Aapo Aap is a family home that has been converted to a B&Bull but it's an enormous place and doesn't feel like you're under the family's feet.
It's a little way out of town in a peaceful place with a meditation room available for guests to use. There are no nearby restaurants (it's a 25 minute taxi ride into town) but the dinner and breakfast are amazing. There are a variety of dishes and you eat your fill. You will be joined at meals by Shivi and/or his dad but they are both very interesting to talk to about life in India. This would not be so good if you wanted a romantic getaway.
The rooms are huge and comfortable. Our only complaint was that we heard a lot of noise from the family in the room next door watching tv. There is an adjoining door that let a lot of noise in. It would also help if the curtains in the bedroom were thicker to block more of the light that streams in over the balcony.
But these are quibbles. We would have no hesitation staying again with this very welcoming family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aapo Aap Home Stay is part of the initiative taken by the Himachal Pradesh Government to promote rural tourism. To give tourists a glimpse of rural Himachal & to wean them away from the saturated, congested city-based hotel culture, H. P Govt. formulated Home Stay Scheme. Aapo Aap Home Stay stands approved under this scheme. Guest rooms are clean, spacious & sunny with openable windows and are equipped with satellite TV, broadband internet connectivity (on request), hair dryer, tea/coffee making facility & attached balcony/terrace. All have clean en-suite bathroom with wall mounted/hand shower, hot water geyser, modern toilet with western seat & bidet. All rooms come with fresh bed linen, fresh bath towels, quilts/blankets, toilet paper roll, bathing bar, shampoo, liquid hand soap. Complimentary breakfast. Electricity power back during winters. Distance from our place: Mall Road - 8 Km, Shimla Bus Stand - 10 Km, Shimla Railway station - 12 Km. Taxi charges Rs.400-600 for one side trip. Bus charges Rs.10-15 per person for one way transfer. ... more less
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