11 Cozy Retreats in Shimla and Manali for a Delightful Stay in the Mountains!

Nestled in the mighty Himalayas, overlooking gorgeous valleys and verdant forests that can instantly amp up the feeling of belonging, serenity and peace is what Shimla-Manali are all about. Although around 250 kilometres apart, these two destinations are always twinned together, especially when it comes to vacations. Rightfully so, the destinations are similar yet offer a distinct persona to anyone who embarks on their journey. Shimla is the prim, British-getaway kind of a hill station, uniformly presenting its treasures while Manali is a beauty that sits peacefully, serving as a gateway to Lahual and Spiti Valley. 

Whether you are here for a romantic retreat, for a leisurely vacation or for an adventure-packed sojourn, these destinations never cease to amaze.

To add to your experience, here are our hand-picked holiday homes that offer the best rejuvenation on your vacation:

Manali 

1. Traditional Stone Cottage Amidst a Sprawling Garden, Manali

Away from the city shor, this cottage is spread over a spacious area dotted with well-maintained rose beds and beautiful trees. The humble yet well-kept wooden construction resonates perfectly with nature around, making it a great place for retreat in the lap of nature.

In the mornings, wake up to sounds of birds chirping and enjoy your first cup of hot masala chai admiring the wonderful views of the mountains. 

The accommodation provides amenities such as a kitchen, two baths, indoor fireplace, and room service. 

Where: The Mall, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Property Type: Entire Home

No of Guests: 6+3

Approximate total cost per night: INR 10,015

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2. Elegant Abode for a Rejuvenating Holiday 

Just a stone’s throw away from Shri Mata Hadimba Temple, this cottage room is perfect for a relaxing vacation in Manali. The cottage is located in Old Manali. Panoramas with verdant, velvety mountains covered in snow in winters overlook the home. A thick forest of Deodar trees surrounds the property. 

Built in the English style, the home offers ample amenities to make your stay comfortable, including breakfast. The spacious room, with wooden flooring and windows that let the morning sun in, is perfect for lazy mornings during your Manali trip. 

Where: Log Huts Area, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Property Type: Private Room 

No of Guests: 2+1

Approximate total cost per night: INR 5,015

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3. Idyllic retreat with a hilly view for a weekend getaway in Manali

Perfect for anyone and everyone who wishes to visit Manali on a quick getaway, this private room in a guesthouse overlooks a green area. Grab a hot cuppa and head to the deck that adjoins the room and you’ll be transferred to another world. The rooms are comfortably large. Fresh air and stunning views add to the experience.

Attractions like Hadimba Devi Temple and Jogini Waterfalls are located around 1.5 kilometres away. 

Where: The Mall, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Property Type: Private Room 

No of Guests: 2+1

Approximate total cost per night: INR 3450

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4. Pretty room in a lavish villa, ideal for a romantic getaway

This huge private room in a villa with classy, minimalistic furniture comes with an equally huge balcony. Offering top-notch comfort, the room offers sheer privacy, the caretaker dropping in to make sure things are perfect for you being the only intervention once a day. The modern bathroom done with a glass-enclosed shower and a luxurious bathtub adds to the comfort. You can also take a leisurely walk in the Kiwi, Pear, Pomegranate & Walnut plantations for a much enriching experience. 

Naggar Castle is a couple of kilometres away from the place.

Where: Naggar, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Property Type: Private Room 

No of Guests: 2+1

Approximate total cost per night: INR 6000

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5. An Opulent and Enchanting Getaway

This is a private room in a heritage property, which is done up to exude class. A pool sits pretty in the centre of the property, adding to the charm. The garden is replete with flowering bushes and apple trees, making it a pleasure to take rejuvenating walks. The medieval arches and vintage furniture exhibit old-world opulence. 

Spiral staircases, a bar in a dungeon, huge chambers done in Victorian style offer a unique experience that you should try at least once. The view of the snow-capped mountains is the cherry on the cake!  

Where: Siyal, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Property Type: Private Room 

No of Guests: 2+1

Approximate total cost per night: INR 10893

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6. Comfortable room in Naggar with a scenic view

Just a short drive from Manali, this property is for those who want to stay away from the cityscape and enjoy a vacation amidst the gorgeous mountains, without buildings interrupting the view. Set in Naggar, the home is built in a style native to the mountains, in grey stones that blend perfectly with the snowy backdrop.

The place is ideal for anyone who wants to indulge in activities such as sightseeing, paragliding, white water rafting, fishing, skiing, tracking, rock climbing, river crossing and jeep safari. You’ll also be served warm and fresh breakfast as well as dinner on your stay.

Where: Naggar, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Property Type: Entire Home

No of Guests: 2+1

Approximate total cost per night: INR 4773

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SHIMLA

7. Cosy cottage room with a panoramic view for couples, Shimla

This is a cosy private room in a home with a private garden surrounding it. Furnished perfectly to suit the needs of the guests, the main highlight of the accommodation is the garden sit-out where you can soak in the fresh air and admire the alluring mountains dotted with trees. 

The home also features a huge living room and dining area, perfect for elaborate dinners! 

Where: Chotta Shimla, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Property Type: Private Room 

No of Guests: 2+1

Approximate total cost per night: INR 3655

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8. Homestay with a beautiful view for a tranquil holiday

Soak in the local experience as you share a home! Right from the chequered-pattern driveway that leads up to the property to balconies decorated with vines, everything about this home looks straight out of a picture. Enjoy tranquil views from the balcony or spend time splashing in the in-house jacuzzi. If you want to go sightseeing, the Tara Devi Temple is a hop and a skip away. 

Where: Shoghi, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Property Type: Shared Home

No of Guests: 4+1

Approximate total cost per night: INR 2700

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9. A rustic abode for those on a romantic escapade

If the idea of staying in huts with thatched roofs, rustic furniture and tall coniferous trees entices you, this is the place to be. Tailor-made for couples, the lovely huts set in a well-maintained garden manage to allure anyone who wants to have the ‘back to basics’ experience. A swimming pool and badminton and tennis courts are available on the property. Adventure activities like rappelling, hiking, simulated river crossing and overnight camping can be arranged on request. 

The bamboo-walled rooms are perfect to curl up and read your favourite book, with the stunning mountains as a backdrop.  

Where: Shoghi, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Property Type: Private Room 

No of Guests: 2

Approximate total cost per night: INR 4500

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10. Elegant hillside room with a serene view, ideal for a couple

This hillside holiday home is located a short drive away from Shimla and is set in terraced farms that overlook the gently sloping valley. Apart from the well-furnished rooms, there’s a fully operational kitchen available, where the guests can cook hot meals or let the in-house chef take over and prep a scrumptious meal for you. 

The sit-out is perfect to catch a glimpse of the sunrise or the sunset 

Where: Karyali, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Property Type: Private Room 

No of Guests: 2+1

Approximate total cost per night: INR 3853

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11. Homestay with a beautiful view for a tranquil holiday

The cobbled path that leads to a traditional two-storeyed home is the first thing that will strike you about this property. The Thanedar Apple orchards are just a kilometre away from the property, so you can go apple-picking or binge on fresh, crunchy apples whenever you desire. Sophisticated interiors and huge windows that offer pretty views of the mountains and the valley are ideal for a laidback stay.

Breakfast is complimentary here, and special bonfires can be arranged at night to add to the zest of the stay! 

Where: Narkanda, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Property Type: Private Room

No of Guests: 2+1

Approximate total cost per night: INR 8050

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These properties in Shimla and Manali are perfect for your vacation in the mountains. Take your pick and book your stay before someone else does!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
RENUKA SHAHANE RENUKA SHAHANE

Living out of a carry-on and traversing through the labyrinths of Europe, exploring the wilderness of America, divulging the eccentric culture of the Latin world and re-connecting her roots that sprawl in the rustic villages of India is one dream that she sees every single night. Once Lost, Now Found; Renuka is still oscillating between the paths to choose and the dreams to chase. A believer of righteousness, she likes to trust that her life is in accordant with her favourite book.

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