I booked this homestay after exploring various other hotels in and around Dalhousie/Khajiyar. We reached there late evening and were given a warm welcome by Hanut (the owner) and his two support staff (Manoj and Vishal). It was bit cold and they provided us with tea/coffee and some light snacks. The dinner was just like home food.
The property is maintained really well. The view from this place is breathtaking. I just loved this place as soon as I entered it. Hanut had arranged bonfire on our 2nd day of stay. There was another family who was staying here and they joined us too. Hanuit’s mother prepared food for us on the 2nd day and we just felt at home during our two days stay.
In these Covid times, they had kept the room very clean. The extra bed we had requested for during the booking was kept ready before we entered the room. We were provided with a room heater and an electric kettle.
Hanut was very friendly and kept interacting with us. He gave us options of various treks and we decided to go to Pukhri. He helped us with a local guide who took us to Pukhri via a dense forest. The trek was successful considering the fact that my 2 year old daughter was accompanying me too. The view was breathtaking from the top of the mountain. We had planned to go to Hemkund the next day but dropped the idea as we had little time left. Hanut had recommended this trek but we will visit this place next time when we visit Khajiyar.
I strongly recommend people visiting Khajiyar to stay at Deodar Manor. Hanut and the staff were very approachable. They allowed us in the kitchen to prepare food for our daughter. I wished I had planned for more days at this place. I will surely visit this place again soon.
We wanted to get away from the gloominess and madness of Mumbai and while our research was on to find a "Perfect getaway" we stumbled upon this place. And what a find it is. Deodar Manor is not just a property - it's a package. It's a package of all things that one should cherish in life. Good food, warm people around you, snow-clad mountains to endlessly look at, peace around, and love in every detail. And a special mention to Roger (A full-grown Doberman) and 2-month-old Napolean. There's nothing more that we needed from our "perfect getaway".
The room is thoughtfully decorated with intricate artworks on walls that you'll end up staring at for hours appreciating their beauty. Hanut has made sure that the property has all the modern equipment to ensure a safe stay and also ensure that a 190-year-old property maintains its heritage.
While the rooms are amazing, there's a show-stealer - The 270 degree view of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges.
The food is divine here. It's simple and delicious. It's made with utmost love and care by Raju ji, who's a craftsman in his own way. He'll make even a modest Daal rice taste awesome, he's that good.
Nitin ji is here to make your stay as comfortable as possible and will understand your likes and dislikes really quickly and ensure that everything is as per your liking.
Hanut is an exceptional host, to say the least, he guided us on things we should do there that are experiential and not touristy. He always tried to better our experience in whatever form possible. And when he asked us " Are you guys feeling at home" we could only reply "a little too much, can't believe we have to go back to Mumbai soon" :-)
We stayed here for 6 nights and there wasn't a dull moment. There's so much to look forward to here: the food, the view, the people at the property, and two lovely canines. Can't wait to get back for a much longer stay.
We visited this property on 27th March 2021 - 30th March 2021. We were a total of 8 friends. Fortunately this property has 4 bedrooms,so it was a perfect fit for us.
The property is mind blowing. The rooms are well appointed and very tastefully done .
Reminds one of a colonial British era Manor !
The beauty is everything is so well taken care of,the furniture is polished and shining,the brass ware is shining, all the artefacts are carefully placed .
The house reflects that it is well cared for and loved.
Thanks to Hanut and his Mom ,a quiet dignified lady.
The staff comprises of Raju,Charan and Pooja.
They are ever smiling and ready to assist.
Pooja specially came in handy for a foot massage after a 3 hour trek turned to a 7 hour trek!
Location of the property is so beautiful and serene, overlooking snow capped mountains and para gliders passing by.
Staff organises bonfire every evening.
Food is simple and home cooked.
Would request Hanut to look into the food aspect. A little variety in the menu ,with a few additions in the dessert section, something as simple as custard n jelly would really add to the experience at the manor.
The beauty of the place inspired my husband Ashok Mandal to pen a poem which has been shared by Sahana ( thanks to her we visited this property)in a previous post.
The location of the property is its USP. Amazing views of snow capped mountains bang opposite the property with paragliders completing the frame so perfectly! The peace with melodious birds chirping around while inhaling that fresh mountain air is unparalleled. Our room was basic yet v.spacious with amazing views & a connected front deck/common seating area to soak in the valley. The meadow & Khajjiar lake is walking distance from the property but I won’t advice anybody to visit in winters as the grass of the meadow is all brown & not that lush green as seen in pix on d net. U might get a different more beautiful white frame though, if u get lucky with snow, which we cudnt witness but again with snow comes other challenges of immobility. The caretaker Raju was of great help in giving directions to the property to making us comfortable. Roger the Doberman guard dog of the property is a sweetheart! Food we liked in the nicely done dining area with peaceful Buddhist chants flowing in the background! The downsides now..Despite an advanced booking, the host of the Homestay was neither in the property nor tried to connect over phone courtesy sake, so the essence of having the host share his experiences & knowledge abt the local area etc. over tea or at bonfire was majorly missing. It is an essential part of the experience especially while choosing a homestay over a hotel. Lastly, the rooms definitely needs oil heaters instead of the dry blower outdated heaters. Despite having 2 heaters on for hours in our room on request (as we were the only guests in the property) the room was still cold & the bed never could warm up all night with those blower heaters. As a result we woke up with sore throats & a very unpleasant/uncomfortable night. The basic coir mattress needs an immediate upgrade please. We would have definitely stayed another night following the generous offer by host (as conveyed to the caretaker) to reduce tariff for additional night, only if the heating was proper & if the host was available for some insightful interactions.
We visited Deodar Manor in the first week of October 2020 and had gone after going through what the place actually is and what we should excpect from it and to tell you fankly it met each and every requirement we had in our minds for a perfect holiday getaway.More than that it is a family bunglow converted into a five room villa. The moment you arrive you can feel the calmness and aloofness of this place from the outside noise.The owner Mr.Hanut is the perfect host one could get.He was constantly there for us and more than a host he became our good friend. Raju bhaiya and Chander bhaiya provided good services and home made food.Roger, a very friendly Doberman welcomed us and had become close to our son.I would highly recommend this place, especially for someone who is looking for a break from the hustle-bustle of city life and one who is a true nature lover....