When I visited Shangarh in July end in 2021, it wasn’t a good time. It was the peak of the monsoon and it was raining continuously every day, creating a lot of natural disturbances such as landslides, roadblocks, etc. I had already spent four days in Shangarh and it was still raining. So I was in my homestay most of the time. However, as I mentioned there isn’t much to explore in the village. Yes, there are several things nearby such as Barshangarh Waterfall which is located some 3km away. You can hike to nearby villages. There are nice trekking options from this village.
I spent two days at Snowline Homestay in Shangarh and from there I moved to the homestay run by Café Stories n More. I was supposed to stay for a day only but due to rain, I had to extend my stay. However, the following day too I couldn’t move out and was left with no choice but to stay in the village. Unfortunately, the homestay was booked for the next day, and I started to search for homestay options in Shangarh. I found some but at a distance from the village. Also, I was looking for a budget homestay in Shangarh. I wasn’t doing a luxury journey.
There wasn’t any hostel in Shangarh and Zostel was still under construction. That was the only hostel option in Shangarh at that time. I am not sure if there are other hostel options available in Shangarh. Anyways, I took a short walk to Mountain View Café and had a word with Negi bhaiya who runs the café. He told me that there was a homestay next to the café which was under construction. He would talk to the owner and ask if something could be arranged. After some time, he told me that he had arranged a room in that person’s home. There’s a room on the ground floor and the family lives on the top floor. I checked the room. It was a nice, wooden room with a queen-sized bed, nice warm blankets, new pillows, a table, and two chairs. The room had a small temple of the local deity and it had some peculiar smell. The ground floor had two or three rooms, the rest of which looked like storerooms. Sacks of freshly farm harvested garlic, onion and other crops were placed outside that was giving this peculiar smell.