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Zostel Homes - Shuru

Premium Accommodation With Picturesque Location

Shaiminala, Manali
Stays > Homestay
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OffbeatA truly hidden and local experience
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Premium4 star trips with all modern amenities
A barbeque by the river, hikes and cookouts, off-roading and biking, fruit-picking and breadmaking, and exclusive cooking sessions with the chef— how does that sound for a holiday? Zostel Homes Shuru is a collection of many such experiences, coated by the bliss of luxury and a majestic landscape! With a lively bar and a picturesque common area, umpteen balconies that tag along with the rooms, a colourful courtyard, and the comfiest of beds, the chalet is the perfect blend of rustic and fancy. Al show more

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The Ultimate Luxury Chalet

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Gurung Family
After 30 years of managing a 5-star hotel in Manali, Mr Madhu Gurung moved on to host guests in his own stunning chalet. Accompanying him is his son Anubhav, an alumnus of IHM, a Chef, and the owner of one of the top cafes in Manali. Rati aunty, the life of the house, is not far behind when it comes to impressing the guests with her culinary skills.
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Hike/escape to hidden spots for a picnic or cookout. Food tour in the town of Manali to explore local, Indian, and international cuisines. Cooking sessions with Chef Anubhav Gurung in his private cottage. Jam and pickle making, fruit-picking sessions with the expert, Rati Aunty herself. Watch the locals make cheese at a nearby cheese factory.
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Adventure Outings
Go for a crazy off-roading session or an adventurous bike ride on scenic routes. Enjoy a midnight swim in the sulphur springs as you stargaze. Go for hikes on secret trails with Tikkan Ram, an exporter and expert trekker who’s available in-house. Enjoy winter sports like skiing with Anubhav, who has a knack for them. Take a trip to meet the local weavers and learn the skill from them.

Quick gist

About the stay

  • Enjoy an overnight stay at the Zostel Homes Shuru run by a lovely and compassionate family.
  • Have a blast with delectable food, comfortable rooms and pretty outdoors.
  • An ideal place for artists who're looking for creative space, travellers who're seeking peace and corporates who want to brainstorm new ideas.

Where is this?

  • Shuru is a small settlement, only 6.5 km from the Manali bus depot and 8km from Old Manali (and Zostel Manali too).
  • Everyone’s favourite escape when it comes to the mountains, Manali is a joyride of a holiday town.
  • With great hiking trails, picture-perfect cafes, waterfalls and lakes, temples, hot springs, and umpteen other things, it is very easy for the town to keep a traveller entertained.
  • Very much in the middle of the luscious greenery and only a short drive from the rustic markets and cafes of the main town, Shuru lets you switch between peaceful leisure time and an outgoing holiday.

With whom?

  • It's a shared homestay experience.
  • You'll have completely independent and private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
  • Access to common areas is given.

You get

  • Only accommodation is covered.

Things to remember

  • Meals and laundry come at an additional charge.
  • Activities and experiences can be arranged as well!

Something unique

Interestingly, three of your hosts combined can speak Hindi, English, Punjabi, Nepali, and Pahari, just in case you’re in the mood of a little talk-game.

Tips from insiders

  • As locals, your hosts are well aware of the area, and you can chat them up for recommendations on hiking and exploring, or tag along with them for an even more adventurous session of off-roading or winter sports.
  • Vashisht is a small village very close to Manali and only 17km from Shuru.
  • Naggar - from a castle to a folk-art museum, a Buddhist monastery, and Hindu temples Naggar is a complete cultural affair.