Our royal stay at the Lodge at Wah, Palampur

We recently had this wonderful opportunity to be the guests at the Lodge at Wah, Wah Tea Estate, Palampur. Actually, we were lucky to enjoy the warmth of two different but equally wonderful hosts and homestays while on our recent visit to Palampur – The Lodge at Wah and Norwood Greens. And we were treated nothing less than Royals here at the Lodge at Wah. Even in that one day stay, we were deeply touched by the hospitality of the staff at the Lodge at Wah in all possible ways. So, here goes the story of the Lodge at Wah for our readers. Along with the blend of our own experience here.

The Lodge at Wah
A view of the Lodge at Wah from across it’s lawn

A little history : The beginning of Wah Tea Estate

The ownership of Wah Tea Estate runs down to a Nawab of ‘Wah’ , a town in Pakistan. It started as a two room cowshed (Can you believe that!). And today it produces tea that rivals the big brands of tea industry in India. The USP of Wah Tea Estate is that all their tea are organic, 100% pesticide free and carefully hand plucked. These come in different range including Kangra Green, Kangra Black, Valley Chamomile, Tulsi Green, Lemongrass Green and Lemongrass Tulsi Green.

The birth of the Lodge at Wah

The current owners of Wah Tea Estate are a lovely couple Surya and Upasana. Initially based out of Kolkata, the couple couldn’t take the crazy and polluted city life for long. Soon, they shifted to Wah Tea Estate. And that’s when they started on the construction of the lodge at Wah. As a great fan of natural living, one thing that the couple was absolutely clear about since the beginning was using all natural material to build the Lodge. And that’s exactly what they did. Made out of natural mud, bamboo, recycled wood and even the furniture polished using natural oils and colored using natural ingredients! These cottages are indeed those unique creations that need to be shared with the world. In fact, the family themselves joined in the creation of the lodge, laying the cobbled pathways, painting the furnitures and doing everything else.

The Lodge at Wah, Palampur
An inviting interior in the living room immediately makes you feel welcomed

Further to it, as we take you on a tour of the Lodge at Wah, you will realize how each and every corner of the property has been thoughtfully decorated by the family. Every single painting that you see here is handmade, in-house. The Manager and master chef Nikhita Patel from Kolkata, who is also a close friend of the couple, created wonderful arts around the house like the beautiful vintage tea-pot lanterns or a beautiful library tucked under the stairs.You can imagine how much of love has been poured into the foundation of this beautiful home away from home. Although, it all started as an endeavor to create a home for themselves and very personal guests, soon the lodge opened it’s arms to guests & travelers from outside.

The unique Culinary

We have got to say, Nikhita is a wonderful manager and a host as well. We never felt through our stay that we were interacting with a manager. She made sure we were comfortable and well fed. In fact, the next day we had to check out as early as 6:00am in the morning. Still she made sure that our breakfast is prepared and packed for us to have on the way. How sweet is that!!

Local people are employed in the kitchen and on the premises to give the visitors an authentic feel of the homemade cuisines. And the ingredients are mostly home grown in the kitchen garden of the family there itself. So, basically, fresh plucks from the garden go right into the creation of the meals that you consume here. Even the dairy is supplied from the nearby local farmers and dairy owners.

A tour through the Lodge at Wah

We had a very wonderful time at the Lodge at Wah. We arrived here in the morning by around 10:30am. The property is located right across the Wah Tea Estate, however, there was a small route diversion near it because of some ongoing road repair work. Nevertheless, we managed to reach here smoothly. At an initial look at the gates, we were a little confused if this is the right property (The boards or name plates had not been put at the time of our visit) . However, Nikhita had already given us a call prior to the journey, shared her number and made sure she took note of all our preferences long before we arrived. So, we called her. Immediately, she was on the gate to receive us, along with her staff.

The Lodge at Wah, Palampur
Our twin room cottage at the lodge at Wah

As we entered inside the property, it was like entering into a fairyland, far from the hustle and bustle of the populated world. There is a huge sprawling lawn. It is marked with greenery all around in the form of trees, grasses and blooming plants of flowers and fruits. There is a cluster of cottages in the center . The cluster consists of the main cottage where the owners and their staff reside. The kitchen, living and dining room and two guest bedrooms are part of this cottage. Then there is another set of rooms besides it. And that is followed by a third one that comprises of just two rooms.

Very thoughtfully, Nikhita had assigned us the twin room cottage at the farther end. That ensured complete privacy for us. We soon shifted to our rooms.

The rooms

As we stepped into the cottage rooms, along with an aura of comfort, it brought with it a bit of nostalgia. It reminded us of the rooms in traditional Indian villages. Only these are equipped with all the modern facilities that you need. There is a heater provided in one corner. Alongside a hot water kettle on the adjoining table. And there is an attached bath with all the basic amenities, including constant supply of hot water.

The Lodge at Wah, Palampur
The bedroom at the Lodge at Wah in Palampur

There is a big and comfortable bed in the center. A cute wooden table and chair provided for your work purpose and an unpolished – finish wooden cupboard in one corner to tuck in all your luggage. However, my favorite part of the room was the window seating. There is this huge glass window on one of the walls, overlooking the property and the beautiful views of snow covered mountain peaks beyond. I totally fell in love with this window seat. As we settled our luggage into the room, the host sent some steaming hot tea and coffee for us. We sipped our beverages, tucked on the window seat. Thereafter, we started on a guided tour of the homestay along with Nikhita.

The Lodge at Wah, Palampur

PS: there are no televisions in the bedroom. It is done on purpose so that the guests can retire in the tranquility of the place rather than getting submerged in the chaos of the digital world. And I totally loved the idea.

The Kitchen Garden

We went towards the main cottage. In the backside of this cottage, the kitchen door open to a huge kitchen garden. Different patches of vegetables are grown in this garden. At the time when we visited, this garden was thriving with cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic, ginger, mustard, geranium and several other plants. Most of the ingredients in the cuisines are used right from this garden, which is so fantastic.

The Lodge at Wah, Palampur
The sprawling kitchen garden at the lodge at Wah

The main cottage

The Lodge at Wah, Palampur
A tastefully done living room at the Lodge at Wah

From the kitchen garden, we went towards the main entrance of the main cottage. This leads to a huge living and dining area, each corner of which is very tastefully decorated. The living room has two different banquet style sofas, giving private hangout space to two different groups at the same time. And the furnitures here are all made out of recycled wood. Then, there are handmade paintings and DIY craft lamps and vases decorating the whole hall.  Overall, a few beautiful pieces that held my attention

1)The breakfast counter

This beautiful breakfast counter which is tucked neatly in one corner of the living and dining room. Particularly if you notice the tea-pot style lanterns hanging over it and the beautiful tall stool-chairs. They win your heart away. And look at the glass wall that opens to the view of the beautiful small courtyard tucked in the center of the cottage.

The Lodge at Wah, Palampur
A cute breakfast counter in the dining area of the Lodge at Wah

 

2)The stairs and library underneath

There are beautiful stairs leading to the first floor. And, there is this neatly tucked library behind the stairs.

The Lodge at Wah, Palampur

The stairs lead to the first floor where two guest bedrooms are tucked.

The spectacular evening at the Lodge at Wah

After having the tour, and borrowed some books from the library, we went back to our cottage for taking some rest. Thereafter, we ventured out to some nearby places. We returned back in the evening. And once again, the host insisted for us to join them for snacks and tea. It was a nice mild flavored green tea and some tasty pakodas that we had while chatting with them. After this, we roamed around the property a little more.

Towards the evening, there was a bonfire set near our cottage. And we enjoyed the heat, along with a tasty platter of barbecued vegetables right from the kitchen garden. There was another bonfire near the kitchen door where the staff and our cab driver got seated, chatting and eating, enjoying the warmth in the otherwise cold night. And at the other end, our daughter enjoyed a platter of Khichdi prepared especially for her.

Around 8:30pm, we were invited over for dinner. With heavy stomach (the host had already stuffed us with a round of tea and snacks and another one of barbecued delicacies) , we dragged ourselves to the dining space, only to be killed by the feeling of longing that we got from the delicious aroma of food. There was a nice platter of veg pulav, brinjal, saag, raita and many other North Indian delicacies. We wished to have more space inside us so that we could have more of this delicious dinner!! It was so tasty. And finally it was followed by a gajar ka halwa.

The Lodge At Wah
A sumptuous dinner at the Lodge at Wah

The next morning at the Lodge at Wah

After having eaten so much, no prizes to guess what we did next 😀 . Yes, we dragged ourselves back to the rooms and slipped between the cozy bedsheets to retire for the day. We had a wonderful night. It actually rained that night, accompanied with hail and snow. And the next morning, we packed our bags early on and got ready to depart. As we opened the doors to step out, we were greeted with fresh patches of snow here and there. And a warm bag of stuffed parathas from the kitchen team, for our breakfast on the way. Finally, it was like saying good bye to a second family.

Other Recreational Activities

The hosts at the Lodge at Wah do organize numerous recreational activities for the guests. These include the following:

  • Picnic in Palampur with great views around
  • Trekking
  • Pottery sessions
  • Visit to nearby sights in Palampur
  • Bonfire
  • Barbecue
  • Paragliding
  • A visit to the tea factory

Conclusion

Although we spent a very small time here, and we left wanting to stay for longer.  But we will definitely want to return back and enjoy that warm hospitality even more. Wah Tea Estate is located strategically in the picturesque town of Palampur. As, the town itself doesn’t get freezing cold in winters and utterly hot in summers. But it is surrounded by beautiful Himalayan ranges all around, which boast of snow covered peaks all the year round. Thus, when we visited here in February we were completely comfortable with the temperature while we still enjoyed the beauty of Himalayas in the winter.

Initially, we were a little worried about our little daughter. As, she has never traveled to a cold destination in the middle of winter season. But the hospitality of Wah Tea Estate took away all our worries. And if we were treated like royals, she was treated nothing less than the most VVIP. The rooms were adequately provisioned with heaters and continuous hot water supply. And the staff happily prepared special meals for her. As a result, she had as wonderful time as us. And that led to us enjoying the vacation to it’s fullest.

Our verdict : A perfect getaway for a tranquil vacation

The lodge at Wah is the perfect place for a tranquil vacation. As for me, I loved reading a book on that window seat overlooking the mountain peaks while my daughter slept peacefully in the warmth of the bed. Although I didn’t carry my easel along, if I had, I would definitely love to paint something standing in that vast lawn. Thus, this is a place that will be your perfect second home if you are looking for one. Of course the place is nascent and developing with each passing day, at the same time, they are so very informal and helping. And that totally wins the heart over.

This is that perfect place where you can retire to the tranquility of nature. Submitting yourself to the chirping of birds, perfect homemade organic food and tea, following your hobbies, doing nothing or anything that you would want to, amidst nature. In the evening, while strolling the lawns, we actually heard someone playing a beautiful note on a flute somewhere nearby!!

The lodge at Wah official website is hereYou can check and book the Lodge out through trip advisor as well. 

The lodge at Wah, Palampur, Wah Tea Estate. A perfect homestay for a tranquil vacation listening to the chirping of the birds or following your passion while you retire yourself to nature

PSThough we were invited by The Lodge at Wah 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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116 Responses

  1. […] at the same time. We have two recommendations based on our personal experience: Norwood Greens and The Lodge at Wah. We had great stay at both of these places. And we feel our experience of Palampur would not have […]

  2. You review has convinced us that this is the best place to stay in Palamur. It just has everything – beauty, charm, service, location. And the manager Nikhita sounds like the perfect host. Service like that is rare and comes form the heart.

    • You are right. Nikhita is exceptional when it comes to taking care of her hosts. And the stay amidst the tea plantations is quite relaxing

  3. Five for the Road

    This place looks so comfy and cozy! Like a home away from home!

  4. Looks so peaceful and relaxing, makes me want to go there :))

  5. What a beautiful lodge that is! Looks like the perfect place to escape and just unwind!

  6. I loved the Lodge Wah! There is something special about resorts like these which are so much in lap of nature. I get totally lost. And actually I do avoid accommodations with TV personally, to be more close to myself and nature.

  7. this place looks like home, the atmosphere on it it s so warm, i would love to spend time in there, reading books and having that tea. It s a very nice exposure , i hope one day to stay there. thank you 🙂

  8. That looks like such a nice place to stay! Such beautiful views too.

  9. thesanetravel

    It looks like a really great place to say. Your detailed description is very helpful. I would love to go hiking and visit a tea factory.

  10. Looks like a lovely little place to retreat and drink tea! The stay looks very cosy and comfortable. I love browsing through a properties libraries and discovering new reads. Thanks for a great review.
    Kristie

  11. I am not trying to be funny but if it is not the beautiful look of the place to get my interest, I think the big library of books that they have would make me want to stay. Looks like a great place for some good relaxation time.

  12. The room, the food and the activities to try plus the weather outside, all implore a perfect tranquil vacation indeed! I am happy for your experience, and I wish to have a vacation somewhere like yours!

    • Thank you! We wish you have as wonderful a vacation and you enjoy as much as we did

  13. This is an absolutely stunning venue! I love everything about it – the decor, the food, everything! Wow!

  14. This indeed sounds very tranquil! I can’t believe they use all natural ingredients for everything-even the furniture polish! What an incredibly delightful dinner setting! I can imagine you enjoyed it very much-I’m sure it was hard to leave such a comfortable and warm place…

  15. What a blissful place to stay and very accommodating host. A house made of nature and they serve meals from organic plants, it is indeed a perfect place for a detox…

  16. nomadicfoot

    this place is looks good to get away from the hustle bustle of everyday metro cities life. This place will give a feeling of rural india with all important amenities. All the adventure activities offered here make it perfect.

  17. Looks like a peaceful retreat to escape. Love the interiors of cottage and food. So cosy and simple yet beautiful. have never been to Palampur but of late have been reading a lot about the place 🙂

  18. I liked the location of the house and getting your veggies fresh from the little garden makes the food more tasty and obviously the room looks great

  19. The place looks so beautiful. It’s like a destination full of peace. So cozy, so nice. I’d love to go there! Worth a try!

  20. chikinensis

    Can this be my house? It feels like everything I need is here! The mode of life seems simple! Laid-back, close to nature. Pictures show that the place is really a go-to!

    • I want it to be my house..and many others wish the same I guess. So, let’s take turn and make it our home for few days each. Good that it has it’s arms open to welcome us

  21. Those chests that double as stools caught my attention, they are so pretty I want them in my own living room. Overall, I like the vibe, the interiors, and the feel of this lodge. It looks very homey. I like that it looks peaceful so definitely, perfect for a quick or a long getaway. Speaking of I need one right now, like badly haha.. If only Wah is close to where I am I’d book a stay in a heartbeat.

    • You like the pictures so much, I guess you will like the place even more in person

  22. What a stunning property! The wood finishes are gorgeous and rustic!

  23. what a beautiful place a bit rugged which I like somewhere to relax I would totally travel there one day if I could

  24. A lovely rustic place with no TV. Perfect escape for those busy months. And seems very comfortable too. Glad you had a good time.

  25. This place looks so much like my type of a home. I enjoy earthen homes and all things DIY. The living room looks so cozy and inviting. Love how the boxes have been converted into puffeys. And the painted kettle look so charming. This post of your gave me some serious goals for my DIY project at home 🙂

  26. Wow, the lodge is so nice! Seems like perfect for mediation. I love the colors and its combinations!

  27. Looks like a perfect holiday destination to relax. Loved the simple cosy interiors very much. Saving up the info if I get to Palampur some day.

    (I thought I had commented on this. No?)

    • Actually no, you hadn’t commented here before, maybe you saw the post before trending somewhere 🙂 I hope you will love your trip to Palampur (whenever it happens) as much as we loved ours

  28. Lovely accommodation. Very beautiful photos. I am dying to get there.

  29. I’m obsessed with tea, so this was right up my alley! I woild love to stay somewhere that was on a tea plantation. Sounds like it was wonderful!

  30. Michaela Terese Harrison

    Looks wonderful. The food and being cozy sounds great. There so many sides to India.

  31. Amazing how a cow shed became a tea estate and rivals India’s best teas! The estate looks like a charming cottage from Europe with beautiful scenery and comfortable rooms.

  32. Looks very cute. I didn’t think that this was in India when I looked the photos just shows you how diverse the country is. Thank you for sharing

    • Oh is it? Perhaps then you have not been introduced to the vast and diverse landscapes of India. The Himalayas are so beautiful and serene, this is just a glimpse of them

  33. Looks beautiful! So homey. It looks like a great spot to stay for several days to relax and explore the area.

  34. This looks like such a beautiful and relaxing vacation.

  35. The Lodge at Wah sounds like the place to stay at in Palampur. You can tell it’s well maintained. And who doesn’t love a good meal made from freshly grown ingredients.

  36. I love the bedroom and the house specially the decors. Feels cozy inside.

  37. Wow, I love the photos. It looks like a wonderful getaway.

  38. Soraya @ Hello Raya

    This place looks like such a wonderful retreat – so beautiful and cosy. It sounds like you really had such a tranquil stay here! And I love that they have a kitchen garden growing so many thriving vegetables!

  39. Sounds like an amazing trip! The pictures are beautiful!

  40. The beauty of homestays is that there is a lot of emphasis on organic food. I loved the fact that the Wah estate produces organic tea and they also produced all dishes prepared at the lodge was also made fresh from the garden. No tv is what I prefer too.

  41. It’s so lovely when the owners are going over the top and they do nice things for you. The packed breakfast was a really nice touch. The lodge looks very comfortable as well, with that big bed and a lot of room space. I would love to visit a tea plantation, I have never been to one.

    • Then you will definitely like the Lodge at Wah Joanna. When you plan, let us know, will connect you to the owner 🙂

  42. Ticking the Bucketlist

    The place looks so warm and welcoming. The wooden interiors are so classy. The good looks delicious … I am hungry!

  43. emmaeatsandexplores

    What a gorgeous resort – looks like they really looked after you. And I love the fact that they offer to help you sort out tours and guides etc. That’s so important when you’re not local to the area!

    • That’s so true Emma. When the host is there to help you out, even roaming around becomes a breeze

  44. Oh wow this place looks so nice and cosy, I would definitely stay here, especially because I can go hiking in the afternoons. 🙂 It would be great for sitting back and catching on a book or writing a blog post. I definitely want to add this to my list

  45. Wow! Talking about a royal stay! Looks like a very relaxing, tranquille place .. A bit jealous at the moment, reading your post at work 🙁

    • Don’t worry Laura. We are into full time jobs. And that is the reason that with limited number of leaves we were able to spend only one night here. Hope that makes you feel better 🙂

  46. ashlynsargent

    That spread at dinner looks amazing! We have never done a homestay (the closest thing we have done is a bed & breakfast) but this looks like something that might be cool to try!

    • To be honest, even we started experiencing stay in homestays couple of years back. And we are totally loving the personalized, warm and homely experience that we have got so far

  47. I love the stairs with the pile of books under. The house looks cozy. It is an ideal house for me. I agree with you admiring that lodging. It is indeed admirable and worth recommending for.

  48. Palampur is a beautiful untouched place. I have been there and I know why a cozy place like this can enhance the experience of travel in Palampur. Good one.

    • Thanks Abhinav, the theme of the lodge at wah goes hand in hand with the laid back and peaceful vacation that Palampur stands for.

  49. thethailandsislands

    This story gives my a real cozy feeling. This looks like a great setting for a movie! Nostalgic feelings of watching Disney fairy tales come to mind when I see the picture of The lodge at Wah.

  50. What a wonderful place to stay! The lodge looks charming and cozy at the same time. The beautiful kitchen garden along with the tea plantations is lovely.

  51. These place looks so comfy and so peaceful also the food looks very delicious 🙂 and they have great recreational activities like a picnic in Palampur…

  52. Such a cozy accommodation! Looks like you’d feel right at home – but with amazing views you couldn’t find anywhere else. Would love to try the teas!

  53. Lydia@LifeUntraveled

    What a pretty design and I love that the construction was made wholly with natural materials! The owners and manager seem to be very respectful of the environment which would make me want to stay at the Lodge at Wah.

  54. Looks lovely. I wouldn’t want to leave if I stayed there.

  55. Wow! The place look great. Oh and the views to die for. It seems like you had a great trip! Love the pics, congrats to the photographer!

  56. I have always wanted to visit the hill stations after reading so much about them in novels over the years! This looks like a great place to stay.

  57. Oh this looks really cool, the pictures are so pretty!

  58. Wow! This is a really nice place. It looks both rustic and romantic. I think they also practiced some feng shui in there by the look of it.

  59. kittytocity

    What a fantastic lodge! The exterior and interior are both very beautiful. Seems like the hosts made the most of your short stay with their hospitality. Thanks for sharing!

  60. The Lodge at Wah sounds incredible, thank you for sharing your detailed experience! 🙂

  61. What a dramatic change for Surya and Upasana, from Kolkata, a huge dirty, polluted city to the Wah Tea Estate. They must be so much more relaxed and healthier now. I’d love to transport myself there right now to enjoy some clean air, lovely tea and relaxation.

    • You are right. I instantly felt jealous as I packed my bags to return from here back to my polluted metropolitan. But then, there is so much hard work that they have put in to achieve this..

  62. What a beautiful estate it is, their standard of service is heart-touching.

    I would so love to be there some day. Thanks for a wonderful job with the review!

  63. Wow! The place look exquisite! The wooden and exposed cobblestones are just splendid! The food looks too yummy!!!

  64. It looks like a beautiful place for a stay.

    I love anywhere that has a kitchen garden!

  65. Wow, this is amazing! I love the feel of this place, and I’d definitely be super interested in that kitchen garden!! I’ve never visited this area of the world but I love tea and its history so this really would be up my street.

  66. It looks like a very serene place where you can just forget about the rest of the world for a moment. The surrounding greenery adds up to the overall charm of the place.

  67. What a scenic place.So well maintained. I too would love to read a book sitting in one of the windows. A good retreat away from the chaos of the city.

    • Definitely. You can check it out, along with Palampur, on your next visit to Himachal 🙂

  68. Sounds like a great place to stay; very welcoming and cosy with a lot of history within the compound. The Manageress sounds like she is a true host which is a great trait to have. The food looked divine. great post thank you.

    • Thank you. Definitely a place worth staying when you are looking for homely tranquility

  69. That place looks amazing, I would love to stay there. It’s great you got a tour of the place it looks so beautiful. The food too looks delicious. I would love to visit one day 🙂

    • Thanks Clare. I hope you will have as wonderful a time when you get to visit here as we had

  70. The Lodge at Wah looks like a lovely place to chill out for a few days. Nothing better than to browse through a library and discover a good book that you can lose yourself in. The rooms look very spacious and comfortable. Nice post. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Raymond. Really glad you liked the post. The place is absolutely amazing for sure

  71. Wow that looks like a wonderful place to stay! India is full of such beautiful places, and this definitely is one of them!

  72. This place looks beautiful, what an awesome find! I love that’s it’s built from nature and inside look so cozy and beautiful! I can’t believe it went from a cows shed to producing tea! That’s crazy cool

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