It is said that every summer has a story. If that is the case, this is the right time for you to go out on that well deserved break and make some stories. Here’s a list of 10 elegant homestays worth experiencing with your family this summer. Treat yourself to a delicious breakfast in bed on a lazy morning while immersing yourselves in a sun-soaked hill view; explore hidden nature trails and have lunch picnic by the side of a river that will end with freshly plucked fruits; sip on tea and unwind with your family without any interruption in well manicured garden adorned with colorful flowers; shake a leg to local tunes during evening bonfires while your barbecue snacks are being prepared and feast on local delicacies on candlelit dinners under the stars.
It’s high time you give yourself the trip you truly deserve and fill your heart with joy!
This boutique home is located in the serene surroundings of a quiet Himalayan village on a hilltop, at a 20 km off-road drive from Rishikesh. Away from the chaos of the main town, the home has all possible amenities, sprawling gardens and a view of both the Ganges and the snow-peaked Himalayas. Take a walk through the village or on hidden trails to nearby forests of oak, cedar and rhododendron; bask on a rock by the waterfall, or lounge in the plush green lawns dunked in birdsongs. Perfect place to detach yourself, relax and appreciate the slow life.
Distance from Delhi: 256 km
Tariff: 8500/- for Double occupancy including all meals
This tastefully done luxurious villa is located centrally in a posh area of Dehradun. It’s an exceptional mix of luxury and nature and is walking distance from the best eateries and cafes in Dehradun. Sai Mandir, Dehradun Zoo and Pacific Mall are also very close. It is a perfect getaway for anybody looking to de-stress from their hectic lives and have an absolutely relaxing holiday. There is a common patio, bar, living room and a yoga hall. Everything in the villa is google controlled. There is a provision for music at every corner of the house. In addition, there is a lovely terrace overlooking the mountains. Cycles/ Scooty is provided to the guests free of cost to explore Dehradun and the mountain terrains around.
Distance from Delhi: 256 km
Tariff: 9,600/- for Double occupancy including Breakfast & Scooty/E-cycle to explore around
It is a beautifully constructed property in the Nata Dol village of Almora. Stay here will surely transport you away from your buzzing city life to days full of tranquility in the lap of nature. Immerse yourself into the local surroundings and live like it’s your own home. The Hosts welcome the guests to become a part of the daily routine. They can join the owners in the farm activities as well. There’s no internet or the room service but the panoramic views of the Nanda Devi and Kamet mountains, and the peaceful surroundings are luxuries in themselves. It is a perfect place to enjoy a mug of hot coffee or chai with the view of snow caped mountains.
Distance from Delhi: 347 km
Tariff: 9500/- for double occupancy including all meals
This beautiful homestay in Kotabagh is located on the edge of a river with terraced lawns and is surrounded by forested mountains & farmland. Absolutely serene, cut off from noise, the homestay is frequented by birds and butterflies. Enjoy their company while fragrant breezes caress you and the calls of animals from across the river reach you. There are many fruit trees as well in the premises. To add to this all, there’s a lovely open air lounge & swimming pool with fresh river water. It’s a lovely combination of thoughtful architecture, perfect location, welcoming host, competent staff and sumptuous food.
Distance from Delhi: 280 km
Tariff: 7,560/- for double occupancy including breakfast
6 kms from Lansdowne this tastefully designed Uttarakhand architectural style house is built in local stone and wood. With its natural aura and ambience, it is an ideal stay for those who are looking to reconnect with nature; a perfect getaway just a few hours from the capital city. Spread across 3200 sq mts., the propery has private sit-outs for the guests maintained to the highest standards where you enjoy long brunches for a fun-filled afternoon. Stay here during the full moon night for a lifetime experience.
Distance from Delhi: 225 km
Tariff: 7,500/- for double occupancy including breakfast & Dinner
Located near Naggar town towards Jana village, this beautiful wooden villa is built using local Kathkuni architecture and is surrounded by Deodar forest and apple orchards. If you want to experience the Himachali culture while staying in luxury, this is the place. Right from the architecture of the property, to the interiors of the rooms and the food, you will get an authentic Himachali touch. The unmatched and unspoiled beauty of the place, fresh air and the sounds of nature add to a mystical touch to your stay. It’s not just a homestay but an experience in itself that you must get at least once.
Distance from Delhi: 510 km
Tariff: 10,000/- for double occupancy including breakfast
Built in the early 1850s, this British bungalow spread across 1 acre is located in the woods of Jakhu Hill, Shimla has a lovely old world charm to it. The original architecture and interiors of old times have been retained while providing all the modern facilities. And all of this in the midst of pines and amazing mountain views. This vintage house has hosted many prolific figures – including the likes of Sir John Walsh, The Administrator General (Viceroy) of Bengal as well as several dignitaries in post Independence India.
Distance from Delhi: 370 km
Tariff: 6,500/- for double occupancy including breakfast
Spend your summers relaxing at this thoughtfully designed and elegantly furnished bungalow located in quiet surroundings of Mukteshwar. It is equipped with all modern amenities. You are going to fall in love with this homestay as you wake up to breathtaking view of unending layers of enchanting mountains. Stepping inside, you will get the feel of the colonial era. Perfect place to unwind and refresh.
Distance from Delhi: 336 km
Tariff: 10,000/- for Double Occupancy including breakfast
With stunning views of green hills of Dhanolti from every cranny and nook, the boutique house is designed in a way that it is flooded with sunlight all day long. The homestay is an ideal place to rejuvenate from hectic city life and wake up to the majestic view of snow-covered mountains, fresh mountain air and noise of chirping birds.
Distance from Delhi: 320 km
Tariff: 7,000/- for double occupancy including breakfast
Wrapped in pristine nature, it is a dreamy mountain home tucked away in an untouched forest of Jilling. Getting to this paradise requires a 20-25 mins hike up from the road head through a pine and oak forest. As you hike up the walking trail, the world around you completely transforms; the surroundings become much greener, the chirping of the birds gets louder and the feeling of being one with nature takes over. This unique cottage is like an extension of nature and has an old way of construction with mud walls and slanting traditional roofs on a hill overlooking Nandadevi. It has a creative decor with chic furniture and nicely lit interiors through skylights. The place provides a perfect opportunity to disconnect from the rest of the world and connect deeply with your mind, body and soul.
Distance from Delhi: 322 km
Tariff: 10,000/- for Double occupancy including all meals