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Hill Stream Cottage, Dharamshala
Hill Stream Cottage, Dharamshala
9 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
3 baths
9 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
3 baths

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Welcome to your home in the hills at this serene quiet hamlet Nadi in the village of Khaniyara. This three bedroom cottage is on the slopes of the hills very close to the Dhauladhar mountain ranges. The caretakers Joginder and his wife Nirmala would take care of all your needs including home cooked food. Our cottage is home away from home while not being too far from the town.

The space

There is a fresh water stream about 300 metres walk and the famous Norbulingka Tibetan Cultural Center is just 4 kms away. Other place of interest - Close to Norbulingka is the most visited Joyful Café which serves one of the best thin crust wood fire pizzas in this part of the town. ‘Taste of Tibet’ near Joyful Cafe serves good Tibetan and Indian cuisines at reasonable price. You can take some time out for Naam Art Gallery close to Sidhbari (four kms from the cottage) which exhibits paintings by renowned artist Elisbeth Buschmann.
Joginder, can perhaps take you on a trekking trail to the slate quarry or the hills closeby. If lucky may encounter some wild life enroute.
Other places of interest are not too far away, St John’s Church near Mcleodganj (Historical and heritage monument), His Holiness Dalai Lama’s temple, Bhagsu Nag falls, Dal lake, Walk to Dharamkot, Trek to Triund and Lakha (snow line), exploring the shops and restaurant in the alleys of Mcleodganj.
Bir Biling famous for para gliding is at 70 kms (approx two hours drive) from here. The flying season is from March to May and September to October, with some flying also done in November. Short para gliding sortie (flying time 10 minutes) is available from Indrunag (7 kms approx) from the cottage.
As in most of the hills this place has a lot of Hindu mythological temples, Kunal Pathri temple, Bhagsu Nag temple (Mcleodganj) and Chamunda mata temple. For the religiously adventurous ones slightly far are Chintpurni mata temple (71 kms), the shiva temple at Baijnath (50 kms) and the jawalaji temple (55kms).
The Kangra Fort is located 20 kilometers from Dharamshala on the outskirts of the town of Kangra. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India. Also near to old Kangra is the famous Jayanti Mata temple on a hill top. The Temple was built by the General of the Gorkha Army, Bada Kaji Amar Singh Thapa. Also close to entrance is a small museum which exhibits the history of Kangra fort.Adjoining the Fort is the Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch Museum run by the Royal Family of Kangra. The Museum also provides audio guides for the fort and the museum and has a cafeteria.
For those who have inclination towards arts you may visit Shobha Singh’s Art gallery and Museum at Andhretta, near Palampur (Approx 30 kms from the cottage) which is managed by his daughter Bibi Gurcharan Kaur. You can try your hand at Pottery in Andretta Pottery & Craft Society Village. Andretta Pottery is run by Mansimran "Mini" Singh, son of famous potter Gurcharan Singh.
And of course if you wish to just relax there is always the option of reading or writing a book in the serene surrounding of the cottage or just absorbing the beauty of nature in the stillness of the moment.
Our family cottage offers you a home away from home with hygienically prepared homemade food cooked by Nirmala, with personal flavours as desired with enough privacy since the whole cottage is to yourself. For the little ones there are books and board games to let you truly enjoy the moments for yourself.
There is enough to satisfy and rejuvenate all kinds of souls, from the adventure and pleasure seeking to the ones in quest of solitude and enriching their soul.

Guest access

Kitchen is out of bounds for the guests. Caretaker is available for cooking food.

Other things to note

Food/meal charges will be extra.

Amenities
Kitchen
Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises
Prices
Extra people $10 CAD / night after 6 guests
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed, 2 floor mattresses
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in time is 12PM (noon) - 6PM
Check out by 10AM
Self check-in with doorman

- Consumption of liquor is strictly prohibited.
- We would prefer if you smoked outside the cottage
- Eating is not allowed in the bedrooms.
- Food is to be consumed at the dining table.

You must also acknowledge
Amenity limitations - No room for driver
Cancellations
Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Availability
On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

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Jarik User Profile
September 2017
Sandeep, the owner, personally came to welcome us and went out of his way to help us and to ensure we get the most out of our visit to the area. Fantastic host! The house is clean, spacious and very well equipped for a comfortable stay in the countryside. The caretakers, Joginder and Nirmala, is a lovely couple who could not do enough for us. We had a great stay and highly recommend this place.
Sundeep User Profile
Response from Sundeep:
It was a pleasure to host you and your family at our cottage. My caretakers, Nirmala and Joginder, have high appreciation and regards for your behaviour especially the kids. You were an amazing family. We (Hill Stream Cottage crew) wish you all the best. We would love to extend our hospitality to you again.I would certainly recommend you to all the Airbnb hosts.
September 2017

Anoop User Profile
July 2017
Highly recommended for people seeking serenity, natural surroundings and calm location.

Hitesh User Profile
July 2017
had a wonderful experience at the villa, the host as well as the caretaker took extra efforts to make sure we had a pleasant stay at the villa. would definitely visit again
Sundeep User Profile
Response from Sundeep:
Hitesh, Thank you for your feedback. You guys were a very lively and wonderful group. Hope to have you visit us again. Take care.
July 2017

Anuj User Profile
July 2017
We had a really nice stay, our bed was super comfortable, the room was really beautiful and clean, the cottage was really at a great location. The view from the cottage and nearby stream was perfect. It is a village not far from Dharamshala city(close to 8 Km, which hardly takes 15 -20 min from a Taxi). You can visit Dharamshal, Mcloedganj and dharamkot very easily. Our host, Sundeep was super friendly and approachable. he suggested places to visit and we planned our trip based on his suggestions. Caretaker Joginder and his wife(Nirmala) were really nice and they will take care of everything . Do try their home cooked delicious breakfast and lunch/dinner. The area is perfect, far from hassle and noise of a busy tourist city.What a nice spot! I totally recommend staying here. Hope to visit soon :)
Sundeep User Profile
Response from Sundeep:
Anuj and his friends were very courteous. Thank you for your appreciation. I would certainly like to host you again.
July 2017

Bhanu User Profile
July 2017
This was our second stay at Hill Stream cottage and this time too we found everything was perfect. We have always felt that this cottage offers all the luxury and amenities of a good hotel while enjoying the privacy of home and all this is in the midst of nature and amazing views. The stream next to the cottage is like an unexpected treasure. I spent hours bird watching and gazing at the countless stars at night. For urban people like us all this is true bliss. Infact we spent lesser time in crowded Mc Leod Ganj which was otherwise not too far away. The food cooked by the caretaker's wife was great, especially the Himachali cuisine. Our thanks and appreciation to the caretaker for their hospitality and taking special care of our daughter who was sick. We would love to keep coming back to your cottage to rejuvenate ourselves. Highly recommended!
Sundeep User Profile
Response from Sundeep:
It was wonderful hosting you again. Thanks for your appreciation, you are too kind. We would love to extend our hospitality to you again.
July 2017

Garima User Profile
June 2017
This cottage is like a dream come true in the lap of nature. Be it with family or with friends, you would never be disappointed. the hosts, Joginder and Nirmala were gracious and cooked amazing food. The best part about the cottage is the beautiful freshwater stream. The view from the cottage is amazing and if the clouds clear, you can see the snow caped peaks also at the back. The cottage is equipped with all basic amenities and is super clean. I would highly recommend it.
Sundeep User Profile
Response from Sundeep:
Dear Garima, It was a pleasure hosting you in our cottage. Thank you for your feedback. We look forward to extending our hospitality again to you in the future. Regards Sundeep
June 2017

Shiv User Profile
June 2017
Pros: 1. house is well maintained with descent amenities. You can spend good time at nearby stream with your friends. 2. If you want to spend time with your family and friends away from hues and cry of city life then this place is best for you. But your will spend most of time traveling if you want to travel to Mcleodganj and nearby destinations. 3. Overall our stay was fine and had a good time. This was our first stay in private cottage. Cons : 1. The attendant in the house is damn rude. He behaves like a boss and scold you like a father figure. He forced us to return by 9pm or no entry, which usually is not expected when you hire a private cottage. Lunch and dinner offered at 150/meal wasn't worth money. 2. Host Mr Sundeep initially offered us only 2 rooms although he has mentioned 3 rooms in the description. We have to argue to get third room which was highly unprofessional. 3. Cottage is very far from Mcleodganj and if you happen to visit it during rush periods like June, you will be stuck in traffic for whole day. We were stuck in jam for 6 hours and had to walk for 5km to reach Mcleodganj.
Sundeep User Profile
Response from Sundeep:
Dear Shiv, Thanks for your feedback. While we appreciate your positive points we would like to respond to your areas of concern not to provide an explanation but more so to put things in proper perspective: 1. One of the main attractions of the cottage which is also mentioned in the profile is that it is located away from the hustle and bustle of the main town so it will naturally be located away from the busy and more commercial Mc Leod Ganj area (though not very far since it is around 12 kms away) . The cottage charges is also priced accordingly. We also have a hotel in the heart of Mc Leod Ganj and the rate per night of a single room there is more than that of the entire cottage you stayed in, It is the preference and budget of the customer and we expect they make their choice keeping all in mind. 2. Regarding the third room not being allowed: The reason it was done so was that we did not agree to allow to keep your driver inside the cottage. It is a security concern since we need proper identity and documentation for all who stay in the cottage which is possible for you and your friends through air bnb but it is not so incase of drivers/others. We would have appreciated if you would have told us this in advance before checking into the cottage. We could have managed some alternate appropriate stay for the driver. 3. About the attendant and his wife: Joginder and Nirmala are simple village folks but nonetheless very professional as well as caring individuals. They have received the best of feedback from other guests ( check the reviews on our (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) page : (URL HIDDEN) ) . They take pride in the upkeep of the cottage and we have given them good amount of control to run the place . We step in only when we feel the need to do so like the time they insisted you should be charged extra for soiling the linen beyond repair by eating on the beds ( when it has been clearly mentioned in the rules that no eating is allowed on the beds and the dining space should be used) but we over ruled him since we felt we did not want to make a big issue of it. Joginder was also not pleased with the erratic timings since safety is a concern, although the area is safe it is close to the wilderness. Like we already mentioned, we have to follow some rules while running the place else it will hurt us more than benefit us. As far as food is concerned we offer simple homely food and the pricing is done accordingly. Nirmala cooks with great care and hygiene inside the kitchen within the house as you would have noticed .Many guests have praised her culinary skills as she caters to the individual preferences when told about it. We have full faith in Joginder and his wife and expect them to feel and behave like they own the cottage. One of the main purpose of hiring staff from the local village is in order to empower them and develop the local community and we are proud to say that they have not let us down. While we would like to keep an open mind to all kind of responses we increasingly also feel that we need to be more careful and discerning while permitting people to stay in our cottage which was why had chosen air bnb.
June 2017

I am an ex Commander of the Indian Navy and belong to this beautiful town of Dharamshala. After hosting several friends at my lovely cottage and getting great appreciation and feedback from them my wife Priti and I decided to share it with all others though the reliable site of Air BNB. We love the cottage and its surrounding including the tiny locality inhabiting it and would love to share this wonderful place and experience with those who equally love and respect the environment, be it the birds and trees or the simple inhabitants who make this place special.

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