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Apple View guesthouse - in Old Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India
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Family run guest house

Kurma and Rabet Ram Thakur
Kurma and Rabet Ram Thakur

Rabet and his family are a mine of interesting information on the customs, culture, religion and places in the local area. Although Apple View does not make travel arrangements, Rabet can advise on trekking and travel prices and the reliability of local travel agencies. A family member is always at the guest house day and night during the summer season, ensuring security for your stuff.

Apple View was first opened in 1994 and has become a cult favourite among European backpackers and trekkers for its peaceful atmosphere and hospitality. Many guests have become friends and return to stay a number of times, as well as recommending it to others. Old friends stay in touch, and every year postcards and letters arrive from all corners of the world.

Guest house amenities

Old Manali, like many places in India, suffers from water supply problems. Unlike many other lodgings in the area, however, Apple View has excellent tank facilities for water storage, and the two huge tanks can hold 8,000 litres - sufficient for the guests washing and shower facilities for a week of no mains supply even in peak season.

Like many guest houses in the area, Apple view has a kitchen offering hot and cold drinks and a range of freshly made food, both continental dishes and local specialties. Fresh milk is provided daily courtesy of Lali the cow.

The shared bathroom and toilet are separate and are kept clean and odour free on a daily basis. As there are only four rooms, there is never a problem with queuing. Hot water for showers is provided via a large electrical geyser.

Apple View guesthouse location

view from the apple orchards at the rear of Apple View guesthouse
The view from the apple orchards at the rear of Apple View guesthouse

Although outside the village itself, Apple View is a short 5-10 minute walk from the bridge and Old Manali's busy main area of tourist restaurants, shops and guest houses. A short walk at the rear of the guesthouse takes you into the tranquility of the orchards. (See map)

Old Manali Village

The actual village of Old Manali with its famous temple of Manu Rishi is a 15 minute walk, either via the road or a scenic route through the orchards and fields below the village. The village is mostly composed of traditional Kulu Valley houses made of wood and local stone with wide verandah's on the first floor. Some houses retain their original roofs made of large slates of local stone.

Apple View sits close to a small cliff and is surrounded with apple orchards to the sides and rear, with the front looking over the cliff across the River Manalsu river to the ancient Deodar forest. A quick 5 minute walk takes you to the wide boulder covered riverbed of the River Beas at its confluence with the Manalsu.


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Apple View guesthouse offers comfortable budget accomodation to Western backpackers, trekkers and party goers in the Indian Himalaya. The guest house is located among the apple orchards close to the village of Old Manali - a favourite destination of Western travellers in Himachal Pradesh during the summer heat in India. Manali is situated at the Northern end of the Kulu Valley (also known as the Valley of the Gods), a popular trekking region and also a jump off point for treks in Ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur. Popular day walks and sight seeing destinations include the 3995 metre high Rohtang pass, the hot springs at Vashisht, the ski resort of Solang Valley, the famous Hadimba temple at Dunghri and the village of Naggar, with it's wood and stone castle and the former home of the painter Nicholas Roerich, now a gallery.

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