Spacious sun bathed rooms with satellite TV & private balcony overlooking the hills & valley. Complimentary breakfast and free wifi internet with computer. Drive in with Taxi on call. Free English > Hindi translator service guide.
There are 5 bedrooms, each with an independent living room, available for the guests spread across 2 floors which can accommodate upto 10 guests on double sharing basis or upto 15 guests on triple sharing basis.
Interconnecting and/or adjoining bedrooms are available.
Driver's accommodation available for an additional charge.
2 rooms are wheelchair accessible.
All rooms have satellite TV showcasing over 290 free channels.
Breakfast is included in the price. Home cooked vegetarian lunch and dinner are available at an additional charge of Rs.300/- per head per meal. Meals can also be ordered from restaurants as per their actual food menu and delivery charges. Last order taken for delivery is at 08:00 PM. Delivery time is approximately 01:30 hours.
Kitchen facilities are provided on advance notice of at-least 3 days. Modular kitchen with electric chimney, cooking gas & stove, utensils & fridge. Grocery, vegetables, lentils, dairy products, juices & soft drinks and other daily use items are available from shops nearby - Please let us know atleast three days in advance if you require kitchen facility else it will be presumed that the booking is made only for room without kitchen requirement.
Free Broadband Internet facility is available at the front desk area. Wi-fi is also available for an additional charge. There is ample parking space. Taxi can also be arranged for sightseeing, as per your convenience.
Each room is outfitted with clean, contemporary furniture, a balcony as well as all modern amenities to provide you with a home away from home atmosphere.
All rooms have clean private bathroom with wall mounted shower, hot water geyser, modern toilet with western seat & bidet.
Fresh bed linen, bath/hand towels, quilts / blankets, toilet paper roll, bathing bar, hair shampoo & hand soap is provided at no extra cost.
Guests can also have access to a full kitchen with utensils, cooking gas, stove, water purifier and fridge cum freezer on prior request.
Electric room heaters are provided during the winter months. Pedestal fans are provided during summer and monsoon months.
In-house laundry service is available at an additional nominal charge.
Interaction with Guests
I reside with my family on the upper floors of the same premises. Guests can either walk up to the main floor area if anything is required or call me.
“Aapo Aap” is a private residence where the owner & his family reside. Owner of Aapo Aap Building is a retired Indian Administrative Service Officer. His wife is a retired Principal of Government College. They both are settled here. Top floors are meant for family use while other floors have accommodation for the guests. Day-to-day affairs of the homestay are being looked after by their son i.e me, your host, Shivi.
The Homestay is located in Sargheen, in the suburbs of Panthaghati, on the outskirts of Shimla to the south – with post office at Kasumpti. The place lies between National Highway 22 and Major District Road (Himachal State Highway), about 10 kilometers from the town centre & is well connected by public transport.
Public bus leaves from right outside our home (next to Sargheen bus stop) for the Mall Road (The Lift) at 9 A.M, 10:00 A.M and 11 A.M everyday. It charges Rs.15 per head for one way transfer. The intercity bus transit at Panthaghati has buses lined up for the Mall every 10 minutes – they charge Rs.10 per person for one way transfer. Government operated shared taxi charges Rs.30 per head for one way transfer from the Mall to Panthaghati. Alternatively, private taxi charges Rs. 300/- to Rs. 500/- from Shimla railway station/bus stand/Mall Road (The Lift) for one side transfer.
Main area attractions include The Nyingmapa Monastery (Dorje Drak), Satya Sai Baba Temple, Brahma Kumaris spiritual organization & Sarva Dharma Mandir - Temple of all Faiths.
Distances from our home:
Sargheen Bus Stop 10 Mtr
ATM 0.5 Km
Dorje Drak Monastery (Nyingmapa) 0.75Km
Panthaghati Bus Transit 1 Km
Tenzin Hospital 1.25Km
Sri Satya Sai Baba Mandir 5 Km
The Lift (Shopping Mall Road) 8 Km
Victory Tunnel (Near Old Bus Stand)9 Km
Shimla Railway Station 10 Km
Interstate Bus Terminal (New I.S.B.T)12 Km
Other Things to Note
Electricity generator backup, incase of power failure, is available between 06:30 pm and 09:30 pm and between 07:30 am and 09:00 am during winters only (Dec-Mar). An energy & fuel surcharge, to the extent of Rs. 500 per hour per room, will be charged incase the electricity power generator is used outside the aforementioned timings/months.
There are 2 large dogs inside the main house & 3 adopted mutts dogs outside. The guest accommodation is independent of the main house and hence there is no movement of our pet dogs inside or around there.
We accept debit/credit cards (Visa and Mastercard). 3% bank processing fee applicable on payment by cards.
House-keeping service, including change of bed linen and towels, is available on alternate days.
Rates are on CPAI basis & include continental breakfast and taxes.
Only 2 extra beds can be accommodated in every room, on additional payment of INR 1,000 per bed, inclusive of breakfast.
Check-in is between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. If arriving outside of check-in times, please call/email to make arrangements.
Check out by 12:00 Noon. Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability of room.
Items left behind: Regular items left behind require you to contact us for returns. We'd be happy to put it in the mail back to you for a flat fee of INR 1,000.00 (within India -Larger items will incur extra charges.) Payment is to be made before the courier transfer is initiated.
Please refrain from loud music or noise in the guest rooms as a mark of comfort of other guests.
No smoking inside the room or the bathroom please.
Rechargeable emergency lights are provided in case of power failure. Kindly refrain from using open flame candle of any type inside the rooms.
Guests are required to provide Passport/Visa details at the time of Check -In & fill up registration form & guest register as required by the Law.
Kindly do not leave the apartment/kitchen untidy upon checkout.
Please turn off all bulbs/ hot water boiler/geyser, fan, heater and electrical appliances before moving out of the room or leaving the room unattended.
Please refrain from washing clothes in the bathroom and help us conserve electricity & water. In-house laundry service is available at an additional nominal charge.
Please DO NOT invite strangers/outsiders to our home/premises. Rights of Admission Reserved.
Aapoaap Homestay was a beautiful, relaxing retreat after the hustle and bustle of Delhi. The room was enormous, well furnished and had the most spectacular view of any place I've stayed before. Shivi was an excellent host at Aapoaap Homestay. He was willing to accommodate and advise on everything we requested, always going the extra mile to ensure we experienced the best of Shimla. He organized tours and booked us flights and train tickets which we wouldn't have been able to do ourselves. Staying at Aapoaap was the best Homestay experience of India so far and we would definitely return.
What can we say? It was an unexpected slice of heaven. When we arrived (we had taken a 9 hour train ride from Delhi, and weren't sure what to expect.) Upon arrival we got off the train and immediately attempted to find a taxi, knowing it would be difficult to get to Shivi's because directions/ addresses are impossible in India. To our surprise a kind gentleman approached us and asked for us by name and told us he was to take us to Aapo Aap. We were shocked, but Shivi had sent for us to be picked up. It was just what we needed after a long day of travel.
Upon arrival we were immediately sat in a waiting room and given tea and biscuits, yum, then given a grand tour and taken to our room, not to be bothered with our luggage as it was taken care of. The room was spacious, clean, had top of the line amenities, and had some of the most amazing views I had ever seen in India.
We only spent a few short days there, but while we were there we wanted for nothing. We felt like honored guests. Shivi was helpful in planning our daily activities, even providing a mobile phone to use when ours was on the fritz. The meals there were every bit as delicious as the scenery. If we come back to India we would definitely stay with Shivi again, and we will highly recommend to friends and family.
Aapo Aap is an amazing place. The property is gorgeous - it's set in a gorgeous mountainscape - and the rooms (apartments really!) are huge and beautiful. Shivi is expert at giving visitors what they want, whether they're on a budget or traveling in style. He is assisted by a talented group of helpers, including at least one excellent cook and waiter. We had an amazing experience in the hills outside of Shimla - we will not soon for get it - and we will likely be back. Thanks Aapo Aap!
Eine super schöne Gegend mit toller Aussicht. Die Zimmer sind riesig und komfortabel. Das Essen 1A!
The trip to Shimla was one of my most amazing experiences and it became extra-ordinary because of this amazing property.
I thank the host Shivi as he was very helpful and the staff of the house was very warming and always ready to assist.
One of the best things is the view of the valley from the balcony which was breathtaking.
This is an amazing place to stay and very spacious and I recommend this homestay to everybody.
And last but not the lease the pet dog KOKO is very sweet.
Thank you Shivi for making this trip memorable for us.
I spent one month with a friend at Aapo Aap in June/July 2012 and that was a very good stay in a spacious apartment a wonderful terrace with a spectacular view over the mountains and the valley below. Shivi and his staff does not run a hotel with regular roomservice, but still they offered offer more help and assistance than could be imagined.
I really loved my stay at the Aapo Aap home stay and would come back again. The accommodations were spacious, the space was clean, and all the staff members were extremely helpful. That would be enough for me to return but what really set this apart from my other stays was how Shivi made me feel like part of his family. He welcomed me for meals, prepped me for my daily travels, and introduce me to great company. It was the fantastic accommodations coupled with being included as part of the house/family that really made me treasure my time there.
Now that being said there are some things to consider. If your looking for a space that's near the central part of town then this is not for you. Also, if your traveling during the colder months and don't like the idea of using an electric blanket since the room will be very cold then you might want to look elsewhere.
For me these were not issues and I was really happy with my stay. I'd easily come back.
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I am a happy-go-lucky fellow; fond of eating, driving and hosting travellers.
I provide travel advisory services - I have my own network of tours & travels personnel who specialise in organising yoga retreats & holiday rentals in offbeat places. I also accompany guests, as a translator cum guide, on their visit to Himachal Pradesh in specific & India in general.
Translators are also available for Egypt (Arabic /Masry), who are based in Cairo themselves.