While India is blessed with a good winter season in most parts of the country, peak summers do make us wish we could retract to the upper Himalayas or just live there. Here are five homestays you can look forward to holidaying at this winter. By Mahika Dhar

 

Meena Bagh, Shimla

 India

The little touches are what make Meena Bagh incredibly special. For example, the magazines in every bathroom or the hanging plants of the living room truly transform this rental into your home. Made of wood and unplastered mud walls, the cabin has garnered media attention for its sustainable practices. Other ammenities include a gym, a hot tub and central heating.

Luxury Mountain Villa, Chail

 India

Located smack-dab in the middle of vibrant and lush greenery, this villa is exclusive and stunning. The house is wrapped in large balconies that overlook the valley below. Its rooms are spacious and colourful with each bedroom having its own colour scheme. Amenities include an indoor fireplace, wifi and full meal preperation.

Bungalow Dwarika, Shelapani

India

Bungalow Dwarika is right in the middle of a lush reserved forest and therefore, is private and completely pollution free. Enjoy the beauty of the Pabbar Valley and the serenity of unisturbed nature high up in the hills with this villa. Its amenities include a pool, badminton court, bonfire facilities and a welcome drink on arrival.

 

Raghu Niwas, Mussoorie

India

Raghu Niwas is a massive property that can house upto sixeen guests. The house is vintage in its planning with large columns, brick walls and interconnected rooms. The real star of this property is the view of Mussoorie at night with a sea of twinkling stars from the city shining constantly.

Aaramgah-The Alpine Farm Stay, Narkand

India

Aaramgah showcases panoramic views of snow clad Himalayan mountains and the hills below. Completely surrounded by Alpine trees, the property smells of fragrant wood all the time. Also included is an apple orchard so make sure you visit during apple season to maximise the estate experience. Amenities include a barbeque grill, a private entrance and several patios.