Hello, sorry for the late review. I traveled to this place with my wife in the month of November. I decided on this place after reading all the reviews online. They all were spot on. It was my first experience in a homestay and I must say it was a great one. The distance of the place from Shimla which is about 24 kms from main Shimla does'nt matter once you reach there and check out the awesome views from the rooms.
The rooms have all the amenities one requires and I would be failing in my review if I don't mention Mr and Mrs Sharma for their wonderful hospitality. One gets the feeling that one has when we visit our relatives. We never felt like guests or customers there. The food felt like home, after eating there we did'nt feel like eating anywhere else. Mr Sharma is a wealth of information on the area,about homestays etc , please do try and interact with him to listen to interesting anecdotes and unique experiences they have had over the years. We stayed there for 3 days,we went for sight seeing in the day and spend time at Northmoon in the evening. However even if you dont go anywhere I assure you, the place is magical and if I get the chance to visit again, I would not go anywhere. Mr Sharma would arrange trips and bonfires etc for you if you wish.
The views,the food and the atmosphere would recharge your batteries for sure. Please go there if you want do something other than the usual run of the mill tour of Shimla. Opt for any of the budget packages for a better deal.
This homestay has 4 rooms and we booked the entire homestay. The views from the homestay are superb. But the views are not the best part, the attention and care provided by Mr. Sharma and family is amazing. We were 10 adults and 2 kids and being our first cousins trip, i wanted to have a bonfire. Although the bonfires are usually undertaken from November onwards, Mr. Sharma was so helpful in organizing it for us. The bonfire was done within the property but the area is such that you feel that a bonfire is done in the middle of nowhere.
The food is superb and feels like home. I would recommend that you also avail the opportunity and try some local food. The photos of the rooms and bathroom are as it is shown on tripadvisor. We also went for trekking on the short route which Mr. Sharma had suggested and it was amazing. The rooms are well heated so dont worry about cold but please carry basic jackets and long pants/ nightwear as nights are cold.
Overall it was an amazing experience and i would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to have a peaceful visit and great food. Also if you are travelling in a group, it is better to book the entire homestay as it is not expensive (INR 6500 for the entire homestay).
Added tips: In case you are travelling from far away cities, Mr. Sharma can also arrange for a car/ tempo traveler and it was cheap.
Please do a bonfire if possible (generally from Oct- Nov onwards it should be possible)
Also note: The food charges are extra but its nominal. Also the bonfire is chargeable (but it is completely worth it).
We were at Northmoon last week and before I write anything about this homestay I must admit it is the most memorable trip that we ever had! Other travellers have already mentioned about the scenic beauty and other necessary details but I want to mention the warm hospitality that uncle and auntyji offer...its just incredible!one might find similar scenic village in others parts of the Himalayas...but finding such a good host is very difficult.
The homestay offers everything that a city dweller expects ...peace,serenity,nature at its best.
People travelling with small kids should not worry....u get personalised food as per your child's need.
One must take atleast a week to enjoy this place..we did a mistake...our trip was short. You wont feel like coming back....trust me.
We spent three nights and four days in Northmoon Homestay during August 2016. We had the top floor which had the best views, especially of the sunset and sunrise. The views from the lower floors are probably as nice, but being higher up, we had more of an eagle's view of our surroundings.
Being located in apple orchards and small terraced farmlands at over 7000 ft in the Himalayas during the monsoon season was bliss. The photographs will speak for themselves.
Being a homestay one must not expect the amenities and services available in a hotel, which people sometimes expect. As homestays go, we could not ask for more. The hospitality was very warm, the home cooked food delicious, and the rooms neat and clean.
Usually I don't repeat a destination and prefer to go someplace new every time. But, North Moon is an exception. This month I made my fourth trip to North Moon. I have been visiting this place for last four five years. Like all good things it's a bit difficult to get to the first time. However, the idyllic location is well worth the effort. You get to stay in the midst of a lovely orchard where, depending on the season, you'll find either cherries, peaches or apples growing. Beyond the orchard are small patches of farm land and thick Cedar forest. I love to just sit in the balcony and look at the trees, flowers, crops and the rare village dog or two scampering around. Besides the view what keeps making me go back to the place is the food. It's home cooked with most of the vegetables straight out of the kitchen garden. Mrs. Sharma cooks delicious vegetarian dishes. The most amazing is the traditional 'Sidcoo', which is a dumpling that you dip in ghee and eat. All this coupled with the hosts amazingly genuine and warm hospitality makes this place a must repeat destination for me.