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“Memorable experience, the best in Manali”
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Upadhyay Cottages
Ranked #1 of 72 Speciality Lodging in Kullu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 October 2013

We stayed at Upadhyay Cottages from 28th Sept to 5th Oct 2013. We had initially planned to stay at top rated hotels and resorts in Kullu and Manali towns. This fabulous place, which is a homestay in an orchard owned by Upadhyay family, beats the best amongst all. It is located in Kullu valley just 10 kms (30 minutes drive) before the Manali hill town in a village called Jong, Katrain opposite Naggar. The beautiful orchard and the cottages are surrounded by mountains and greenery all around. There are 3 cottages with totally 6 rooms. We chose the Cottage No. 3 which had 2 bedrooms with attached bath and a big dining and kitchen (with LPG stove, utensils, dishes, etc.). The rooms as well as the bathrooms were well furnished and absolutely clean. All cottages have a verandah and a garden which ensures privacy and quiet living amidst beautiful natural surroundings. My mother liked the homely atmosphere and home cooked fresh food provided by the Upadhyay family which lives about 100 mts away in the orchard. The orchard has apple, walnut, peach and other fruit bearing trees as well as vegetables and flowering plants. We bought a lot of apples and walnuts from them. There are many things to learn about orchards, trees, culture, customs, etc. in this excellent homestay as well as the surrounding village. In the mornings, we woke up to the songs of wide variety of birds. Rajeev Upadhyay and his parents had valuable advise and information on Kullu valley. The entire Upadhyay family was very helpful. The kids were loving and playful. The service provided by Shyam (who is from Nepal) was excellent, prompt and on time. The vegetable soup prepared by Shyam can beat the best chefs in town. Kullu and Manali towns are over built and over crowded. The shops at Mall Road were absolutely worthless. In Manali, we visited Hidimba Temple (it has beautiful surroundings in an otherwise ruined Manali), Tibetan Monastery, Manu Temple (Old Manali), Van Vihar and Nature Park. My mother bought the famed Kullu shawls from Bhuttico the weavers co-operative store. We also visited the extraordinary Naggar Castle built by the Raja of Kullu, which has a restaurant with breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys and the Beas river. The Roerich museum is worth visiting for lovers of art. The road from Naggar to Jana Falls, about 12 kms, has spectacular views of mountains, valleys and hamlets. On the way, there is Chamundadevi temple at the scenic and serene Nashala Village. We also visited the beautiful Solang Valley about 16 kms from Manali, which again has spectacular views of the Himalayas. It was a memorable journey and we plan to visit Upadhyay cottages again-- Utsal Karani, Mumbai (NGOs Bombay Environmental Action Group and Janhit Manch)

Room Tip: Cottage No.1 has best views.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 September 2013 via mobile

Aftr a long hectic journy almost from bottom(south) to top(north) we did land in a place we nevr thought of such a beautiful place in one word " heaven on the earth ". The hospitality recevd from rajeev was unforgetable , we really got a new relative, aftr being so far from ur hometown,the well furnished cottage, the best staff , the view of the mountains was eye catching .IN WORD IT WAS A HOME IN THE HEAVEN. What we paid to mr.rajeev was only for his cottage and no one can pay to the hospitality we did recive from him.I ADVISE TO MANALI TRAVELLERS TO VISIT HIS COTTAGE AS IT IS THE BEST IN ALL ASPECTS.FINALLY I THANK MR.RAJEEV FOR HIS UNFORGETABLE HOSPITALITY.
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  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Aftr a long hectic journy almost from bottom(south) to top(north) we did land in a place we nevr thought of such a beautiful place in one word " heaven on the earth ". The hospitality recevd from rajeev was unforgetable , we really got a new relative, aftr being so far from ur hometown,the well furnished cottage, the best staff , the view of the mountains was eye catching .IN WORD IT WAS A HOME IN THE HEAVEN. What we paid to mr.rajeev was only for his cottage and no one can pay to the hospitality we did recive from him.I ADVISE TO MANALI TRAVELLERS TO VISIT HIS COTTAGE AS IT IS THE BEST IN ALL ASPECTS.FINALLY I THANK MR.RAJEEV FOR HIS UNFORGETABLE HOSPITALITY.
I hav uploaded few photos.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

We went to Manali and we had already booked cottages in Upadhyay Cottages. The bus was late to reach Katrain, but Mr.Rajeev Upadhyay came to pick us up. From the main road you take a deviation, travel for about a KM and then you reach Upadhyay Cottages. It’s such a beautiful place surrounded by beautiful flowers, valleys and some apple orchard. The place is very peaceful; you get a good view of the huge mountain on the opposite side. The cottage is very spacious with a good room, kitchen, dining hall and sitting area. The roof and floor are completely wooden and you get a totally cozy feeling in these cottages. The best part is that there are only few cottages here and hence you don’t get the feel of a crowded hotel. Kids can literally play around as there is so much lawn area in the front.

As regards to the hospitality, it’s one of the best I have seen so far. The family lives in the same compound and they make you feel very comfortable. Mr.Rajeev himself will ensure that your stay is very comfortable and would plan the sightseeing, arrange taxi as well. One thing I would want to add that the taxi driver arranged by Mr.Rajeev for manali sightseeing was the best.
Also we wanted to go to Chandigarh and Rajeev arranged the taxi at very low price since lot of taxi which comes for drop to manali go back at reduced rates.
Overall thanks Mr. Rajeev for making our stay very enjoyable and memorable one. I will be coming with family in April and would stay at your cottage only. I would also highly recommend all to visit these cottages and enjoy your vacations there along with the very good hospitality of Mr. Rajeev. I have also attached some pics of the cottages along with one pic of Rajeev along with us.

Room Tip: Cottage 2 has no veranda, but a garden with chairs. The cottage is at the front of the property and...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

these cottages are really very homely.........surrounded by gorgeous himalayas.....everyone from our family enjoyed and felt as if they are at home only.........Mr Rajeev ....is really great.......cottages are too comfortable,,,,,,,,,,food is too good,,,,,,,,,,,,and above all, we were treated as a part of family,,,,,,

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

We arrived at the cottages in pouring rain (the last of the monsoon), but were immediately given a very warm welcome by Rajeev who manages the cottages on behalf of his parents. His good nature (and good English) put us at ease straight away. He even let us each have a glass of whiskey from a bottle he had just been given and we chatted for over an hour.

In the morning the weather had cleared and we were treated to stunning views across the Kullu Valley. The location of the cottages is great - only 30 mins to both Kullu and Manali, but in a quieter and less developed section of the valley. I would highly recommend an afternoon in Naggar, which is only 10km away.

The cottage itself was spacious, clean and comfortable. This is not a 5 star luxury hotel, but we had comfy chairs to relax in and our own kitchen and dining table to have dinner at (prepared by Rajeev's family twice at short notice). Free wifi in the cottage was an unexpected bonus - better than other more 'established' hotels during our trip. The cottage was cleaned every day and it was always made clear that if we needed anything, all we had to do was ask.

That brings me back to the service, which really is the best thing about Upadhyay. The family all live on site and everyone we met could not have been kinder to us or our driver. On our second day Rajeev gave us directions for a walk to a monastery, then invited us up to meet his brother at the family's orchard. There we were again made to feel welcome and were shown how the family's apple business works, a unique experience.

In summary, if you want to stay in the Kullu Valley but want to get away from Kullu or Manali, you would do well to look at Upadhyay. Comfy cottages and great service.

Room Tip: Cottage 2 has no veranda, but a garden with chairs and as the cottage at the front of the property i...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

These cottages are nestled away from the hustle and bustle and my stay there is always Lovely. Rajeev is a very warm and friendly host. Location of the cottages is serene and the upkeep of the cottages is very very good. If you want to just relax and chill out then this is the place. I often go there for official and sometimes pleasure trips with family and this is the place that i always stay. One of the best part is their food as it tastes just like home food without the extra masala's that normally most of the hotels add in food. I advise anyone to go and stay there as you and your family will be taken care of by the host i.e Rajeev. So go there, have Fun and completely relax.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Address: Village Jong, P.O. Katrain, Kullu 175129, India
Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Kullu District > Kullu
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Ranked #1 of 72 Speciality Lodging in Kullu
Price Range: £39 - £83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6

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