Sure most of you have once at least fantasized about living in an igloo and experiencing the ultimate winter wonderland, amidst the snow-capped mountains. Head tripping about a visit to Greenland or the other Arctic regions, to bundle up for a magical winter rendezvous or staying in a house of snow amidst snow-dusted forests, we all have been there done that. You don't need to go as far as the north pole or the south pole, as here's your chance to fulfill your daydreams! Manali in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh, is here to grant all your wishes.
You can have a similar experience, as the frosty lodgings have come closer to home, being built in Sethan Village, a few kilometres away from central Manali. The long wait is over and you can actually live in an igloo this winter. India got its first igloo hotel where you can finally chance upon your most coveted and unusual experience of spending a night or two in a house built of snow, set against the beautiful backdrop of snow-clad mountains in Manali.
Pack your woollens and hurl headlong to Manali, to make your childhood dreams come true while experiencing something truly novel this winters. Yes, we're excited too! So, hurry, book your tickets for a great stay in a dream snow house with all the luxuries of a good hotel and here's all you need to know to plan a stay in the igloo house in Manali.
• The Amazing Igloo Stay:
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High up on the slopes of Manali, two winter-sport specialists, Vikas Kumar and Tashi Dorje, of the Keylinga Himalayan Adventures, a winter-sport and travel company, have taken the initiative to fulfill your dreams and opened an igloo hotel. Snow in higher altitudes of Himachal Pradesh is not that infrequent, and owing to this anomaly, these two guys took advantage and built their own snow castles.
The duo has taken the childhood play of building castles to a whole new level and created a business out of it. This one-of-a-kind hotel was started only recently, which is last month, and is selling out at a rapid pace. They have managed to build only two functional igloos, which are completely suited for an overnight stay. The Manali Igloo Stay is a complex of two igloos and they are about 8x9 ft wide and 6.5 ft in height, made from blocks of compressed snow.
• Shield Your Chill
The accommodation is on a twin sharing basis as for now there is not much space to accommodate large groups. Don't fret about the biting cold and the sub-zero temperatures as you will be tucked up in thick foam mattresses with warm feather sleeping bags along with an extra fleece and a hot water bottle. Although, you still have to carry your woollens and thermals.
Rest assured, the hotel authorities will provide necessary things to shield your chill and will take care of everything to make sure your stay in a snow-house is absolutely comfy, warm and cozy and you don't freeze to death at night! Each room comes with a bed, table and lights, which happens to be pretty luxe considering that it is inside of an igloo.
Guests staying overnight are provided meals, snow outfits and skiing kits as well. The tariff covers all three meals and hot beverages in a day. And most times, dinner is served outside on a barbeque while you huddle around a bonfire.
So, if you are looking for this, you can rush to Manali and contact these people to ensure your perfect winter holiday. Don't worry even if you fail to secure a reservation, visitors can still spend a day at the campsite with various winter activities, like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and so much more.
• How To Reach Manali:
By Air: The nearest airport to Manali is located in Bhuntar, which is near about 48 km from Manali.
By Train: The nearest railhead to Manali is the Jogindernagar Railway Station which is nearly 162 km, away from the town. The station is well-connected to major cities of the country with frequent trains.
By Road: The Manali bus stop is well connected to major near-by cities with frequent bus services.
• Best Time To Visit Manali:
The igloos are a seasonal thing, and if you are looking forward to this adventure then it is best advisable to visit the place in the duration of mid-January till mid-March. As, with the end of the winter season, the igloos are also likely to melt away. So don't forget to live your igloo dream and head to Manali.