Ras Resort, Kufri, Himachal Pradesh

Ras Resort is located in one of the most awesome locations of Himachal Pradesh near Shimla. Kufri is about half-an-hour’s drive from Shimla and Ras Resort is located bang on National Highway 22. The resort had rooms in three levels with just a couple of rooms and an enthusiastic owner who had big plans of expansion.

I always believe that if you are going to a hill station you should at least be able to feast your eyes on the mountain ranges or even some amount of greenery from the window of your room. In Ras Resort, the rooms at the back of the property offer beautiful views of snow-capped mountains. Having said that, the resort at the time of our stay, which was in 2008, was crying for renovation. The room we were initially offered had a leaky roof and we had to be moved to a different room. The view from this room was not the best, in fact I remember counting the vehicles on the road (which was very close to the room) from the balcony.

If the room of Ras Resort was not up-to-the-mark, the resort’s restaurant compensated for that by a few notches. The view of the valley from the restaurant is awesome and during the rains (that’s when we’re there) it feels as if you are sitting amidst the clouds. The splendid views are yet again complemented by the restaurant’s good food. Try parathas, puri saabzi and any other North Indian dish – they are equally tasty.

Considering the tariff we paid and if (if only) the resort been renovated, we would definitely recommend it to travelers. We saw some ongoing construction–probably the plans of the young owner being translated to reality when we had briefly visited the property’s restaurant on our way to Barog-Sarahan. However my eyes chanced on a portion of a broken ceiling and a poorly maintained reception area.

So if you are booking the resort please ask for the latest pics of the property to be sure about its condition and to avoid unpleasant surprises. However, if you are on NH 22, you should at least have a meal here. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.