Economical and good options to stay around Pong Dam, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh (India)

During Jan 2012, I planned to visit Pong Dam near Nagrota Surian in Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh and biggest worry was place to stay around this region. There are hardly any hotels and main towns like Kangra and Dharmshala were quite far from Nagrota Surian. At the same time, I wanted to stay near to the lake to have a better feel of this place. This PHOTO JOURNEY sharing one of the place I could locate...After exploring lot of permutations and combinations for transportation & stay, I finalized to stay Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House, which was nearest place to Pong Dam in Himachal Pradesh. Above Photograph shows main entry to the Guest House and place was quite secure.A Photograph of Guest House lawn at HPPWD Rest-House, Nagrota Surian, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.This place was quite close to the main market. After getting Volvo from Delhi, I reached Dehra at 5:00 am in the morning and from here is was 1.5 hrs journey to Nagrota Surian. After reaching Nagrota Surian, it was hardly a 5 minutes walk from Bus Stop to the Guest House. So that was again a very good reason for me to decide this place to stay...Before reaching the place I had various some doubts and was not very sure if I would really stay there or would want to move to Kangra or Dharmshala. But after reaching the place, it was of-course above expectations in terms of cleanness, services etc. The guy who takes care of this place was very humble and very helpful in better planning of my days there. Above photograph shows room number-3 of the guest house, which is one of the new rooms here. Room was booked through some officer in HPPWD who knew about these facts :)Guest House has huge rooms with double bed, sofa or chair set with a table, attached washrooms and Almira. Room Number 3 has nice view of the village and agricultural land around Pong Dam Lake.This is dining area of the guest house, which is on ground floor and near to only kitchen. Really good food is served in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and they used to ask the kind of food guests want in their regular meals. Food was really simple and amazing...Waiting area of the Guest House. This was the region where I needed to wait when I reached at 7:00 am and room was not available before 12:00 noon. But fortunately they are an area which can be utilized by guests in waiting.Staff of the Guest-House includes Three caretakers and a Security-man. Out of three caretakers only one can be found on duty during nights and two during day time. They have shifts and all belong to surrounding areas of Nagrota Surian. All of them were really helpful and humble.Here is a broad listing approximate distances for various places like Kanga, Dharmshala, Shimla, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi etc.Here is a view of one part of Pong dam Lake, which was dry during winters. This view we get from main gate of Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House.
If you planned to visit Pong Dam to see Thousands of Migratory birds or planning to visit Masroor's Monolithic Temple, there are quite a few options to stay nearby and here I share two of the tried options in Nagrota Suriyan. Nagrota Suriyan is nearest main market to both these places. Both of these are government stay options - HPPWD Guest House near main market and Forest Guest House, which is 1.5 kilometers from main market of Nagrota Suriyan.


During Jan 2012, I planned to visit Pong Dam near Nagrota Surian in Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh and biggest worry was place to stay around this region. There are hardly any hotels and main towns like Kangra and Dharmshala were quite far from Nagrota Surian. At the same time, I wanted to stay near to the lake to have a better feel of this place. This PHOTO JOURNEY sharing one of the place I could locate...After exploring lot of permutations and combinations for transportation & stay, I finalized to stay Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House, which was nearest place to Pong Dam in Himachal Pradesh. Above Photograph shows main entry to the Guest House and place was quite secure.A Photograph of Guest House lawn at HPPWD Rest-House, Nagrota Surian, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.This place was quite close to the main market. After getting Volvo from Delhi, I reached Dehra at 5:00 am in the morning and from here is was 1.5 hrs journey to Nagrota Surian. After reaching Nagrota Surian, it was hardly a 5 minutes walk from Bus Stop to the Guest House. So that was again a very good reason for me to decide this place to stay...Before reaching the place I had various some doubts and was not very sure if I would really stay there or would want to move to Kangra or Dharmshala. But after reaching the place, it was of-course above expectations in terms of cleanness, services etc. The guy who takes care of this place was very humble and very helpful in better planning of my days there. Above photograph shows room number-3 of the guest house, which is one of the new rooms here. Room was booked through some officer in HPPWD who knew about these facts :)Guest House has huge rooms with double bed, sofa or chair set with a table, attached washrooms and Almira. Room Number 3 has nice view of the village and agricultural land around Pong Dam Lake.This is dining area of the guest house, which is on ground floor and near to only kitchen. Really good food is served in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and they used to ask the kind of food guests want in their regular meals. Food was really simple and amazing...Waiting area of the Guest House. This was the region where I needed to wait when I reached at 7:00 am and room was not available before 12:00 noon. But fortunately they are an area which can be utilized by guests in waiting.Staff of the Guest-House includes Three caretakers and a Security-man. Out of three caretakers only one can be found on duty during nights and two during day time. They have shifts and all belong to surrounding areas of Nagrota Surian. All of them were really helpful and humble.Here is a broad listing approximate distances for various places like Kanga, Dharmshala, Shimla, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi etc.Here is a view of one part of Pong dam Lake, which was dry during winters. This view we get from main gate of Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House.

Above photographs show HPPWD Guest House, which has most convenient location (100 meters from one of the corners of Nagrota Suriyan Market). The road just outside the guest house exposes you to amazing views of snow capped himalayas on one side and some part of Pong Dam Lake. There is a lawn in the Guest-House which is very well maintained and again exposes you to amazing Himalayan views. 


Here is a photograph clicked from the entry gate of HPPWD Guest House. Rooms of the guest house are quite clean with basic infrastructure. There is a care taken in the guest house, who cooks basic but good food for you. You can ask him to cook something specific. Charges for a room were 320 Rs per day, but I was accompanying a government employee who get booking at discounted dates. But it should be more than 500 Rs now. Need to check on HPPWD website. Check out exact details at - http://hppwd.gov.in/rates%20of%20resthouse.htm

During Jan 2012, I planned to visit Pong Dam near Nagrota Surian in Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh and biggest worry was place to stay around this region. There are hardly any hotels and main towns like Kangra and Dharmshala were quite far from Nagrota Surian. At the same time, I wanted to stay near to the lake to have a better feel of this place. This PHOTO JOURNEY sharing one of the place I could locate...After exploring lot of permutations and combinations for transportation & stay, I finalized to stay Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House, which was nearest place to Pong Dam in Himachal Pradesh. Above Photograph shows main entry to the Guest House and place was quite secure.A Photograph of Guest House lawn at HPPWD Rest-House, Nagrota Surian, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.This place was quite close to the main market. After getting Volvo from Delhi, I reached Dehra at 5:00 am in the morning and from here is was 1.5 hrs journey to Nagrota Surian. After reaching Nagrota Surian, it was hardly a 5 minutes walk from Bus Stop to the Guest House. So that was again a very good reason for me to decide this place to stay...Before reaching the place I had various some doubts and was not very sure if I would really stay there or would want to move to Kangra or Dharmshala. But after reaching the place, it was of-course above expectations in terms of cleanness, services etc. The guy who takes care of this place was very humble and very helpful in better planning of my days there. Above photograph shows room number-3 of the guest house, which is one of the new rooms here. Room was booked through some officer in HPPWD who knew about these facts :)Guest House has huge rooms with double bed, sofa or chair set with a table, attached washrooms and Almira. Room Number 3 has nice view of the village and agricultural land around Pong Dam Lake.This is dining area of the guest house, which is on ground floor and near to only kitchen. Really good food is served in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and they used to ask the kind of food guests want in their regular meals. Food was really simple and amazing...Waiting area of the Guest House. This was the region where I needed to wait when I reached at 7:00 am and room was not available before 12:00 noon. But fortunately they are an area which can be utilized by guests in waiting.Staff of the Guest-House includes Three caretakers and a Security-man. Out of three caretakers only one can be found on duty during nights and two during day time. They have shifts and all belong to surrounding areas of Nagrota Surian. All of them were really helpful and humble.Here is a broad listing approximate distances for various places like Kanga, Dharmshala, Shimla, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi etc.Here is a view of one part of Pong dam Lake, which was dry during winters. This view we get from main gate of Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House.

A Photograph of Guest House lawn at HPPWD Rest-House, Nagrota Surian, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

The second option to stay in Nagrota Suriyan is Forest Guest House, which is 1.5 km away from main market but located at a beautiful location surrounded by green trees, flora and fauna. Please note that photo journey has no photograph of Forest Guest House and it's comparable with HPPWD guest house. Cost-wise I don't have much idea as I was there for one of the birding events organized by Wildlife conservation department, but it should be again between 200-500Rs. More details about about Forest Guest Houses in Himachal can be checked at - http://hpforest.gov.in/pages/display/c2RmYTVhjHdmYTU2cw==-list-of-forest-rest-houses 

During Jan 2012, I planned to visit Pong Dam near Nagrota Surian in Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh and biggest worry was place to stay around this region. There are hardly any hotels and main towns like Kangra and Dharmshala were quite far from Nagrota Surian. At the same time, I wanted to stay near to the lake to have a better feel of this place. This PHOTO JOURNEY sharing one of the place I could locate...After exploring lot of permutations and combinations for transportation & stay, I finalized to stay Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House, which was nearest place to Pong Dam in Himachal Pradesh. Above Photograph shows main entry to the Guest House and place was quite secure.A Photograph of Guest House lawn at HPPWD Rest-House, Nagrota Surian, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.This place was quite close to the main market. After getting Volvo from Delhi, I reached Dehra at 5:00 am in the morning and from here is was 1.5 hrs journey to Nagrota Surian. After reaching Nagrota Surian, it was hardly a 5 minutes walk from Bus Stop to the Guest House. So that was again a very good reason for me to decide this place to stay...Before reaching the place I had various some doubts and was not very sure if I would really stay there or would want to move to Kangra or Dharmshala. But after reaching the place, it was of-course above expectations in terms of cleanness, services etc. The guy who takes care of this place was very humble and very helpful in better planning of my days there. Above photograph shows room number-3 of the guest house, which is one of the new rooms here. Room was booked through some officer in HPPWD who knew about these facts :)Guest House has huge rooms with double bed, sofa or chair set with a table, attached washrooms and Almira. Room Number 3 has nice view of the village and agricultural land around Pong Dam Lake.This is dining area of the guest house, which is on ground floor and near to only kitchen. Really good food is served in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and they used to ask the kind of food guests want in their regular meals. Food was really simple and amazing...Waiting area of the Guest House. This was the region where I needed to wait when I reached at 7:00 am and room was not available before 12:00 noon. But fortunately they are an area which can be utilized by guests in waiting.Staff of the Guest-House includes Three caretakers and a Security-man. Out of three caretakers only one can be found on duty during nights and two during day time. They have shifts and all belong to surrounding areas of Nagrota Surian. All of them were really helpful and humble.Here is a broad listing approximate distances for various places like Kanga, Dharmshala, Shimla, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi etc.Here is a view of one part of Pong dam Lake, which was dry during winters. This view we get from main gate of Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House.

Before reaching the place I had various some doubts and was not very sure if I would really stay there or would want to move to Kangra or Dharmshala. But after reaching the place, it was of-course above expectations in terms of cleanness, services etc. The guy who takes care of this place was very humble and very helpful in better planning of my days there. Above photograph shows room number-3 of the guest house, which is one of the new rooms here. Room was booked through some officer in HPPWD who knew about these facts :)

During Jan 2012, I planned to visit Pong Dam near Nagrota Surian in Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh and biggest worry was place to stay around this region. There are hardly any hotels and main towns like Kangra and Dharmshala were quite far from Nagrota Surian. At the same time, I wanted to stay near to the lake to have a better feel of this place. This PHOTO JOURNEY sharing one of the place I could locate...After exploring lot of permutations and combinations for transportation & stay, I finalized to stay Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House, which was nearest place to Pong Dam in Himachal Pradesh. Above Photograph shows main entry to the Guest House and place was quite secure.A Photograph of Guest House lawn at HPPWD Rest-House, Nagrota Surian, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.This place was quite close to the main market. After getting Volvo from Delhi, I reached Dehra at 5:00 am in the morning and from here is was 1.5 hrs journey to Nagrota Surian. After reaching Nagrota Surian, it was hardly a 5 minutes walk from Bus Stop to the Guest House. So that was again a very good reason for me to decide this place to stay...Before reaching the place I had various some doubts and was not very sure if I would really stay there or would want to move to Kangra or Dharmshala. But after reaching the place, it was of-course above expectations in terms of cleanness, services etc. The guy who takes care of this place was very humble and very helpful in better planning of my days there. Above photograph shows room number-3 of the guest house, which is one of the new rooms here. Room was booked through some officer in HPPWD who knew about these facts :)Guest House has huge rooms with double bed, sofa or chair set with a table, attached washrooms and Almira. Room Number 3 has nice view of the village and agricultural land around Pong Dam Lake.This is dining area of the guest house, which is on ground floor and near to only kitchen. Really good food is served in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and they used to ask the kind of food guests want in their regular meals. Food was really simple and amazing...Waiting area of the Guest House. This was the region where I needed to wait when I reached at 7:00 am and room was not available before 12:00 noon. But fortunately they are an area which can be utilized by guests in waiting.Staff of the Guest-House includes Three caretakers and a Security-man. Out of three caretakers only one can be found on duty during nights and two during day time. They have shifts and all belong to surrounding areas of Nagrota Surian. All of them were really helpful and humble.Here is a broad listing approximate distances for various places like Kanga, Dharmshala, Shimla, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi etc.Here is a view of one part of Pong dam Lake, which was dry during winters. This view we get from main gate of Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House.

Guest House has huge rooms with double bed, sofa or chair set with a table, attached washrooms and Almira. Room Number 3 has nice view of the village and agricultural land around Pong Dam Lake.

During Jan 2012, I planned to visit Pong Dam near Nagrota Surian in Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh and biggest worry was place to stay around this region. There are hardly any hotels and main towns like Kangra and Dharmshala were quite far from Nagrota Surian. At the same time, I wanted to stay near to the lake to have a better feel of this place. This PHOTO JOURNEY sharing one of the place I could locate...After exploring lot of permutations and combinations for transportation & stay, I finalized to stay Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House, which was nearest place to Pong Dam in Himachal Pradesh. Above Photograph shows main entry to the Guest House and place was quite secure.A Photograph of Guest House lawn at HPPWD Rest-House, Nagrota Surian, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.This place was quite close to the main market. After getting Volvo from Delhi, I reached Dehra at 5:00 am in the morning and from here is was 1.5 hrs journey to Nagrota Surian. After reaching Nagrota Surian, it was hardly a 5 minutes walk from Bus Stop to the Guest House. So that was again a very good reason for me to decide this place to stay...Before reaching the place I had various some doubts and was not very sure if I would really stay there or would want to move to Kangra or Dharmshala. But after reaching the place, it was of-course above expectations in terms of cleanness, services etc. The guy who takes care of this place was very humble and very helpful in better planning of my days there. Above photograph shows room number-3 of the guest house, which is one of the new rooms here. Room was booked through some officer in HPPWD who knew about these facts :)Guest House has huge rooms with double bed, sofa or chair set with a table, attached washrooms and Almira. Room Number 3 has nice view of the village and agricultural land around Pong Dam Lake.This is dining area of the guest house, which is on ground floor and near to only kitchen. Really good food is served in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and they used to ask the kind of food guests want in their regular meals. Food was really simple and amazing...Waiting area of the Guest House. This was the region where I needed to wait when I reached at 7:00 am and room was not available before 12:00 noon. But fortunately they are an area which can be utilized by guests in waiting.Staff of the Guest-House includes Three caretakers and a Security-man. Out of three caretakers only one can be found on duty during nights and two during day time. They have shifts and all belong to surrounding areas of Nagrota Surian. All of them were really helpful and humble.Here is a broad listing approximate distances for various places like Kanga, Dharmshala, Shimla, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi etc.Here is a view of one part of Pong dam Lake, which was dry during winters. This view we get from main gate of Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House.

This is dining area of HPPWD guest house, which is on ground floor and near to only kitchen. Really good food is served in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner .

During Jan 2012, I planned to visit Pong Dam near Nagrota Surian in Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh and biggest worry was place to stay around this region. There are hardly any hotels and main towns like Kangra and Dharmshala were quite far from Nagrota Surian. At the same time, I wanted to stay near to the lake to have a better feel of this place. This PHOTO JOURNEY sharing one of the place I could locate...After exploring lot of permutations and combinations for transportation & stay, I finalized to stay Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House, which was nearest place to Pong Dam in Himachal Pradesh. Above Photograph shows main entry to the Guest House and place was quite secure.A Photograph of Guest House lawn at HPPWD Rest-House, Nagrota Surian, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.This place was quite close to the main market. After getting Volvo from Delhi, I reached Dehra at 5:00 am in the morning and from here is was 1.5 hrs journey to Nagrota Surian. After reaching Nagrota Surian, it was hardly a 5 minutes walk from Bus Stop to the Guest House. So that was again a very good reason for me to decide this place to stay...Before reaching the place I had various some doubts and was not very sure if I would really stay there or would want to move to Kangra or Dharmshala. But after reaching the place, it was of-course above expectations in terms of cleanness, services etc. The guy who takes care of this place was very humble and very helpful in better planning of my days there. Above photograph shows room number-3 of the guest house, which is one of the new rooms here. Room was booked through some officer in HPPWD who knew about these facts :)Guest House has huge rooms with double bed, sofa or chair set with a table, attached washrooms and Almira. Room Number 3 has nice view of the village and agricultural land around Pong Dam Lake.This is dining area of the guest house, which is on ground floor and near to only kitchen. Really good food is served in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and they used to ask the kind of food guests want in their regular meals. Food was really simple and amazing...Waiting area of the Guest House. This was the region where I needed to wait when I reached at 7:00 am and room was not available before 12:00 noon. But fortunately they are an area which can be utilized by guests in waiting.Staff of the Guest-House includes Three caretakers and a Security-man. Out of three caretakers only one can be found on duty during nights and two during day time. They have shifts and all belong to surrounding areas of Nagrota Surian. All of them were really helpful and humble.Here is a broad listing approximate distances for various places like Kanga, Dharmshala, Shimla, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi etc.Here is a view of one part of Pong dam Lake, which was dry during winters. This view we get from main gate of Nagrota Surian HPPWD Guest House.

I didn't explore much about home stays, but I am sure that Nagrota region should have few Home-Stays as well. During winters lot of birders come to this place, although many of them head towards Dharmshala/Kangra in the evening.

Feel free to drop comments if you want to know more about this region. 

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