The name of the host is Rafi and there are 7-8 members living here, the primary occupation of the host is farming, the homestay is in close proximity to Chamba and surrounded by thick deodar trees. The nearest town to this place would be Chamba which is just a few kilometers away, one main highlight about this homestay is that the family belongs to the Gujjar tribe and have a distinct lifestyle. Through their association with NotOnMap, they were able to improve the condition of their life and get a stable income.
The stay is built in the traditional Pahari style following vernacular style and built using clay and mud, Find peace and experience what hospitality means to the traditional cultures in the unexplored places in India, in a home that has seen the passage of years but has remained untouched by it.
Breakfast comprises fresh cornbread that is made from corn that is grown and milled by the family along with local veggies and a side of wild honey, wash this hearty breakfast with some fresh and warm buffalo milk(you can opt to see the family milk their buffaloes).
Lunch and Dinner will usually be a variety of local vegetables and meats if you are a non-vegetarian.
-You can go for a village walk and observe the rustic slow-paced nature of life there. - - - You can witness the unseen and unknown lifestyle of a Gujjar tribal family; from drinking fresh buffalo milk to learning local cuisines, you can do a lot of things here. ‘Rafi’s House’ is also a beautiful hiking destination.
-You can go for different types of treks based on your interests and fitness levels.
ABOUT THE HOST-
Living with a family of 14, Mr. Rafi is associated with and manages our very first NotOnMap stay in Chamba. An athlete in his time and a coach now, he envisions an expansion of his homestay. He offers a warm and homely experience to the guests as they serve home-prepared delicacies. Mr Rafi is enthusiastic about telling new people about his home and the local food and lifestyle, making it a true home-stay. In association with NotOnMap, now earning a steady income as an entrepreneur and has been graciously awarded as an excellent host by Booking.com.
HOW TO REACH-
Take a train to Pathankot, the train takes about 10 hours to reach Pathankot. The best option to travel to Pathankot is by booking the Jammu Mail, this is a train that runs daily and connects the two destinations. Hire a cab or bus to Chamba, Once you reach Chamba, one of our Not On Map local guides can direct you to Rafi’s house.
Take a bus to Pathankot, Hire a cab or bus to Chamba, Once you reach Chamba, one of our Not On Map local guides can direct you to Rafi’s house.
Take a flight to Pathankot Airforce station, Hire a cab or bus to Chamba, Once you reach Chamba, one of our Not On Map local guides can direct you to Rafi’s house.
Hello to the great team,
We are back from Himachal Pradesh with a bag full of beautiful memories. It was our first wedding anniversary and we spent our days in Rafi's house Chamba. We are very overwhelmed with the ideology that "NotOnMap" is carrying and as sensible travelers, we support that. Just thought to say thank you for all the experiences. Also, thanks to the people who talked to us on the phone call, it was very welcoming. We are excited to plan our next trip with you!