A Village Called Garli

by Mridula on July 10, 2014

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My visit to Garli, Himachal Pradesh (4 km from Pragpur) started on an interesting note. Our driver (and taxi owner) Amit pointed out to a huge home and said this too was being converted in a hotel. When we asked if we could enter, he nodded yes. We checked with a man coming out of the house and he too said yes, we could go. Pooja and I went clicking for a while and then out walked the owner of the house Mr. Atul Lal! He greeted us and welcomed us to his home! When we asked if he had plans of converting it into a hotel, he said no, where we were standing was his private home! His wife also came out to say hello. Now if everyone welcomed trespassers like this.

I felt a little red faced, after all people assured that we could walk in but I would never dream of walking in to someone’s private home. Atul soon put us at ease and started telling us about Garli. He pulled out a map of Garli which lists all the heritage buildings in the area. He advised that the best way to see the places was to walk, alas we just didn’t had time, we still had to go to Chamba Pattan and the day was racing to an end.

Naurang Yatri Niwas, Garli

Naurang Yatri Niwas, Garli #canon550D

Atul told us about his move back to Garli, leaving the corporate world behind. He has recently opened a property- Naurang Yatri Niwas. Due to lack of time I could not go inside but I ever ventured that way again, I would like to stay there. He wrote to me about its history.

Naurang Yatri Niwas was originally built in 1922 by my Grandfather, Rai Bahadur Mohan Lal to facilitate the stay for the Lt Governor of Punjab to attend the wedding of his eldest daughter, Hema. A mettaled road was built from Bani to Garli for this purpose. Later the building was used as a sarai for travellers, and the general use of the public. Around 50 years ago, it fell into neglect, and was ransacked by various elements over the years.

We decided to renovate / restore the building in 2013 and after one year of effort we have tried to bring back her former glory and also put in modern amenities like electricity, water and toilets and re christened it Naurang Yatri Niwas.

If you wish to book the place you can write to nyn@garli.in, or call Mr Ravinder Singh at 01970-245096 / 09418602132. The tariff is in the range of 1500 Indian rupees as of now but do check again. Then there was another coincidence. I looked at another property which was being converted into a hotel at Garli.

A New Hotel Coming Up at Garli, Himachal Pradesh

A New Hotel Coming Up at Garli, Himachal Pradesh #canon550D

We were walking around the place as it was so picturesque,  the caretakers were quite courteous to us. They mentioned that the other property the owners have is Chalets Naldhera, a place I have been invited to before! Now Chalets is a very beautiful place and I am sure Mr Yatish and Minu Sood would make this place equally remarkable.

The Streets of Garli, Himachal Pradesh

The Streets of Garli, Himachal Pradesh #canon550D

I would have loved to walk around the place and discover the heritage buildings but then what all can you do when you just have two half days to spend at a place!

The Taal at Garli, Himachal Pradesh

The Taal at Garli, Himachal Pradesh #lumia1020

Like Pragpur, Garli also has a taal. Like Pragpur, Garli has also been declared a heritage village by the Himachal Pradesh government. I just got a fleeting glimpse of Garli on this trip. I hope my travels would take me that way once again. I would also say if you are in the vicinity do go, before it gets properly discovered!

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachit Aggarwal August 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Never heard of this place before. Is if famous for garlic?


The Tales of a Traveler July 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Its seems to be a peaceful place to spend time away from the chaos


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm

It was a peaceful place indeed. :D


sindhoooo July 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm

What a beautiful place! I guess, people love their place a lot and they have well maintained it! Wishing if we could restore the cultural India to the most extent!

Thanks a lot Mridula! Garli is such a wonderful post to visit!

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Mridula July 21, 2014 at 8:26 pm

It was a beautiful experience for me too Sindhu.


Anki S July 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Never heard of this place,but looks like after this,I am adding it to my list when in Himachal.Btw I love the 3rd pic,the most,so colorful.


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Thank you Anki, I hope you do go.


Renuka July 11, 2014 at 5:04 pm

The place looks quite unlike Himachal Pradesh. I’m amazed how beautiful our country is! There are unique surprises everywhere!


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 8:28 pm

I agree Renuka, particularly how beautiful the Himalayas are.


Tarun Gaur July 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm

wow..this place calls me..need to explore it as i love historical and Heritage places, just love the feeling of traveling into time when these places were in their young age.


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Tarun whereas it is the nature that attracts me most :D


Niranjan July 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Beautiful place. Yeah, wish strangers were invited home like how he did.


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I know Niranjan that was so nice of them. But just can’t imagine that happening in a big city!


Indrani July 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I would love to take a walk there. :)


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Indrani I hope you do soon.


Bikram July 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm

wowow.. that hotel looks good and the niwas and history

kudos to Amit for taking that step . leving the corporate world and going there ..

Thank you so much MAM for taking us on this tour.. Small places but so beautiful .. I am definitely going there on my next visit to india, as i usually go and stay in shimla for a couple of days every time .. so can g a bit furthur tooo



Mridula July 21, 2014 at 8:33 pm

I hope you will like it Bikram. And do tell us about your experience.


yogi saraswat July 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm

what a beautiful Himachal is ! wow , u give us a brief of himachal in the small packet of Garli


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Thanks Yogi.


Maniparna Sengupta Majumder July 11, 2014 at 11:50 am

This is the first introduction with this heritage village and nice to know about it…a peaceful , serene village it looks..beautiful photos and it so nice of Mr.Lal and his family to welcome strangers so warmly… :-)


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Yes Maniparna what a fool we made of ourselves, only the Lals were so graceful!


Mahesh Semwal July 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

love to visit and stay at such places….Most of the famous hill stations are now commercialism ……liked it


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Me too Mahesh, I like to stay away from bigger places that are just too commercialized.


magiceye July 11, 2014 at 6:20 am

Surely a must visit at leisure


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Yes Deepak, this was too rushed a trip.


Shrinidhi Hande July 11, 2014 at 5:51 am

Looks like an European street… almost


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Thanks for the perspective Shrinidhi!


Anmol Rawat July 11, 2014 at 12:57 am

Have never been to the place. Thanks for the photos especially the Taal which is something that might attract me towards the place in future :D


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 7:40 pm

I hope you do go Anmol.


Deepa July 10, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Beautiful home/ hotel :) loved photo of taal , have never heard /seen about Garlii before. looks interesting :)


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm

I too only got a fleeting glimpse Deepa.


anu kapoor July 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm

hi mridula, so good to read about garli…we’ll go there together inshallah!


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm

I too hope so Anu that we will travel together again.


Poorna July 10, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Interesting indeed! Pragpur and surrounding area has some lovely buildings. Garli almost resembles Kanadukathan in Tamil Nadu famous for its Chettinad houses. You may read about it here. http://journeys2remember.blogspot.com/2011/07/india-travel-blog-chettinad.html


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Thanks for the link Poorna.


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