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The Himalayan hotel boasts enough turrets, spiral staircases and coats of arms to furnish the most ardent Harry Potter fan's Hogwarts fantasies.

There are many quiet reading nooks to indulge your goosebumps over a book, though, or to spend a quiet romantic evening.

A clamorous crow perched on the raised croquet hoops made me want to say, "Off with its head!" quite like the Queen of Hearts.

The Himalayan is away from the chaos of Old Manali's hippie hangouts and new town's mayhem, and offers day vistas
of pine-covered mountains veiled in thick mist.

The medieval European architecture of this boutique getaway transports us straight into the pages of a fairytale.