MeenaBagh Shimla

With its wood-panelled and mud-plastered walls, this is the closest you get to live in a typical ‘Himachali’ home in Shimla. We are only over five  years old but have already garnered appreciation from travellers, media and award committees for our hospitality, innovative design, and eco-friendly practices.

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MeenaBagh Ratnari

This award-winning farmstay sits bang in the middle of an organic Permaculture orchard. It is far from the madding crowd of Himachal’s hill towns (74kms from Shimla ). It is suitable for those looking for seclusion, tranquility, nature, and the surreal experience of living in an apple orchard. There is one 4-bedrooms bungalow with the sunroom, an attic, lounging areas  which can accommodate up to 15 people. The  new two-bedroom Doghri is built for luxury and has two independent rooms suitable for couples and small families.

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“Every aspect of it is informed by the owner Sanjay Austa, a photographer and writer …The overall impression is of a cosy yet elegant home with enough beauty within it, and around it, to make doing nothing a delicious prospect. “

“Its a rare to find an accommodation that distracts you from the spellbinding views. At Meena Bagh in Ratnari, it’ difficult to decide what to focus on- the homestay, or the views.”

” We found Meena Bagh a breathtaking property in Shimla, and we’re in complete awe of its beauty. What we love the most about Meena Bagh is that they’re super pet-friendly and encourage hosting guests who bring their furry friends along. And they’re LGBT friendly too.”

” Himachal’s apple harvest season is in full swing by mid-August.There’s no better time to book a room at the newly minted, eco-conscious resort, Meena Bagh in Ratnari, 85 kilometres from the hustle of Shimla.”

” The mud-plastered walls and  wooden interiors will give you the feel of a traditional Himachali home completed with modern amenities.”

” Every understated detail, from the warm copper kettles, mud walls and waste-wood furniture to the delectable food and gracious hospitality, made me feel at home. The property’s eco-friendly measures-harvesting and recycling water, using solar electricity, insulated walls- gave me a sense of its dedication to conserving Shimla that is rapidly being lost.”

Why Us?

Discounts and Preferences

1. We offer up to 50 percent discount to writers, artists, journalists, and anyone associated with any conservation activity.

2. We also give preference to travellers with pets.

3. The house is gay-friendly.

4. We also allow married couples.
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Pahari and Vegan Meals

Along with the regular fare (Indian/ Chinese/ Continental), we also serve traditional Pahari and Vegan meals. Our Pahari food is not to be confused with the ‘Pahari food’, served in Mandi or Kangra Districts of Himachal. Our Pahari food is the food people ate in high-altitude regions of district Shimla (altitude 1800 meters- 3000 meters above sea level).

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Design & Architecture

MeenaBagh Homes are a confusion of tradition and modernity. The architectural elements are Himachali to give an overall effect of a cozy rural Himachali home. The furniture, from the beds to the lamp-shades, has all been designed in-house using ‘waste’ wood.

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The greenest way to travel, as someone said, is not to. But until that happens, one can always ‘travel responsibly’. We harvest rainwater and use it for most of our needs. The water is also recycled.  Solar Panels heat up the water here. And all furniture from the lamp to the beds are made in-house using waste and recycled wood.

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MeenaBagh Observatory

With India’s Largest Pvt. owned telescope.

1) Largest (Telescope (pvt owned) – 20 inch Dobsonian
2) Highest (Altitude 8032 ft)
3) Darkest (Skies; Bortle Scale : 2)

(Nominal Charge for general observation. For a detailed session do book your session at the time of booking)


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