Navek La and our hosts Brig and Mrs JS Sandhu were by far the highlight of our visit to India. The accommodation was outstanding and ideally situated to explore Dharamsala, McLeod Ganj and the local area including trekking on the Triund Pass.
My father and I (in our 40's and 60's) travelled to India for a 9 day sightseeing and trekking package tour, the ultimate aim was to spend quality time together. The trip had been booked as a gift via Groupon and the Indian Travel Centre in the UK. Navek La was our second stop on the tour and we stayed for three nights before travelling to Shimla. Part of our package included a driver and guides at our disposal which we used daily for visiting local attractions.
The accommodation at Navek La is a home-stay/traditional family bed and breakfast and we were certainly made to feel very welcome and at home by the Sandhu's and their staff. We arrived later than expected after a long day travelling by road from Amritsar and Brig and Mrs Sandhu were keen to welcome us with snacks and homemade Masala Chai. We soon realised how lucky we were to be staying with such a lovely couple, so much better than a hotel stay.
Our room was very spacious and the two balconys had excellent views of the surrounding area and the impressive Himalayan mountain range and sunsets. It was extremely comfortable with lots of personal touches including brew making kit, fridge, fresh drinking water, snacks and plenty of storage etc. We didn't want for anything but knew if we had, that it would have been sorted by the Brigadier and his wife.
A great deal of thought has been put into the design and build of the house and the beautiful garden landscaping, which in some areas was being developed further. Our hosts clearly enjoyed taking the time to show us around which was another nice touch. Free Wifi was provided which was useful for keeping in touch with loved ones although the signal was a little weak and slow in our room.
The home cooked food was excellent with all ingredients being organic and direct from the garden or sourced locally, we had huge breakfasts, with plenty of choice, including local dishes along with porridge, omlete etc and there was always plenty to eat for dinner. Mrs Sandhu went to a great deal of effort to ensure we experienced the local cuisine which was our preference but she also offered to cook western dishes if we so wished.
Our only regret was leaving so soon and we felt that because of this we didn't really get to take full advantage of everything else that was on offer at Navek La such as the cookery demonstration with Mrs Sandhu and hangliding and other visits that the Brigadier offered to arrange for us as we were already so busy, each day, with our pre-planned visits and trekking. We also wish we'd had more time to chill out and relax getting to know the Sandhu's even more as we felt we had learnt so much from our new friends about the Indian culture and history during our long and very engaging after dinner conversations.
I highly recommend a stay at Navek La, you will not regret it. I would love to return to see our new friends the Sandhu's at sometime in the future with my wife and children and know that we will be very well looked after.
- Also Known As:
- Navek-La Country Home Dharamsala, Asia - India
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The property is located on the bank of a mountain stream called Manuni. The grey stone house amidst an acre of gardens has bright, spacious, well furnished rooms with modern bath fittings. Interiors have solid wood floors, spiral staircases and large bay windows bringing in the breath-taking view of the snow-capped Dhauladhars. Each unit has a tiny kitchenette, independent entrances and two sit-outs for privacy and quiet. ... more less