Leaving the touristy Narkanda behind about 20 kms to the north, you reach the picturesque Kotgarh area, known for its fruit orchards. Here in village Saroga you will find perched on the side of a hill, offering stunning views of the greater Himalayas, Anuradha and Kartik’s home - Saroga Woods.
The couple first came as tourists and fell in love with the area. And at 35 they left the corporate world in Singapore and decided to move here and become jam makers. They launched Kotgarh Fruit Bageecha in 2013 under which they sell jams and preserves. Anuradha, Kartik and their senior cat Fatty, have opened their doors to welcome guests in their home that they have consciously and lovingly built. They are well travelled gastronomes and invite you to visit Saroga Woods to experience their Himalayan life and exchange conversations and stories.
The Saroga home is built from top to bottom. The bottom floor is where Kartik and Anuradha live. The guest rooms are on the middle floor along with a library and a small gym. The top floor consists of the dining and living areas.
The east-facing room gets the sunlight in the morning. It has uninterrupted views of the Himalayas through its two large windows.
350 sq ft
2 + 1
The north-facing room is perfect in summer to laze in. It is right next to the gym with a separate door to access it. There is a window to look at the mountains from.
200 sq ft
Price Description: The price is for double occupancy and includes all taxes and accommodation with the meals mentioned below.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (Lunch can be arranged at an extra cost)
Extra Note: The kitchen space can be used for beverages through the day and night.
Third Person/Child: Above 12 years: 4000/-
Raahghar Payment Terms: Reservation is confirmed with an advance payment of 50% of the total amount at the time of booking. The balance payment is to be made 7 days prior to check-in.
Cancellation Policy (Indian Passport Holders Only):
In case of a cancellation due to any unforeseen circumstance a credit note will be issued by the property to the guest for the amount paid till date.
The credit note will be valid for use within one year from the period of booking. The guest can redeem the credit note against the amount of any future booking within a year and pay the balance if any as per the rates applicable on that date. This credit note is also transferable and can be used by the guest/transferee only once within the stipulated date.
Raahghar would keep your credit card information secured with us and it won't be charged unless needed.
Shimla is closer but getting a flight might prove a futile effort. You can fly into Chandigarh, for a more convenient option.
The nearest railway station is Shimla. It is connected by a heritage train from Kalka which takes approximately 6 hours to reach Shimla.
From Chandigarh (via Shimla): Total 200 km, it's a 6-hour road trip.
Ample parking is available near the homestay. During winter it is recommended to bring a 4x4 with prior snow driving experience. There is also an option of hiring local taxis from the town.
The three-story home is built using modern techniques and a traditional exterior. You are sure to be warm and cozy as the hosts have taken special efforts to have an indoor fireplace and heated floors.
To minimize their carbon footprint, the hosts have built a 28k liter rainwater harvesting system, and make use of a solar power system.
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