“We welcome you to our home to witness our traditional Himachali lifestyle, sample our authentic delicacies and to take a break from your city life and enjoy with a splendid view of the Himalayas.””
~ Karam Singh ‘Highlander’ and family.
While most travelers stay in Shimla and head to Kufri for day trips, the real beauty of the region lies in the region beyond Kufri. This homestay is situated in a village a few kilometers away from Fagu. Being in a village, you are bound to come across other villagers quite naturally and the more you get to know them, the more you’d crave for the simple lives they live. The region is surrounded with apple orchards, the host family themselves owning some. Experience the simple and healthy life far from excessive technology and fast food that we thrive on.
The homestay is divided into two parts: The traditional and the recently renovated one. The host family itself lives in the traditional house which is about 80 years old. The old house is attached with the newer renovated portion that houses travelers by a hallway lined up y windows to let the sunlight in. There are three rooms for accommodating travelers. The interiors of the rooms are tastefully done by locally found wood and stone. The Mud room has walls done up in mud and thereby providing breathing walls. The rooms are spacious with a row of windows to let the sunlight in. All rooms have an attached washroom.
The homestay is abundant with milk, buttermilk, ghee and the likes thanks to the cows owned by the family. The hostess Ritu is an expert when it comes to traditional himachali dishes like Siddu and Patanda. The local cuisine is served if one is willing to indulge in local delicacies. Else, simple yet delicious vegetarian dishes are served. Depending on the season, self grown vegetables like Cabbage, Cauliflower, Peas etc are served in the meals.
The homestay is situated in the village of Cheog and is just on the outskirts of the forest that occupies most of the region. A scenic part-road part-dirt track of about 30 Kms in is the most exciting activity one can indulge in on cycles. Some other activities that one can consider while at the homestay are:
Rooms at the homestay are priced at:
View Room : INR 2500 on twin sharing
Sunny Room : INR 2500 on twin sharing
Mud Walls Room : INR 2500 on twin sharing
Note: View Room and Sunny Room have a Fireplace.
Meals at the homestay are priced at:
Breakfast: INR 50 per person
Lunch and Dinner: INR 100 per person per meal
Non Veg meals are charged separately
Use of Kitchenette for preparing your own meals: INR 200 per day
The homestay is in a village about 4 Kms away from Fagu, which is approximately 25 Kms from Shimla. The one hour drive from Shimla is scenic and you may spot many snow capped mountains on the horizon on the way.
Best Time to Visit
The place can be visited throughout the year. The region witnesses snowfall in the winters and warm days with chilly evenings in the Summers. A clear day will give you a glimpse of the Himalayas in their snow capped glory all year through.
Things to Note:
“Experience of a life time while staying at Home Stay in Fagu. Wonderful property but more than anything else it was the generosity and hospitality of the host family that made the short vacation memorable. Thanks also to India untravelled team for getting this arranged at the very short notice and making it a hassle free experience. ”
~ Alok Nath Upadhyay, travelled with family in April 2016
“Still reminiscing the wonderful stay at the Highlander's in Fagu, Himachal Pradesh. The location of the homestay was fantastic and the warm hospitality of the owners made it a great stay. Thank you, India Untravelled for a memorable holiday. ”
~ Mou Ghosh, travelled with family in June 2016
Karam Singh, the host, is popularly known in the village ” Highlander” The history behind the title takes you back in time when Karam Singh’s father and Grand Father took part in the freedom struggle. Because of his progressive farming techniques and efforts Karam Singh is a major contributor in the development of the area.
His son Sohan Singh Thakur is a social activist and an Ex-Zila Parishad Member.
Both father and Son with the help of co-villagers have put the village on the world map as the largest contributor to the production of vegetable in Theog Tehsil.
The homestay rooms meant for travelers have been made from recycled or locally sourced stone and wood.
Below are some tips to travel responsibly while in Fagu: