A Chalet by the River
Passu, Dharamshala, Himanchal Pradesh
Imagine this. You’re sitting by the window in a bucolic room made of bamboos, watching the sun pierce through the sky. Under it, a string of green hills is complimented with a river that gushes down swiftly, merely a few feet away. That’s life here at ZostelX Dharamshala in Passu, a small town lodged on the periphery of Dharamshala. Tender mint green creepers crawl up the windows, a soft scent of wood lingers around, and the sun paints the room golden here. The common area is more like a wooden cabin with glass windows, offering mesmerising views of the greenery. With litchi orchards in the backyard, a stone pool, and a garden springing with peculiar plants and flowers, the home is nothing short of organic magic. The house is made sustainable with the help of bamboos, ash bricks, and a natural water filtering system. Conveniently located away from the tourist crowds and yet near to the scenic attractions, this home offers a balanced getaway between solitude and experiences.
HIGHLIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES
Pool dipping: Right by our chalet flows a stream, and you can go dipping to your heart’s content in its pleasantly chilly waters!
A tour around Dharamshala, Mcleodganj and Dharamkot Our hosts organise day trips to the popular towns of Mcleodganj and Dharamshala. Here’s all you can see (charges extra). The first tour is to the Bhagsu Temple & waterfall, the Dalai Lama temple, St John’s Church, and the Dal Lake and sunset point of Naddi. You can also take a tour to Kangra Art Museum, Tea estates, Kunal Patri temple, the War Memorial, and the Cricket Stadium. A third trip takes you to the Norbulingka Monastery, Karmapa temple, Aghanzar Mahadev, Indranag viewpoint, and Tapovan.
Norbulingka Monastery Also an institute, the Norbulingka Monastery works on preserving the art and literature of the Tibetan culture. Hence, travellers from all over the world come here for advanced studies. It is just 5km from our abode.
Passu Village walk/bicylcing You can spend an afternoon strolling around the village of Passu, which is a bucolic town with people leading their traditional mountain lives in bliss. Love biking? You can take a cycle to go around as well.
Learn the traditions Love the Himachali culture? You can learn cooking local food- curries, chutneys, and pickles with us. If you’re a fan of the textile industry, you can also explore the art of making Himachali bedsheets and sweaters on man-powered machines from the local artisans.
Birdwatching & boating Head to the Pong Dam to have a look at migratory birds. You can also boat to an island on the dam, where there’s a hidden temple.
Organic Farm Visit the organic farm & animal centre, Peepal farm. You can also volunteer to help in the farm or help the wounded animals here.
Common Hangout Area
HOW TO REACH
◘ By car: The shortest way to reach from Chandigarh to Passu is to come via Chandigarh-Una-Kangra highway. If you’re coming from Delhi, take the road to Dharamshala and take a diversion from Chetru Chowk towards Passu. ◘ By Bus: All the outstation buses come via Chetru Chowk to Dharamshala from Delhi and Chandigarh. Drop off there as the home is just 2km from there. If you’re coming from Shimla or Manali, get down at Sheela Chowk, from where the chalet is 4-5km. You’ll find taxis easily. ◘ By Air: The nearest airport is the Gagal Airport in Kangra, which is 11km from ZostelX Passu. From there, you can take a bus or a taxi. The approximate fare for a taxi would be INR 800. By Train: The nearest railway station is in Pathankot which is 85km from the property. From there, take a taxi (INR 2000 or so) or a bus (regular buses available) and you should reach in 2-3 hours! ◘ Note: -For further detailed directions, please call the property prior to your arrival. Their contact details will be shared with you in the booking confirmation email itself. -If you’re coming from Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, or Dharamkot, you will easily get a taxi that drops you to the home.
AREA - Passu, Dharamshala
Passu is a small town at the periphery of Dharamshala but it hides away from the popular and touristy areas. With umpteen hikes and Buddhist influence in culture, the town is full of things to explore.
LOCATION - ZostelX Dharamshala (Passu)
ZostelX Dharamshala is located right by a stream, at the very beginning of Dharamshala. Located near the famous cricket stadium, it is accessible by road and easy to spot, as it sits right by a bridge that you need to cross to get there.
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.
- The property is not pet-friendly.
- Drinking and smoking are prohibited inside the property. Guests are requested to resort to open areas for the same.
- Any kind of footwear is not allowed inside the house.
- No room or luggage services will be provided at the property.
- All the food served will be home cooked.
- Any special request regarding food or facilities needs to be intimated in advance.
- Nature and surroundings should always be respected and taken care of.
- The area will have to be kept noise-free after 10 pm.
HOSTED By Kshitiz Bansal
A traveller at heart, Kshitiz left his city-life three years back and moved to the mountains. A young, free- spirited, fun-loving entrepreneur, he successfully runs a Zostel and a café in Dharamkot, 15km North of Passu.