Winter Is the Perfect Time to Plan Your Trip to North India

As 2022 draws to a close, we couldn’t be more excited to start the new year. These destinations are traditionally known for the chill of winter, and they are coming back from the lull of the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve put together a list of destinations as well as small towns with intimate experiences, nature, and wellness. Before planning your visit, be sure to check opening dates, as these are always subject to change.

Here are the top 12 recommendations for getaways in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand by CaesarsStays.

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A 4-bedroom, pet-friendly regal abode hidden in the middle of the woods with a lush lawn, a gazebo, gorgeous sitouts, an indoor fireplace, and an enviable library. Made of wood and stone, furnished with modern furnishings, each part of the house has its own rhythm. From the charming attic room (nicknamed the ‘man-made cave’) with starry ceilings to floor-to-ceiling windows, multiple verandahs and sit-outs on each floor, offering spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayas and surroundings Huh. Flora create an almost poetic, indoor-outdoor living experience. Enjoy delectable authentic spreads straight from organic farms in an al-fresco setup in the gazebo, or indoors with a heated setup.


An uber-luxe property in Sainj near Shimla, Himachal Pradesh draws heavy influence from Japanese architecture and interiors, seen through its clean, minimalist look and soothing earthy hues. The house employed an all-female staff, many of whom struggled to support themselves or their families safely. By hiring women from the local village to work as caretakers on the property, the homeowner is helping them get back on their feet and leave their dependency behind. Classes are provided for women to enhance their abilities and prepare them to become the wonderful, hospitable caregivers they are today. Despite going through innumerable setbacks, they always welcome everyone with a smile on their face, are caring and work with love and dedication; Something that makes the property partner happy.

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Monarch Manor, Manali

Kaiserstays Monarch Manor, Manali was a property that was built as a grand home that would be fit for the royal family of Manali. The villa is located on Old Manali Road, 20 minutes (6 km) from Manali Mall Road, 12 minutes (5 km) from Sajla Falls and 60 minutes (47 km) from Bhuntar Airport, Kullu. It is a restored architectural masterpiece surrounded by the Family Room, Earth Suite and Glass Suite. The Glass Suites is one of the most romantic holiday destinations near Delhi for couples. You can watch your first snowfall of the season from the decked terrace above the bed, or spend hours in the hot-tub Jacuzzi under the stars. The home-chefs will also serve you authentic, Pahari food that you won’t find anywhere else in Himachal Pradesh. For your evening, gather outside around a lovely bonfire. If you’re up for some adventure, visit the breathtaking Sajla Falls (5 km) by the Beas River, or the Hadimba Temple (7 km) for a more spiritual experience.

Hillstation Over Tirthan Valley, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Surrounded by dense forests, and open to spectacular views of Tirthan Valley, SaffronStays Hillstation Over Tirthan Valley is a luxurious 2-bedroom pet-friendly homestay in Gushaini, a quaint village close to Kullu and considered Himachal’s best-kept secret. This homestay in Tirthan Valley is located 55 km from Bhuntar Airport and 6 km from Great Himalayan National Park (UNESCO Heritage Site). Gushaini is fast becoming popular for its offbeat, adventurous trails and rustic beauty; A heaven for cloud kissing mountains, hidden waterfalls and scintillating riverside treks! The USP of this homestay lies in its pristine location: away from the congested treks of Kullu-Manali valleys, the best of Gushaini experiences with birdwatching, skiing, fishing and hiking at famous spots like Jibhi, Serloskar Lake and Jalori Pass enjoy. is offered at an additional cost) with your stay!

Hardee’s Hideaway, Shimla

Resting majestically atop the hills of Shimla, Hardy’s Hideaway is your exclusive hill home, set amidst beautiful gardens and a valley. This ancestral 4-bedroom abode, only 3 hours from Shimla airport, is a beacon that beckons anyone looking to escape the urban sprawl. Featuring 4-bedrooms with attached bathrooms that can be booked independently, this homestay in Shimla is the perfect stay for couples, 2-3 families or a large group of friends. The USP of this cottage in Himachal Pradesh is that it is equipped with everything you need – complimentary WiFi, smart TV, music system, karaoke system, PlayStation, a gym, books, billiards or table tennis. If you fancy some food, the chefs will prepare some delicious Mud Oven Pizzas for your evening party.

Sundar Ghar, Dehradun

Decked out in colorful colors and the charm of Dehradun, Casa Bellissimo is everything your dream holiday sounds like. Literally meaning ‘beautiful house’, this 3-bedroom villa in the hills offers comfort and relaxation. Located 45 minutes away from the Jolly Grant International Airport, you’ll be instantly swept away by the villa’s incredible European architecture and rustic interiors. Explore the lush green valleys and beautiful garden views from the comfortable villa bedrooms. On the second floor, there is a spacious terrace surrounded by stunning mountain views where you can enjoy your mornings with a cup of tea. There is ample space for children to play in the lawn. If you want to venture outside, there is a beautiful waterfall just a 2-minute walk from the property, where you can seek peace amidst nature.

Elysian, Dehradun

Elysian is a wonderful 2-bedroom luxury villa in Dehradun. This pet-friendly villa is 20 minutes from Jolly Grant Airport, and offers great valley views from French windows in the bedroom and living room. This homestay in Dehradun has a mix of earthy and modern vibes. The brick-and-stone structure of this boutique home features modern amenities and furnishings—ideal for the ultimate getaway for couples, small families, and close friends. Food lovers can relish Indian and Chinese cuisines prepared by the in-house chef. Nearby tourist attractions include the ancient Buddha Temple (18 km), Robber’s Cave (24 km) or the many paragliding tours in Dehradun (20 km).

Cottage Glade, Dehradun

Cottage Glade is a 2-bedroom cottage homestay at a distance of 60 minutes (34.5 km) from Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttarakhand. It is located near Sahastradhara Natural Spring (6 km), Robbers Cave (13 km) and Malsi Deer Park (9 km). Inspired by European wooden bungalows, this cottage homestay near The Doon School was created as a home for families and friends who want to escape to the mountains for a detox getaway. While here, enjoy healthy home cooked meals and barbeque bites prepared by the in-house chef who will spoil your choices with local cuisine and delicacies.

Willow Castle, Bhimtal

Willow Castle is a 4-bedroom pet-friendly homestay in Bhimtal surrounded by the majestic mountains of Uttarakhand. It is an ideal holiday destination for a friend’s stay or a family outing near Delhi and Chandigarh. Its proximity to Bhimtal Lake (4 km) and other famous tourist places (within 15 km) is a big plus for those who wish to enjoy Uttarakhand tourism. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the Himalayas from the homestay near Sattal while sipping your daily brew. This quaint home near Bhimtal Lake is surrounded by trees like golden juniper and pencil pine cypress on all sides.

Garden On The Lake, Bhimtal

What’s better than waking up in the mountains with stunning lake views for company? When you stay at Gardens on the Lake, a 2-bedroom pet-friendly private homestay in Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, you’ll wake up to breathtaking views of Lake Bhimtal in front of you and the mighty Himalayas that surround you. The tourist favorite Bhimtal Lake is just a stone’s throw away. Soak in the view of the serene waters and enjoy a cup of tea from the lush green lawns of this humble abode. Your pet is welcome here with open arms! This pet-friendly getaway is ideal for small families and couples who want to relax in peace in the hills.

The Dream, Mukteshwar

El Sueno is a boutique 2-bedroom, pet-friendly villa in Mukteshwar, ideal for pet parents, couples, small families and close groups of friends. This eco-friendly villa is at a distance of 3 hours from Pantnagar Airport (88 km) and 2 hours from Katgodham Railway Station (54 km). The routes are beautiful and one of the best road trips in the Himalayas. It has an incredible wood and stone structure built with Koti banal style architecture with an indoor fireplace, powder room and en-suite bathroom. Go on a bicycle ride around the property or feel the warmth of a bonfire under the starry sky. For thrill seekers, there are several paragliding centers just a few hours drive away from this homestay in Mukteshwar.

Fourth, Bhimtal

Nestled in a dense forest with endless greenery all around, Kaiserstays Forest is an estate in Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, comprising of 4 sets of 2 cottages – 2 Pinewood Cottages, 2 Bamboo Cottages, 2 Bamboo Cottages and 2 Pinewood Cottages – a total collection of 8 chic and exclusive private cottages. These pet-friendly homestays are just 4 km from the Sattal Lake in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. All cottage bedrooms have heaters so you can stay crispy warm in the winter. Relish authentic cuisine catered to your taste buds by the in-house chef, freshly prepared on earthen stove (subject to availability). Breakfast at these cottages is included in the tariff.

Amlin, Manali

Amlin is a 6-bedroom homestay situated on a hilltop in Vashisht, Manali. It is located 15 minutes (3 km) from Manali Mall Road and 10 minutes (2 km) from Vashishtha Temple and Geothermal Hot Springs. This homestay has duplex suites and couple suites (2 individual suites) and family rooms. The USP of this homestay in Manali is the 180° unobstructed view, with the river Beas flowing below and the majestic Himalayas in front. Guests can enjoy delicious oriental and Mughlai cuisine prepared by the in-house cook. For evening tea time, head to the gazebo on the lush lawns. Thrill-seekers can head out for a hike at Jogni Falls, book a helicopter ride for a one-of-a-kind experience or go skiing, paragliding and a cable cart ride at Solang Valley, just 30 minutes away .

Pinecone Cottage, Shimla

Located an hour away from Shimla, these are a set of pet-friendly cottages surrounded by deodar and oak forest with spectacular views of the mountains and valleys. Just 20 km from Jubbarhatti airport, every nook and corner of the private cottage has been lovingly designed by the home owner: a seamless amalgamation of wooden architecture, soft pastels and contemporary designs greets you with a sense of warmth and tranquility Is. There is a caretaker on site who will provide you with delicious, multi-cuisine meals. Not just limited to this, let the staff arrange a hearty barbeque for you with a cozy outdoor bonfire.

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