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Zostel Homes - Kotkhai

Immaculate And Offbeat Himachali Homestay

Village Padara, Shimla
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OffbeatA truly hidden and local experience
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Premium4 star trips with all modern amenities
Looking out at a valley blooming with pines, green fields, and small dots for houses, this abode in Kotkhai reflects the lavish Himachali lifestyle from the olden times. Here, the balconies glimmer under the Sun and the glass windows open up to the hills galore. The smell of fresh home-cooked meals takes up the air along with the chuckles of kids who host you with the most loving heart. With a basketball court in the front yard, apple orchards all around, and a sunrise worth waking up early for, show more

A photo walkthrough

A Hilltop Retroscape

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Zostel Homes - Kotkhai
Walking down the road would lead you to the rural township with its many small wonders.
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Jeep Ride
Drive up to the viewpoint with hosts, where you can play traditional games, and enjoy a pleasant picnic. Wait for the sun to go down in all its glory before you head back for a hearty meal at the house. Also, head down to Hatkoti Temple - one of the oldest pilgrimage.
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Suresh Chauhan
He is a believer in communal harmony and development. Fond of the Himachali culture, he always has umpteen local stories to share. Friendly and easy-going, he also loves to drive his guests around the mountain tops in his jeep!
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Cute Accommodation
There are a total of 4 bedrooms in the homestay that can be booked altogether or individually. However, the bathrooms have to be shared.

Quick gist

Where is this?

  • Nestled in Padara, a small town just 13 Km from Kotkhai, the house is easy to reach by road.
  • It sits hidden from the popular tourist destination of Shimla, which is 65km away.
  • It reflects the traditional Himachali lifestyle, it offers beautiful spots for sunrise, sunset, camping, stargazing, and strolling around.

With whom?

  • It's a shared homestay experience.
  • Access to the entire property is given including your own private room.
  • However, the bathrooms aren't ensuite and have to be shared.

You get

  • Accommodation is provided to you.

Things to remember

  • Meals and other services are charged additionally.

Something unique

The region of Kotkhai still preserves most of its olden culture and lifestyle, making it an idyllic and interesting place to walk through. With cow sheds, wooden houses, streams, and fields; the village is picture-perfect.

Tips from insiders

  • There’s an ancient castle that you could stop by at, when in the village.
  • Drive or hike up to Giri Ganga, which is the origin of a river. There’s also a temple up there, reflecting the quaint Himachali architecture.