Neeralaya was an unforgettable experience ! We were looking for a hill station experience sans the maddening crowds from the plains and Neeralaya was highly recommended by a friend who had visited in 2010. We have just returned to Gurgaon after 6 nights in Neeralaya. What can one say except that all the epithets such as "home away from home" or "paradise on earth" are 100% TRUE ! The setting on the banks of the river Beas, the serenity and tranquility not only driven by the locale but also by the fact that there are only 3 cottages which makes it an "exclusive" experience. Our breakfasts in the hut right along the river bank was simply mesmerising with the sounds of the rapids washing over us. The owner, Munir Suri, is truly an inspiration for all those pursuing excellence in hospitality. His personal touch coupled with an excellent staff, and delicious "almost like home" food (managed by none other than his wife and a very accomplished Nepalese chef in Rajan !) makes you want to return to Neeralay over and over again ! We will certainly return to this paradise and strongly recommend Neeralaya to all those looking to get far from the madding crowd and spend a truly "chilled out" holiday. The highlight of our trip was a trip to the Suri Orchards (highly recommended) nestled up in the mountains off the beaten track - made all the more special as we were accompanied by Munir Suri and his staff. It was fascinating listening to his experiences growing up in the valley and seeing its transformation (good, bad or ugly) over the years. His passion for and commitment to the environment agenda is also outstanding. He has some very interesting plans on refurbishing Neeralaya and we look forward to seeing the fruits of his labor soon !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by orchards and beautiful landscapes, Neeralaya offers villas and suites by the river "Beas" located between Kullu and Manali in Himachal Pradesh, India. The villas are equipped with modern amenities but are built with recycled timber, stone and slate, using the traditional methods of timber bonded architecture of the Western Himalaya! Being sensitive to our local environment, a lot of thought and actions have been taken to minimise our carbon footprints in each and every aspect of our enterprise. All meals served in Neeralaya are freshly cooked with most of the produce procured from our organic farm that is on the premises of the property. But having said all this, the real crowning glory of our labour of love is our local staff that needs special mention as they make you feel so welcome, that you never want to leave! ... more less