I am a sucker for panoramic views and staying at any other hotel in Manali won't give me that. Finally wanted to tick this major tourist destination off my wishlist and I started to research on Airbnb for finding the best stay options. After spending hours of filtering out the best properties, I stumbled upon a property named 'Himalayan Woodpecker' which was just a couple of minutes away from Manali's Mall Road. There weren't many reviews but the online photos were stunning. I right away contacted the host for booking the space and he was fast to respond. Asked couple of questions and BAM! I knew this is it. The sweet and cold overnight journey finally came to a halt at the private bus stand near Manali's Mall road. Rajendra ji was kind enough to pick us up from the bus stop. But we were in our non-trekking non-snow shoes and Manali was all white. Our feet were all frozen with snow in our shoes. Rajendra ji took us to a local footwear shop for us to purchase snow boots. We were all set and excited about the snow and our stay. The roads were all covered in dense snow so we had to trek our way up After an hour of trekking in the dense snow, we finally reached the property. It was an awe-struck moment, the long trek and climbing 300 stairs was all worth it. We checked in, Rajendra ji and his wife got a bucket of hot water for us to dip our freezing feet in. It was steaming hot yet felt just warm to us, the feeling was orgasmic. We had the entire first floor to ourselves, and it was divided into 2 huge rooms. The one on the left was the master bedroom with a huge bed, 2 sofas, and 2 separate mattresses to sit/sleep. The other half was the kitchen, dining area and the washroom. Along with a sweet dining table, the room also has another unique eating area similar to the one in Monasteries. balcony adoring the beautiful panoramic view of the city on one side and the Pir-Panjal range on the other. Before we were even done with eyegasmic views, it was dark and the city lit-up and it was freezing again. The bedroom had a fire-place which let us sleep calmly.
When In Manali, Book This Picturesque Homestay For Panoramic Views & Good Vibes
What Makes It Awesome?
What Could Be Better?
You'll have to climb around 300 stairs to reach the property in summers and if you reach during snowfall, it'll be additional 1km trek along with 300 stairs as the road is not drivable during snow season
How Much Did It Cost?
₹500 - ₹1,000
Best To Go With?
Family, Big Group, Bae