The Mirage

Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India

What to know before you go:

- Collection of traditional Himachali houses & cottages

- Beautiful garden & forest setting

- Yoga hall, Forest walks, Pottery, Paragliding available

- Angling guides/experts are available on request

About the property:

A New Zealander's vision, The Mirage is a multi-function residency hosting travellers, yoga groups and artist/acting workshops. The Mirage is a cluster of traditional Himachali mud houses which have lovingly been restored to an inviting homestay with fully modern amenities. Set amongst dense foliage in the artist's colony of Andretta, against a backdrop of jungle & bamboo groves of the Shivalik Hills, The Mirage is a veritable museum of hand picked Indian furniture and artefacts with the mighty Dhauladhar range and its snow-capped peaks looming like a curtain across the Kangra Valley. Andretta artists colony was started some 75 years ago by an Irish woman named Norah Richards, who acquired the land from the District Commissioner of Kangra in 1935.A fascinating story which links Andretta today directly to Bollywood via some of Indian cinema's greatest actors, Norah Richards was brought to Andretta at the insistence of Jaya Dayal of Lahore University, the man who built the Mirage in 1948. According to the late cine actor Shammi Kapoor, "he was in love with her & she with Shakespeare". Down the path from the Mirage is the Andretta Pottery, a famous institution founded by one of Norah's artist friends, Sardar Gurcharan Singh, the master of blue pottery in India at the time, and now run by his son Mansimran Singh & his wife Mary. He & Mary run long term residential pottery courses for students from all over the world.

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Double room From 4750/night

Room Amenities: Hot Water, Ceiling Fan, Double or Twin Bed

Upto 2 Adults Breakfast

Suites From 7265/night

One double & 1 single room with connecting bathroom. Hot Water, Queen Size Bed, Ceiling Fan.

Upto 3 Adults Breakfast


Cancellation policy

Any booking will be non refundable.


 From 1200 hours


Until 1200 hours

Children & Extra bed

  • Under 5 years- Free
  • 6-12 years- Rs 750
  • Over 12 years- Rs 1450                                                                             
  • Nearest Railway Station –Pathankot(120 kms), Gurdaspur(154 kms),Anandpur Sahib (189 kms)
  • Nearest Airport - Dharamsala (35 kms), Kullu (163 kms), Shimla (220 kms)
  • Distance from Major Cities - Jlandhar(190 kms), Ludhiana (225 kms), Jammu (225 kms),Amritsar (225 kms), Chandigarh (250 kms),Dehradun (400 kms)