I would really call it a Home away from Home. I went to Shimla on a solo trip, knowing nothing about the place. From the moment I booked the Summer Hill Homestay, Roopan sir has been very kind in helping me with every step, starting from how to reach the homestay to what places I must visit as a tourist.
Once I reached, I was received with warmth by Roopan sir and Sanju, the caretaker. I was served food, which led to a great opportunity in introducing me to their resident furry friend Torpedo. Post that we discussed my plans for the stay and tour. The homestay itself was a great way to relax, with calm surroundings conducive to pursue any focused activities like reading, writing, meditation etc. With a high-speed wifi connection one could easily attend to their work commitments.
The homestay is away from the regular tourist bustle of Shimla and is great if you want to visit some off-beat destinations or you just need a walk inside the woods and jungle. The main tourist destinations can also be reached on foot and if you love walking or trekking, I suggest that you cover all the places by foot. This experience is nothing less than magical and enthralling.
Throughout my stay there both Roopan sir and his wife, Priya mam have been checking in with me regularly to see if all was well, especially because I went alone. This was nothing less that the care and safety one would get at home.
Overall it was an amazing experience. I would definitely not think twice before booking this stay if I ever go back to Shimla again, either alone or with my friends and family!