The Kangra valley in Himachal is often regarded as the tea capital of the north-west of the Indian Himalayas. A strike valley also called the longitudinal valley, Kangra is presided by the grand embrace of the Dhauladhar and blessed with hundreds of streams and brooks around Palampur. This abundance of flowing water ( palum ) is a blessing for growing tea.
A part of the Prakash family since 1953, Wah Tea Estate is one of the largest manufacturers of tea in the Kangra region. An interesting history precedes the setting up of the Lodge which was established as a plantation estate in 1857 by the British. After decades of continuous cultivation that did not pause even with the earthquake of 1905, the estate was taken over by Sir Sikander Hayat-Khan, the son of the Nawab of Wah in Pakista. Hence the name. That’s right, ‘Wah’ is indeed ‘wow’ an involuntary reaction of every guest at their first sight of The Lodge at Wah.
It is during one of their travels through New Zealand that Surya and Upasana, the young owners and hosts of the Lodge were inspired by a beautiful homestay. And when they set up the lodge right in the middle of the estate surrounded by the snow-capped mountains and sloping tea bushes of Kangra, a lot of thought and detail went making it unique and tailored to the needs of their guests.
Building the lodge was about looking for recycled wood, slate and furniture from the old homes and local court houses. The young couple personally coated the furniture with linseed oil, laid rocks and pebbles in the garden, scrubbed the slates, and even waxed and buffed wooden floors. The way it stands today, The Lodge at Wah blends gracefully with its surroundings. Eight beautiful rooms fashioned in Kangra style using river stone and slate, sun dried bricks made of excavated mud onsite, roof lining details, banisters from witness stands, and even whole doors and windows from the Old Palampur Courthouse.
Originally built as a personal home, The Lodge at Wah is open to travellers who are looking for a retreat away from the stress of their urban lives. Stay in the cottages curiously named after tea - Camellia, Oolong and Pekoe, private experiences with Juliet balconies to look out to the mountain views, nooks for lounging with a book, a parlour to enjoy family time over tea. Meals feature the Kangra cuisine and a smattering of other Indian and global recipes but consciously using organic and local produce as much as possible.
At The Lodge at Wah, you are in nature’s haven. Cycle in the tea gardens, enjoy learning about the journey of tea from the garden to your cup, try paragliding and head off to a trek, ride the Kangra mini-train or take longer excursions to the Kangra Fort, McLeodganj, Baijnath, Masroor. And if ‘doing nothing’ is on your agenda, you have found the perfect place.
I came here with my family on 29th Oct and did not know honestly what to expect. Being a travel designer myself , we do alot of research for our clients but for personal travels we love surprises...
We had an incredibly relaxing and enjoyable stay at Wah. The facilities are great, the setting is beautiful, and most of all, Deepak and Neerja and their family are the most gracious, friendly...
We spent a magical 2 nights with our welcoming hosts, Deepak and Neerja in this beautiful environment. A total contrast to Calcutta. The meals were all delicious - fresh ingredients grown and cooked...
Nearest Airport : Gagar Airport Dharamshala - 40 KM
More than 30 days notice............. No charge.
30 days or less............................ 25 %
15 days or less............................ 50 %
10 days or less.............................. No refund
Please be advised Cancellation upon Arrival/No-show/Early Departure/Change of Dates falls under cancellation policy dependent on dates
Reduction of accommodation booked will be treated as Cancellation.
Cancellations will only be accepted over emailed communication
Because of our small size, cancellations of multiple rooms affect us significantly. For this reason, there is a 50% non-refundable deposit for all three-room or more reservations due at the time of booking.
Lunch is chargeable at Rs. 650 per person and must be communicated by the night before. Lunch will consist of a thali with homestyle Indian food.
Extra beds consist of a mattress laid on the carpet with a full linen set on it.
All our rooms have en-suite private bathrooms and are fitted with all weather airconditioners and geysers. They all have king size beds WHICH CANNOT BE SEPARATED.
We do not have televisions in the rooms. Guests may watch television or play the
Wii/PlayStation in the living room.
Our rooms are created with a lot of wood. Therefore, we request guests only smoke outside the rooms in the garden area.
Board games are available in the living area and books can be borrowed from our library.
Hair dryers can be requested from the staff.
Free wifi in common area whenever available. Cell phone reception can be patchy.
We do not provide transportation but would be happy to organize a taxi with the operators for the area
Check-in : 2 p.m : Check-out : 12 noon
We do not have baby cots. For any child under the age of 6 who does not want an extra bed, charges for meals will be Rs. 1,500.
For children over the age of 6, the charges will be Rs. 2,500 inclusive of an extra bed and meals.
We do not have accommodations for maids and nannys.
Please note that we might not be able to accommodate last minute special dietary requests for children. Limited alternatives are available to suit their palate.
The menus for the meals are pre-decided keeping your preferences in mind. Since all our meals are freshly prepared, we cannot accommodate last minute requests. Please do let us know your food preferences and allergies before your stay.
We do not provide room service. Meals are only served in the dining room or alfresco in the garden.
Since we do not have a liquor license, we cannot serve alcohol but guests are welcome to carry their own.
Breakfast - 8:00 am to 10:30 am
Lunch - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (if taken separately) ! Dinner - 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm