NAURANG YATRI NIWAS
A Heritage Lodge in Garli
ABOUT THE LODGE
Time and again India has set great examples of township planning and foresightedness. India has embarked its presence in the world with its architecture and design and Garli is one of such marvels. If you are a fan of Indian architecture, Garli should be on top in your checklist. With huge heritage structures and ancient buildings, walking in Garli feels like stepping back in time.
Naurang Yatri Niwas (A Heritage Lodge located in Garli) is one tiny element of this marvel. An elaborate brick structure, it was built by Rai Bahadur Mohan Lal, MLC, to facilitate the stay of the then Lt Governor of Punjab to attend the wedding of his daughter, Hema.
Subsequently it became an accommodation for travellers and merchants who came to Garli to ply their trade. During the early half of the 20th century, Garli was a prominent commercial centre, extending its economic & political reach from Shimla to Afghanistan. Around the mid-1940s it fell into disuse, and was ransacked by the elements. In 2012, the grandson, Atul and his Wife Ira, embarked on a restoration / renovation of the building.
30,000 litres of water, 250 Kgs of washing powder, 75 iron brushes, 18 people and 15 months later, Naurang Yatri Niwas has been restored to her earlier glory, complete with modern amenities to suit the needs of today's traveller.
A HERITAGE VILLAGE
Located just about 45 kms from Kangra and 75 kms from McLeodGanj, Garli is marvel in every sense. There is hardly any other Indian hamlet with such stunningly diverse styles of architecture on display amongst the mansions, temples and sarais, all of which stand testimony to the majestic existence Garli that once had.
Garli is a classic example of collaborative town planning, vision & foresight of its founders. Established over a 100 years ago, many facets of a mini townshipwere built in, ranging from education,health, to sanitation, commerce etc. examples of all these are still available to see.
Read more about the Garli village on www.garli.in
The rooms have been kept basic in order to maintain the essence of the real architecture. The basic yet stylish and comfortable rooms open out into the quadrangle, and is adequately ventilated.
The structure of the building is designed in such a way that you won’t need a/c in summers and heater in winters. Royalty can be sensed from every corner of the building which is very clean, hygienic and well maintained. The idea of simplicity is the ultimate luxury perfectly fits with place.
NAURANG IN 360 DEGREES
THE FOOD &
THE RANG CAFE
At Naurang Yatri Niwas, the meals are prepared by our in-house chefs and the ingredients are sourced locally. Each meal comprises of local delicacies and home-made Indian dishes so our guests don't miss out on good food even at an offbeat village such as Garli.
Just outside is the Rang Cafe, where you can relax and enjoy food. Garli is different because it has managed to hold onto its heritage by not giving way to too many restaurants, cafes, but retaining its charm.
THINGS TO DO
At the Yatri Niwas, there is a lot you can do besides just lazing around and gazing endlessly into the Himalayas. Pick a book from our mini-library, take a hike through the forest, cycle to one of the nearby villages, learn to live the simple life and indulge in the local culture, go bird-watching or embrace your inner-self with some Yoga.
Heritage Photo Walk through Garli
For the history buffs and for those who appreciate architecture, this walk is a must. Stroll through the small lanes of Garli and go back in time. Surrounded by hills on 3 sides, and the Beas on the fourth, Garli has some breath-taking scenery.
Sightseeing around Garli
For the piously inclined a plethora of temples-Chintpurni, Jwalaji, Baglamukhi, Maha Kaleshwar, Baba Balaknath, Baijnath, Kangra Devi and more-all within easy driving distance. Mcleod Ganj / Dharamshala is just a 2 hour drive from Garli.
For leisure seekers, walk along the streets of the village, take a boat ride on the Beas river, sit under a mango tree with your favourite beverage and book and enjoy the serenity around you. You may also opt for a special barbecue evening that can be arranged on request.
Handicrafts and Weaving
Discover the art of basket weaving and learn how handicrafts are made from the creative locals of Garli
Read a book
We have set up a mini library consisting of books on travel, art, photography and more. Take a book and pick your favourite sit-out.
Learn to cook a Local Delicacy
Let our local chef teach you how to prepare a local delicacy. Our chef will take you through the entire process from selecting the spices and vegetables to presentation.
"Location, staff, food and the place itself, all is pretty amazing. 100% recommended to stay here! Don't miss to visit the Hindu temple down at the river
- Christopher (Germany)