I had heard a lot about the food at Raju's. And I liked it, I really did. But I didn't get blown away by it, maybe because Indian isn't my favourite cuisine and that is what the Bharti's serve. Having said that, there was a lot of variety in the meals.
Breakfast was paranthas, a choice of eggs, toast, homemade jam, fresh apricot, apple or rhododendron juice and tea or coffee.
Lunch was a vegetable, a paneer dish, a chicken or mutton dish, salad, pickle, papad, rice and roti.
Evenings were reserved for freshly-brewed tea and coffee. We would also go around to pluck and eat fruit from the trees.
Dinner had a similar spread as lunch, along with fried trout fish and a sweet dish. We got meethi seviyan and fruit custard the two nights we were there.
The charges at the guesthouse range from Rs 1400 to Rs 1700 per person, depending on whether you opt for the vegetarian or non-vegetarian plan. This includes the stay, and breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The guesthouse does not have an online presence anywhere, so to book you have to call them up. Here are the numbers: 9459833124, 9625211848
Best time to go
Tirthan Valley sees good weather from April to October. But visits to the valley should be avoided in the monsoon months of June to mid-August, when landslides and flash floods are common in the area.