Serkong House

285 Nowrojee Road, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala 176219 India
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Serkong House offers 16 well furnished rooms with large windows and spacious balconies offering breathtaking view of the Dhauladhar range and the lush green Kangra valley. Each of our 16 rooms is beautifully decorated with all the necessary amenities to make your stay comfortable. Serkong House is run by Norbulingka Institute, a center for the preservation of Tibetan arts and culture in Dharamsala. All proceeds go to benefit the institute. Each room is accented by beautiful designs from the Norbulingka workshops, such as handmade lamps, bedspreads, and cushion covers.
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deviaman2009 wrote a review Jul 2014
Ludhiana, India, Asia7 contributions12 helpful votes
We have been there on March 2014.we stayed there 3days.Rooms are very good and clean.owner of this hotel is a very good person. Best of this hotel that it is near the market and the restaurants.And very good place to stay with small kids.
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Date of stay: March 2014
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Supriya Newar wrote a review Nov 2014
Kolkata (Calcutta), India8 contributions9 helpful votes
This wasn't my first choice of stay in McLo. I would have liked to perch myself at Chonor to take in all the Tibetan / Buddhist appeal. But then, what with a spate of holidays, practically all of McLo was sold out. So Serkong it was. Perhaps it was the low expectations with which i booked it that did the trick. For i landed up having a very pleasant stay and experience.
Here are some pluses. A) It's as heart of town as can get, for it sits on the Mc Lo square. But thanks to just one tiny bend and a flight of stairs, it manages to stay away from commotion yet stay connected for day hikes and walks. B) The rooms are large, well lit and ventilated and some of them offer lovely views. Therefore on two days, i found myself sitting through the day out in the verandah, taking in the vast skyline, the valley, the soaring eagles and the overall quiet. But be sure to book yourself into a valley facing room. The rooms overlooking the town for such high rates are really not worth it, unless your idea of a holiday is lots of din and the chaos. C) Veggies be warned! The menu is very limited. And most of the meals could have been better. So a smarter choice is to step out and hop into any one of the many cafes for thukpa, momos, great Italian and confectionery. D) The service is not bad but at times, a bit of a nudge or poking is needed. And finally, overall, Serkong being relatively new and part of a great local chain, has retained some local charm but is modern enough as well. Don't expect a Norbulingka or a Chonor and you'll be fine. Good for short stays. Not the place to look at if you've come to Mc Lo without a return ticket.
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Date of stay: October 2014
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Choose rooms with the valley view.
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Ellena L wrote a review May 2014
Gorgia1 contribution6 helpful votes
I have been in the month of April,2014. We stayed there 7 days. Rooms are very large and clean. Everyone treat very well and reasonable price. Really hats off to all the staff members of Serkong House... (y)
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Date of stay: April 2014
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Anu R wrote a review May 2014
2 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed in this hotel as recommended by a localite. The room was good. But later we found it to be very expensive as compared to other similar hotels. There was water logging problem in the bathroom. When complained they changed the room only the next day though the other rooms were not occupied. Besides there was no room service. And there is no restaurant.

Advantages were it is located on the main square of mcleodganj and the rooms were big and good.
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Date of stay: May 2014
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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abhishek a wrote a review Jul 2016
15 contributions14 helpful votes
Hi travellers!
Stayed at the Serkong house for about 4 days. First of all nicely located. Just next to the main chowk and everything is easily accessible from the hotel. So don't have to walk too much!
The rooms are well furnished and the right size. It's a relatively new construction so no leakages as yet! The toilet is also clean and well ventilated! Although all the rooms have adequate sized balconies, we stayed in the valley facing room and the extra charge was definitely worth it! Just sit in the balcony in the night and you won't even realise that you are in the middle of all the hustle bustle!
Serkong house also has a restaurant which served decent grub. But would recommend exploring all the great cafes and restaurants located nearby to satiate your hunger pangs.
The staff is also very hospitable and always smiling which makes you feel at ease!
All in all a great place to stay and would recommend it. PS - choose the valley facing rooms! Paying extra for them is worth it. Try the second floor ones!
Until next time
Travel more!!!!
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dmitry Z wrote a review Dec 2014
Washington DC, District of Columbia3 contributions8 helpful votes
I stayed in Serkong House in low season, right after the end of a firm festival in Dharamsala. I think that I may have been the only person staying in the house at the time.

The local of Serkong House is perfect, just off the main square in McLeod Ganj, and yet (if you get the back room with the view of the valley) it is very quiet, and the view is one of the best in McLeod Ganj.

The hotel is much more expensive that other properties in the area, but it is also much nicer than most alternatives.

Yet, because of the low season, the service was not good enough. It took me a day or two to figure out that I have to call the front desk to turn on the water heater and then wait for the water to heat up. I also went for a walk one morning and got stuck for 15 minutes outside, because nobody was at the front desk to open the hotel door (I gave up waiting at some point went away to have breakfast elsewhere).

The food in the restaurant (with the gorgeous views of the valley) was excellent.

Overall, mixed feelings.
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Date of stay: November 2014
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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out_of_office_99 wrote a review Oct 2014
London6 contributions8 helpful votes
We were initially booked to stay at Serkong House's sister property, Chonor House. I was a bit irked when I tried to contact Chonor House to arrange a transfer and in the end had to call them, only to find out they'd double booked my room and transferred me to Serkong House.
However, this turned out to be a blessing. The transfer was ready and waiting at 4.30am and we were able to go straight to our room when checking in at 7am.
The service is among the best we experienced on a month long trip in India and gave us a real sense of McLeod Ganj's Tibetan story. It was like staying with family, without being intrusive. If you want a proper understanding of Tibetan culture in India, then you have to stay here.
The rooms are impeccable and our suite had stunning views down the valley. Even better was the delicious breakfast (try the chani puri) on the terrace every morning. Service was a little slow, but incredibly friendly and the food certainly worth the wait.
Moreover, we were given free access to the wonderful Norbulingka Institute which is essential if you want to enrich your Tibetan experience and support the refugees and their dwindling, beautiful culture. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: September 2014
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ping wrote a review May 2019
Singapore, Singapore1,423 contribution176 helpful votes
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I stayed in Serkong House for 5 nights during end of April 2019.
The location is perfect! It is right off the main square with plenty of good restaurants & shops. Yet it is so peaceful and quiet once you are in the hotel grounds. An Oasis in the midst of chaos!
I had the Top Floor Superior Room with Valley View and had lovely views from the room's balcony.
The room is clean and beautifully decorated in modern Tibetan style.
The hot water shower is great with plenty of hot water and strong water pressure.
However, do note that there is no air-conditioning and I found it to be rather warm & stuffy during end April.
Also, this property is run by the same folks at Norbulingka Institute, so they are able to arrange for excursions via Norbulingka as well.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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BeardedWanderer wrote a review Dec 2018
Crawley, United Kingdom85 contributions246 helpful votes
I really liked this hotel and we had a very pleasurable stay there.

On arrival, our first impressions from the outside were grim. It's very close to the noisy square and down a rather gloomy, narrow street. However, on entering the hotel we were met by a warm and genuine welcome.

Our room was at the back of the hotel with a fabulous view into the valley. Despite my earlier fears, the room was surprisingly quiet. It was absolutely spotless. The cleanliness was maintained to the highest standards throughout our stay.

The a la carte Breakfast was good. We started with cerial; the porridge was particularly good. We then opted for poached eggs. We certainly left full and ready to explore Dharamshala.

In the evenings it does get cold and the hotel is not well thermally insulated. However, the supplied electric fire helped. Before bedtime, hotwater bottles are brought round, which was both quaint and practical. We slept well.

I do recommend this hotel as a true Tibetan base for exploring a beautiful part of India.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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VMEHTAGGN wrote a review Jul 2017
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India254 contributions65 helpful votes
We stayed here for 2 nights with family. The location is right next (less than 100 meters away) to the main square of Mcleodgunj. We chose to stay in a room with a valley view from the balcony.

The room was nice, big enough for 4 people (2 Adults and 2 Kids), Nice decor. Since we were paying extra for our kids stay they provided us with an additional mattress on the floor.

The in- room dining service is prompt and good. In fact I would rate it as one of the better places to have food. It is also reasonably priced.

Friendly and helpful staff.

Enjoyed early mornings and evenings sitting in the balcony and enjoying the valley view.

The only issue is parking as they don't have their own parking and one has to park in the Paid Parking which is a good 300 meters walk from the hotel however sot so inconvenient. One must negotiate with the parking fellows as the flat rate is Rs 100 every six hours so it could turn out be very expensive if one has to park for few days.

Overall a good place and recommended!!. .
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Date of stay: June 2017
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Manoranjan P asked a question Mar 2015
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
please give the telephone contact of the hotel
Answer from rathore2459_13
Jaipur, India55 contributions25 helpful votes
Dear Manoranjan ji, Contact number of hotel is 09857957131 and manager Mr. Dorjee is 09882976879. Have good time
Victoria H wrote a tip Nov 2018
5 contributions2 helpful votes
"The restaurant terrace is a great spot for hosting a larger group dinner in McLeod Ganj."
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Jackie H wrote a tip Oct 2018
Sydney, Australia45 contributions34 helpful votes
"Valley View rooms are worth the extra cost, upper levels."
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רוית ח wrote a tip Sept 2018
9 contributions6 helpful votes
"Take into account that it takes about 30 steps down the slope to reach the hotel itself and then climb the stairs to the rooms"
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corinaallan wrote a tip May 2018
6 contributions1 helpful vote
"The apartment on 3th floor has and amazing mountain view and a very large terrase."
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whispercat wrote a tip Nov 2017
wales110 contributions71 helpful votes
"valley view worth the extra"
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PRICE RANGE
₹3,233 - ₹3,233 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaHimachal PradeshKangra DistrictDharamsalaMcLeod Ganj
NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Frequently Asked Questions about Serkong House
Which popular attractions are close to Serkong House?
Nearby attractions include Dalai Lama Temple Complex (0.3 km), Kalachakra Temple (0.3 km), and Tushita Meditation Centre (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Serkong House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Serkong House?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Serkong House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Crepe Pancake Hut, Woeser Bakery, and Moonpeak Espresso.
Does Serkong House have airport transportation?
Yes, Serkong House offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Serkong House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of McLeod Ganj.
Are there any historical sites close to Serkong House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Boh Valley (15.2 km).