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Reviewed 29 December 2013

We had a lovely stay at the Banjara Sangla Valley during Sept'13.

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1) Very helpful and active owner and staff.
2) Very comfortable rooms.
3) Awesome Food, which is included in the price.
4) What an amazing property and location.

I have been staying at several Banajara properties. Met the owner - Ajay Sud at this location. and he was very nice person and host. His knowledge of the area is very good.

We took the river view rooms, which are new in construction. The tents however may be a touch choice. There are some rooms which are coming up in the new building. They are so good and well planned. Awesome property and well thought of.

Room Tip: Because of the weather, during rains, it may be helpful to have a room with an exhaust fan in the bathroom as air can become stale. Generally the rooms are very nice.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank LuvSharma
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

We drove to Kaza from Kalpa. While the journey was an adventure in itself, As we were nearing Kaza, our heart was hoping, that the Retreat would be as endearing as the one we encountered in Thanedar.
We reached Kaza at around 7.30. It was already dark, and quite cold. When we reached the Banjara retreat, we were checked in to our rooms swiftly. The room was quite spacious. But cold.. No heater or thermal blanket there. The Manager however was an enigma. At times, he would seem to be the friendliest person, and at times he would be a closed person. The staff however was decently friendly. At the time we were there, there was another group, one member was a part of the Banjara group . The manager was all attentive to them.

Since it was off season, no programs were arranged for us - no local house visit, no local dances. No advise of any sort, Luckily , we had a good driver - arranged by Banjara camps - who was also enthusiastic - so we did see all the places around kaza.

The retreat is not a Banjara property, Its a leased one. At night, we had surprise visitors - a rat. We assumed this rat was in, since we found rat droppings in the room. We soon found out that the other group also had this issue.

The food at the retreat was quite good, though potatoes are major contributors. We also had the benefit of locals coming and cooking momos for us.

One thing though is that the main door is kept open often, so you really feel the chills as you go to the dining room for dining.

The view from outside the resort is great, though not much from the room we were in. However, next year onwards, they would be setting up cap at Langzha - That would be a much better place to be in .

The room though not so great, we know we will visit Kaza again, cause that place is sheer bliss

Room Tip: Book in advance. Banjara camps organises the trip well. But most people I met there advised us to travel end of June
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Nikhilrao68
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

The Manager and staff are very unhelpful. The property is poorly constructed, the main door always open, even during dinner time with gusts of snow blowing in while you eat. There is no heating and barely any water or electricity. The place is neat and clean, but that is the only saving grace. Will never go back.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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5  Thank diglossia
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

We stayed here in June 13 after spending some time in Sangla and Kalpa. Given our excellent experience in both those places, we were hoping to finish the trip with something equally memorable. When we arrived here, I must say, we were underwhelmed. The location isn't that great and view from the room also is mediocre (with lot of construction going on around the hotel). But the staff more than made up for it through its hospitality and excellent food. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food at the hotel. The Manager helped up with out itinerary for places around Kaza and even took trouble to accompany us to show us the local market. The rooms are pretty basic (no TV) but comfortable.
As we had to leave at 5 am on our return trip, we requested them to pack our breakfast and lunch. We were willing to accept food packed late in the night also but we were given freshly packed food at 5 am in the morning. This really floored me. Excellent people, excellent service.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Indianpopcorn
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

When we took trip from Batal to Kaza, we never expected to be greeted with wonders of nature as was thrown on the road as if GOD personally lived in this heaven. We hoped to have a vehicle which can provide 360 degree view. We were all blessed. With this feeling of peace and freshness when we reached Banjara retreat; Kaza, it was further enhanced with warm and smiling staff greeting us, helping us to settle in our rooms. Rooms were clean, airy and spacious with good view. The whole retreat had personalized touch to it in spite of being professionally managed. Food was par excellence. They took care of us like we were guest at their home and not hotel. This in fact is what we have been accustomed to by now having been to most of their properties in the past. They certainly know how to make a guest feel at home, at peace, at ease. We are all very happy to have visited them at Kaza and would love to be back if life permits.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank kaushik_bhavsar
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