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A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Homestay in Dharamshala!

Setting out on a journey to Dharamshala, the picturesque city of Himachal Pradesh, opens the door to a world of serene landscapes, warm hospitality, and unique cultural experiences.

While hotels offer comfort, the charm of Dharamshala truly comes alive when you opt for a homestay in Dharamshala.

Homestay gives you the comfort of your home while letting you enjoy your vacation mode! 

In this guide, we’ll unravel the key factors to consider when selecting the ideal homestay in Dharamshala, ensuring your stay is magical.

1.) Location :

When it comes to Dharamshala, the location of your homestay can make or break your experience. But again, it entirely depends upon the nature of your stay. Is it solely to explore the main gems/areas of the beautiful Dharamshala city or is it to find yourself surrounded by peace and nature (of course not to skip mentioning the backdrop of the beautiful Himalayan mountains- Dhauladhar range)

It would be best if you considered the below, while choosing the best suitable homestay in Dharamshala or a farm stay, as you desire:

  • Proximity to major attractions: Choose a location that allows easy access to Dharamshala’s main attractions like McLeod Ganj, Bhagsunag Waterfall, and the Dalai Lama Temple.
  • Scenic views: Opt for homestays with breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar range, lush valleys, or the soothing flow of a nearby river, away from the crowd and the hustle and bustle of Dharamshala city.

Some honorable mentions come under the affordable range and are offbeat homestays of Dharamshala, hidden in nature and lesser known among tourists.

  • The Bodhivan Farm Estate (near Kalsai Pul), Dharamshala – Our very own farm stay that’s away from the city lights and closer to Kareri village
  • Starlit Dome – a wooden dome, situated in McLeod Ganj
  • Wanderthirst Dharamshala: “A” Frame Tiny Cozy Wooden Glamp Under Tree
  • _Kailaso_ A Hilltop Cottage in Rakkar, Dharamshala – This one is a little expensive but worth a visit
  • Eco Loft- Mountain View Apartment – a 15-minute walk from the Dalai Lama Temple and Mcleodganj Ropeway

 2.) Amenities that Suit Your Style :

The amenities offered by a homestay play a pivotal role in enhancing your comfort. Evaluate:

  • Room configurations: Depending on your group size or preferences, assess whether the homestay offers private rooms, family suites, or entire cottages.
  • Facilities: Check for amenities like Wi-Fi, hot water, heating (especially crucial in colder months), and parking.

3.) Tailored Experiences :

Dharamshala offers a variety of homestay experiences, catering to different preferences. Always remember the below, when selecting the best home stay in Dharamshala as per your needs.

  • Farmstays: If you seek hands-on experience with agriculture and a taste of organic living, explore farm stay options.
  • Riverside Retreats: For those enchanted by the calming presence of flowing water, a riverside homestay might be the perfect choice.
  • Cultural Immersion: Some homestays offer a deeper connection with local culture, providing opportunities to participate in festivals, rituals, or even cooking traditional meals together.

We are so happy to inform you that The Bodhivan Farm Estate fulfills all of the above requirements! 

4.) Reviews and Recommendations:

Before finalizing your booking, delve into reviews from previous guests. Look for:

  • Consistent positive feedback on cleanliness, hospitality, and the accuracy of amenities.
  • Personal anecdotes that align with the type of experience you’re seeking.

5.) Budget Considerations:

Last but not least, while Dharamshala offers homestays across various price  ranges, it’s essential to:

  • Establish a budget early on and filter your options accordingly.
  • Factor in any additional costs, such as meals or guided tours, that might influence your overall spending.

Choosing the perfect homestay in Dharamshala is not just about finding a place to sleep; it’s about curating an experience that resonates with your travel aspirations. Consider the factors mentioned above as your compass, guiding you towards a homestay that will not only be your temporary abode but an integral part of your Dharamshala adventure. Embrace the warmth of local hospitality, relish the breathtaking views, and let your homestay become the cornerstone of unforgettable memories in the heart of Himachal Pradesh.