you around, nothing is ever too much trouble.
  • The WiFi connectivity is best in the dining and bar area. Perch yourself there if you’d like to check mails or browse. Mobile connectivity while there can be spotty in a few areas.

Bedroom

  • Airconditioning
  • Heating
  • Balcony/ sit out area
  • Television
  • In-room safe
  • Hot water
  • Hair dryer
  • Tea coffee maker
  • Complimentary water
  • Room Service
  • Internet

Connectivity

  • Wifi
  • Local phone
  • Car rental facility
  • Credit card accepted

Spaces

  • Living and lounge area
  • Dining Area
  • Media/ TV Room
  • Lawns/ gardens

Entertainment

  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Music Player/ speakers
  • Swimming Pool
  • Gym/ fitness equipment
  • Massage & spa

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair access
  • Child friendly
  • Parking
  • Suitable for events
  • Pets allowed

Housekeeping

  • Ironing facilities
  • Towels/ toiletries
  • Laundry

Food

  • Bar
  • Chef can prepare whatever you want!

Staff

  • Manager
  • Housekeeper
  • Chef/ cook
  • Security personnel

Safety

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Doctor on call
  • Power back up
  • Safety locker
Below rates are indicative. Send booking request for lowest rates Show rates in Indian Rupee
Room Type Currency 2 January to 28
February '19
1 March to 31
March '20
Standard Cottage Room INR 9,000 11,000
Deluxe Cottage Room INR 10,000 12,000

Rate Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis
  • A hearty breakfast, evening snacks and dinner for two (including barbeques as and when organized on the estate)
  • Unlimited cups of tea and select beverages
  • Tea tour of the estate
  • Tea tour of the factory
  • Tea tasting session
  • Picnic in the middle of the tea gardens
  • Bonfire (subject to weather conditions and seasons)
  • Complimentary wifi in the common areas

Additional Details

Taxes:

  • GST of 14% will be applicable on these rates.

Cancellation Policy:

  • For cancellations made more than 30 days prior to arrival, 100% refunded will be provided
  • For cancellations made between 16 to 29 days prior to arrival, 75% will be refunded
  • For cancellations made between 11 to 15 days prior to arrival, 50% refunded will be provided
  • For cancellations within 10 days of arrival, no refund will be provided

Extra Bed Charges:

  • Children under 6 years of age can be accommodated at INR 1500 per night.
  • An extra bed can be provided for children over 6 years of age at an additional charge of INR 2500 per child per night.

Meal Timings:

  • Breakfast is served from 8:00 am to 10:30 am
  • Lunch is served from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Dinner is served from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Tea is available through the day

Check in/ Check out time: 1400 hours and 1200 hours

Awesome Things to do nearby

1

Tea Plantation Tour, Palampur, Himachal

Start the tea plantation tour with a visit to the factory where you can learn and watch how tea is processed. Follow this up by wading through the endless rows of lush green tea bushes where the women pluck tea leaves and a bud happily on the plantations. End the fascinating tour with a tea tasting session where you get to sample a bouquet of tea!

Tea Plantation, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
Tea Plantation, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
2

Paragliding in Bir Billing

Open: October to June

For that wild adrenaline rush, paraglide from 8000 feet solo or in tandem with a trained pilot, soaking in the magnificent views of the Kangra Valley and the Dhauladhar mountains. Be at eye level with the clouds, do mini roller coasters up in the air and savour the feeling of being free, as free as one can be!

Paragliding in Bir Billing | Photo credits: Fly High
Paragliding in Bir Billing | Photo credits: Fly High
3

Pottery Making, Andretta

​Learn the art of pottery making at Andretta - a fascinating small village in Himachal that harbours various art forms, from pottery to theatre. The pottery making workshops take place over extended periods, however, you can visit just to see the set up, interact with the creative geniuses, have lunch, a cup of tea or buy local products from the craft shop.

Pottery Making, Andretta, Himachal Pradesh
Pottery Making, Andretta, Himachal Pradesh
4

Namgyal Monastery

Namgyal Monastery, also known as Dalai Lama’s temple, relocated to McLeodganj in Dharamshala following the Tibetan uprising in 1959. This is the personal monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama and a place where about 200 monks help preserve the monastery’s ancient rituals, artistic skills and traditions. If not religious, visit the monastery for its serenity.

Namgyal Monastery, Dharamshala, Himachal
Namgyal Monastery, Dharamshala, Himachal