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Stone Wood Homestay Solitude In Shimla

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Imtiaz Ullah
Imtiaz Ullahhttps://nomadlawyer.org/about/
Imtiaz Ullah is the founder of travel website - NomadLawyer. A Corporate Lawyer, Senior Travel Correspondent, The Traveller Trails magazine and also acts as an Advisory Member, NGO - Sarvahitey. His travel philosophy is exploring new places, meeting new people, knowing the culture, eating like a local. He always believes in the idea-“ Don't just be a traveller but a Responsible one”.

Stone Wood Homestay Solitude In Shimla

The story goes like this: I was on my way back from my Kinnaur sojourn and decided to stay in Shimla for a day after a strenuous road trip. I called Mr. Anil Attri, from The Traveller Trails magazine and my guide in the Himachal region.

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I asked him, “Bhai, can you arrange a place for me to stay for a day in Shimla”. He without any hesitation gave me the number of Ishu Thakur, owner of Stone Wood bread and breakfast. Ishu also contributes to the Traveller Trails magazine, he is a talented photographer and also works for the society in the Himachal Region. I called Ishu for the accomodation, he said, “bhai, Anilji has already informed me  about your stay, and you are most welcome to stay at Stone Wood Homestay and please feel at home”. He guided me the route over the phone and atlast I reached his beautiful homestay. He was waiting at the gate to welcome us and guided us to our rooms. I must admit the place is at the heart of Shimla but away from the humdrum and the cacophony of the Shimla town in the vicinity of a forested and secluded area. That’s why I highly recommend this place and if you are looking for solitude, Stone Wood Homestay is really worth exploring. 

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Next morning, we went for a short hike which was really rejuvenating. We will do a detailed blog on this jungle trail in a subsequent blog. Thanks Ishu Thakur, for the unmatchable hospitality, we really felt at home.

Stone Wood Homestay: Solitude In Shimla

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About Stone Wood Homestay

Stone Wood is a drive-in, newly built Bed and Breakfast class home-stay accommodation, with ample parking space which gives you a unique advantage of living in the centre of Shimla town. Stone Wood is a part of Himachal Homestays – an Indian Government sponsored and State Government backed initiative to promote ecologically sustainable tourism & social travel. Stone Wood is ideal for families, couples or groups who would love to experience the simplicity of life in hills where we strive to pay close attention to responsible practices, local sourcing and sustainable materials.

Stone Wood is well furnished and equipped with all comforts designed to make you feel at home. There are 8 bedrooms available for the guests spread across 3 floors. The alluring beautiful scene of hills & Shimla town is clearly visible from inside the rooms – a thing which the traveller misses in urban hotels.

Himachali Cuisine Served

Our state, apart from being blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, is also a tasteful blend of exquisite pahari cuisine. Any travelling experience, however, is incomplete without tasting the authentic cuisine of Himachal Pradesh. Himachali or pahari cuisine has a unique aroma as well as flavor to it due to the use of a lot of yogurt and cardamom and cooking on slow flame. Thick and rich gravy, with aromatic spices, is used in abundance as the base of many dishes.

Stone Wood serves authentic, scrumptious and lip smacking pahari food for you to enjoy and imprint on your minds. Its diverse flavours and unique dishes are packed with the thrill of discovering a relatively unknown cuisine.

Himachali Products

Stone Wood is founded with a vision of promoting traditional and ethnic handicrafts and handmade products from Himachal Pradesh.

We are dealing in hand woven shawls, stoles, mufflers, scarfs, gloves, caps, bags and handicraft items like handmade pine needle boxes, buckets etc. All these handicraft items are made by various SHGs and local artisans who inherit this art from their ancestors of Himachal Pradesh.

We are also dealing in locally processed food items such as dry and dehydrated fruits like apples, peach, pears, apricot, plum etc.

Also we have locally made fruit jams, oils, pickles, incense sticks, handmade soaps etc.

Stone Wood also provides ample parking facilities to the guests which is sometimes difficult to find in Shimla city.


Shimla ISBT – 6 kms

Shimla Railway Station – 5 kms

Shimla Airport – 24 kms

Mall Road – 3.5 kms

Jakhu Temple – 4 kms

Indian Institute of Advanced Studies – 8 kms

State Museum – 6 kms

Army Museum – 7 kms

Sankat Mochan Temple – 10 kms

Kufri – 18 kms

Fagu – 22 kms

Mashobra – 14 kms

Naldehra – 27 kms

Things You Can Do

When you are vacationing in the most beautiful destination in the world you would definitely want to know what all things could be done.

Toy Train Ride: The old railway line along the mountains paints a tranquil picture of the place.

Ice Skating: Head out for an ice skating in the open air ice skating facility in Shimla.

Rafting: For those of you who are looking for some adventure with fun they can head out for a rafting experience in Tattapani. This place is located 50 km from Shimla and is popular for its natural hot water springs, lush green valleys.

Chadwick Waterfall: Enclosed by thick green trees of Pine and Deodar this waterfall is known for offering some great picturesque views.

Paragliding: Paragliding is one of the most favored adventure sports in Shimla.

Mountain Biking: Biking through the steep rocks & facing the challenging road is something which you would not want to miss.

Trekking: There are a lot of treks which you can go for while in Shimla. Some of them are Chharabra (2,953m), Naldehra (2,044m), Narkanda (2,700m) and Tara Devi temple.

Camping: Enjoy camping in Shimla in the lap of nature’s vast wilderness with the mountains and streams. Spend your night counting the billion stars and marvel at the sight of the enchanting surroundings.

We Have

8 Spacious Rooms

Attached Bathrooms with Running Hot & Cold Water.

LED TV in each Room.

Himachali, Indian & Continental Cuisine.

Doctor on Call.

Car Parking.

Our Rates

Season Rates

Rs. 3500 to 4500 (Family Suite)

Rs. 2000 to 2500 per Room

Off Season Rates

Rs. 3000 to 3500 (Family Suite)

Rs. 1500 to 2000 per Room

Contact Us

Tikku Thakur 98163-47236

Ishu Thakur 70183-41283

Abhishan Thakur 90151-02099, 82787-05980

If you wish to book your accommodation at Stone Wood Homestay, you can also write to us at:

[email protected]

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