We were at Upadhyay Cottages from 3rd November 2013 to 7th November 2013.
Upadhyay Cottages is located in an beautiful Apple, Persimmon, Walnut, Lime and lemon garden in the quaint town of Katrain. Located as it is equidistant from Kullu and Manali it offers you the proximity of either without the "crowded by tourist" feeling.
The cottage we stayed in had two independent bedrooms with attached baths and a "Fully functional" Kitchen cum Dining room. The room sizes were impressive. The Veranda outside was ideally located and furnished to laze out in the sun watching the hills, specially the white capped one playing hide and seek in fluffy white clouds. Sitting on the fore lawn swing listening to the gentle roar of the Beas interspersed with the chirping of the birds will gently soothe your city worries.
Both the Bedrooms have Comfortable beds with warm Razais, Comfortable Sofas and Table, and Cupboards for clothes. All windows and doors have Mesh doors to keep critters out. The Bathrooms are clean and maintained well. They come with independent geysers which in the cold November days were indispensable. All Bathroom fittings were of good quality and in working order. Toilet rolls, Toiletries and Towels were adequate. The hand wash provided at the Wash basin were nice thoughtful addition.
The Kitchen cum Dining room was fully functional with Fridge, Two Burner Stove, Vessels, Cutlery and basic masalas. The Kitchen sink too comes with own geyser. Mr. Rajeev also provided us a Speaker system to play our own favourite music right out of our Phones .
The rooms, Toilets and general surroundings were absolutely clean. Every day we returned from our day trips to clean Rooms, Bed sheets and the Geyser thoughtfully switched on.
Rajeev and his team took care of our every need without being intrusive. From hunting down a bag we had left in the bus, to arranging for a extremely good car and driver for our local trips as also return trip to ambala, A camp fire surprise one evening to Diwali celebrations with his family on another. The entire Upadhyay family made sure that we ere well taken care of and they did this with a smile
Upadhyay Cottages offers good wholesome and homely food. Breakfasts were Omelettes and Parathas while Dinners were Soup, Dal, Roti, Chawal, Salad and Sabji. A fruit basket which got replenished with apples and persimmons regularly, always adorned our dining table. , Non-veg food is cooked in separate vessels as most of the Upadhyay family are pure vegetarians. One day we got some fresh trout from the Beas river and had it cooked for us.
A special thumbs up to Rajeev and his Team Shyam and Shomu. Thanks for making our holiday memorable