Leena's Place

Guesthouse in Tirthan Valley

If you want the personal experience of a homestay (home-cooked meals, eco-aware family) but prefer rooms that verge on hotel quality (kettles, heaters, sitting balconies), this is a great option. In return you must pledge to follow a few well-motivated 'save Jibhi' rules (notably take away with you all your non-biodegradable rubbish on departure). It's 500m before Jibhi village beside NH305 and unsigned (no drop-ins, book ahead).

The six bright, comfortable rooms are all different styles, there's a spring-water dip-pool in the garden and a shared kitchen if you don't want to have the family cook for you.

Locally born, English-speaking owner Lalit feels that he's fighting for the village soul. He offers treks, bike tours and other low-impact activities, notably 'healing forest walks'.