Three years ago in October we stayed in Bhumang Monastery Guest House in Lower Chauntra. We spent four days in the guest house during annual paragliding season of Bir Billing in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. It was October.
The guest house, situated within an easy walking distance of the paragliding landing site in Bir, offers self-service units.
The airy sunny spacious unit followed the principles of minimalism. But all parts of the unit were clean. The unit is comprised of a balcony, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, and living room. The unit was appointed with all the basics.
- Ample supply of water in both bathroom and kitchen
- A tea maker, dishes, glasses, plates in kitchen
- Twin bed with full bedding
- A cupboard in bed room
- Plastic sofa and chairs
- Western commode
- Enough number of fully functional sockets to charge gadgets
- Ceiling fans
One day we sampled breakfast and dinner. Both meals were simple and well prepared. The menu was traditional Tibetan. For dinner, tingmo, traditional Tibetan steamed bread / bun, was served with boiled potato curry in the common mess. We enjoyed the food with young monks.
We paid just Rs 1,650 for entire stay and two meals for two persons.
These units are primarily built for eminent personalities visiting the monastery, visiting monks, and guardians and parents of the monks. But commoners are also accommodated depending upon availability and the genuineness of the requests.
It was no doubt a steal. We will definitely stay here again.
Chauntra is a small town in Mandi. There are only a few eateries. During our stay, we observed that eateries and shops were closed on Sunday. In the evenings, fresh snacks, including samosas, were not available. The town does not have a big bus stand. However, public buses that start from nearby big towns stopped in the bazaar to pick the passengers. And Maruti 800 / Dzire taxis were available.
Watch the slideshow to experience the budget unit.