The sound of gurgling river water. A spacious and impeccably clean room. Peace and quiet. Gracious hosts. Great trout recipes. And, opportunity to fish for trout. Guided by an expert -Christopher, the host. What more can you ask for? Me? None.
When we had booked HTH, we had anticipated it to be a resort or hotel. However, we found out only later that this is a guest house. Make no mistake, this place has a certain vibe that’s hard to ignore. The evenings spent in the restaurant are its USP amongst other things which are star gazing and enjoying nature. The HTH is situated in the lap of nature and you can hear the roar of the river all day long sitting on the verandah or watching the hills, forests and cultivation fields. We did observe that this place is frequented by many repeat customers. Owners are cooperative and they arranged a room for my senior citizen mother in the main house when she found the stairs too difficult for her to climb to the Mud huts. However we felt that this place has fallen into disrepair and lacks in the quality of infrastructure and service. • Contrary to the rates charged for a stone cottage (Rs 4500 per night – without breakfast), the room is very basic. Basic furniture – and that where it ends. When compared with the less than 4000 Johnson Hotel at Manali or similar priced BNR Chanakya at Ranchi – this return you get on payment is abysmally low. No tea coffee machine. The Television doesn’t work. A single geyser is shared between 2 rooms. There was an avoidable smell in the bathroom for the entire duration we were staying. In the stone cottages where we stayed, our sleep was time and again impacted by a noise. • Room cleaning wasn’t done on the next day. • I had heard of their chicken sizzlers and steaks. But when compared to the steaks I had at Johnson hotel or in Calcutta’s Mocambo, this was poorly cooked. The sauce in the sizzlers is tasty, yet the overall dish cuts a sorry figure. The day when we had lunch – famished after a hike and had ordered dal, chicken curry, salad and rice. Both the dal and chicken had an unfamiliar smell that turned off our appetite. When we asked the cook, he said that since there was no coriander, so he put parsley in them!…
We had a super room, overlooking the Tirthan river, as this property is superbly located right beside this scenic river. The food at The Himalayan Trout House is simply amazing. It is of top notch quality and is nothing short of gourmet quality. Christopher and Shefali Mitra, the owners, ensure that each and every guest is attended to, and their staff always give one a most personalised service. Most evenings Christopher and his son strum their guitars and sing for their guests. It is so much fun. One just has to go back to this little heaven again and again!
We stayed for a third time at Christopher's small "Eco" resort, bang in front of the Tirthan river in the beautiful Valley by the same name. He is expanding the property and we do wish to explore the new rooms... PROs + the hosts keeping you company in the evenings + the food options and the kitchens + the rooms (stone cottage are as good as the cedar lodges) + location, and 2-3 local sightseeing options make it ur day CONs - the clay wood oven opens up late and have always missed the pizza thence
What a beautiful property! We stayed for two nights in July. The rooms are great and the amenities are fantastic. Hot showers, cable tv with english speaking channels and comfortable beds. Chris is a fine host, and talented on the guitar. Our impromptu jam was a highlight of our trip