Workation needs no introduction. It’s been immensely popular among the corporates and self employed. And now even families have started going on workation; thanks to the flexibility of working from home for adults and online classes for kids. The key requirements for the workation or a longstay are – an offbeat location, good internet, a safe stay amidst nature and simple and healthy meals. Although homestays provide fresh homely food, sometimes you miss your own unique recipes especially during a long stay. Also if you are travelling with kids and elderly people they have special requirements that you want to cater to yourself. And no denying the fact that self-cooking option is easy on the pocket. So here we are sharing with you a comprehensive list of HOI homestays in Himachal and Uttarakhand that have self cooking facilities and are ideal for long-stay.
Location: About 12 kilometers from the town of Chamba in Himachal, this beautiful homestay is nestled in 10 acres of organic farm land, full of fruits, vegetables, medicinal herbs and a variety of flora & fauna. It is located on a mountain that overlooks the Valley and you get a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the mighty river Saal in the valley below. While staying here you can enjoy farm activities, learn cow milking, take a dip in the spring pool on a hot afternoon or sip chai as you watch the sunset over the mountains.
Accommodation: The homestay has a mini apartment with a spacious room, a kitchenette and an attached washroom. It can accommodate a group of 4 -6 people. The kitchen has a gas stove, electric kettle, utensils, fridge, small geyser and a dining table. There is a cupboard and a few small cabinets as well for storage. Since it’s a farm stay you can buy fresh milk and organic vegetables from the farm itself.
Weekly Tariff: 13,600/- (4 bedded Family Room)
Location: This lovely homestay lies in the middle of rice fields and Plum orchards in Village Kais near Kullu. During your free time you can do bird-watching, fishing, reading, stargazing and farming. This place is heaven for wildlife lovers as the area comes under Kais Wildlife Sanctuary that inhabits different types of Bears, Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr and Monals among many other species. There are many heritage villages like Jana, Soil and Tandla nearby where you can go on a day hike. Kais is just 45 km from Kasol in Parvati Valley and 59 km from Gushaini in Tirthan Valley that makes it a perfect base to explore all these places as well during weekends.
Accommodation: There is a set of 2 rooms with an attached kitchen for self cooking. There is a small garden as well where guests can do yoga and meditation.
Weekly Tariff: 8800/- (Double Occupancy)
Location: Situated by the bank of river Tirthan about 65 km from Kullu, this traditional homestay is located in village Ropajani in Tirthan Valley. This place lies just on the gateway to the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). In your free time you can engage in angling, hiking, river crossing, nature walk and picnic by the river side.
Accommodation: The house is a good mix of traditional and modern style of Himachali architecture. The first floor has 2 well-furnished double bed rooms with attached bathrooms, well furnished kitchen, dining area and a spacious balcony and can accommodate a group of 4-6 people. The kitchen has a gas, utensils, fridge and a small geyser. On the ground floor 1 room has a kitchenette with gas and necessary utensils. The nearest market is in Gushaini just a km from the homestay.
Weekly Tariff: 10,500/- (Double Occupancy)
Location: The homestay is located just 4 kms from Mcleodganj in village Naddi. It offers spectacular views of snow capped Dhauladhar ranges. While it is a peaceful locality, you are never very far from the hustle- bustle of the market. In your free time you can do bird watching, go hiking, cycling etc. There are some cool cafes in Mcleodganj to satisfy your cravings for some exotic food.
Accommodation: There are 3 spacious rooms with an attached bathroom and a well equipped kitchen in each. The grocery and vegetables can be procured from Naddi market that is at a walking distance from the homestay.
Weekly Tariff: 9,900/- (Double Occupancy)
Location: This tastefully done Homestay is located in village Rukhla, 70 kms from Shimla. Yoga mornings, music concerts, poetry reading sessions, cleaning drives, cooking lessons are just some of the many activities that will keep you busy during your stay here. The place is a paradise for bird lovers with a wide range of species. A three hour hike from Rukhla takes you to the highest point where you can have a mesmerizing 360 degree view of the Greater Himalayas.
Accommodation: There is a separate unit in the lower level of the house that comes with its own kitchen with all necessary equipment, private veranda and outdoor bathroom/toilet. It accommodates 2-3 people. It is a working farm so you can buy fresh milk, vegetables etc. inhouse.
Weekly Tariff: 9950/- (Double Occupancy)
Location: It is a stand-alone homestay nestled in a pine forest in village Satobari, hardly 5 km from Mcleodganj. There are many small hidden nature trails around that you can explore during your free time. Satobari is the base of many treks like Kareri Lake Trek and Guna Devi Trek.
Accommodation: It has four rooms on the first floor; all with attached bathrooms and an independent balcony for each room. There is a common terrace to soak in the sun or enjoy the evening breeze. The ground floor has a big common room with a reading and playing area. There is a well equipped kitchen with a gas stove, water filter, refrigerator and utensils for self cooking. The entire set up is ideal for a group of 6-10 people.
Weekly Tariff: 12,500/- (Double Occupancy)
Location: 60 kms from Shimla and just 2 km from Narkanda main market, this homestay is nestled in thick deodar forest and is surrounded by the Shivalik Ranges. It provides a peaceful stay in the lap of nature. You can walk in the dense thickets, visit Apple and Cherry orchards nearby or trek to the Hatu Valley on the weekends and in your free time.
Accommodation: Narkanda Homestay is a 4 storied house. First floor has a Double occupancy Room with an attached bathroom, Dining area and a Guest Kitchen. There are 3 Guest Rooms on the second floor; all come with attached bathrooms. The terrace offers a grand view of the Hatu Peak and overlooks the beautiful Cherry orchard.
Weekly Tariff: 10,500/- (Double Occupancy)
Location: It is a beautiful house located amidst pine forest at a walking distance from the railway station of Palampur. It is 6 kms from the Palampur town and 34 kms from Dharamshala. There’s enough to do in your free time and the weekends. Enjoy the hill train ride, go for a forest walk, organise a lunch picnic by the mountain stream or visit Kangra tea factory and tea estates. You can also add some adventure and go paragliding at Bir-Billing which is just 34 km from here.
Accommodation: In addition to the homestay that has 5 rooms, there is a duplex type cottage with a double room and an attic, attached bathroom and a fully equipped private kitchen. It can accommodate a family or a group of 4-6 people.
Weekly Tariff: 20,500/- (Family Cottage)
Location: This is a eco home built in old Kumaoni mud and stone style and is located in a tiny little hamlet Darima situated 15 km from Ramgarh, Uttarakhand. The homestay overlooks the valley covered in fruit trees and is surrounded by lush green mountains.
Accommodation: There are two guest rooms. One is a double occupancy room and another is a 4 bedded Family Suite. As they follow the Vedic lifestyle, the bathroom is made externally on the ground floor. The rooms are connected to the veranda from outside that provides a beautiful valley view. The kitchen for self-cooking is on the ground floor.
Double Occupancy: 13,700/-; 4 Bedded Family Suite: 17,000/-
Location: About 22 kilometers from Nainital town, this lovely cottage is located in a secluded forest area in Jones estate, Bhimtal. While the chirping birds and butterflies will give you company the whole day, you may sight Wild Rabbit or Deer in the early mornings and late evenings. This homestay is perfect for a peaceful family long stay.
Accommodation: There are 2 double bedrooms and a suite with a drawing room and a mini bar. Can accommodate a group of 6-9 people. Every room comes with an attached washroom. Kitchen facility is available for those taking the entire place. The car comes to the doorstep of the homestay and there is room for a driver. It is a pet friendly home.
Weekly Tariff: 30,000/- (Entire Homestay)
Location: Located amidst Oak and Rhododendron forest in Sunkiya village 3 kms from Mukteshwar in Uttarakhand. This sustainable hideaway is ideal for city people who wish to stay in peace amidst nature and want to experience the simple life of a Himalayan village. In your free time you may get involved in farm activities, go for a village walk or hike along many hidden nature trails around.
Accommodation: There is a set of 2 guest rooms on the first floor, with one common bathroom and a huge balcony overlooking the valley. There is a fully equipped guest kitchen. They have a working farm from where you can buy fresh vegetables and milk. Besides a local village shop, Bhatelia market is there at a distance of around 3kms.
Weekly Tariff: 9,500/- (Double Occupancy)
Location: Located in a tiny village near Srinagar in the serene hills of Garhwal, Uttarakhand this homestay provides absolute solitude. The untouched beauty of lush green mountains, surreal sunset view and the vibrant colors of nature will inspire you to write, paint or do photography during your free time. There are many hidden nature trails that you can explore during your stay here. If you like gardening, you can get involved in organic farming with the locals.
Accommodation: Out of the three guest rooms; two come with an attached bathroom and private kitchen. There are ample open spaces to work while enjoying the stunning valley views.
Weekly Tariff: 12,800/- (Double Occupancy)
Location: It’s a traditional Pahari House located amidst Oak and Pine forest in village Dalar inside Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarakhand. On a clear day you get a majestic view of Himalayan peaks like Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Trishul, Nandadevi etc. It is ideal for writers, nature lovers, birders, working professionals and those who want to be with nature to recover their health.
Accommodation: There are two cottages. One has two bedrooms with separate washrooms and a kitchen and another is a single bedroom cottage with an attached washroom and a kitchen. Kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary appliances. Host will help you procure groceries from the market.
Weekly Tariff: 6800/- (Double Occupancy)
Location: Located 16 km before Nainital in Uttarakhand, this 100 years old house is renovated into an artist residency by an artist himself. It overlooks lush green forests of Corbett and is a birding paradise. There are many nature trails around that the host will guide you explore during your free time. It is a perfect getaway for writers, musicians, painters, storytellers and artists of all sorts and genres.
Accommodation: There are 2 rooms for the guests with an attached washroom, a common living room, dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. A section of the house is dedicated to reading and writing. There is a fully equipped recording room for musicians who are planning to get away from the noise of the town and want to create music. There is also a small cozy music listening room. It consists of a collection of LP’s and an old LP record player that belongs to the host’s grandfather.
Weekly Tariff: 37,500/- (2 bedroom set)