Head To Raju's Cottage For A Home-Like Staycation In The Hills
What Makes It Awesome
A quiet, picturesque village in Kullu, Gushaini is around 500km away from Delhi. The best way to get there is an overnight Volvo bus that usually takes 11-13 hours to reach Aut. Raju's Cottage is another 45 minute drive from Aut - you will need to hire a cab or request the guest house to arrange a pick up from Aut's bus stop for you. You can either book the entire cottage or individual rooms depending on the number of people- a single room can easily accommodate 4 people- it comprises of a master bedroom, a smaller room with two single beds and a bathroom. The lobby area in each cottage comprises of a mini library with slightly old but a great selection of books and magazines. The balcony gives a gorgeous view of the Tirthan River. Bonus: it is a pet-friendly property! All the food is prepared in-house. It is absolutely brilliant- the taste and the love with which they serve the food- you will hardly miss home. If you have any particular requests, just let the cook know a day in advance and he'd be happy to oblige.
What's My Pro Tip?
The best time to visit is between March and August when the orchards are in full bloom. However, if you plan to visit during winters, take adequate woollens as it tends to get unbearably cold at night. Each cottage has a separate bonfire area for you to have a little party of your own. But I'd suggest you carry your own munchies and booze as the market is a little far from the cottages.
The stay will cost around INR 1400-1700 per person per day, including room tariff, taxes and all three meals.