Five incredible homestays in the hills that you need to experience

DEC 28, 2018 | By Aman Mehta
(L-R) Dwarika Residency, Shimla; La Belle Vie, Nainital; Sylvan Villa, Kasauli; Meena Bagh, Ratnari.

As a cold wave envelops the subcontinent this holiday season, snuggle up in a warm blanket, roast some marshmallows on a campfire and experience the beauty of clear, star-filled skies. Take a look at our selection of some of the most breathtaking homestays.

Taara House, Manali: Perched 6600 feet above the ground, this cottage utilises Burma Teak, English Oak and Pine to create the perfect homely setting in the mountains. An all-glass house, for dining under the stars and breathtaking views, is the highlight of this residence that will transport you to a bygone era with its charming decor. www.taarahouse.com

Meena Bagh, Ratnari: Far from the towns of Himachal that are buzzing with tourists, this beautiful home is nestled in the middle of an apple orchard. Enjoy a tranquil stay to relax and connect with yourself, loved ones and nature.www.meenabaghresorts.com

Sylvan Villa, Kasauli: Atop the pristine Dharampur hills, this villa is speculated to have been the first school in the city, almost 100 years ago. It’s old-world charm and stunning views will have you reminiscing the stories your grandparents once told you of easier times as you relax and unwind in the fresh air.www.sylvanvilla.com

Dwarika Residency, Shimla: This boutique property provides splendid views of the Himalayas and Pabber river. Apple orchards in full bloom welcome you in the warmer months, whilst a blanket of pristine white snow and cosy interiors enchant you in the winter. Bask in the sun, poolside or sit around the campfire at night in this gorgeous bungalow.www.hotelshelapani.com

La Belle Vie, Nainital: Made with stone and reclaimed wood, this homestay is just 100 meters from Naukuchiatal Lake. Indulge in recreational activities like paragliding, trekking and nature walks when you aren’t lounging around the ‘at one with nature’ decor of this space.

Photographs courtesy the properties’ websites mentioned above