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High Bank Peasants Cottage
Ranked #19 of 125 Rishikesh B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 20, 2011

After two weeks in India staying in budget accommodation in Delhi, Agra and Amritsar, Peasants Cottage was a delightful change. For 600INR we got a lovely, perfectly clean room with fan, comfy bed, good shower and a little balcony outside.

We found the owner and the nice man that seems to do everything very pleasant, but a couple of other staff members were a little short with us if we asked them anything.

You can get much cheaper accommodation acrossm the river at Lakshman Jhula, but we much preferred being on High Bank where you can totally escape the crowds of pilgrims and tourists but still be only a 20 min walk away from everything.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed February 10, 2011

High Bank Peasant Cottage was an alright place to stay. The location was easily the best thing about it, although the same could probably be said for all of the accommodation in the High Bank area. It is removed from the crammed main area of Rishikesh and it was nice to be able to step outside the hotel without being harassed by the usual rickshaw drivers etc. Just a short walk down the driveway led you to a few rickshaws who were always waiting to take travelers down into the main area near Lakshman Jhula.

The bathroom was plain and our friends (in the room next door) had such a bad smell coming from their bathroom that they often came to use ours. The bed was a "double" (two singles shoved together with a miscellaneous hard post down the middle) but blankets provided were warm and we had a comfortable sleep.

Service was helpful but a little unfriendly. The main guy in reception was very accommodating when we decided to leave one day early and readily gave us our money back for the canceled night.

The restaurant at the nearby Swiss Bandari guest house was a surprise delight - great food with good prices and lovely waiters with a smile.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 9, 2011

We found High Bank after being unimpressed with other hotels that we looked at in the area. Compared to the other guest houses in the complex, it has the best views and the cleanest rooms. There was a rooftop sitting area and balconies to look over the Ganges and Himalayan foothills, and the bathrooms came with a shower in the bath, rather than just a randomly placed shower head. The rooms were spacious and clean and the reception provided computers and internet.

The complex that houses High Bank is relaxing and quiet and is home to a tasty german bakery (the baked goods arent good but the Indian food is). We enjoyed having a break from the bustling streets of Rishikesh.

Overall, the guest house could be better value but it is definitely the best of a bad bunch. An enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 26, 2010

The rooms here are barely adequate, and the bathroom in our "deluxe" room was disgusting -- exposed piping, standing water on the floor, dirty tiles. Moreover, the people who run this hotel are not friendly. Avoid this place.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2009

Booked through Asiarooms.com for seven nights, based on advertising claiming that Super DeLux rooms had views of the River Ganges, unfortunately had a splendid view of the roof of Swiss Cottage accommodation. Staff were surley, room was grubby, towels and sheets were stained [with what!!] pillowcases were grubby the actual pillows were filthy. Air Conditioning didn't work, people were banging and hammering on some maintenance project at 2000hrs. No sign of a resteraunt, no sign of soap, shampoo etc in bathroom - not even a drinking glass in the room. Appalling.
I have travelled in India for well over twenty five years - this was horrid.

Walked out after a few hours and moved into Swiss Cottage, nice room, good food half the price - need I say more.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled solo
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3  Thank 1777NT
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Gomukh, Manger at High Bank Peasants Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2010

This gentlemen did not show up to the actual booking date. Arrived next day very early morning (0700 hrs) and despite of check in time 1200 noon the staff made personal effort to clean one of the early check outs and offered him the room. He slept all day till 0600 pm ( 10 hrs in the room). The air conditioning was working so well that the droplet were dropping from the glass windows.
At 0700 pm this gentle men checkout without paying or giving hotel vouchers, as he could find a cheaper room next door.
I am writing this as i was personally there supervising that day and take this gentlemen to any forum. The worst part was he was not ready to listen and gave no chance to staff to upgrade/change his room.

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Reviewed August 26, 2009

Lovely place, owners are delightful to. Our room was great with lovely views. Very relaxing just sitting on the balcony and having breakfast. By far the quietest part I know of in Rishikesh. Best place to stay if you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle, only a 15 min walk to Ram Jula or Laxman Jula (bridge) or you can just hail a Rickshaw (make sure you don't get ripped off, if it already has passengers, 5 Rupees, if just you, no more than 20 Rupees per person). If you order a cab to go to the train station, order it from the shop just near the hotel, works out cheaper.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Salcarro
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Reviewed June 28, 2009

This place really is in the best location of Rishikesh. It's up the hill, you can walk or take an autorikshaw to one of the bridges. It's a quite place with a beautiful garden. We had our breakfast at the restaurant at Bhandari Swiss Cottages just across the road and that was a good place. Nice food, good Ganga view. There are some other restaurants around and also a few places to take yoga classes. We went to the one at the New Bhandari Swiss Cottage and that was very good. The room was ok, we had a fan and the room was quite clean (to my India-standards). Shower was hot.

  • Stayed: March 2009
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3  Thank EliseLM
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Address: Badarinath Road | Tapovan, Rishikesh 249201, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Dehradun District > Rishikesh
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 125 B&Bs / Inns in Rishikesh
Price Range: $43 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — High Bank Peasants Cottage 1*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Away from the busy town of Rishkesh, High Bank Peasant's Cottage is located 3 kms upriver in Tapovan. Peacefullly situated on the High Banks, the property overlooks the surrounding moutains & river Ganga flowing through the town of Rishikesh.All the main ashrams and the tourist areas of Laxman Jhula & Ramjhula are in 10 minutes walking distance from High Bank. One of the authentic Yoga - Sattya Yoga is taught to the residents at High Bank. High Bank Peasants Cottage is part of the Adventure Travel company - Garhwal Himalayan Explorations, which will not only handle your Trips in Rishikesh but will take care of your travel to and from Rishikesh. Come & experience the ture Himalayan Hospitality and richness of India....... ... more   less 
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