Want to see Kullu Dussehra (in Himachal Pradesh) and yet stay away from the crowd? Check out these places far from the crowds but within easy driving distance.
Apple Tree Premier Cottages
This three-bed room premier cottage is rather conveniently located. It is in Raison village (on Kullu-Manali highway), which is a mere 12km from Kullu. You can easily walk up to the banks of the Beas River or hike among the orchard-clad countryside. They also have other properties in and around Manali.
Tucked inside the Baragarh Estate, there are four double-bed room suites, each with a fantastic view of the mountains. The Estate is located in Ghourdour village near Naggar and 17km away from Kullu. Naggar is situated halfway between Kullu and Manali. Do not forget to explore the Estate with its kiwi plantations, apple orchards, pears, and pomegranate and walnut trees. Car parking space and accommodation for drivers available. Room service, wi-fi, library are some of the other facilities available.
This is beautiful homestay property on the banks of the Beas, about 15km from Kullu. There is a two-bedroom river-side cottage and a three-bedroom villa. The houses have been built with recycled timber from old Himachali homes that were being torn down elsewhere. The owners can arrange for adventure activities, including trout fishing in the Beas. They also offer various kid-friendly activities.
Ramgarh Heritage Villa
Run by the same family who owns the Baragarh Estate, this heritage villa consists of several suites—the family suites have two double-bedrooms while others have one double bedroom each. Car parking space and accommodation for drivers available. W-fi, library, play area for children are some of the other facilities. The heritage villa is located near Raison village, and about 14km from Kullu.
Soham’s Chateau de Naggar
A well-appointed budget hotel, it has earned a lot of good reviews from visitors. Located in Naggar village, the affordable price range makes it a favourite place for families and backpackers. There are eight rooms. There is a roof-top café from where you can get a sweeping view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Wi-fi available. Parking and driver accommodation available.
Housed in the Naggar Castle, this premium heritage hotel is run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. Relive the memories of Himachal’s royal household in this medieval stone and wood mansion. The hotel overlooks the Kullu valley.
Tucked inside Naggar village, the Treetops Cottage has been fashioned as a homestay. It has two self-contained three- and two-bedroom units. Free wi-fi.