Arvind runs a really homely and eco-friendly place. It's clean, tastefully decorated and the top floor room he gave us is, especially, very nice and cosy. We were booked for one night each on the 27th June and 1st of July but couldn't make it on our way back from Tirthan and had to head back to Gurgaon in a bit of a hurry. However, this place will be on top of our list whenever we return to Kasauli.
Quite and peaceful place with warmth of a home. Its indeed a place for the nature lovers. Really fascinated by the greenery and the eco friendly alternatives adapted at the place. My wife got multiple ideas for her garden from here. The owner, Arvind, is quite friendly and helps the visitors in every possible way to make their stay comfortable.
We visited shortly and loved the stay. It felt awesome to sleep under the star-lit sky view from the huge windows. Not to miss, the machaan eating place is a big hit along with good homely food by Aunty especially paranthas.
Definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting Kussowlie.
First of all, I would like to state upfront that my review is not aimed personally to the owner, but specifically to the place itself. Arvind, the owner of Lapinekonez (Kusowlie) and his mom, were extremely cordial, active and co-operative to us during our short stay in this place. This homestay is ideal if you have a car alongwith you the entire time, otherwise, it is located at a very scenic spot, Garkhal, about 5.5kms from the main point of Kasauli, which is the upper and lower mall area. So if you do not have a car you would have to hire a cab which will cost Rs. 200 a ride (around 350-400 to & fro from Mall). So thats a little inconvenient, considering you have Hotel Ros Commons (HPTDC) right at the mall, at / around the same price. The property is pretty well maintained, although the rooms could have a little spacious at this price. There is no shortage of hot water as rooms have geysers, but there is a general shortage of water supply in the area, so guests need to apply common sense in not wasting too much water. The balcony outside the room, gives a splendid view of the Kasauli valley and the town higher up. Mornings start with the chirping of different birds and hot homemade tea, followed by sumptuous breakfast (Aloo Parantha by Arvinds Mom is a must try). But at least the breakfast should be included in the price, since its homestay, and most homestays are Bed&Breakfast concept. Foods are usually vegetarian, although they can arrange non-veg upon prior requests. The meal serving area is a machan, which I found unique and great. All in all, if you are looking for a quiet-out of the crowd experience with nature, LapineKonez is a great choice, but if you want to stay in the main center of the town, you should look for some in the upper and lower mall area. Its a quaint homestay, managed by very down-to-earth family persons who also want families to visit them to know the place better.
If you are looking for a non-commercial, homely experience closer to nature then this is the place for you.
The owner, Arvind has put in a lot of effort to make this place place look the way it is. Surrounded by lots of flowering plants and trees with a view to die for.
There 4 rooms on this property and each have a very earthy and rustic feel to it. They very well maintained and clean. Try and get the 'attic' if you can it offers the best view.
This place offers nice home cooked vegetarian meals. I would suggest have at least one meal on the Machan at night.
Place is very easy to locate and is close to all the major tourist spots
Overall a pleasant, peaceful stay closer to nature.
Located away from the hustle bustle of the main town, this place provided us with an extremely comfortable and peaceful stay and with one of the most scenic views of the hills. The host and his staff were warm and helpful and I would highly recommend a stay at La Pinekonez to anyone looking for serene vacation in the hills.
This was my first time in the Himalayan foothills and it was a great introduction. My friend and I travelled from Rishikesh and Haridwar by taxi (a slow, scenic 9 hour drive, though it is only 240km), and were delighted to arrive at Arvind's charming village retreat.
Nothing was too much trouble, and we even got invited to a local wedding, thanks to Arvind's introductions, and spent the night Bollywood dancing.
In previous travels, my friend and I had both experienced the spiritual world of the Ganges towns, the lazy beach vibes of Goa, the gorgeous aesthetic of Rajasthan, but this was the first time we got to experience the easy pace of mountain life, and it made us definitely want to come back and explore more.
In mid-spring it was getting a bit too hot already for long mountains walks - though we did manage a 2-hour hike - and I would recommend coming here in early spring or autumn to really get into the nature. There is a 12km hike from Kasauli to Kalka which looks worth trying.
If you are a honeymoon/romantic couple, definitely ask for Arvind's loft room, which is built with eco materials on the roof of the house and has floor-to-ceiling windows with the most amazing views.
A Homestay cant get better than this. Very creatively done up and offers possibly one of the best views in Kasauli. From birds chirping to the amazing sounds of the wind chimes to absolute peace.
Great home cooked food and the owner is very friendly, artistic and plays great guitar. The rooms are spacious, clean and extremely beautiful. Well located, can't be missed, just a few kms before you hit Kasauli.
Must visit for nature and peace lovers