The jungle retreat at Radballi is not just another stay, it is an experience! We stayed at Radballi for three nights and had the best days of our lives. During these few days we went swimming and fishing in the cool river, collected colorful small round stones, lied down on the grass- gazing the stars, played football, went trekking in the jungle, photographed birds- butterflies and animals, drove into an island which surfaced during the summer, and ate delicious Himachal food.
We were a couple traveling with two kids and parents - total six - and all of us were comfortable at the place. Despite the summer (May) heat outside, the mornings and evenings were pleasantly cool. In fact the spacious "Mayur Kaksh" room was cool even during the noon time. The hosts provided us with delicious breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner, and snacks to accompany some cold beer. Sumit, the host, was friendly and took us around and played with the kids. The grandfather had a lot of interesting stories to tell us, and we had the rest from the story books in the library.
If you are interested in birding, there are a couple of books on birds of Pong dam and Kangra in the library. Since the stay is integrated into the jungle, the birds there are less shy and you can see a pair of barn swallows and magpie robins building their nest by the house - or the elegant paradise flycatcher waving its magic white ribbons at you. Besides the birds, during the jungle trip we saw barking deer, sambar, mangoose, and a snake gracefully swimming in the water.
The travel to Radballi from the airport was fine, and we got a good driver (Sahil) upon Sumit's suggestion - and we used the same service for the rest of our journey around Dharamshala. All-in-all it was a memorable stay, and we are sure to visit Radballi again!
Awesome hotel guys. Everyone should go to this property once. View is just perfect & staff is helpfull. Food is also good.
It was great to have stay there.
We were a group of friends stayed in the 2 of the cottages. The rooms were neat & spacious. The view is gorgeous and you can take a quick walk to the jungle for tracking and exploring the nature. The food was brought to us at the bornfire area and was tasty. Host sumit is amazing guy as he himself supervises the place and take care of all the needs of the guests. The best part was we kept hearing wonderful creatures in the night and it is awesome to not only read about then but to hear them as well. Overall it was a good experience. If you enjoy nature and look for peace in such a hectic life just book here.
Place is very peacful perfect for yoga and meditation.Loved organic food perpared through traditional firewood chullah. Awesome experience..
I stayed here for 2 days. Real home stay feel.my kids are really enjoyed ,spl real jungle expedition.thank you Sumit for wonderful hospitality