Naggar: Our Very Own Hobbiton

Do you believe in Fairy tales? I sure do.

Growing up, fairy tales were part of everything I read, wrote, and imagined. The world of magical waterfalls, enchanting forests, mighty dragons, Unicorns, and ethereal flowers used to accompany me wherever I went. It was like living your external reality, but also existing in a parallel dimension at the same time, and that world still exists for me.

A few weeks ago, I went to this whimsical place that loomed to have emerged straight out of a fiction book, too beautiful to be real and I almost instantly thought to myself that I would tell my tribe about it.

So, here I am, telling you about it!

And the place is Naggar.

Let’s Get To Know Naggar:

Naggar is a small town in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.

I won’t be surprised if some of you are already familiar with the place, as it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal. But wait till I tell you about the pristine experiences I had when I ventured far and beyond.

Apparently, It’s the main market in Naggar, also known as Naggar Town, where you get to see all the action. It often witnesses huge tourist footfall during the holiday season. You can enjoy a cuppa coffee in one of the cozy cafes lined up on the side of the road, visit the Naggar Castle which is also a heritage hotel now, admire the art at the Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery, or maybe soak up some tranquility by visiting the ancient temples in the area.

The Naggar Castle

Naggar Main Market

But the real fun begins when you explore the less explored, because fairy tales, my friend, can’t be lived amidst the crowd!

Luckily, Naggar has many rustic cottages tucked away in the mountains. A short 15-20 minute trek can lead you to any of these homestays and will expose you to the real and raw beauty this town has to offer. And that’s where the magic ensues.

If you are someone who doesn’t mind getting lost in the woods for a while, finding your way through the narrow and uneven alleys, if you are up for discovering ancient temples in the middle of nowhere, if you love walking along a stream, well then know that you are on the right track. Keep going.

An Ancient Temple in the woods

Where Did I Stay?

Jedi Green Forest Home

This place is absolutely bewitching!

I couldn’t stop saying WOW in my head the moment I got the glimpse of the homestay, coyly peeping from behind the thick foliage and I’m not exaggerating.

Jedi Green is a 20 min trek from where your taxi drops you in Naggar. Now, it may feel a little overwhelming for the ones who don’t trek or hike, but is still manageable.

The first thing that you notice is the stone staircase covered with wild creepers that takes you to the the façade of the home and the fairy garden that’s super captivating.

Mansie and Nikhil own the homestay and boy, what a job they have done with the aesthetics of the place!

You get one room with an attached washroom, a balcony, and the garden area to enjoy your stay.

The place is available on Airbnb.

Jedi Green Forest Home

Reaching Naggar from Delhi:

It takes about 12 hours to reach Naggar from Delhi by bus.

If you are traveling to Manali, you can easily add Naggar to your itinerary as it’s on the way, and you reach the place 30 minutes earlier.

Board any Delhi-Manali bus and get down in Patlikuhal. It’s a 15-min taxi ride further to Naggar Town.

Believe me when I tell you that “the Shire in the Lords of the Ring” is for real, all you need is a dash of magic in your heart to be able to find it, and you don’t even have to travel to New Zealand for that!

Enchanted enough? Go, live your fairy tale in Naggar!


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