The Lodge at Wah
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The Lodge at Wah, Panchrukhi - Paprola Road, Patti, Deogran, Himachal Pradesh, India
A Himalayan Tea Retreat
The Lodge at Wah

The Kangra valley in Himachal is often regarded as the tea capital of the north-west of the Indian Himalayas. A strike valley also called the longitudinal valley, Kangra is presided by the grand embrace of the Dhauladhar and blessed with hundreds of streams and brooks around Palampur. This abundance of flowing water (palum) is a blessing for growing tea. This is where The Lodge at Wah is located – an hour away from Dharamshala, with Shimla and Manali accessible within a few hours.

A part of the Prakash family since 1953, Wah Tea Estate is one of the largest manufacturers of tea in the Kangra region. An interesting history precedes the setting up of the Lodge which was established as a plantation estate in 1857 by the British. After decades of continuous cultivation that did not pause even with the earthquake of 1905, the estate was taken over by Sir Sikander Hayat-Khan, the son of the Nawab of Wah in Pakistan. Hence the name. That’s right,  ‘Wah’ is indeed ‘wow’ an involuntary reaction of every guest at their first sight of The Lodge at Wah.

Perfectly Rare

At The Lodge at Wah, you are in nature’s haven. Cycle in the tea gardens, enjoy learning about the journey of tea from the garden to your cup, try paragliding and head off to a trek, ride the Kangra mini-train or take longer excursions to the Kangra Fort, McLeodganj, Norbulingka Institute, Baijnath...

Know Your Host

Originally built as a personal home by Deepak Prakash, The Lodge at Wah is open to travellers who are looking for a retreat away from the stress of their urban lives. During one of their travels through New Zealand Surya and Upasana, the young owners and hosts of the Lodge were inspired by a beautiful...

The Lodge has been built in one and a half acres and is part of the five hundred and twenty six acres that forms the tea estate. While setting up the Lodge right in the middle of the estate surrounded by the snow-capped mountains and sloping tea bushes of Kangra, a lot of thought and detail went in to making it unique and tailored to the needs of their guests. Building the Lodge was about looking for recycled wood, slate and furniture from old homes and local court houses. The young couple Surya and Upasana who manage the Lodge, personally coated the furniture with linseed oil, laid rocks and pebbles in the garden, scrubbed the slates, and even waxed and buffed wooden floors. The way it stands today, The Lodge at Wah blends gracefully with its surroundings.

The stay is divided between three cottages. The six beautiful rooms are fashioned in Kangra style using river stone and slate, sun dried bricks made of excavated mud onsite, roof lining details, banisters from witness stands, and even whole doors and windows from the Old Palampur Courthouse. The main cottage has two standard rooms and is also where the family lives and shares the dining and living area with guests. The second cottage has two deluxe rooms (larger than the standard rooms) one on top of the other, while the third cottage has two standard rooms.

The cottages are named after tea – Camellia, Oolong and Pekoe, some come with Juliet balconies to look out to the mountain views, have nooks for lounging with a book, and a parlour to enjoy family time over tea.

Dining

Meals feature the Kangra cuisine and a smattering of other Indian and global recipes such as Khow Suey and a Mongolian stir fry, but consciously using organic and local produce as much as possible. Wheat is grown on the estate and used for breads, rotis and pizzas. The Kangra Dham is a must try as well as the pizzas made in a wood fired oven. Special requests and dietary preferences can be easily accommodated. Meals are cooked outside in traditional way over a wood stove.

There are a few tea bushes within the area of the Lodge and guests are welcome to try their hand at tea plucking. The Tea Estate Tour is led either by Deepak or Surya and includes a tea session. Plans are afoot to make a tea boutique where guests can try their hand at making their own teas and taking it back with them. There are walking trails marked on the Estate and guides are available if needed. The yoga shala is ideal for practise with mountains all around. A teacher can be arranged on request. Evenings can be spent by the bonfire area when possible before moving to the dining area. Private dinners for a couple can be arranged.

Go paragliding in Bir, considered the second most beautiful place to paraglide in the world. The town of Bir is filled with interesting cafes and makes for an ideal day out. The narrow gauge train offers scenic vistas and guests can take a short journey. The Andretta Village is not far away and guests can not only visit but also take pottery classes. For the active traveller, there are treks organised with an outdoor partner with trained guides.

Inhouse activities include excursions to the riverside, with a pristine stream and multiple waterfalls. The trek is tough for a small part and recommended for children above 10 and for those with some fitness levels. Picnics with meals can also be arranged here and in other places. The Estate is flourishing with birds and so far over 60 species have been documented.

Perfect for

The Lodge is ideal for couples, long stays, and families. There is plenty for children to do and keep occupied even without televisions.

Operational status

The Lodge at Wah is open all year.

"We are deeply passionate about sustainable and responsible tourism, as we realize every day the lasting impacts, small decisions, and actions we can make on nature, the environment, and our everyday lives." - Deepak Prakash, Owner, The Lodge At Wah

  • The Lodge is built in Kangra Valley's traditional "Gaddi" or shepherd style. The walls are 100% made from the mud excavated on-site when the foundation was laid. The slate roofs are sourced from the local community.
  • They've used recycled wood from the old Palampur Courthouse. One of the balconies is the old witness box stand from the court.
  • They practice segregation and recycling of dry waste, and the wet waste is used for permaculture techniques of organic farming.
  • A lot of what is served to the guests is harvested from the organic kitchen garden. For example, all the loaves of bread and rotis are made with the wheat grown at the property. The peaches and apricots are used to make ice creams and jams for the guests.
  • Reduced usage of single-use plastic at the property: From glass- a copper bottle of water to ceramic toiletries, plastic is avoided as much as possible.
  • 100% of the staff working at the property are trained locals who live less than one hour away.
  • The Lodge At Wah serves the Kangra Dham's local thali with ingredients either grown in-house or sourced locally.
  • The toiletries are sourced from a local establishment that runs a small batch factory.

Upcoming Sustainable Practices At The Lodge At Wah: Increased Involvement in the local community by starting a reading program for the children and helping women switch to environmentally safe feminine products.

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RARE Tip
Hike to a nearby pristine river for a picnic lunch with waterfalls for company.
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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Beautiful stay!
by chetna24 on 08/15/2022

We had a lovely time at The Lodge. The hosts are very warm, welcoming and always helpful with suggestions to make your trip wonderful. The food was a highlight of the trip to us, beautifully curated...

Amazing, Relaxing, Rejuvenating
by 975akshayg on 07/28/2022

I had been wanting to go stay at the Lodge at Wah since a couple of years. Finally managed in June 2022. I must say, I was really impressed by many things at the lodge 1. The Fact they are as eco...

A Trip to never forget!
by rish_kewl on 06/24/2022

Our stay at Lodge at Wah will be on of my most memorable trips I’ve ever taken. They hit the spot by truly understanding the “home” aspects of homestays. From the booking process (which we had to...

Nearest Airport : Dharamshala - 40 km
Nearest Railway Station : Pathankot, Punjab

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Policy:

  • More than 15 days notice.............      No charge
  • 15 days or less............................         50 %
  • Please be advised Cancellation upon Arrival/No-show/Early Departure/Change of Dates falls under cancellation policy dependent on dates
  • Reduction of accommodation booked will be treated as Cancellation.
  • Cancellations will only be accepted over emailed communication
  • Because of our small size, cancellations of multiple rooms affect us significantly. For this reason, there is a 50% non-refundable deposit for all three-room or more reservations due at the time of booking.
Terms & Conditions:

THINGS TO NOTE

  • We are an eco-friendly property and a couple of our rooms do not have air-conditioning. Our mud bricks keep the interiors a few degrees cooler. Evenings and mornings are always pleasant temperatures!
  • We want you to enjoy the outdoors! This seems that there are no TVs in the rooms
  • We do not have a liquor license, and therefore we recommend you carry your own or buy it locally 
  • Wi-fi is available in Camellia cottage, but can sometimes be patchy
  • Strength of cell phone reception depends on the connection. BSNL, Reliance and Airtel work best

Payment Policy

  • 100% payment 30 days in advance of the check-in date, except for National Holidays and Long weekends for which 100% payment 60 days in advance is required.