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Wondered how my winters up in the mountains were like? Well, I stayed at Keylinga Adventures, Manali's first Igloo-themed hotel and had the most out of the world experience.
What is it?
As kids, the idea of igloos always fascinated me, and now getting to live in one of them isn’t just a thing of dreams! Keylinga Adventures at Sethan Village, Manali turned those childhood fantasies of mine into reality.
Located 15.8 kms from Manali, these gorgeous igloos are set at a height of 10,000 ft amidst the snow-clad mountains of Himachal and offers a breath-taking view of the majestic Himalayas.
The property is at a 15-minute walk from Sethan Village and has a total of four igloos.
What's in it?
While living in an igloo might sound like a 'chilling' experience, you don't need to worry about freezing in the cold. The igloos are all cozy and comfortable, with a temperature difference of 7-8 degrees from outside. They also provide sheets, feather sleeping bags and fleece to keep you all warm and comfortable.
What's more? You get freshly made, hot and steaming home cooked meals like Rajma Chawal to treat your taste buds and keep you warm. If you tell them in prior they also arrange barbecue dinners of your choice, veg or non veg.
The best part about this once in a lifetime experience is that it isn't hard on your pocket. You can stay in an igloo at just Rs 5,500 per night, and this includes the cost of all meals and activities available at the property. You can also go there for a day visit at just Rs 1,500. The only catch is that it is functional from January till March, depending on the amount of snowfall received in that particular year.
One other fun activity that I crossed off my bucket-list would be that I learned how to ski for the very first time! There are professionals who will teach you and if that's not your cup of tea, just roll down in the snow with your squad -- on a tube.
Sounds fun, doesn't it?
Well, they also have an outdoor theater, where you can sit and watch movies. Imagine watching your favourite film while sitting on snow, under the star lit sky. Straight out of a Hollywood flick or wait, maybe even that is not this magical.
Address: Hotel Keylinga Inn Prini Village, Naggar Road, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Price: Rs 5,500 per night, Rs 1500 for a day visit
Rs 1,500 day visit