Brij Hotels signs up a historic property in Dharamshala


Brij Hotels has announced the signing of Brij Anarya – a luxury boutique resort in Dharamshala. A 245-year-old colonial estate in the heart of Dharamshala, the resort has an envious history like none other. Originally known as White Haven, Brij Anarya is a one-of-a-kind property in Dharamshala with a rich Victorian legacy. The property has had the honour of hosting erstwhile Viceroys, British explorers, and many important dignitaries during the British Raj.

Brij Anarya, with majestic views of the snow-capped Dhauladhar range, offers a unique boutique luxury experience in the lap of the Himalayas. Set amidst tall deodar and oak trees, sprawling lawns, verdant views and surrounding tea plantations, the property hosts 12 suites and is spread over 10 acres of the mountain plateau. This boutique retreat with open windows, a tall chimney and green tin roofs exude an old-world charm. Brij Anarya offers its guests a luxurious stay amidst Victorian décor, with all modern comforts and amenities. In the tradition of all Brij Hotel Properties, Brij Anarya will offer immersive local experiences from the region. There is a wide range of activities on offer for engaging guests within the Resort as well as exploring the surrounding areas. The property is conveniently located 12 km from the Gaggal airport and a stone’s throw from the Dharamshala bus stop.

Speaking on this latest development, Shiv Mehan, CEO, Brij Hotels, said, “We are excited to have Brij Anarya in our curated collection of highly Experiential Boutique Resorts and this marks the second location for Brij Hotels in Himachal Pradesh. It is an honour to be sharing the legacy of this esteemed heritage property with our guests. We look forward to transporting our guests to another era with the Brij Anarya when we open our doors in June and ensure they take back unique memories of Dharamshala.”

Resonating the excitement was Sahil Sharma, owner of Atman Resorts LLP. He said, “We are delighted to partner with Brij Hotels who are known to curate unique experiences for the guests, and we are well on the way to expanding the property into a luxury resort with increased Inventory, Dining Options, Recreation and Spa facilities coming soon.”

Soon to open, Brij Anarya is the only property in the region with a history interwoven with the tea plantations of Kangra and the historic tea trade across the Northern Provinces, the Kashgar Region of the Hindukush and the original Silk Route. Among the honoured dignitaries who have stayed here includes British explorer Robert Barkley Shaw, and administrators Sir Thomas Douglas Forsyth and Sir Donald Friel McLeod, highly regarded aristocrats of their time.

Brij Anarya is scheduled for launch in June 2023 and will join the current portfolio of 7 Brij properties in India across Uttar Pradesh (Varanasi), Rajasthan (Kukas, Pali, Jawai, Bikaner and Jaipur), Himachal Pradesh (Dalhousie). Brij Atmanya – a boutique property located in Bhowali – Nainital (Uttarakhand) is also scheduled for launch in Q2 2023. Brij is also adding multiple destinations to its portfolio with hotels in Bandhavgarh, Goa and Pokhara (Nepal) under development.