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“Vidya Niwas -- A Gem of a Guest House in the Himalayans!”
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Vidya Niwas
Reviewed October 28, 2007

When we first arrived at Vidya Niwas we had been travelling a very long way by car from Amritsar. We arrived later than we had expected and were very tired. Both Sangeeta & Arvind were there to greet us with chai and snacks. They could not have been more welcoming. We said that we may need to change our plans because our friends were in McLeod Ganj proper and they said not to worry – if we had to we could change our plans with no consequence. But first they wanted us to see their Guest House and relax from our long day. After spending time in the busy towns of Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj we were SO HAPPY at the end of the day to come back to Vidya Niwas where we could go out on the roof and stare at the beautiful stars with the snow capped Himalayans in the background. We heard crickets and the little waterfall.

We never changed our hotel plans because we LOVED staying in The Golok Princess room at Vidya Niwas. I felt like I was home. It was so comfortable and it even had a beautiful Buddhist shrine in the room for meditation. Both Sangeeta & Arvind made us beautiful and delicious breakfasts and entertained us with their stories and information about Dharamsala and India. They were both such a wealth of information.

I will never forget this beautiful place and plan on coming back again to stay for a longer time. Sangeeta & Arvind are involved in so many wonderful local projects and have such great access to yoga, meditation, trekking and all activities that I will probably need at least a month next time. Thank you both for being so wonderful!

Lynn
Mount Kisco, NY USA

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 8, 2007

Two weeks has not been enough for the soul! We booked Vidya Niwas as a guest house to simply take bed and breakfast. The purpose of our visit was to attend the teachings of HH The Dalai Lama. It was meant to be a spiritual journey which we thought would take place only in the Temple. At Vidya Niwas, however, the journey was nutured and extended beyond expectation, with the hospitality of The Gurungs. We have enjoyed '5 star treatment where mountains meet Heaven! We have talked Buddhism, Nepal, Himal Pradesh, China, our own families over wonderful 3 course dinners. We have laughed and listened. The Vidya Niwas experience is a tonic that has come as a complete package - and can only be experienced to revitalise!! David & Fi Goodrich, UK.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2006

We Dalit & Giyora highly recommend Vidya Niwas in Dharamsala, India. It set in one of the most beautiful valleys in thr regin.
Arvind and Sangeeta Gurung, hosts at Vidya Niwas, are extremely knowledgeable about Dharamsala and northern India.
Sangeeta is an amazing cook.
We highly recommend Vidya Niwas as a peaceful and energizing place to rest and revitalize your body, mind and spirit.

Stayed: October 2005
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Reviewed July 21, 2006

Vidya Niwas proved to be the absolute perfect choice for my friend and me on our unforgetable trip to Dharamsala. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone, especially those who can appreciate a quiet, picturesque escape from the bustling streets of Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj. Arvind and Sangeeta Gurung, the hotel's proprietors, and their daughter Naintara were as sincere, knowledgable, and accomodating of hosts as one could ask for. Arvind and Sangeeta know everything about the region and a quick chat with them in the morning will ensure you make the most of each day on your itinerary. And Naintara will tell you hilarious stories. Their home-cooked, reasonably-priced food is unbelievably delicious so eat as many meals as possible with them. The rooms are comfortable and full of character and the views are breath-taking. For all these reasons and many more, I have absolutely no doubts about staying at Vidya Niwas on my next trip to Dharamsala. Please do yourself a favor and go stay there too.

  • Stayed: March 2005, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 17, 2006

We atayed in Vidya Niwas in May 2004 on our first visit to India and found it excellent. We were treated with the utmost hospitalityand everything was done to make our stay interesting and enjoyable. Our son was working in Dharamsala and he too was made welcome. Trips were organised - and the rooms and food were of a high standard. The knowledge and enthusiasm of our hosts made it a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed: May 2004
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Reviewed July 17, 2006

Vidya Niwas could not have been a better place for me to stay. After some long days of traveling I was welcomed like a family member with a very nice room, very good food and above all amazing people. Dharamsala was one of the most peaceful and interesting places I have ever been and if I go back it is just as much so to see the family as to revisit the place. If you want a comfortable and peaceful stay along with attaining a vast knowledge of where you are then Vidya Niwas is the perfect place.

  • Stayed: November 2004
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Reviewed June 28, 2006

Vidya Niwas is the definition of paradise! This retreat nestled inot the foothills of the Himalaya far surpassed our expectations. We arrived to a warm greeting and hot tea offered by owners Arvind and Sangeeta and from there things just got better and better. We stayed in the Tibetan room (one of several themed rooms) and really enjoyed the attention to detail as we felt that we were back in Tibet. The room was spacious and immaculate and the bathroom was well appointed and we enjoyed taking hot showers and then drying in the sun on the porch with a mountain backdrop (complete with a glacier). Th highlight of our stay was the arly morning coffee time with the owners and thier daughter where we all discussed current events, took turns brushing the pet bull Barnie and firmed up the day's plans (both Arvind and Sangeeta have years of experience in the travel industry and are well versed at travel in the entire region (India, Nepal, Tibet). After coffee we'd have the first of Sangeeta's three meals all of of which could be on the menu at the world's top restaurants (she cooks special treats for His Holiness The Dalai Lama) and then headed out for one of the many sights in the region. I simply can'r say enough about Vidya Niwas and I plan to go back to see the people we now call friends! You will go home from Vidya Niwas far "richer" than you were when you arrived.

5  Thank IndigoGirlUrbanna_VA
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Additional Information about Vidya Niwas

Address: Kandi, Khanyara Road, Dharamsala 176218, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Kangra District > Dharamsala
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Dharamsala
Price Range: $40 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Mountain Retreat with thematic rooms on the TransHimalayan belt of North India, Ladakh, Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Located on the scenic belt of Kangra Valley and close to all Tibetan Institutions and Hindu Shrines. "Your Choice of Comfort!" ... more   less 
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Vidya Niwas Dharamsala, Asia - India

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