the space

Welcome to isolation station. The Hermitage is a remote homestay in the district of Chamba in Himachal Pradesh.  The house is a restored shepherd’s home built in 1994 and is made of mud, stone, and wood. It is located on top of a mountain (at 7200 ft), on a pasture surrounded by spruce, cedar and rhododendron trees. From here, take in a breathtaking 360-degree view of the snow-capped Pir Pinjal ranges and the lower part of the Dhaulaudar ranges.

When we say The Hermitage is remote, we mean it. You’ll have to hike for 2 hours from the closest roadhead, through a dense forest of deodar trees, and past terraced fields and shepherd villages. This beauty stands alone, with no other homes in sight, located above the last village of the mountain. The only sounds to disturb you are the sound of birds, the whistling of the wind, and the bells of the cattle running around the meadow. From here, catch unobstructed sunset views and at night, marvel at the Milky Way while sitting by a warm campfire.

comforts

The Hermitage was built using mud, stone, cedar, and pine wood and consists of 10 rooms. Half come with ensuite bathrooms and the other half with common bathrooms. There is the possibility of an extra bed in 3 of the 10 rooms.

 

Citing its remote location, the property is simple and comprises all the amenities necessary to ensure a comfortable stay. There is a common indoor dining area, a kitchen, and an outdoor fireplace to catch the warmth on a cold evening.

 

The Hermitage is operational through the year.

food

Since there are no shops/restaurants/cafés in the vicinity, all meals are consumed in house. This is easy to do here, as the food is simply delicious and tastes like home. All produce is locally sourced from the nearby settlements and the ingredients used are seasonal. Greens and berries are foraged from the forest and meadows nearby, and a great selection of pickles and preserves are available to go with your meals.

 

A typical meal consists of traditional Indian items such as rotis, dal, rice, and vegetables. The food is simple, fresh, nutritious, and home-cooked by a local family living nearby. Non-vegetarian meals can be arranged at an extra cost.

ideal for

Do you want to take a break from civilisation, but still enjoy the comforts of home? Then this is for you. Every corner of this homestay will inspire you to drink in the views, get into birdwatching, become an artist, or write a poem.

We can help organise yoga workshops and nature therapy workshops on request.

If you’re looking to go sightseeing or take long drives, we can recommend other places.

getting there

There are two ways to get here, and both require a hike. For those staying at ‘Once Upon a Time’ (our friends close by), you may choose to hike up the 10 km through thick forest to The Hermitage.

 

If you’re visiting directly, we will help connect you with local drivers as the 14 km distance from Chamba town requires navigating snakey, narrow paths that can only be traversed by experienced locals. From here, it is a 2-hour hike to the property, again through thick forests.

 

Mules and porters will be arranged to take you up to the property comfortably. Accurate details will be provided at the time of confirmation.

things to do

The property is perfect for experiencing authentic Himalayan life. During the summer, day hikes and picnics can be organised and during the winter, when it snows, it becomes the perfect destination to go on snow hikes. Apart from hikes and trails around the property, one can hike up to 9500ft from here. Wildlife enthusiasts are in luck since bears, leopards, porcupines, and boars are sometimes spotted in the vicinity. It goes without saying that this is a haven for birders and over 100 species have been spotted here. Guests who like to explore the cultural side of Chamba can visit gaddi (shepherd) villages and if you’re in luck, can be part of a festival/wedding celebration.

price

A minimum of two nights stay is required to experience the property.

Prices per night

Rs. 6,000 + 5% GST = Rs. 6,300 for 01 guests in 01 room.
Rs. 9,000 + 5% GST = Rs. 9,450 for 02 guests in 01 room.
Rs. 10,152 + 5% GST = Rs. 10,660 for 03 guests in 01 room

 

Cost includes – Accommodation, all meals (veg), morning and evening tea, porter/guide at the time of pick up, space heater + hot water bottle in the winters, all in-house amenities, all applicable taxes, and service charges.

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