Mannat Home Stay, Bairagarh

mousourik

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Mannat home stay, Bairagarh

We stayed at Mannat on October 3, 2019. Despite knowing about the presence of Chamunda hotel there, we opted for Mannat as we had spoken to the owner Mr.Rakesh Kumar before the start of our journey and hence thought that it’d be unethical to stay elsewhere, although we had not paid any advance amount. Also, being declared as a homestay, we had hoped for some homely touch – that was another reason for choosing it.

Pros
1. Located right on the bus stand. Chamunda is located a little away on the other side of the road.
2. We chose a room on the second floor terrace, and the rent was Rs.1000. The room was spacious and comfortable. Mannat provides good views of the mountain peaks and Tissa road in front – so does Chamunda.
3. There is a dhaba in the ground floor, which provides food to all local passengers on Tissa-Killar road. So food is perhaps available all the time.

Cons
1. The steps are a bit steep, particularly the ones starting from road. Carrying luggage on those steep and narrow steps was really troublesome.
2. Except for 2 or 3 rounds of tea, we did not get any room service.
3. The geyser had power, but only normal cold water was coming out of it. When the owner, who was at Chamba at that time, was contacted for providing a bucket of hot water, he simply said that people were busy serving the dhaba, and hence nothing might be available.
4. Communication with them was a bit difficult. Babloo, the owner’s younger brother who was managing everything, did not have much time to listen to us.
5. There were frequent power cuts. A candle was given after much persuasion, but no matches were provided. In fact they did not care to remember it.
6. No bottled / treated water was available for drinking.
7. The toiletries used by / provided for the previous guests were left in the washroom for us. The towel was emitting foul odour.
8. It rained at night, and we had a tough time going downstairs for dinner as, not only the terrace was open, but the stair had large uncovered openings in the side.
9. The quality of food readily available in the dhaba was barely manageable. A vegetable dish made of besan (gramflour) balls had to be left almost untouched. The dinner was ordered with tawa rotis and egg curry and it was better.
10. At night, the door to the terrace was locked from inside. We discovered it in the morning. Hadn’t had our driver come to hand over his phone for charging, we’d have to wait for them to open it and we couldn’t have started the journey on time. When we went downstairs for checking out at seven in the morning, nobody could be seen, although the owner had earlier said that they would prepare something for breakfast. (Of course, we cleared all the payment on the previous night.)

Conclusion : Mannat home stay is recommended for stay at Bairagarh only if other options are not available / explored.

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View of the room
 
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adsatinder

explorer
This place is not a tourist type.
Hence people are not professional.
They focus more on regular job.
Don't expect anything apart from Roof / Room to hide yourself from harsh weather at such small places.
Only basic food is available.
Only basic stay is available at small places in Northern Hills.
Electricity supply is still not stable at small places.
 

adsatinder

explorer
A vegetable dish made of besan (gramflour) balls had to be left almost untouched.
It seems to be Kadhi made with Besan (Gram Flour)

पकोड़ा कढ़ी

This is local Himachali Dish.
It is popular in North India.
Delhi Kadhi Chawal is special at some points.



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Ingredients:
For Kadhi
2 cup Curd(dahi)
1/2 small cup Gram Flour (Besan)
1 tablespoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
1/4 tablespoon Asfoetida (Heeng)
1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds (zeera)
1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds (rai)
1/2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds (methi)
2 green chillis (hari mirch)
1 whole Red Chilli
few curry leaves
1/4 tablespoon red chilli powder
1/2 tablespoon coriander powder (Dhania)
1 & 1/2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste (adrak lehsun)

For Pakora
1 cup Gram Flour (Besan)
1/2 tablespoon carom seeds (ajwain)
1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder (Haldi)
1/4 tablespoon Asfoetida (Heeng)
1/2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
 

mousourik

Who Am I
This place is not a tourist type.
Hence people are not professional.
They focus more on regular job.
Don't expect anything apart from Roof / Room to hide yourself from harsh weather at such small places.
Only basic food is available.
Only basic stay is available at small places in Northern Hills.
Electricity supply is still not stable at small places.
1. Tourists do visit the place, otherwise they wouldn't have built such rooms. We even saw a large hotel with restaurant a few kms before Bairagarh having OYO rooms.
2. Didn't expect much, we are accustomed to staying in homestays in small places. Their apathy hurt us more than the amenities. They didn't even bother to provide hot water for bathing, although availability of geyser was confirmed by the owner over phone.
3. No issue with basic food, we never expect / opt for city-like cuisine while travelling. Rather basic food does not cause health problems. Bottled / treated drinking water was not available, but we collected it from Chamunda - the only place in Bairagarh where it was found.
4. No issue with electricity. Only point was that they didn't provide a matchbox despite reminding it several times.
5. It's true that while looking for emergency shelter, one should not be a chooser. But we had choices that we didn't explore on the ground of ethics. So it hurt us.
 
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skysat2005

Super User
Chamunda Hotel there is a full fledged hotel and has all the basic amenities. Though I have never stayed there but have seen the rooms which are pretty good. Their restaurant is certainly very well maintained and serviced, we had breakfast there only during my both trips to Sach.
 

Gaurav Chopra

zestbiker-if there is a SPIRIT,I ride it
During my trip to Sach pass in August 2017 ,reached Bairagarh at 4,10pm-had ample time to check ALL the stay options there,including the tents further up the road-the Chamunda hotel staff were the only people who welcomed with a smile-hence stayed there -1000/- for the room and around 300/- for both the dinner and breakfast.
 

adsatinder

explorer
Means Chaunda Hotel is winner here !

If you need only a room and no other place is available, then only stay here at Mannat Guest House......
 

Alpha

Going to Neverland
There is one new OYO Hotel (Hotel sach Pass..may be, cant recall now) few kms before Bairagarh which looked like a nice property. They might have recently opened as the building seemed new. I think it will be a good option next year
 

mousourik

Who Am I
Yes, it is Hotel Sach Pass. Food is available there. It has got many rooms, although did not check the rooms and their quantity. It may not have the views (not sure though), but is another option definitely.
 
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