Ice vacation: where to relax in an igloo in India. Photo

By TravelWiseDec 14, 2023 09:15 AMNews
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Igloo for tourists
Igloo for tourists. Source: Nordic Travel

Have you ever heard of ice igloo hotels under the Northern Lights in Alaska, in front of the majestic Matterhorn in Switzerland, next to the frozen Torne River in Sweden, or among snow-covered coniferous forests in Japan?

If you are looking for a frosty igloo accommodation this winter, you should also consider a destination like India, writes Condé Nast.

A local igloo village located in a quaint little settlement in Himachal Pradesh is ready to open its doors for the season as soon as snow falls in the valley. Setan Valley is about 12 km from Manali and is located at an altitude of over 2500 meters.

Ice vacation: where to relax in an igloo in India. Photo
Ice vacation: where to relax in an igloo in India. Photo. Source: cntraveller.in

Sethan locals and cousins Vinod and Suresh Bodh founded Igloo Village Sethan in 2019 after an Australian tourist showed them how igloos are made.

When does the igloo village open for the season?

According to Bodh, the first snow in the Sethan Valley falls around mid-December. The igloo village is usually open from mid-December to the end of February or the first week of March. These dates vary depending on the weather, so check with the team before making plans.

Ice vacation: where to relax in an igloo in India. Photo
Ice vacation: where to relax in an igloo in India. Photo. Source: cntraveller.in

What is the best time to visit?

Bodh receives the largest number of requests between Christmas and New Year's Eve, the most popular time to visit. However, you can also visit in January, when winter is in full swing.

What does an igloo look like?

Each igloo is 9 feet in diameter and about 5 feet high - ideal for a couple, although three guests can be accommodated in one igloo on request. Inside the igloo there is a foam mattress with sheets, wool, and electric blankets to keep you extra warm. There are also lights as well as electrical outlets for charging your phone. There are no adjoining bathrooms. Instead, there is a shared bathroom outside. Sleeping bags can be placed in the igloo upon request.

Ice vacation: where to relax in an igloo in India. Photo
Ice vacation: where to relax in an igloo in India. Photo. Source: cntraveller.in

What about the food?

Sethan Igloo Village's menu includes vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, including dal, rice, roti, bread, omelet, maggi, fries, chicken or curry, and vegetables.

What to wear?

Bodh recommends wearing warm clothes under your underwear, as well as down jackets, good snow boots, and gloves. He also advises wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from the bright sun during the day. The team offers snowshoes and snow suits if needed.

How much does it cost?

An overnight stay at Igloo Village Sethan starts at Rs. 5500 and includes your stay, all meals, snacks and tea or coffee, as well as an evening campfire. Discounts are available for large groups who want to book multiple igloos. If you have a large enough group, you can also book all five igloos.

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