|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
|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
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.