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This Snowclad Homestay Has Beautiful Sunsets & Old Monk Evenings

Rene posted on 10th January

What Is It?

You have till the end of Jan to experience one of Tripver’s best mountaintop finds, Vaatalaya, which allows you to look at the Himalayas from the time you open your eyes in the morning till you fall asleep in that cosy blanket.

It’s impossible to believe that this hidden pine forest is almost as far as Shimla from Delhi; it's quiet, serene and covered in snow all through Jan and Feb.

Who Is It For?

100117_snowtrip_02A road trip and quiet time on your mind? This is for you. In fact, if you’re someone who’s not a mountain person, this is your chance to undergo a change of heart, as you attempt making {wobbly, in our case} snowmen and savour Mr. and Mrs. Sharma’s home-cooked continental breakfast at the homestay.

Evenings are for sunsets, bonfires and impromptu jams. Still not exciting enough? There’s books, picnics, barbecue, snow trails, coffee and story sessions under the night sky., too.

Why Should I Go For It?


The best part? Everything from the accommodation, bonfire, booze, homely meals, gorgeous walking trails, yoga class and chocolate cookies are included in the package.

Miss the touristy rush in places like Kasauli, Shimla and Mussoorie and just head here to be surrounded by the Himalayan peaks no matter where you look.

Anything Else?

The Republic Day long weekend's round the corner. #JustSaying

You have the choice to drive yourself or opt for a train ride till Kalka station booked by Tripver. The cost for this 2-night sojourn is INR 7,000 for those driving themselves and INR 9,000 for the latter.

The accommodation is on a first-come-first-served basis, so if you want the cottages or individual rooms, you’d better hurry. From what we hear, though, most people opt for stargazing under pitched tents. Not surprising, that!

For complete itinerary and more info, go here.

When: Till end Jan

Where: Vaatalaya

Photos courtesy: Tripver