SaffronStays Kesar Villa in Manali

Best Himalayan Retreat in Manali Amidst Apple Orchards

SaffronStays Kesar Villa is a beautiful homestay that blends the concepts of farming and tourism at one place

Snow-clad mountains, mesmerising valley views, an emerald green flowing Beas river, chilly winds and tranquillity in the hills… this is the picture painted by tourists when they refer to Manali. But did you know that Manali has many secret famous apple orchards, too? Away from the touristy lanes of Manali lie some of the most serene and famous fruit orchards, and SaffronStays Kesar Villa is one of them.

Located in an exotic location in the Naggar region of Himachal Pradesh, this orchard home has a unique story to narrate. The home traces its origin to the apple farming experiences that Shri Kesar Ram orchestrated. His sincere efforts and hard work led to the birth of apple cultivation in this region (upper Kullu and Manali), replacing the native wild vegetation of the land.

apple orchards add to the beauty of SaffronStays Kesar Villa
The apple orchards add to the beauty of SaffronStays Kesar Villa

As time passed, the inclination toward apple farming in the region declined. But SaffronStays Kesar Villa decided to continue the tradition. This led to the amalgamation of two concepts – farming and tourism, and this gave birth to the beautiful homestay in the apple orchards of SaffronStays Kesar Villa.

On the tourism front, this Himalayan cottage opened doors to guests for a unique experience. They converted the cottage, set amidst dense forests, spread across two floors, to a private home stay. At this perfect family getaway, they also made room for your furry buddies. A well-equipped bedroom dedicated to pets, with pet toys and a staircase for special pet access, this home has taken all measures to ensure your pets have the best paw-cation. Not just families, this cottage with a separate entrance from the outside of the villa to the first floor guarantees complete privacy to couple guests as well.

Apple orchards tour at SaffronStays Kesar Villa
Take a tour through the apple orchards during your stay at SaffronStays Kesar Villa

To make your stay an unforgettable one, this beautiful home offers its guests an opportunity to tour the extensive apple orchards adjoining the villa and learn the fundamentals of apple farming and harvesting. Besides, apples and other farm fruits and vegetables are also cultivated on the land at the villa. Gorge over some delicious homemade farm products, like fruit juices, fruit jams, dried fruit flakes, local homemade pickles, and much more. An apple festival is organised at this home annually around mid-August, wherein guests can indulge in plucking activities too. The Home Owners are also considering activities like jam-making workshops and chutney-making workshops this year.

Spend time reading your favorite book in the cozy nooks of the book cafe in Manali
Spend time reading your favorite book in the cozy nooks of the book cafe 

The premises of this Himalayan retreat also has its own Book Cafe, where you can grab your favourite book and enjoy a good afternoon read. Food lovers can savour authentic Himachali delicacies prepared by home chefs with locally sourced ingredients during their stay. 

All in all, SaffronStays Kesar Villa is a perfect home to explore the silence and solace in the lap of nature amid glorious mountain peaks.

About Nirali Hathi