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“Kaza-Heaven on earth” 3 of 5 stars
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Lahaul and Spiti district | Spiti Valley, Kaza 172114, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kaza
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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“Kaza-Heaven on earth”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We drove to Kaza from Kalpa. While the journey was an adventure in itself, As we were nearing Kaza, our heart was hoping, that the Retreat would be as endearing as the one we encountered in Thanedar.
We reached Kaza at around 7.30. It was already dark, and quite cold. When we reached the Banjara retreat, we were checked in to our rooms swiftly. The room was quite spacious. But cold.. No heater or thermal blanket there. The Manager however was an enigma. At times, he would seem to be the friendliest person, and at times he would be a closed person. The staff however was decently friendly. At the time we were there, there was another group, one member was a part of the Banjara group . The manager was all attentive to them.

Since it was off season, no programs were arranged for us - no local house visit, no local dances. No advise of any sort, Luckily , we had a good driver - arranged by Banjara camps - who was also enthusiastic - so we did see all the places around kaza.

The retreat is not a Banjara property, Its a leased one. At night, we had surprise visitors - a rat. We assumed this rat was in, since we found rat droppings in the room. We soon found out that the other group also had this issue.

The food at the retreat was quite good, though potatoes are major contributors. We also had the benefit of locals coming and cooking momos for us.

One thing though is that the main door is kept open often, so you really feel the chills as you go to the dining room for dining.

The view from outside the resort is great, though not much from the room we were in. However, next year onwards, they would be setting up cap at Langzha - That would be a much better place to be in .

The room though not so great, we know we will visit Kaza again, cause that place is sheer bliss

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

The Manager and staff are very unhelpful. The property is poorly constructed, the main door always open, even during dinner time with gusts of snow blowing in while you eat. There is no heating and barely any water or electricity. The place is neat and clean, but that is the only saving grace. Will never go back.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

We stayed here in June 13 after spending some time in Sangla and Kalpa. Given our excellent experience in both those places, we were hoping to finish the trip with something equally memorable. When we arrived here, I must say, we were underwhelmed. The location isn't that great and view from the room also is mediocre (with lot of construction going on around the hotel). But the staff more than made up for it through its hospitality and excellent food. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food at the hotel. The Manager helped up with out itinerary for places around Kaza and even took trouble to accompany us to show us the local market. The rooms are pretty basic (no TV) but comfortable.
As we had to leave at 5 am on our return trip, we requested them to pack our breakfast and lunch. We were willing to accept food packed late in the night also but we were given freshly packed food at 5 am in the morning. This really floored me. Excellent people, excellent service.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

When we took trip from Batal to Kaza, we never expected to be greeted with wonders of nature as was thrown on the road as if GOD personally lived in this heaven. We hoped to have a vehicle which can provide 360 degree view. We were all blessed. With this feeling of peace and freshness when we reached Banjara retreat; Kaza, it was further enhanced with warm and smiling staff greeting us, helping us to settle in our rooms. Rooms were clean, airy and spacious with good view. The whole retreat had personalized touch to it in spite of being professionally managed. Food was par excellence. They took care of us like we were guest at their home and not hotel. This in fact is what we have been accustomed to by now having been to most of their properties in the past. They certainly know how to make a guest feel at home, at peace, at ease. We are all very happy to have visited them at Kaza and would love to be back if life permits.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stayed at the Banjara Retreat as part of a road trip with a friend skirting all of Himachal in a Toyota Fortuner. We stayed at the Hotel for two very memorable days.
This was my first trip to Lahaul and what struck me was the similarity of this valley to Zanskar. This valley which was formed several thousand years ago by a giant glacier cutting its way thru and submerging all marine life.
That morning we had started from Cheri near Udaipur and literally drove across the breadth of Himachal crossing Gramphoo, Batal, Kumzum La and Lohsar. We reached Kaza by 10pm and stayed at Banjara Camp there. The next morning when we came downstairs for breakfast I was surprised to see a table covered with fossils of sea horses and other aquatic species that were found from the river basin nearby. We had breakfast and left to see the Ki Gompa and the world's highest village Kibber. The Gompa as with most Gompas in the Ladakh/ Himachal area is stunning. I'll let the pictures do the talking. Also the drive upto kibber is very scenic with the rock faces reminding you of movie scenes straight out of "Makena's Gold". Unknown to many Kaza is also boasts of the worlds highest fuel pump run by IndianOil. We left the next morning for Banjara Camps Sangla and then later stayed at their resorts at Thanedaar and Shoja as part of our trip. The Retreat at Kaza is highly recommended for travellers either as a stopover from Gramphoo or a desitination from Sangla.

P.S. Headed out with family this april end.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Way back in 1996, it was a challenge to get decent lunch at kaza, let alone a hotel. Cut to 2012, 8.30 at night (that's when we reached kaza), we had the pleasant staff of banjara kaza lay us a delicious buffet!

This was my 4th visit to kaza, between 1996 and 2012, and the first where I spent 3 nights at the banjara camps kaza retreat last summer, was traveling with family, we had 4 rooms. Having stayed at their properties in Sangla and Thanedar earlier, you begin to wonder how do they manage to keep the same (well almost) standard across their properties.They have a lovely bunch of guys working for them, always smiling, and helpful.

The manger gave us his personal sim card to use (airtel and vodafone don't work in kaza) because one of us was sick and staying back at the hotel and we wanted to be reachable, while we were out to Kibber and nearby places, great gesture.

The rooms are clean, linen smells fresh (most important), food is good and welcoming staff, great going Team Banjara...

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We were pleased to find that the people over here were very friendly and nice. They were enthusiastic about our arrival and keen on us seeing places too !!!

I consider the fact that they were able to keep us happy in-spite of the the power shutdown [ we had no power the entire duration of our stay ] ... an achievement. Mr. Om Prakash of this place is a very enthusiastic trekker himself and helped us decide which places to go considering our diesel situation. They also arranged for diesel at Batal ( after Chandratal camping ) but were unable to do so at Kaza itself.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lahaul and Spiti district | Spiti Valley, Kaza 172114, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Kaza
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kaza
Number of rooms: 11

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