India’s first igloo hotel has opened in Himachal Pradesh, a few kilometres away from central Manali. Built on the concept unique to Greenland and Arctic regions, Manali Igloo Stay is owned by Vikas Kumar and Tashi Dorje of Keylinga Himalayan Adventures, a winter-sport and travel company that offers ski courses and organises treks.
The duo started this one-of-its-kind frosty hotel in India recently and so far has built two fully functional igloos. Travellers can experience a stay only this month due to winter presence. The hotel will then be thrown open next winter season.
Along with the stay, visitors can opt for various winter activities like skiing, tube sliding, snow sledging and even build their own igloo.
One night stay on a twin-sharing basis, including equipment for snow activities, is priced at Rs 5,600 per head. The hotel also provides warm feather sleeping bags with extra fleece and a thick foam mattress. Travellers who don’t opt for adventure sports can get a stay for Rs 4,600 for a single night. People can spend up to two nights at an altitude over 2,700 metres, for Rs 6,800 per head. Those who don’t get a reservation can simply enjoy at the igloo camp amidst winter activities for Rs 2,700.
Travellers can reach by their own vehicle or avail the facility provided by the company for extra charges. A special permit is needed to drive up to such high altitude. To reach the place, one has to travel to Sethan Village near Manali through a car, followed by a 20 minutes trek to the camp site.