McLeodganj as any traveler there will confess is a small hill town, somewhat dirty, somewhat chaotic yet somewhat mysterious.
But hop skip and jump away from all this chaos and perhaps a stones throw away from the residence in exile of the Dalai Lama is Chonor House. Peaceful, serene, perhaps a gateway to Tibet as we should all know it.
Every room we believe is built on Tibetan culture, walls painted with them, books, carpets, food..you name it there's a lil culture in everything. We stayed here in the songsten suite and it was indeed completely hand painted by Tibetan artists.
You may not book here for the views...well you really needn't anywhere for that matter..cause every where you walk in Mcleodganj, you would have snow capped mountain as the backdrop.
You will book here instead, to get to know more about Tibet,its history, its food, and how can i forget .. it's people. This hotel is a boutique hotel managed and serviced by a bunch of extremely warm friendly Tibetan folks who know exactly what it means to serve a guest and make him/her feel at home. I donno about you, but to me that's where I would want to rest my head when in Mcleodganj- that's assuming they had rooms. They only have about 11 and believe me they run out real fast!
The only thing that you need to look out for is the narrow approach road which has a very steep gradient. Manageable but can knock your breath out for a bit as you walk it up. Cars will drop you and pick you up, but perhaps only when you arrive and depart from here... but this shouldn't stop you from checking in here..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amidst tall cedars, Chonor House is peacefully removed from the hustle and bustle of the town, and yet within easy walking distance of everything McLeod has to offer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chonor House Hotel Mcleod Ganj