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Krish Rauni
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

I wasnt quite geared for this trip and called up Mr.Kishore to check on the room status. Must say he took charge and guided me from the beginining in plannaing a 2 wonderful day stay. Though he and his family were away during my stay, he connetced over phone in regular interval.
Great place,food and he has a great Team to run the show - Sunny,Bunty,the chef and the chauffeur Raju - Thank you all for a mememorable stay! Cheers V

Room Tip: Its good if you go as a family or as a Team.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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kkishoresk, Owner at Krish Rauni, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2013

Dear Guests,
Greetings from Krishrauni.
It was a pleasure to have you with us. Hope to see you soon during the upcoming summer season and this time we are looking forward to meet you. Your feedback definitely encourages the staff to do even better.
Thanks.

Have a nice day.

Regards,
Vineet.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

We stayed here in October. The place is difficult to access as the road is quite bad. Be warned, the drive can take 2 h from Shimla or more in traffic. There is no reception or parking lot. Although the owner claims the walk from the road to the resort is flat, it is quite uneven, and there are no lights, so don't arrive when it is dark. And the path is barely 2 feet wide, and on the right there is a precipitous drop of over 30 feet. Quite dangerous and shocking that it is not fenced. There is no dining room and the balcony is congested. One can eat in the terrace but the outdoor fire barely heats up. There was no power and hence no hot water one day. They do not have a back up power and don't provide hot water. You are better off elsewhere even if it costs you more. Also there is no internet--whether one wants it or not is a different matter. The only saving grace was that the food was good.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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kkishoresk, Owner at Krish Rauni, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

Dear guest,
If we may correct you , you did not travel solo but with a companion who has also reviewed us on Tripadvisor and given us a very positive feedback.Well , we do not know whome to believe.
As for the path to the resort is concerned , we agree that it is not paved. In India such hilly paths are called "Pagdandi" which are not paved or fenced........it is true for any hill station whether in Himachal or Utranchal or Darjeeling....
We do have a reception which you may not have noticed. We do have a dining room too which was being renovated at that time.Its open for guests now.
We do offer WiFi to our guests free of cost.Just to remind you , your companion did use the internet in the communal area on the laptop borrowed from us.
We do not have a power backup because we do not have long power cuts on regular basis.And geysers are provided in all bathrooms. If ever the power becomes a problem then we do provide hot water to the guests when asked for. Although we have made a note for a power backup and soon we would be having one.
Regards
Kishore

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

We traveled to Matiana in Himachal Pradesh to celebrate my father-in-law's 80th birthday. The draw was the idea of staying in a cozy homestay amidst apple orchards and spend some quality family time together. The reviews on Tripadvisor were so positive that we overcame doubts about the distance from Simla to stay at Krish Rauni.

Let me start with the positives and then I'll come to why I have chosen to break with trend and rate it only 3 stars. As reported on TripAdvisor, Krish Rauni is located overlooking a rather scenic valley and although we arrived after all the apples had been picked, it was easy to imagine how beautiful the place would be in apple season. The homestay (that is what I would call it, not a resort) has a lovely deck overlooking the valley and it was a delightful place to eat our breakfast. The owners Kishore, Shobhna and their son Vineet are wonderful warm people and made sure that we felt welcome and were prompt in attending to any of our requests. I should mention their staff Sunny, Bunty and the cook as well. The food was excellent and it was a relief to be able to eat home cooked food instead of the generic tripe that is usually served in hotels. There are lovely walks to be had near by and the biggest positive is that you experience HP outside the hustle and bustle of Simla.

Now, the downsides: Matiana is 45 km from Simla, a distance that should be able to be traversed in an hour on decent roads. It took us an hour and 45 minutes every time. The roads are appalling and are being repaired but I don't see them getting done before the winter when they will fall apart once again. A lot of the sightseeing is back towards Simla and as a result we skipped some parts that we would've normally gone to see. There is some decent sightseeing in the other direction, but daytrips are limited to Narkanda and Hatu Peak. This is not in Krish Rauni's control, but something to keep in mind if you decide to stay there.

What is in Krish Rauni's control are things like the approach path to the homestay. It is a narrow unpaved village path with drops on one side. This was problematic for the elder family members and should be paved and made a little wider if Krish Rauni is to be rated highly. This would not have rated as a negative if didn't have older people in our party. The biggest negative in my opinion is the way things kept breaking down. We had multiple issues with hot water heaters not working, water running out (because a pump was not run), the hot water heaters are ancient and it took at least 30 min to heat up for the next person bathing and we'd have to supplement the water with heated water from coffee pots. As a result, we were constantly delayed and irritated. Bathrooms had inadequate lighting and bulbs blown out which had to be requested to be replaced. Worst of all, my father-in-law's room had a pervasive smell of sewage. Not ideal for someone celebrating a birthday. To be fair, the owners did offer to move them to another room, but this was after two nights since the hotel was fully booked. We were eventually given a discount for the inconvenience (another sign of how sincere the owners are). The spare beds were terribly uncomfortable (again the owners replaced the bed when we complained with a marginally better one). The rooms although clean, look very worn out and need to be seriously updated before they can be rated higher on tripadvisor.

The point I am trying to make is that I understand that we were in semi-rural India and that one can't expect everything to work perfectly, but then the ratings on TripAdvisor should reflect this.

I hope the owners take this review as constructive criticism and work to improve on some of the aspects mentioned.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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kkishoresk, Owner at Krish Rauni, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2012

Dear Guest,
Greetings from Krish Rauni.
Thanks for the feedback on Trip Advisor.
The issues pointed out by you had been explained to you during your visit.
1) As far as the village path is concerned it has been discussed many a times with the village authorities to permit us to make a tiled path but the water pipes feeding the entire village are underlying it,which have to be raised above the ground level to be able to lay down a concrete path. Nothing is impossible but it takes time to get them done in rural areas as ours. Moreover, uptil now a high majority of guests love the path as it gives them the real rustic feel of the rural Himachal.
2) Thankfully there has never been a water shortage in our area. As pointed out by you, to start the motor pump was overlooked by the staff for which they reprimanded and the supply was resumed in flat 2 minutes. The bulb in your room got fused during your stay was immediately replaced. These things can happen in even a seven star property.
3) The foul smell emanating from one of the rooms took us also by sheer shock. It had not been reported earlier, but we did offer you another room which you did not accept. Anyway the problem was seriously looked into and already rectified.
4) The water geysers do take time to heat the water where the outside temperature is in single digits, because you will agree that the water is also very cold and the best of geysers take time in the first instance. Once all water is drained out, the geysers has to be given decent time to heat the water. Although this happens only in winter months.
5) We have never ever claimed to be a star property. We only offer good,clean and hygienic environment and food to our guests, which is value for money.

Never the less, we will look into the points raised by you and welcome you back next season.
Have a nice day.

Warm Regards,
Kishore.
Vineet Kishore.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

After spending 9 hours in a taxi through dusty Delhi and then winding mountains we arrived, tired and grumpy, kishore and his son vineet welcome us with open arms, minds and hearts. We were immediatley put at ease and felt straight at home.

The views from the resort are incredible to be so close and at one with nature was what made our stay so special. Kishore advised us how to spend out day and we went to the Hatu Peak which was such an adventure and has amazing 360 degree views.

Special attention was made at dinner with a fire lit to keep us warm outside and candles on the table to make it extra lovely. The fire was hot, the food was fresh and the beers cold.

This is a place to go to remove yourself from the pressures of the world and appreciate the wonder of nature and the magic of human beings.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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kkishoresk, Owner at Krish Rauni, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2012

Dear Guests,
Greetings from Krish Rauni.
Thanks a lot for for your genuine comments.
We are happy to know that you have taken back some good memories of Krish Rauni with you.
Our endevour has always been to make our guests feel at home because they are very special to us and we know how valuable your vacation is for you. It was great to know you and thoroughly enjoyed the sessions of discussions with you.
Have a wonderful New Year.

Regards,
Kishore.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I booked this resort online and visited the resort in Matiana, and stayed there from 25thOct to 29thOct2012. Well, the place itself, Matiana is about 45KM from Shimla. The owner had informed me about this distance and I must admit that.

However, the sharp hilly roads there made the 45 KM look like a 100KM every time we travelled. It would get very tiring indeed. Here is what I would have to say about the place and the resort:

1. Matiana, is a fine place but it won't attaract you as much if you have visited any other deacent
places in past.
2. The resort, Krish Rauni is very average interms of the facilities provided. I mean, they didn't
even have a good, clean bedding. The condition of the room was also not too good. At this
prize, one expects better ambience.
3. The food served was not good at all. You wont like it especially if you like Punjabi style of
food. Some of the vegetables were not even well cooked.
4. The owners are good to talk to, and I guess that the only good thing about the resort.

We visited other places in and around Shimla that were pretty good. I would recommend any one visiting Shimla, to book a hotel/resort close to or within Shimla.

For us, this wasn't a very good expereince.
We were lucky to experince a great resort in Manali though :)

Room Tip: Not a very good option if good food and ambience are on your list.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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kkishoresk, Owner at Krish Rauni, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2012

Dear Sir,
Greetings from krish Rauni.
Thanks for putting your opinion on Trip Advisor - although it took us by sheer surprise.
As a practice we always make it very clear to all our prospective guests about the location of the resort which is 45 kms ahead of Shimla, away from the hum drum of Shimla city. Our place is actually for people who appreciate Nature and its peace. We do admit of not being a run of the mill hotel in any highly commercialized hill station.
As a practice we as hosts enquire about the food, cleanliness etc. from all our guests, since we believe there is always a scope for improvement. The responses received from you were always in the best affirmatives.
Cleanliness is our forte - we make best efforts to give fresh and clean linen etc. It surprises us that why it was not mentioned to the hosts during your stay of 4 days.
You will admit of having enjoyed your session of kite flying, games of carom and table tennis, which you were seen indulging in during your stay.
However we will look into the points mentioned by you.

Warm Regards,
Vineet Kishore.

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