“Raadballi Retreat is as fascinating as the story behind its name and how it came into being. A forest retreat literally in the middle of nowhere; is a location for all of us who are invaded by the sounds of blaring horns and PM2.5 infested air that tests the limits of our lungs efficiency. If you can reach the place without active help of the super host Sumit; you deserve a medal of honour from GPS. Besides the sounds of silence and abundant chirping of birds; get treated by rustic comfort of the place and enthusiastic hospitality of Sumit and his grandfather( a Navy veteran). The food cooked here is so tasty that it always leaves you yearning for more. A swim session in the natural pool in the local “khud”; lessons in the cooking of Kangra delicacies in the open air kitchen and a visit to the nearby Masroor Temple(an architectural marvel); is the icing on the Raadballi cake. My wife and I had a fascinating stay. Thank you, Sumit for giving a new meaning to a quiet holiday. Our best wishes👍
“Raadballi Retreat, an amazing place, away from city, in the lap of nature and to feel real peace of mind. Great hospitality, good local food items cooked with hygiene. We can not forget that trip to Pong Dam Lake and boating. It was a wonderful experience. We became so familiar with Sumit, Uncle (Sumit’s Grandpa) and Kukku bhai from the day one. Uncle is really an amazing and very inspiring personality who can make anyone feel like his family member. Raadballi is the place to re-visit and we will definitely like to visit again.
“This is one of those sacred places which we find once in a lifetime. This place overwhelmed us with warmth, love, and peace. The hosts made us feel so at home that we were almost part of a family for the short time we were at their place. The place itself is enchanting from dawn till dusk and dawn again. This isolated place is perfect for those who want to escape the noise of cities and concrete landscapes, yet with all the luxuries one would ever need. The cock-a-doodle-doo of the roost in the morning will wake you up in the morning and the sweet humming of cicadas will put you to peaceful sleep in the night. The place is surrounded by places where one can spend days exploring including the hidden gem Pong Dam, Tatwani hot springs, Masroor rock-cut temples, etc. Sumit sir himself is a passionate cook who astonished us with one dish after another and his forever active assistant Balwant Singh aka Kukubhai was provided us with amenities even before we wished it. Sumit sir's grandpa has a rich experience of 83 years and 2 days felt too short to learn all that he had to share.
“Raadballi is one of the few places that are like a gem find! In the heart of nature, with home grown vegetation that is fresh, unadulterated and authentic Himachali cuisine. A place hosted by kind hearted locals (sumit bhaiya and his grandpa) will eventually feel like family! I just got back from my stay there which was for 2 nights (25th and 26th December) and it was one of the best stays I've been to. Sumit bhaiya (our host and owner of the property) welcomed my friends and I with so much warmth, a big smile and a fresh shikanji made out of lemons freshly plucked from their backyard. This place is 50kms from Dharamshala and apt for someone looking for some quiet and calm from the commercial town of Dharamshala and still be close enough to go and visit around. Also, Sumit bhaiya keeps a lot of surprises in store for his guests so make sure you don't miss out on the hints that he may give while the booking process! 😉 Sumit bhaiya was also our MasterChef along with managing all the other roles on hand. The food here is scrumptious, finger licking good and super wholesome. It's the most organic and delicious food we could possibly be served in the area. Sumit bhaiya and his grandpa are joyous, humble and so easy to talk to that I felt at home. It truly is a home away from home experience and worth more visits. So much to experience and learn about minimalistic living from this place. ❤️😍
“The jungle retreat at Radballi is not just another Airbnb accommodation, it is an experience! We stayed at Radballi for three nights and had the best days of our lives. During these few days we went swimming and fishing in the cool river, collected colorful small round stones, lied down on the grass- gazing the stars, played football, went trekking in the jungle, photographed birds- butterflies and animals, drove into an island which surfaced during the summer, and ate delicious Himachal food. We were a couple traveling with two kids and parents - total six - and all of us were comfortable at the place. Despite the summer (May) heat outside, the mornings and evenings were pleasantly cool. In fact the spacious "Mayur Kaksh" room was cool even during the noon time. The hosts provided us with delicious breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner, and snacks to accompany some cold beer. Sumit, the host, was friendly and took us around and played with the kids. The grandfather had a lot of interesting stories to tell us, and we had the rest from the story books in the library. If you are interested in birding, there are a couple of books on birds of Pong dam and Kangra in the library. Since the stay is integrated into the jungle, the birds there are less shy and you can see a pair of barn swallows and magpie robins building their nest by the house - or the elegant paradise flycatcher waving its magic white ribbons at you. Besides the birds, during the jungle trip we saw barking deer, sambar, mangoose, and a snake gracefully swimming in the water. The travel to Radballi from the airport was fine, and we got a good driver (Sahil) upon Sumit's suggestion - and we used the same service for the rest of our journey around Dharamshala. All-in-all it was a memorable stay, and we are sure to visit Radballi again!
“Solace in solitude... beautiful sunshine.. soothing chill... bonfire really enjoying.. finest place for freshness.. ideal for family and friends outings.. even long stays for doing research work n thesis.. LOVE THE PLACE.. habitat in the midst of jungle.. nature in abundance.. 🍒 don’t forget to use catapult😜
“Awsumm place to visit... Mesmerizing view specially the night Safari... Nature love and wonderful host... Thanks to Mr. Sumit our host who made our trip memorable... 🙂
“If you're dreaming of the next great adventure,a trip that pushes both borders and boundaries,It's treking to masroor temple and fishing in pong dam Well ,there is no doubt in that Raadballi retreat the adventure site of Favoured with a kind atmosphere and softening purpose of ethnic local food (kangri dham).beautiful trip with fun and full of energy .
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