Homestay at Nandli Village, Mandi Prashar Road, Himachal Pradesh

Sri Prashar Home Stay, Nandli (Kataula) I preferred to stay before visiting Prashar lake festival.

I started Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark 350 motorbike from Naina Devi (Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh) at 7:15 am. After 20 km of driving within hills I was at Kainchi more.

Bilaspur Town is 49 Kms from Kainchi more and Mandi Town 114 Kms.

12:15 noon hours I reached Mandi. Rs. 500 petrol (Rs. 75.40 petrol per litre) filled into the petrol tank for the further journey as I have to reach Nandli Village – 18 km from Mandi Town.

Journey from Kainchi more to Mandi was not that exciting because of heavy traffic on road specially trucks and condition of the road, not that encouraging.

At Mandi I inquire about Prashar lake route. I was told third bridge I have to cross and left turn or once you pass nearby Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji Gurudwara there is a bridge on the left side.

I followed the advice and finally after crossing bridge and left turn approx. 300 meters driving I was at a junction where a road goes up into the hills. Prashar Lake – 48 km displayed by distance board.

Driving continues and at 1:30 pm I reached Nandli Village.

Total distance from Naina Devi (Bilaspur) to Nandli Village (Mandi Prashar Road) 158 Kms approx.

Total travel time from Naina Devi (Bilaspur) to Nandli Village (Mandi Prashar Road) 6 hours approx.

Nandli village population is 400 approx. and is surrounded by Himalayas.

Prashar Lake is 30 km approx. from Nandli Village.

If you are not having your own vehicle the best way, to reach Nandli Village is by bus. Buses are available for Bagi Village at regular intervals from Mandi town bus depot. Nandli Village is before Bagi.

The best about Sri Prashar Home Stay

– Parking space

– Good double bed room

– Quality homemade meals including tea

– Availability of staff for the village/Prashar tour

– Very reasonable room rate and friendly owners/staff

Toilet is not attached with the bedroom. The owner said within villages toilets are mostly outside home. June month there is scarcity of water due to summer.

During the home-stay most of the time, I preferred to sit below Bottle Brush tree planted inside the campus. It was so relaxing. Once we went for village tour had Plum fruit direct from the trees, had a look at tomato, cucumber, apple plantation and twice had bath at Prashar khad. I also saw the very first time the function of water chakki.

Overall experience – excellent.

While leaving I ask for total rupees I have to pay and was amazed to know they offered service FREE. I question why? The owner – Deepak Sharma said as I am the very first guest it is FREE.

I respected the decision but paid Rs. 2000/- for three nights stay including food, tea, village, Mandi and twice Prashar lake tour. Manoj – the staff joined as pillion rider for Mandi, Prashar lake tour.

Please note upon the request for Himachal Pradesh food I was served Jhol, Mah ki Dal and Chawal – Favourite Food of Mandi district which was excellent and knowledge was enhanced too. Even food during dinner time having varieties. Jhol – traditional drink of Mandi is favorite.

All I can say the hospitality – excellent and would love to visit again and again. Thank you very much.

Deepak Sharma said next year maybe he will make home-stay 5 – 6 km before Prashar Lake as he is having land there currently having apple plantation. Wonderful – said I and I visited the location. It is too good to have home stay there. Complete peace and excellent view of Rohtang Pass. Best Wishes!!

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