We spent 4 days at this camp and it was an experience to cherish! The photographs dont do justice to the place. The location is perfect - on the banks of the cerulean Baspa river, in an apple orchard, surrounded by snow clad peaks.
We stayed in tents because we wanted to experience the novelty - but next time I'll choose the lodge. It gets very cold in the evenings and though we were snug and warm thanks to the quilts and the hot water bottles at night, it was difficult to know how to keep warm in the late evening till they started the bonfire.
This camp is run by Mr Sud and Mr Oza who spend alternate summers there (while the other runs things from Delhi). Ajay Sud and his lovely wife Chandrika happened to be there this year and we were amazed by their warm hospitality and the personal touch they provided to every small service...right from the hot water bags thoughtfully placed in the beds at night,, a shegdi lit in the comon room to warm frozen hands, trekking with us and the array of snacks placed on the common room counter for hungry kids.
The camp recommends 3 or 4 hikes for those (like us) who love the outdoors. We went for all and I'd strongly recommend everyone do the same. It snowed in Chitkul on our first day and the scenery on the drive there was like a christmas card. We trekked to Nagasthi through snow and it was a memory to cherish.
The trek to Raksham was the highlight. Its a 4 -5 hr hike through Batseri village then through pine forests and lush meadows and glaciers , alongside the gushing Baspa.
Ajay's tow small boys accompanied us and they were the most enthusiastic and energetic trekkers I've seen. They became thouroughly wet while sliding down the glaciers and the guide had to light a bonfire to dry their socks and their jackets before we could proceed.
In short - the location of the hotel is perfect, the view spectacular, the food is delicious and the attention to every detail is amazing.
I read in a previous comment that foreigners were given preferential treatment at the expense of indians but I have to say that our experience was just the opposite. We had a group of Canadians who were there for some serious Himalayan cycling and we never felt they received any special treatment.
Oh- and the strawberries growing just outside the kitchen were deliciously sweet! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A soft adventure family holiday place in the higher Himalayas. Located on the banks of Baspa river and next to the amazingly beautiful Batseri village, Banjara Camp was pioneer of tourism in this area. Kinnaur, Spiti and Upper Kullu region also have properties from this the company, Banjara Camps & Retreats Pvt Ltd., which runs the camp. ... more less