Cosy hotels in Himachal Pradesh for this winter
Winter has finally arrived and the gorgeous state of Himachal Pradesh has received the first snow of the season and year! This is the perfect time to be in Himachal and live your winter dreams. The winter wonderland in India, Himachal is home to a number of pretty hotels, resorts and homestays that make for a perfect winter hideout!
Here are our top picks:
Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort, Dharamshala
Surrounded by the gorgeous Dhauladhar mountains, the Hyatt Dharamshala is a majestic property, featuring rooms with private patios, sit-out balconies and suites. The fireplace here adds to the vintage beauty of the place. The famous Namgyal Monastery, which is home of the Dalai Lama home in Dharamshala, is also close to the property.
The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
Surrounded by majestic Himalayan ranges, the green-coloured Oberoi Cecil is a part of Shimla’s rich colonial history. Whether you are on your honeymoon or on a family holiday, the grand property in Shimla meets the requirements of all. This prominent 5-star hotel is set on Chaura Maidan Road and boasts wooden floors, crackling fires and a pleasant ambience.
The Himalayan, Manali
Straight out of a fairytale, The Himalayan in Manali is a gorgeous castle-like property built in Victorian-Gothic Revival style. The luxury hotel is set at an altitude of 2003 m above sea level and is surrounded by apple and cherry orchards. The property offers accommodation in bedrooms and cottages, which are replete with all modern conveniences.
Sunnymead Estate, Shimla
Set amid oak and rhododendron forests of Shimla, this pretty 2-storey cottage property is a work of art! To reach here, one will have to trek a little, as vehicles can’t reach here. The place looks straight out of a fairytale book with its vintage-style chairs and carpets. All three rooms here are charming and provided with four-poster beds.
Solang Valley Resort, Kullu
Offering dramatic views of the Dhauladhar ranges and River Beas, Solang Valley Resort in Kullu looks like a dream! The hotel lawns are pretty big and offer amazing views of the hills. The property is also a great base to explore winter activities in the region, including skiing and paragliding.
Pinewood Sunrise, Kasauli
Pinewood Sunrise is a beautiful three-bedroom villa, offering mesmerising views of the surroundings. This is a perfect place for digital detox as there’s no TV or Wi-Fi, so you can freely connect with nature and yourself. The floor-to-ceiling windows are the prime feature of this property, with commanding views of the Dhauladhar ranges and the pine trees.
Elgin Hall, Dalhousie
Built in 1857, Elgin Hall used to be a summer house for British royals. In 2018, the place was refurbished into a pretty homestay. Today, the boutique property attracts travellers from all over with its history. The Victorian-inspired furniture, stunning chandeliers and leather sofas along with an exquisite tea room, add to the British feel of the place.
Araiya Palampur – Norwood Heights, Kangra
Situated at around 40 km from the Kangra airport, Araiya Palampur is among the most luxurious properties in the town. It is home to massive rooms with gilded mirrors, which look no less than grand! One can relish a range of Indian, pan-Asian, European fare and local cuisine here.