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Himachal Pradesh

Himalayan Ski Village’s Current Status – Whose Fault was it Anyway?

In our last article we had taken a look at the stalled Himalayan Ski Village project that was planned to be built in Manali in Himachal Pradesh. In this article we will take a look at all the reasons and issues behind the opposition to stop its construction and also try to find out whether these issues were actually justified as claimed.

The project soon after its approval was vehemently Read the rest “Himalayan Ski Village’s Current Status – Whose Fault was it Anyway?”

Himalayan Ski Village – a Tourism Project gone Sour? Part 1

Himalayan Ski VillageTheir website is not functional, call up their office and no one picks the phone, a different office is now running from their office in Delhi and the promoters are either not reachable or they decline to comment. That’s the story of the $350-million (Rs 5,000-crore) Himalayan Ski Village project pioneered by Alfred Ford, the great grandson of the legendary Henry Ford in Manali in India’s Himachal Pradesh. 

In the Read the rest “Himalayan Ski Village – a Tourism Project gone Sour? Part 1”

Non-Himachali Wanting to Buy Land in Himachal Pradesh

Non-Himachali Wanting to Buy Land in Himachal Pradesh

Although you can now buy your holiday home in places like Kullu, Kasauli and Shimla where developers have come up with some projects, on a broader scale there is a lot of confusion on whether a non-Himachali (non-resident of Himachal Pradesh) can actually buy a plot of land or a house in the state to build his dream holiday home. So whether you are buying a plot of land or Read the rest “Non-Himachali Wanting to Buy Land in Himachal Pradesh”

Muskotia Retreat – 1, 2BHK Duplex Villas in Nainital

Muskotia Retreat, Nainital The adjoining areas of Nainital like Bhowali, Sataal, Bhimtal, Ramgarh, Mukteshwar, etc. have been witnessing the launch of several projects by developers – both small and big. This is owing to the fact that while Nainital is close by, these locations are well connected by both road and rail. And add to it the scenic beauty that one can still enjoy compared to Nainital which has been rendered an absolute Read the rest “Muskotia Retreat – 1, 2BHK Duplex Villas in Nainital”

Meadows – Ansal Buildwell’s Apartment and Villa Project in Kullu, Himachal


Who wouldn’t want to own a holiday home in the lap of nature? And when the option is in Kullu-Manali in Himachal I think everyone would love to buy a property here. However with several restrictions to buying property in Himachal Pradesh, people wanting to buy in this Himalayan State are usually discouraged. But not anymore! With the launch of their first group housing project here by Delhi-based Ansal Read the rest “Meadows – Ansal Buildwell’s Apartment and Villa Project in Kullu, Himachal”

Windsor Suites – 1BHK Suites Sandwoods Infratech Pvt. Ltd. in Shimla


After the success of the first phase of constructions of Campton Estate comprising 1 and 2 BHK apartments, Sandwoods Infratech Pvt. Ltd. last year announced the launch of Windsor Suites comprising 1BHK fully furnished suites in the heart of North India’s envious holiday Home location, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. The first phase of the development has already been completed and the units are now being handed over to Read the rest “Windsor Suites – 1BHK Suites Sandwoods Infratech Pvt. Ltd. in Shimla”

Prithvi Infra Developers’ New York Residency near Shimla


Shimla, the erstwhile summer capital of India, in the state of Himachal Pradesh has always been on the radar of prospective holiday home buyers. However due to rampant constructions in Shimla, the area today is very congested and problems galore including availability of drinking water during the summers, etc. Developers thus are now looking at areas in the vicinity of Shimla which are greener and offer more breathing spaces Read the rest “Prithvi Infra Developers’ New York Residency near Shimla”

Café Rudra – Where Coffee and Music Enthrall in Kasauli

Deepak ChandelIn all conversations that I had with everyone that I met and spoke to even for about five minutes in Kasauli, ended up with Café Rudra – a must-visit hang-out for a cup of coffee and some retro music. Although I couldn’t make it to this much-talked about place during my recent visit, I did speak to the people behind the scenes to discover more about their widely popular café Read the rest “Café Rudra – Where Coffee and Music Enthrall in Kasauli”

Interview with Venkat Matoory an Entrepreneur Living in Kasauli, Himachal

We have been on the road in India and visiting quite some touristy places. We are visiting one of our properties in Kasauli and bumped into Venkat Matoory, who is a well known entrepreneur. Venkat interestingly is being doing something that we have been kind of encouraging lot of our travelers to do – which is to take life a little easy. He is spending, I think, a year in Read the rest “Interview with Venkat Matoory an Entrepreneur Living in Kasauli, Himachal”

Guide to buying a holiday home in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

DLF SamavanaThe two bottlenecks – Pinjore and Kalka – on the route from Chandigarh to Kasauli done away with the Himalayan Expressway, I was expecting some good developments in this otherwise cantonment hill station. It takes just a little over an hour to reach Kasauli from Chandigarh, which should be fairly a good reason for holiday home buyers and reputed developers to set base here. But to say the least, I Read the rest “Guide to buying a holiday home in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh”

Punjabi by Nature – A Gastronomical Delight

Punjabi food is the most popular Indian food not only in India but known globally. Punjabi food is known for its innovative cooking technique called tandoor; a hot clay oven cooks breads and dishes which are not only tasty but healthy too.

Chicken tikka masala is the most popular dish in UK and even renowned chefs like Jamie Oliver have tried their hands at making this dish. Punjab is truly Read the rest “Punjabi by Nature – A Gastronomical Delight”

Pahari food in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal is dominated by upland climate. The variation in availability of raw materials, environmental conditions clubbed with the time tested traditional knowledge and wisdom have made the people of different regions of the hill state to formulate, develop and perpetuate the wide range of traditional food and beverage unique to its place since ages.  Due to the cold weather meat is preferred by all. But in the different region of Read the rest “Pahari food in Himachal Pradesh”

Controversial Apartment Act of Himachal likely to be scrapped: Report

Himachal apartmentsA recent media report has said that the controversial Apartment and Property Regulations Act of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, and enacted by the previous Congress regime to open the state’s doors to private builders and realtors, is all set to be scrapped in the next Assembly session that begins on December 19 at Dharamshala.

The report published in today’s issue of the Indian Express newspaper said that the Read the rest “Controversial Apartment Act of Himachal likely to be scrapped: Report”

Weekend getaways gear up for I-Day rush

A double bonanza in the form of holidays for Rakhi on Saturday and India’s Independence Day on Monday awaits eager travellers. everyone’s geared up to spend this extended weekend away from their homes. Several city slWeekend getawaysickers are extending the upcoming weekend, taking an extra day off on Friday.

“I have reported sick on Friday and will be driving down to Mussoorie early on Friday morning,” says Siddarth Kashyap, an Read the rest “Weekend getaways gear up for I-Day rush”

In focus – Kulu-Manali

Holiday homes in Manali, Himachal PradeshWith a long weekend ahead (August 13, 14, 15), Kulu-Manali in Himachal Pradesh can be the best destinations for any traveller to explore this beautiful valley. The pristine, unpolluted surroundings and its gentle folk draw lakhs of tourists to this abode year after year. Legend has it that after the great flood, the sage Manu recreated human life in this area. There’s much to see here — an ancient cave Read the rest “In focus – Kulu-Manali”