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Awesome Tour in Himachal

" Had an wonderful experience of white beauty of Rakchham Vally in last March. A beautiful located Hotel with wonderful view from its balcony. The musical sound of river Vaspa is calling us to visit once more at Rupin River View. Fortunately I got the four bedded room of rupin river view, at 1st floor which is the best view room among all the hotels in rakhchham. The food was delicious and reasonable. All the Staff was so cooperative and with well behavior . Thanks to Mr. Jistu for to arrange the lovely tour we had. "
Subhankar Dutta


" I stayed there for 3 nights in April 2012 and nothing can beat the hospitality of Mr naresh Jistu and the location of Rupin river view, the ideal place for alaid back holiday with adventure and fun for the one looking for it. Food is just awsome , Mr jistu's warm attitude makes it more fun.I wish I could visit every year........ Twice "
Shekhar Iyer

“One of the best views!”

" I've stayed for three days at this hotel and the experience has been very memorable. This is the only hotel-like property in Rakchham, with proper dining place. Here are some pros and cons: Pros: * Excellent view over the river and valley, especially from the restaurant. * Restaurant serves some good meals - particularly the Indian options at reasonable prices. * Staff was humble but hospitable. * The hotel has two wings - the new one and old one. Old one has charm as the building and walls are made out of wood, as opposed to the new one which looks like concrete. We stayed at the old wing, the corner triple room which didn't get too cold in the morning like outside was. * Rooms are equipped with geysers where you can get hot water 24hrs (if there is electricity, that is). * Rooms on the new wing rooms have balcony overlooking the valley. * There were several English-language books in the restaurant making it a good place to chill out for a while. Cons: * Although we didn't stay, rooms on the new wing looked they could get cold but I may be wrong. * Menus and all instructions were written in English, but staff's English skill is pretty basic (well, not many people in this region speaks English so can't complain). All in all, I would still want to come back to this place. Rakchham is a very laid-back village with an amazing scenary, and the hotel is very relaxing. It could get very cold in the summer though, as it is located around 3000 meters above sea level. "

“Excellent Location & Food”

" We stayed two nights in Rupin RIver View Rakcham; The location of this hotel is just awesome. The view from balcony & dining hall is unforgettable. Mr. Naresh Jishtu takes every possible care to keep his guests happy. I would like to give a special mention about food there. Everything we tasted there was delicious. Frankly speaking, the taste & quality of food was beyond my expectation at that high altitude remote place. Room amenities could be a little better. But definitely you can not expect luxury at this kind of places. Overall it was a wonderful experience. "

“Rupin River View at Rakcham: Fabulous view - just can not beat

" 'River view' is a misnomer. The River Baspa here is a mere trickle, or so it was in April. The hotel really ought to be named Rupin Mountain View, and a glorious view of snow capped mountains at that. The Rupin is located at Rakcham, a small village approximately halfway between Sangla and Chhitkul. All rooms overlook a splendid range of mountains towering over the Baspa valley. The view is so marvellous that one could spend hours just looking out at the stunningly beautiful panorama. We had booked on the phone a few hours ahead, though in season it is better to book well in advance as this is the only decent accommodation available in Rakcham. Naresh Jishtu the proprietor , greeted us on arrival and showed us our room which was clean and reasonably large with picture windows and a balcony, though it was too freezing cold to sit out there during our stay! Even the bathroom window afforded an excellent view of the mountains. We requested and were provided with a heater which was not at all effective being a mere 400W, with a freezing draft seeping in through improperly sealed doors and windows. However the two 4kg quilts in the room ensured a warm and cozy night. Though there was a proper geyser in the bathroom, the flow from the hot water faucet was low. Another con was frequent power outage in the evening. Though Naresh ji said it was not the norm, the presence of several solar panels in the village opposite seemed to suggest otherwise. Naresh-ji apologetically said that this year the winter was prolongued, normally it should not be this cold in April. Meals were delicious, served piping hot and cooked to our preference. Naresh-ji suggested that we cross the river and take a short walk on the opposite bank which also led to glaciers running off the mountains. We took his advice and enjoyed the outing. Later, we explored the old village of Rakcham with its wooden houses and temples just across the road from the Rupin. The Rupin River View can not be beaten for its magnificent views. It is reasonably priced and a good choice to spend a few days exploring the region. Getting there though is murderous with horrendous roads, if at all they can be deemed 'roads'. When we phoned to book, we had asked Naresh ji about the road condition as we were coming in from Sarahan. He said that the road was good which was a blatant falsehood. When we jokingly confronted him with this, he nonchalantly proclaimed that the roads were much worse earlier than they were now and hence he said they were good! "

“safe bet!”

" it was a last minute plan to stay at the hotel after thankfully giving sangla the skip ... n was real glad having done so! While rakcham was itself a relevation ... Rupin river view made the stay even more memorable. Its the only hotel at rakcham n yes they dont monopolise on this fact.located bang at the entry of the rakcham village with the baspa flowing right below it ... couldn't ask for a better location than this with every room giving a lovely view of the entire valley n the snow-capped mountains.the restaurant is so located that it does offer you some even better all-round views than the rooms! Food is the strong point of the hotel..considering the remote location of the village n can safely order anything..b it veg or non-veg.let the cook have his time n what you'll get is fresh n homely cooked food. As a tip..will suggest fellow travellers to consider booking d room on the same level as d the rooms r just large enough to accomodate 2ppl ... you will have to go to the restaurant for your food n tea as well! With no tv in d rooms ...which is a is the only place which has a tv set ..enough to keep some people glued to it. But the restaurant is a nice n cozy place to b with the corner seat giving you d best all-round views..which made me occupy the same seat throughout my entire stay. Will definitely recommend d hotel to anyone opting for rakcham...with its positives weighing much more than its negatives,which r hardly any! "

“excellent place to stay”

" we stayed three nights in this hotel. very neat and clean hotel with excellent view and wonderful view. we were travelling with kids and were very happy with the services provided to us. Rupin riverview has tents also and one can try that as another option. it's next to the river and view from the hotel is mindblowing. this is averygood option if planning to stay in rakcham. "

“Amazing location, good food, basic rooms”

" We arrived here late at night and opening the curtains in the morning was a 'wow' moment. The views of the mountains are stunning. Staff are very helpful and the food was good. On the downside the rooms are unheated, slightly ramshackle and basic. "

“Touch the serenity, feel the Himalayas”

" Want to spend time in the lap of nature?This is the right place to be with mind blowing view from the balconies attached to each of the rooms and the dining hall.We took pride over taking the decision of not staying at Sangla but 10 km ahead at this virgin place called Rachkam, the moment we reached there.With basic amenities and outstanding scenic beauty the hotel offers exotic holidaying option.The experience of strolling along the other side of the Baspa river in the afternoon one can cherish lifelong.The hotel is situated at the bank of Baspa with the snow clad mountains touching the sky all around.The alpine green meadows below the snow lines, dark thick conifer jungles , apple and cherry orchards ...what else do you want to feel yourself in heaven? Listen to the song by Baspa whole day long , discover anonymous brooks taking birth from the slopes of high mountains to die over Baspa.But if you want luxury this place is not yours. Room Tip: Rooms at the same floor as the dining hall offers great views . You can also book tents if intereste... "

“Awesome place”

" Just one word to describe Rakcham , "Paradise"... Hotel River Rupin View is a perfect setting for a wonderful vacation ..Nice location, neat rooms, warm staff, delicious food and Mr Naresh Jitshu the owner.He will make sure to give you all the possible comforts.A very knowlegdeable man about the region...The hotel is in the bank of river Baspa from where you can get a lovely view of the snow clad mountains...Thank you Mr Naresh for making our stay so memorable... Room Tip: Must Visit place...Room no 301,302,303 have the best views.. "

“Hidden surprise”

" If you only judge Hotel Rupin River View by it's entrance, you will be disappointed. But please hold your frustration for few minutes, Enter in to the room; please don’t bother much about the interior and furniture of the Hotel and slowly walk down to your Balcony. That’s it. You will fall in love with Sangla and Hotel Rupin River View. Very few hotels in India will be able to give this view from the Balcony. A perfect picture post card. We did not stay in proper Sangla, we choose village Rackham instead Sangla as it was closer to Chitkul. None of Hotel in Sangla was providing web book in facility so booked old fashioned way through a travel agent and we did not have any idea about the hotel so view from the balcony was unprecedented to me. A small walk and you can reach to Rupin River. The Rivers in the mountains are extra ordinarily beautiful. So is this river. During your travel in Hills don’t expect to have nice restaurants as most of properties face logistics issues in terms of their supply. Keeping that in mind the food served in Hotel Rupin River View was good and value for money. All the time they are freshly cooked for you after you order the same. It’s single man show in terms Manager of the hotel, Manager of the restaurant , Head of the maintenance staff , unfortunately I forgot the name and all the show is being managed well and with eagerness to provide you better service. So if you are travelling to Rackham/Sangla, definitely you can plan to stay there. "

“Dwelling in the Nature's Paradise”

" Just imagine if you are given the option of going to the most beautiful nature's spot but with limitation of a restricted living facility/comforts,what would be your choice ?? For those nature lovers or explorers , who will choose this option willingly,the remote place called "Rakcham" , in district Sangla of Himachal Prades, North India, is like nature's wonderful creation,which is still not spoilt by tourists, If you venture into this, the only place for stay,with whatever plus or minus points ,this facility has , is " Hotel Rupin River View" at Rakchem. It is really pathetic that such a marvellous spot of natural beauty[Rakchem] is almost unknown to majority of tourists. I tried my level best with Trip advisor [ TA ] for listing this attraction,but all my efforts were futile,so I gave up.I am confining my write up to this Hotel only. Considering the remoteness of place where Hotel Rupin River View , is located , I would rate it as "Great" . It has basic infrastructure , reasonable good Rooms , nice restaurant, room - heaters on payment basis and friendly hotel staff. Variety of food depends what the cook can make and availabilty of ingredients , needed for preperation.In such remote hilly locations,generally Hotels operate from 1st May till Late October/early November , every year. During rest of the period of the year its all covered with heavy snow. We visited this Hotel mid March,to enjoy the Himalayan Charm,when snow is all round you. Our stay in this Hotel was reasdonably comfortable. Few pictures are presented on this Hotel Room Tip: Try book Rooms on upper floor of Hotel for better all round view. "

“"Hotel Amidst Paradise"”

" “Have a look around & you would be amazed to see the unexplored bliss in the lap of Himalaya” We stayed at Rupin River View, Rakcham during our road trip to Himachal in the second week of August’12 along with my wife & my 3.6 years daughter. We didn’t book the hotel in advance, though we should have, & luckily got a room, which we needed badly after a drive of 15 hours from Noida. The hotel is located right on the road with ample parking & is the only concrete structure hotel at Rakcham, as most of the accommodations available were camp sites besides River Baspa. We got a room at ground level (please note that the 1st Floor & the entry is at the road level). The room was a basic accommodation with a double bed, couple of chair & table & the bath room was spacious with a geyser, but at Rakcham it is the best. As we travelled during Monsoon, we could hear the raging Baspa flowing next to the hotel. The restaurant was located at the second floor with amazing view of Baspa valley. The menu at the restaurant had variety of choices & the food was really good. They even served at the room which generally they don’t, as I reached late & was damn tired. The hotel staff was generous specially Vikas Mehta, who looks after the hotel in absence of Mr. Jisthu. I had paid the advance for 3 days, but had to change the program to which Vikas simply said no issue, the balance would be refunded. Please also note that the hotel is packed most of the time so book in advance during peak season & the room tariff varies for every floor (top floor with higher tariff & the ground floor with the lowest tariff). I would surely love to visit Rakcham & Rupin again. Note: Airtel works fine at Rackcham & the only TV is at the restaurant of the Hotel. Room Tip: Opt for the top floor for great views of Baspa Valley. "

“beautiful setting!”

" My husband and I just returned from a trip doing the Kinnar-Spiti tour, Himshal Pradesh India. One of the highlights were 3 days in this guest house, overlooking the river and beautiful fields. The owner was extermely knowledgable and helped us plan our hiking expeditions. The food was excellent (about the best we had during the trip). I highly reccomend this site. Room Tip: the rooms on the second floor have a better view of the fields and river "
Marya L

“Excellent location”

" Excellent location with great views of the peaks around. Mesmerizing sounds of Baspa river which flows very near to the hotel. Wonderful people and lots of short treks around. All comes at a cool price too. "

“Located amid the beautiful lap of nature!”

" I came across this hotel via tripadvisor and thought its worth taking a chance. Since Sangla valley is know for its raw and flawless beauty, this place is an absolute haven for travelers seeking to experience the same. Its located in the vicinity of the playful Baspa river, mighty Himalayas and the vast expanse of green pastures extending beyond your sight! Once we entered the rooms, we were spellbound to find a surreal scenic landscape right before our eyes. Now talking about the hotel and its management, the staff was very courteous and services were excellent. Their in-house chef makes finger-licking food, while we gorged on food, the prices did little to bother us. Its a place which is low on cost but high on quality of services. A highly recommended place for travelers seeking beauty amid the wilderness and rawness of the nature!!! Room Tip: You can ask the manager to give you the rooms on the 1st floor! "

“Horrible Experience at Hotel Rupin River View Hotel”

" Myself along with my wife and daughter wanted to explore Baspa Valley and booked Hotel Rupin River View at Rakcham Himachal Pradesh for 2 nights starting from 5th November 2012. At the very first sight the location was excellent and while we were enjoying the place it was almost evening and we started feeling little cold. We asked for room heaters and the waiter started saying that it will be provided with an extra payment of Rs 800 per night. We have already paid in advance their full tariff for 2 days which was almost Rs 3550. I have never visited a hotel in cold areas who charges extra for Room heaters and the Room tariff was supposed to include that. I have approached Mr Naresh, Manager or ??? Mob 09816686789 and politely told me my problem. He was totally drunk at 16.00 hrs and started using filthy languages. I left the place since I was scared by his attitude and checked out the next morning in spite of another days booking there. Pl take care in booking this hotel. I got this in and "

“Excellent place and a nice stay”

" We stayed in Rupin River View for 2 nights. I had booked this hotel in advance and found out that all the photos and recommendations were real. The hotel is located amidst raw nature. Excellent views all around. Courteous staffs and a very nice stay indeed. Stayed November 2012, travelled with family "

“Excellent location, service and food at the end of the world!”

" We stayed at Rupin River View from the 29th of April till the 2nd of May based on a friend's recommendation. We were a bit concerned at first because there were 10 adults and 10 children with us and several of the group had not been to the Himalayas let alone trek there. And to make it exciting Mr. Naresh Jishtu called us to tell us that there had been a landslide about 40 km from the hotel and we will have to walk up the landslide and take other vehicles. However, we were extremely happy with the arrangements that he had made to ferry our luggage as well as kids and adults up the landslide, as promised. The hotel has one of the most amazing views that one can expect in the mountains - it overlooks a valley through which the River Baspa flows, it has farms and orchards along side it (however because of snow there wasnt any vegetation when we went). This year because of heavy snow we could reach glaciers and snow with just 30 minutes walk. The other highlight of the trip was the food that the hotel's chef rustled up for us - very tasty and very palatable even for the small kids with us. Naresh ji is an excellent host, mild-mannered, not-hassled and completely professional in his behaviour. We were very happy to have made his acquaintance and are already planning a trip to Sangla in the future - probably in Sep-Oct time frame so that we can see the lush green Sangla Valley. Only suggestion would be to insulate the rooms against wind and cold - although we were provided electric heaters the wind and cold made it difficult! "

“Amazing views”

" While going to Chitkul from Sangla we stopped here and placed our order for lunch but when we returned we discovered about 80 girl students from West Bengal in the dining hall. As it was past our lunch time we requested Mr Naresh to serve us our food. He quickly made arrangements and we were served our food in one corner. The food was good and real value for money with "tawa chapattis" followed by very good tea. It is probably the best place to have lunch while returning from Chitkul and view of the valley is amazing. "
Rajeshwar Dayal M
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