Just 4 kms from Gushaini near Manhar village there is a cozy homestay, Pooja River view Homestay that provides you the view of whole Tirthan Valley. Not only is it just at a stone’s throw distance from the Tirthan River, the peaceful location makes it a must for people seeking some lonely time.
The market is also nearby and you can get almost anything there ranging from medical supplies, groceries etc.
If you are traveling from Delhi take a bus going towards Manali and deboard just outside the Aut tunnel. The journey takes 13 hours and cost you just Rs 604 on ordinary HRTC bus. After that take a bus to Banjar or if you are lucky a direct bus to Gushaini. It’s a 2 hour journey and you have to pay Rs 50 per person. When you deboard near the bridge in Gushaini Village go straight ahead to reach the majestic Pooja River View Homestay.
The homestay is hosted by Mr Chetram who live there with his view and children. They take care of you just like the family members and provide you with anything you want. You are welcomed with a drink that is made up of local fruit named ‘Rodha’. The best thing is all the meals are provided with per day charges and trust me the meals are delicious. Made of organically grown vegetables the meals are just home-like and you get to have it as much as you want. They also take care of your morning and evening tea and doesn’t shy away to give you snacks as well.
While my stay there they served me with Lentils and rice the noon I reached there. Although it was a light meal but I enjoyed it a lot. The breakfast generally includes Aloo Paranthas and Sandwich which is heavy enough to get you through your treks and other activities. In the lunch I was served with aloo poori and in the dinner I was served with lady finger, roti and kadhi chawal. Trust me the food was good as it can get and the Himachali touch to it all was even more amazing.
Pooja River view homestay has 5 rooms all built to provide you with superior views of the jungles and the Tirthan River. The charges range anywhere between Rs 1200 to Rs 2000 depending on season. The money spent is worth every penny and you would be glad that you came here to spend some of your moments with friends, family or alone. I would suggest you to stay here for at least 3 days to enjoy and take in the feel of the wonder called Tirthan Valley.