This award-winning property is the closest you get to live in a typical ‘Himachali’ home in Shimla.
This property is barely one year old but has garnered appreciation for its hospitality, design and sustainable practises from guests, the media, and from the award committees.
This eco-resort sits bang in the middle of an apple orchard. It is far from the madding crowd of Himachal’s hill towns (85kms from Shimla ). It is suitable for those looking for seclusion, tranquility, nature and the surreal experience of living in an apple orchard.
“Every aspect of it is informed by the owner Sanjay Austa, a photographer and writer …The overall impression is of a cosy yet elegant home with enough beauty within it, and around it, to make doing nothing a delicious prospect. “
“Its a rare to find an accommodation that distracts you from the spellbinding views. At Meena Bagh in Ratnari, it’ difficult to decide what to focus on- the homestay, or the views.”
” We found Meena Bagh a breathtaking property in Shimla, and we’re in complete awe of its beauty. What we love the most about Meena Bagh is that they’re super pet-friendly and encourage hosting guests who bring their furry friends along. And they’re LGBT friendly too.”
” Himachal’s apple harvest season is in full swing by mid-August.There’s no better time to book a room at the newly minted, eco-conscious resort, Meena Bagh in Ratnari, 85 kilometres from the hustle of Shimla.”
“One of the friendliest airbnbs we’ve come across, they give preference to people with pets, are LGBTQ-friendly and ‘also allow married couples.”
” Meena Bagh sets a good example for hotels and resorts to take up sustainable practices. It has a water harvesting and recycling system in place. What’s more, the home is gay-friendly, pet-friendly, and there is upto 50 per cent discount for writers, journalists and people involved with conservation activities.”
Discounts & Preferences
1. We offer upto 50 percent discount to writers, artists, journalists and anyone associated with conservation.
2. We also give preference to travellers with pets.
3. The house is gay friendly.
4. We also allow married couples.
Pahari and Vegan Meals
Along with the regular fare (Indian/Chinese/ Continental) we also serve traditional Pahari and Vegan meals.Our Pahari food is not to be confused with the ‘Pahari food’, served in Mandi or Kangra Districts of Himachal.Our Pahari food is the food people ate in high-altitude regions of district Shimla (altitude 1800 meters- 3000 meters above sea level).
Design & Architecture
Both the resorts are a confusion of tradition and modernity. The architectural elements are Himachali but fused here and there with Swiss chalet ambience. The overall effect however is that of a cozy rural Himachali home.The furniture, from the beds to the lamp-shades, has all been designed in-house using ‘waste’ wood.
The greenest way to travel, as someone said, is not to. But until that happens, one can always ‘travel responsibly’. This phrase is often an euphemism for cutting down on simple pleasures of life (Harvesting / Recycling : Water self-sufficiency, Insulation, Solar Energy, Furniture from Waste Wood)