Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
This traditional Kangra styled home is a beautiful mud house and a unique self-catering property, with a combination of traditional architecture and modern comforts. The property is fully equipped with all required amenities that one would find in a home that has been lived in, and offers the full privacy and comfort of a warm abode. The property is in a small village and is surrounded by trees, flowers and butterflies. One can indulge in exploring and learning about local practices and cuisine through a tour of the market. Even though the property is very close to Dharamshala it is nicely tucked away from all the crowds and noise. Guests will have complete access to the entire house including all the amenities available, however, the we request all guests to be mindful as it is a lived in home with personal belongings such as books, CDs and various artefacts. Guests are encouraged to treat all belongings with care and caution as many of the items in the house are irreplaceable and of heritage and sentimental value.
The house is fully furnished and includes a living room, two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a kitchen, dining area, bar cabinet, laundry room, and a front and back yard. There are two king size beds, one sofa bed, and one loft bed. The property can accommodate up to 6 people easily and if one is open to sleeping on the day beds then up to 8 people can be accommodated. The house is best suited for 4 adults and 2 children. Several furniture across the house from the beds, the swing, the mirrors etc are of significant heritage importance and has been passed down over the generations. The said pieces of furniture are anywhere between 60 to 120 years old and come from the royal family of Kashmir. The large garden surrounding the house has fruit and flower trees and is a frequent haunt for birds. One can spot russet sparrows, sibias, rose finches, magpies, bulbuls, barbets, fly catches, redstarts, etc. The hosts, have tried to incorporate the permaculture philosophy in all areas of construction as much as possible. The idea was to create a building where very little building materials had to be sourced from the outside.
Guests have three options when it comes to food at the property – one can either use the services of the cook (this will be at an additional cost and groceries will have to be bought by the guests), self catered meals and take out. Menus are available for home delivery at the property. The kitchen is fully equipped for the guest’s convenience with a gas stove, toaster, pots and pans, crockery, and cutlery. The kitchen is stocked with a few day’s basic supplies such as tea, milk, sugar, coffee, salt, basic spices, and oil. If one wishes to cook, groceries and other supplies can be bought in Dharamshala which is very close. Specialty food and drink such as wine, premium liquor, cheese, dried fruit and nuts, packaged foods, spices, imported items, coffee etc are easily available in the markets of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. All basic groceries are available in the local market nearby. If one is using the kitchen then cleaning up after use will be the guest’s responsibility.
The property is ideal for those who seek long term accommodation, adventure enthusiasts, bird-watchers, writers, families etc. The property is more or less self catered so guests need to keep in mind that it isn’t a hotel and many of the luxuries one would take for granted otherwise, are not present here.
The property is located less than 3 kms from Dharamshala town. Accurate details will be given at the time of confirmation.
things to do
There are many adventure based activities one can indulge in near the property. Soar and glide through the air and take in the truly massive scale of the Himalayas as one paraglides from one thermal to the next. There are also various one and two day treks that you can undertake from the property, the hours of trekking on an average range from 4 to 6 hours a day. One can visit heritage temples, mesmerising lakes and take in beautiful views of the Himalayas on these treks. The hosts believe in the conservation of local ecological systems along with local traditions, and strongly encourage permaculture, recycling and up-cycling. Many of these techniques can be learned by the guests as well. Local sightseeing is also an option for those who enjoy visits to temples, monasteries, waterfalls, forts, libraries, Japanese styled gardens, etc. For more details, get in touch with us.
Starting from Rs. 6500 per night, for the entire property for 4 guests.
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