Naggar Palace is one of the three premium heritage hotels in Himachal Pradesh run by HPTDC. I know there are number of reviews available for Naggar Castle but still I feel why not add my 2 cents to it. After one scary night at one of the Hadimba Cottages my wife decided either we shall go home or we shall at least change hotel next day and I agreed.
Next morning we had scheduled the day for sight-seeing as a part of our HPTDC honeymoon package. To our fortune since way to Rohtaang-La was closed due to heavy snowfall, HPTDC guys decided to head Naggar after 2 Hour of sheer enjoyment at Snow Point, Solang Valley. I had the booking at Naggar Palace the very next day. As soon as we reached Naggar Palace, I asked the guy at reception to accommodate the booking for current day and he obliged favorably. They even adjusted the tickets of Volvo for very next day which were initially booked for two days after. So in all we had cut short the journey by one day.
Bookings can be done at HPTDC Office Chanderlok Building, C.P., New Delhi or any local HPTDC office of other states. You can book it online here using credit or debit card HPTDC, Hotel Bookings
Also you can drop an email to any of the local office email addresses mentioned at HPTDC Offices Contacts. They will make a temporary reservation and ask you to send a Demand Draft as an advance for the booking. The details for Demand Draft will be provided in the email. Do check 101, 102, 103, 112 rooms for availability as they are among the front facing rooms I know about (best scenic views, you can see entire Nagger valley from their window or balcony) and if you feel it’s an off season do book only on the spot.
UPDATE: Recently, these numbers of the rooms have been changed to names and as per the update following are the names of the rooms which are front facing now –
- River View Suite (101)
- Green field Suite (102)
- Her Highness Suite (103)
- Baragarth Fort Suite (112)
Guy at reception showed us the room (room number 105) we booked for Rs 3000 from Delhi office (poor me, first time I made that mistake of booking without seeing 🙁 ). When I saw it, I believe it was worth it. But somehow we had to reject it since it was too big and my wife recalled the last night horror at Hadimba Cottages. Moreover, we were alone again that day at hotel as only few foreigners were there and no one could assure their presence at night 😉 . So, sadly we rejected that one of most beautiful rooms I have ever seen. Nevertheless in the end we got one of the front facing room (Room Number 112) although it is priced Rs. 900 less 🙂 i.e. Rs 2100 Complete list of tariff is available at the following site for different rooms. HPTDC, Hotel Bookings Well there was an off-season discount of 30% w.e.f 15th November but I couldn’t extend the dates due to lack of official leaves :-(. So, if you can then do check for off season discount.
Naggar is just 22 K.M. drive from Manali and 589 K.M. from Delhi. As soon as you reach bus stand (I feel it was a bust stand :)) of Naggar just lift your eyes upwards and you can get the glimpse of a castle like structure made of wood and rocks at a cliff point. It’s approx. 800 Mtrs from the bus stand.
I know Internet is almost full of it and some would have even seen in a bollywood movie “Jab we met” :). I even clicked a few and would like to share them with you guyz as the post progresses. Here are some assorted pics of Naggar Castle…
Tree in the middle…
Corridors.. both blocks…
Yes surprisingly enough there is an entry fee of Rs. 15 to visit the Naggar Castle or have lunch/dinner at cafeteria inside. Although people with room booking are spared from this add-on :). Localites are free to move around and there is a temple inside which they keep visiting. So now you have the hint to save yourself Rs 15 when you just visit Naggar Castle for a meal 😉
As soon as you enter Naggar Castle, you can draw that your eyes will have a treat of Wood and Rocks all over there. There are two blocks in the hotel “A” and “B”. B-Block is on the left (I think) along restaurant side(50% sure, to be on safe side consider the block on restaurant side, for this article I will presume it to be “B”) and is more beautiful than Block “A” somehow, which is along Temple side. Block “A” seemed to be more closed loops and lonely rather its counterpart is altogether different. So do opt for Block which is at restaurant side.
The room which we finally got was really amazing for its view offerings. Interior context of the room was also not behind. As expected wood and rocks were the heart and being spacious enough for two each thing in the room had an elegance attached to it. Bathroom had hot running water and there was tower type heater in the room as well. Here are some of the clicks I was able to capture of room…
We really liked the food/coffee/tea served at Naggar. We had a lunch, a dinner and a breakfast, all were totally up to the mark and tasted just great. Restaurant was the major attraction with its four balcony tables (3 of them regular and one being the round table for 5, not good like other three if your are 4 or 2) offering you the view of Naggar Valley along with having your food. There was internal seating as well to accommodate a good enough strength.
Here are some of the pictures of in-out restaurant…
Hospitality we received from the staff was great. Location is no concern as well and for medical assistance you will have to approach the Naggar town which was not too far though.There is a temple inside the hotel itself and here is the picture of it.
One interesting point is that if there are thunderstorms then they shutdown their EPABX system making all phones dead. So in case of emergency you cannot contact anyone at hotel using room phones and staff stay till 9 P.M. only, at least in winters (that is when I visited, may be in summers it might not be the case). So, it’s better you take somebody’s cell number who would be there at night.
Attractions in-around Naggar Castle
- Old Krishna Temple, a must visit place
- Roerich Art Gallery and Museum
- Shiv Temple / Mandir
But we didn’t get the chance to explore any of them due to continuous shower and chilly winds. The only possibility we had was to contemplate the beauty of the entire valley from the room’s balcony sipping along a cup of coffee. It was just too awesome. Here are the snap shots…first one is complete and second one is spliced one.
It is a must visit place if you haven’t visited it yet and it is a must stay place whenever you get a chance to visit the Kullu-Manli trail.