Jagatram Niwas is a family-run guesthouse situated in the small, rural village of Heini, in the foothills of the Himalayan Dhauladhar range, Himachal Pradesh.

The guesthouse overlooks the larger, more developed villages of Bhagsu (1km) and Dharamkot (1.5km), which are in turn a short walk from McLeodganj (2km), home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile. Further down from McLeodganj lies the small, bustling Indian town of Dharamsala (5km)

Jagatram Niwas offers peace and quiet, beautiful natural surroundings and clean, stylishly decorated budget rooms. It is also an ideal base for local sightseeing and activities (courses in the area range from Tibetan massage to silversmithing), day excursions further afield, and trekking in the Dhauladhars (the trail begins outside our back gate!).

Heini itself is home to diverse flora and fauna. Of special note are the pine forests, the kites which regularly swoop past our terrace, and the rhododendron trees which bloom in the spring.

The village fields are farmed organically, with a yearly rotation of mustard, barley, maize and courgette, as well as potato, onion and garlic.

To reach Jagatram Niwas from Mcleodganj, you can take the 15-minute taxi ride up the tarmac road to Dharamkot and along the narrow concrete/jeep road to Heini, followed by a ten-minute walk through the village and its fields.

To get back down, you can make the 25-minute walk down to Bhagsunag, followed by a five-minute taxi or autorickshaw ride. You can return to the guesthouse via the same route, but it is steep.

It is also possible to drive a 4x4 vehicle directly up the very steep jeep road from Bhagsunag to Jagatram Niwas.

Whether you stay for a week or a month, we'll provide a warm welcome, a comfortable stay, and tailor-made treks and excursions ideally suited to the adventurous, independent traveller.