10 Homestays in Himachal to Enjoy Snowfall This Winter

Imagine chatting around a bonfire or stargazing on a chilled winter night in some remote location. And the next morning when you wake up the whole valley is covered in white sheet of snow as if some fairy has waved her magic wand. And magic dust in the form of light fluffy snowflakes is still floating in the air. This is how one of your mornings can look like this winter. 

If you want to celebrate this winter in gorgeous snowy landscapes watching snowfall for real, it is the perfect time to start thinking about it. To help you plan, here’s the list of homestays in offbeat destinations in Himachal that are ideal to experience snow without being disturbed by the touristy crowd.

Sethan Homestay – Hamta Valley

Just 12 kms from Manali, this homestay is located on the top of a hill in a small village Sethan in Hamta valley. It is covered in snow from Dec till March. Wake up to the view of the sun-kissed snow-covered Dhauladhar peaks; spend the day enjoying skiing and snowboarding on the snowy slopes; or just watching the happy kids running around and tumbling over one another in snow to their heart’s content. And to add on to this happiness is the hospitality of the cheerful couple, Sagar and Deepshikha. If the weather is good, you could enjoy some spectacular sunsets and sunrises as well.
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17 Miles Homestay – Manali

If your idea of a winter break is all about hunkering down in a cosy cottage, with crackling wood fires and warm hospitality, head to this lovely cottage located just 10 kms before Manlai in a tiny little hamlet, 17 Miles. Nestled in an Apple and Plum orchard on the banks of mighty Beas, this tastefully done homestay has it all that is required for a relaxing winter holiday. Wonderful homely food served by Seema, who is a great chef herself will do justice to your winter appetite. 
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Kalgha Homestay – Parvati Valley

Spend some relaxing days snuggled in this cozy homestay in small village Kalgha on a forested hill near Kasol in Parvati valley. The village is surrounded by snow-clad mountains on all sides and the gushing Parvati River in front of it. The winter months start from November, transforming this lush green village into a mystical place which looks more like fiction than reality. A 20 min snow trek will bring you to this little heaven. It won’t be a surprise if you have a little piece of mountain covered in snow all to yourself as not many people visit the place in winters. The valley is draped in white, with little flakes of happiness everywhere. 
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Seri Homestay – Jibhi

Located in the dense greens of Banjaar Valley, around 100 kms before Manali Jibhi, it is a beautiful stand-alone cottage located in the midst of pine forest, just a walk away from Jibhi Waterfall. Soak in the beauty of the place in a relaxed manner while you witness the green valley transforming into a white wonder. Snowfall is expected in the months of January and February. Begin your mornings with the perfect sunrise by the stream, indulge in a hearty breakfast, and explore the surroundings covered under the beautiful white silk blanket. 
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House of Bahu – Banjar

For a winter wonderland experience straight out of a fairytale, head to this traditionally built Himalayan homestay in Bahu, Banjar. This blessedly peaceful hamlet is surrounded by lush green Pine and Cedar forests. During winter months of December and January it is covered in white fluffy snow. Bunk in the homestay that overlooks gorgeous white peaks, warm your feet by the fireplace and enjoy unlimited cups of hot tea or coffee. And if you feel adventurous and want to indulge in winter sports, Solang valley is not very far from here. 
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Sarahan Homestay

Enjoy the peace and the stunning views of snow covered mountains and valley from this lovely homestay located in a small village, 15 mnt walk from the center of Sarahan. It has a lovely view of Srikhand Mahadev mountain range and you can witness mesmerizing sunset right from the balcony of your room.  It is a family-run homestay and the host family will win you over with their warm hospitality. There cannot be a better place to enjoy the essence of winters. The ancient temple of Bhimakali is a glorious sight after an early morning snowfall. For the adventure lovers, host can help you organise snow treks. December to February are the snowfall months in the region.
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Narkanda Homestay

Located just about 60 km from Shimla, this stand alone homestay in Narkanda offers a bounty of experiences. Whether you are looking for a place where you can sit back and soak in the serene surroundings or you want to indulge in some adventure activities, this is the place. Narkanda is popular for being one of the best skiing destinations in Himachal Pradesh. The skiing point is just 3kms away from the homestay. Indulge in snow-related sports and other activities in the midst of a snow-capped landscape. And if you do not want to step out in the cold, just enjoy the valley draped in white, with little flakes of happiness everywhere.
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Jagoti Homestay – Mashobra

Snuggled in woods away from the city, this beautiful homestay is located in Mashobra, hardly half an hour drive from the Mall Road Shimla. With picturesque surroundings, it has an open terrace offering an amazing view of snow clad mountains and sunrise. And during winters it gives a gorgeous view of the whole valley covered in snow. The host Rajeev Sokta is a simple Pahadi and takes pride in introducing his guests to Himachali culture. The region gets heavy snowfall in the months of late December and January.
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Dal Lake Homestay – Naddi

About a 45-minute drive from Kangra Valley’s scenic airport through the pines brings you to this comfortable homestay located in Naddi. Snuggle up with a book in cozy beds ; sip on a warm drink at the terrace overlooking Dhauladhars; or go out on local trails and play around with fresh snow in the fields. The place is ideal if you are looking to enjoy winter vacation. And if the cold doesn’t inhibit you from stepping out, the host can organise some sight-seeing as well for you. You can also hop on to the Maggi point and savour the majestic view of mountain peaks and valleys when the white snow blankets the town during the winter months. 
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Saryo Homestay – Kalpa

If you’re looking to enjoy the snow and serenity of the Himalayas, this is the place to be. Surrounded by apple orchards, it is a beautiful villa located 10 mnt walk from Kalpa market. The views of the Kinner Kailash from here are exquisite, and the clear winter skies ensure great visibility too. To add to this, you can enjoy traditional Himachali food. The host himself is a very good cook. The place is well-connected yet not crowded with usual tourists. The town is covered in snow from November to March. This place will be full of snow much before Shimla or Manali. The natural beauty of the place is truly mesmerizing.
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