Our stay at Norwood Green, Palampur – home away from home

If you are looking for a home away from home and yet don’t want to miss the luxury that a five star hotel offers, Norwood Green, Palampur is the answer to all that you want. We are just back from a pampering, luxurious, cozy stay at Norwood Green, Palampur. It is located in the small picturesque town of Palampur in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Right in the lap of the majestic Himalayan mountain ranges. Although Norwood Green call themselves a homestay, the property, the hospitality – the warmth of the staff is nothing less than what you expect from a five star hotel. And why not, when the owner Karan Singh Grewal is known to prioritize the experience of the guests over everything else.

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Norwood Green Palampur

A tour through Norwood Green Palampur

The first impression

As we arrived at Norwood Green Palampur, it was already late evening. In a little hill station like Palampur, it seemed like most of the population had shut their business for the day and already settled in their cozy homes to beat the cold winter night, by this time. But, we found the staff at Norwood Green Palampur enthusiastically waiting for us at the entrance of the homestay. At the very first glance, the property made a mark on me. Standing tall in the dark, with beautiful lights all around the campus, and adoring the villas. Overall, it looked nothing less than a luxurious grand hotel. As we steadied our feet after getting out of our car after a long drive through the hills, the staff took our luggage off the vehicle. And before we knew, they already settled the luggage in our rooms.

Norwood Green Palampur at a glance

The property at Norwood Green Palampur is built more like a home away from home than a formal stay. There is a cluster of individual luxury villas that comprise the property. And each villa has a living room, a dining room and a bedroom at lower floor. A flight of stairs lead to the upper floor where there are three tastefully done bedrooms. There is a beautiful narrow lawn at the front of the property. And each villa has a beautiful backyard where there is a small lawn privy to that villa. So, it is a perfect place for a family get together. And also to enjoy your secluded private heaven amidst all the facilities of a bigger property.

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A frontal view of the villas with the mountains in the backdrop

Initially, this property was built for the owner and his family gatherings. However, soon, Karan fell in love with it, and after some pursuit successfully convinced the owner to lease it out to him. Then he assembled a team of like minded people and that is when Norwood Green opened it’s arms to the rest of the world. Now, people from far and wide seek a home away from home in this beautiful property.

Coming back to our story, soon, we were inside the property, behind the staff, climbing a couple of stairs to get introduced to the homestay. As we stepped onto the stairs that lead to the verandah, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful ivy geraniums in small pots, adoring the side of the verandah and the stairs. Then we entered through the main door. And right besides it is a flight of stairs that lead to the upper floor where our bedrooms were there.

The bedrooms

These are the rooms that were to be our home away from home for the next two days. However, we had no idea we would be so sweetly surprised by their look and comfort. We and our friend visiting with us, were both provided a huge bedroom each. The room has a huge poster bed in the center. And a beautiful canopy overhead gives the bed an additional charm. There are two fitted cupboards in the room, providing ample space for all your winter luggage.

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The beautiful and comfortable bedroom at Norwood Green Palampur

Then there are wooden furnitures, that go in line with the light walls and the angular wooden finish roof of the bedroom. These include a pair of chairs on one side, side tables and TV stand. Apart from the furnitures, the rooms are well appointed with all the electronic gadgets that you might require during your stay. These being a television with cable connection, hot water kettle along with tea/coffee provisions. And last but not the least, a powerful heater to keep you cozy through the cold nights that Palampur experiences. Apart from this, I totally loved the lighting in the room. Definitely, a lot of thought has been put into the interiors of the rooms to make them this special. And then, like a cherry on the cake, one of the walls has a full glass door that opens to the balcony.

The balcony

The balcony gives a beautiful view of the amazing scenery in the backyard of Norwood Green, Palampur. And it overlooks the beautiful tea estates of Palampur – The tea capital of North India. Plus, behind the tea estates, lies the stunning backdrop of the Dhauladhar mountain ranges of Himalayas. At the time of our visit, these mountain ranges were covered with additional layers of snow, owing to the fresh snowfall just the day before. Now, that is called a balcony with a view, isn’t it? Although we had just two wonderful mornings in Norwood Green, Palampur. Still, each of these mornings, as soon as I woke up, I rushed to this beautiful balcony to catch the mesmerizing early morning views across.

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The beautiful views across the balcony of Norwood Green Palampur

The washroom

Again, washroom is one place, we all want to check out as a first thing during our stay anywhere. Of course, this is one place, we can’t avoid using :). And I was particularly impressed by the small yet spotlessly clean and beautiful washroom of Norwood Green, Palampur. It is provided with a separate shower cubicle. And a wash basin with a huge mirror. An almost full wall mirror across the shower cubicle gives the bathroom a feel of extra space. There is provision for hot water all the time. And the basic toiletries are all provided, along with fresh and clean towels.

The living and dining area

The first thing that we did upon entering our rooms was switching the heater on 😀 as it had started getting colder as the night progressed. There after we proceeded to get fresh. After quickly getting fresh, we decided to head downstairs to explore the rest of the cottage. A couple of stairs from the main level at the ground floor leads to the living and dining area. As we entered this area, the first words that came out of my mouth were “If I ever own a villa, this is exactly how I am going to have it” . And that tells the kind of impression the interiors had on me. As we toured this area, the staff asked us about our food preferences and went ahead to prepare our dinner.

The living area

The living area consists of two beautiful three seater sofas facing each other, a pair of rolling chairs and two single seater sofas. In short, enough for a small family gathering from across all the bedrooms that the villa consist of. So thoughtful. The light floral patterns of the furniture, lightweight and small decor items on the wall behind and a white curtain backdrop give the whole area a very free flowing and relaxing aura.

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The beautiful living room at Norwood Green homestay , Palampur

The dining area

Right across at the other end to the living area lies the dining area. It consists of a 6 seater dining table with comfortable chairs all around. There is a fireplace with a beautiful Buddha painting on the wall besides the dining table. Once again it invoked my love of art. Through all the delicious meals that we had here, I aways sat facing the painting as if I couldn’t get enough of it.

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The dining room across the living area at Norwood Green, Palampur

The cute breakfast counter & the kitchen

Near the dining area lies a small breakfast counter and a breakfast preparation area behind it. This is where the staff would put a toaster and warm tea pots for us during the breakfast time. Behind the counter lies a separate kitchen, which looked quiet functional, equipped with all the basics. Although we didn’t use it. Since the staff fulfilled all our requirements as soon as we expressed one.

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The breakfast nook at Norwood Green, Palampur

The backyard

At the other end of the dining area are tall sliding glass doors that open up to the backyard of the cottage. Every day after our meals, we would slide through these doors, just for a short time. We couldn’t help it, given the amazing views and the comfortable sitting that welcomed us in the backyard. There is a small lawn here, private to the villa. Tall plants in pots at the side of the verandah here provide privacy from other adjacent villas. The backyard opens up to the same view as the balcony on the first floor. Plus it has a velvety grass lawn where my kiddo kept jumping and rolling, whenever given a chance.  In the center of the small lawn lies a beautiful small bonfire provision.

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The backyard at Norwood Green, Palampur

Again, a lot of thought has gone into each and everything here from the small flowering plants to the tall ferns. Also, a set of tables and chairs are provided to relax and enjoy the view.

The front yard

Soon after touring the villa and the backyard, we settled for a hearty dinner. After dinner, we retired to our rooms. By this time, the rooms had become cozily warm. And as a result, soon we drifted in deep sleep. Next day morning, we set out to explore the front side of the property. And I have to say, it was equally beautiful. There is a small and beautiful landscaping in front of each villa. With a patch of green lawn in between every two parking space, right in front. And then there are beautiful flowers in pots all around, blooming in different colors and fragrances. As we explored the front of the property, the pet dog came rushing, excited to have visitors. And need not mention, it made our daughter all the more super excited.

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The front yard at Norwood Green, Palampur

The hospitality

While a beautiful setup definitely makes a place nice to stay. What takes it to the next level is hospitality. And this is where full marks goes to Norwood Green, Palampur. The owner and the staff don’t leave a single stone unturned to make sure the guests get the best treatment at their disposal. We were in touch with the owner Karan and the manager Rajesh. However, when we arrived at the premises, both of them were not there. In spite of it, the staff was well informed about our arrival. They immediately shifted us to our rooms, showed us around and went ahead with our dinner preparations.

Whatever special requests we made during the stay like a special meal for our little daughter, was immediately taken care of. There is no formal reception here. Instead, the manager would greet you in person , across the living room. And deals would be done over a hot cup of tea. The staff would bring the meals to the dining room and spread it across. Then they would quietly leave us apart to enjoy our food. While they would still pitch in once in a while to make sure if we wanted anything. They were very courteous, friendly and all the time around to help us out. The whole atmosphere was very homely and comforting.

The food

The food at Norwood Green homestay is homely, and super delicious. Thanks to the cooks, Arjun and Mohit. There is no fixed menu here. Neither a formal restaurant. And that, I felt, brings Norwood Green homestay a step closer to being a true home away from home. We were told the options available, and we happily chose from them. However, they are totally customizable as per your preference. Never once were we disappointed. The portions are huge. And the food is so delicious, we had to literally expand our capacity to accommodate more because it would be a sin to waste such mouth watering delicacies. Also, they prepared a special non-spicy Khichdi for our little one. And it was a pleasure to see the otherwise so picky eater having her meal happily.

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The delicious dinner spread at Norwood Greens homestay

The day we arrived, we were greeted with a dinner platter that consisted of North Indian delicacies like Mixed Vegetable, Dal Fry, rice, soft chapatis, chicken curry (for the non-vegetarian friend) and gajar ka halwa (carrot delicacy) in dessert. Next day morning we had Potato stuffed parathas, bread, omelette, steaming hot tea and pickles for breakfast. The hot food made using authentic local ingredients was a delight in the cold climate.

Other Facilities at Norwood Green, Palampur

Apart from the above, Norwood Green, Palampur goes a step ahead of most of the other places in tourism and travel industry by providing additional arrangements. These arrangements are aimed at making the vacation a memorable one for the guests. These include :

  • paragliding
  • picnic
  • treks
  • bonfires with live song etc.
  • visit to temples and monasteries
  • cycling
  • pottery making sessions
  • yoga classes
  • tea factory visits
  • toy train rides

But unlike others in tourism industry, they don’t have a formal fixed package. Their plans are flexible, and made according to the preference of the guests and the given climatic conditions at that time. Which, I felt, is really cool.

In conclusion, we had a wonderful time at Norwood Green, Palampur where we were pampered so much. We felt like staying at a second home, away from our home. It added such a charm to our Palampur trip.

Norwood Green, Palampur address: Bundla Tea Estate, Village Lohna, Near Sushma Hospital, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh 176061

How to reach: Norwood Green, Palampur is located quiet close to the main market area of Palampur town. Once you arrive at Palampur, you can set on your GPS or call the staff at the homestay for directions and they will be more than happy to guide you through.

Other useful links:

Head here for tripadvisor link of the property to check out it’s awesome reviews and  this is the official website of the property http://www.norwoodgreen.in/

Norwood Green , Palampur, Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. a beautiful hill station located across the dhauladhar mountain ranges in the Himalayas. A luxurious stay option in Palampur. Head here for a homely experience and a peaceful vacation

P. S. : Though we were invited by Norwood Green, Palampur to stay over with them at Palampur, the views and opinions expressed here are solely our own and completely based out of our own experience during our stay here. 

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97 Responses

  1. The place looks great and peaceful, a good spot to get away and unwind.

  2. Very well reviewed. You have not left any corner of the resort untouched.
    I liked the simple interiors very much. Marking it up in case I get there.

    • Thanks Indrani. Definitely worth a stay! Will await to hear your experience with the place

  3. The places looks so very peaceful! Nice to chill and just relax.

  4. I love that big balcony! I always like when there’s a balcony to get fresh air. It looks like a nice spacious place that I would enjoy staying at!

    • And when the balcony has such a beautiful view..it’s like icing on the cake..isn’t it?

  5. The place looks amazing, love reading post like this

  6. The place looks so exotic and beautiful. Loved the indian food too. Very nice post!!

  7. I’ll be happy to swap my home for Norwood Green anytime. Both the interior and exterior of the villas were aesthetically and elegantly designed. The place was located in an idyllic setting. The staff are hospitable and there’s no doubt that the comfort of the guests are the owners’ top priority.

    • For sure. Only if we could swap our homes 🙂 But at least if not that, we can make it our home for few days

  8. This looks lovely!! You always have me wishing I was travelling through India, enjoying the scenery and stopping at these beautiful resorts. Someday I will get there!

    • That’s exactly what I aim to do with the India posts 🙂 Inspire the readers to travel here and experience the beauty

  9. I love the fact that they make you feel at home in this accommodation! I would prefer that to luxury 9 times out of 10!

    • Definitely Shane. But here, you will not miss luxury .. the place is luxurious as well

  10. Whoa. I visited this property but not stayed. I was invited by Karan and his lovely wife on lunch. You are right. It’s a fab property. Loved the views of tea gardens and snow clad mountains from the balcony of the rooms here.

    • Great to know Abhinav. So, you already have experienced the beauty of the place, and palampur as well 🙂

  11. travellingslacker

    Great property that I’d like to try some day. Palampur is an excellent place for an idyllic stay. I pass through it en route to Bir Billing but that was enough to realize thiis.

  12. Looks like a wonderfully serene place to visit. The view from the balcony is lovely! But I’m sure it was the hospitality that made the visit memorable. The food looks great too. I’ll save this for when I get to visit India as Himachal Pradesh is on my list!

  13. There are definitely some great homestays around the world and this is one way. Really great way to feel at home in a country. Love the garden and communal spaces. Will keep this in mind for when we are in this part of the world!

  14. These house looks so comfy and charming place to stay. Great view, gorgeous pictures i woul love to spend some time here !

  15. Looks like a beautiful place to stay at Palampur.. I like the view from the balcony and nice homely food served. We have never been to Palampur but have heard a lot of the place beauty from our friends. Nice review of the charming homestay.

    • Good to hear you have heard about palampur. It is an emerging tourist destination in India, not so crowded as of now, and hence perfect for an offbeat destination

  16. I never been to India (I’m from Europe) but I wish to come visit this wonderful country someday. I heard that is a place where you could meditate and find inner peace and harmony and I imagine that such a place you described here is the right place to do that.

    • Definitely. India has so many meditation centers and peaceful places to visit. Do come and visit.. you might never want to leave

  17. I have never done a homestay before. The balcony looks amazing and I could imagine spending an hour or two there with a wine in hand admiring the view. Always good to go to a place that offers so many activities.

  18. It seems like a great getaway location. But the views! OMG to die for! I would love to spend weekend in this place.

  19. I love staying in a house rather than a hotel. This looks beautiful and I love the bed! Great views from the terrace too!

  20. This look beautiful. I would love to visit one day. It look so peaceful. xx

  21. Wow! Never explored this side of the country, but your step by step description was so vivid, you almost took me there.Exhaustive and detailed, just how review should be!

  22. Oh the backyard/Front yard views & the balcony! This indeed is a great property and sounds like a perfect getaway from the daily hectic life. It’s a real charmer! 🙂

    Parampara-Parichay

  23. The Norwood Greens Homestay looks indeed like a very homey and welcoming guesthouse that can make you feel right at home. It also looks like you had a food feast the night you arrived, with so many different dishes on the table. It’s always nice when the staff goes a step further to make sure you are enjoying your stay.

    • Absolutely Joanna. After a long drive in the hills, the hot homely food was such a treat

  24. Norwood Greens definitely sounds like a home away from home 🙂 Its a great getaway from the busy city life amidst the abundance of nature. Loved the views from the balcony and the private backyard provided with the villa. Looks like you had a great stay with all the amazing hospitality and the delicious looking food. Definitely something to be considered when we make a visit to Palampur.

  25. Looks like a pretty nice stay

  26. Sage Sheppard

    I really do like to travel in luxury. That’s the one thing I splurge on.

  27. Looks really cozy!

  28. I’ve never heard of it but it looks so cozy and beautiful! It looks like a place I’d take a hot tea and just relax and disconnect a bit.. I’ll definitely check out this “homestay” concept!

    Samantha |

  29. Palampur is my second home. I love it for its landscapes, awesome views, tea estates and the freshness. The Norwood Greens seems to be a beautiful home stay. I will def check it out, when I make next visit there.

    • Lucky you…you are able to visit here so frequently. This place made me want to retire and just be with nature, doing nothing

  30. Wow, I would definitely stay here. I absolutely love the canopy bed! Great photos, thanks for sharing. Happy travels 🙂

  31. I spent three months in India last year, but I haven’t explored this area unfortunately. I know i will be back and I think I will stay here! thank you so much for your tips and suggestions!

  32. Sid - The Wanderer

    This is such a lovely property and the location is simply to die for! I especially loved the balcony and the views from there. How was the food? Could you try some local cuisine as well?

    • The food was finger-licking delicious. And of course, you can try the local cuisines all the time

  33. This looks like a really nice place to stay. I like that you had options for your meals, which makes it more customized. I’m not sure I’ll make it that way, but if I do I’ll keep Norwood Greens in mind.

  34. That definitely looks like a home away from home. I love the simple and relaxing atmosphere. And that view from the balcony is beautiful!

  35. Ticking the Bucketlist

    The garden looks lovely with the flowers… I can just imagine sitting here all day with a book. I loved your balcony… such a cute little private place. And I guess as it was a homestay, food was prepared with a lot of love. Will sure look this up when I visit Palampur!

    • Definitely, the views were breathtaking and the food was absolutely delicious and homely

  36. I haven’t been to Himachal yet! So thanks for this virtual tour and for this wonderful option to stay when I plan to go. Btw, that’s indeed an awesome backyard & balcony, indeed a room with a view!

    • Thank you! Definitely a wonderful place to experience the tranquility of the Himalayas. Do visit when you get a chance

  37. Revati Victor (Different Doors)

    What a quaint little place, and the backyard is certainly the piece de resistance! Looking at that picture of the fresh chapatis, I can almost smell them. (Have you noticed how food in Himachal has a wonderful homely scent?)

    • Totally, those soft fresh chapatis melt in the mouth . And what a fresh aura the food has here!

  38. I like how the love for the property became widely known as a beautiful homestay. The living room area is my favorite part because it looks like a beautiful and relaxing space to hang out with friends and family and play a board game.

  39. The Norwood greens is indeed an enchanting place, nestled in the hills. I am sure you had a great time in the midst of nature. It sure is a great escape from the concrete jungles of urbania.

  40. natalietanner

    What a pretty spot! I love the front yard with all the flowers. This gives you a little peek at the locals and gives you a totally different taste of your destination. Kids especially love this sort of lodging. Our kids would love the visiting dog, too!

    • It is definitely a perfect spot for a family outing. As you called out, kids will be super comfortable and will enjoy themselves. At the same time, they can have special meals also as per their requirements

  41. First off, thanks for introducing Palampur. It sounds like a fantastic place to visit, but I’d never even heard of it. And this homestay sounds wonderful. I really love how they can arrange so many excursions and experiences like paragliding, picnics, and bonfires so we can get the most out of a visit.

    • Thank you. The main purpose of our visit has been an introduction of Palampur to rest of the world. I wonder how a place this beautiful has remained out of limelight for so long 🙂 And this homestay is a perfect place to enjoy a serene vacation at Palampur with your family

  42. Blonde Seashell

    This sounds like a wonderful place to stay! I love that the manager has tea with you while he explains everything to you! So nice!

    • Definitely, a very informal yet luxurious place – a perfect home away from home

  43. I love this. It looks super homey and that can be really hard to find in a hotel! I can’t say I’ve ever heard of a “homestay” before, but it looks like something worth checking out!

    • Do google a little about homestay. These are the trends of the future. The comfort of a hotel and the warmth of a home is what mostly makes a homestay. It is a home which opens its arms to the visitors, welcoming them with homely comfort and local cuisines

  44. Looks absolutely lovely. A wonderful relaxing place in which to soothe all of your daily stresses and strains away, with top notch facilities and beautiful scenery. I’ve had one of those weeks where that sounds like just the ticket…

  45. Norwood Greens homestay sounds really great. The view from the backyard and balcony are lovely. I also like the combination of house rental and hotel. You have all the comforts of a home space, but the service of a hotel. Bonfires and yoga classes sound pretty great, too.

    • Great to know you liked the place, do visit when you get a chance. Palampur is very beautiful and inviting

  46. The view is the best thing about this place. I would definitely love to enjoy a view of the Himalayas from my home’s balcony! I hope to visit Palampur one day.

  47. Christine K

    How wonderful it was that the staff was waiting, ready to welcome you when you arrived! The surroundings look just like a home. I think I would love the bonfires and singing plus all the other outdoor activities you mentioned. Even thought the staff provided all the food you needed, having access to that kitchen could be very handy. Really nice review.

    • It was a really royal treatment that we got at Norwood Greens Homestay. And we really loved the unique concepts that this homestay has adopted.

  48. The location of this Norwood greens is great, the balcony with the view of the tea estate is amazing. The air must be so fresh out there! I was thinking the kitchen looks good so you can make your food, then I read the staff come and do it for you anyway! I like how exerything is flexible, the food, the itinerary, this looks like a great alternative to a hotel.

    • Definitely it is. With all the flexibility that you look for plus the comfort of a luxury hotel. What else would we want in an accommodation

  49. Sounds like you had an incredible stay. I visited Dharamsala five years ago but never knew Palampur was so close but I will have to keep it in mind in future as it seems a beautiful place to stay. The view of the mountains are incredible. Thanks so much!

    • Thanks what normally happens Sasha. Some places get hyped or too much advertised by the media and industry. While some other around it remain untouched. Palampur is such a beautiful gem of a place near Dharmsala. Do visit when you get a chance

  50. This place looks so beautiful! I have never been to India but for sure I’d love to do it in the future. When I travel I like to stay in places where I can feel at home and this option looks like a great idea! I also love the details in every room of your pics 😉

    • Thanks Sheila. Definitely it is a wonderful alternative to the traditional hotels , with all the comfort of that hotel preserved.

  51. The mountains in the background look impressive. Must be fantastic to wake up and have such a view! The homestay looks very nice too – very cozy and relaxing. So seems to be a perfect location for a weekendtrip maybe or even longer. Paragliding sounds cool, within this mountain landscape it must be amazing.

    • The homestay and the views around are so beautiful, you will simply not want to leave. Although this is a small town with limited activities, but if you want to spend a tranquil vacation, relaxing, dissolving in the natural surrounding, this is a perfect place for you to stay longer

  52. valisesetgourmandises

    I agree with you, it looks like a very cozy home away from home!
    I’d love to enjoy the balcony view with a good cup of chai!

    • Indeed..and imagine that cup of tea coming fresh out of the tea gardens of Palampur!

  53. This looks like such a charming place to stay! Love the pic all lit up at night time! And what a fabulous view. If I’m ever to visit the area will totally have to remember this one. Thanks for the awesome review.
    Kristie (you.theworld.wandering)

    • Thanks Kristie. Definitely this is a very charming place. And the staff is way too polite and the hospitality will make you feel like you are the queen 🙂 Do visit when you happen to be in Himachal, India

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