way back home
A couple from one of India’s big cities relocated to lead a cleaner, greener, and sustainable lifestyle in the hills, share their conscious homestay with like-minded guests. Set amidst an apple orchard far away from the clamour of Manali, the home was constructed using eco-friendly methods and by hand, literally. Each brick has been chiseled out of boulders found on location, in turn providing an avenue to the dying art of stone cutting & shaping by hand. There are no paint jobs here, nor any plastering and, the hosts have chosen to avoid the usage of wood in the construction. Due to mass borewells being dug in the hills, the hosts have consciously chosen not to dig one at the property so as to not deplete the groundwater. There’s no noise and air polluting generators either. Out here guests can breathe easy and breathe clean while contributing in their own way to reduce their ecological footprint. What’s more? Open a window and let your jaws drop at the sight of snow capped peaks and bugyals (meadows) all around. Grab a book and a durrie, find your spot in your own private orchard, and indulge yourself sitting amidst the mighty Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalaya.
Each room at the property brings together natural design elements that form the identity of the space. The rooms have been constructed making minor modifications to the original landscape so expect to share your room with rock formations that are centuries old, hand-made rock basins, mud walls, cozy nooks, and bright corners. In all, there are five independent rooms, four of which can accommodate 2 people, while the other can accommodate a family or a group of 4. All of them come with attached bathrooms. The rooms are tastefully curated with special attention to the minutest of details, giving it a touch of grace in a warm and homely atmosphere. All of the furniture in the common, dining, and library space have been made using upcycled wood. The home is truly a reflection of sustainable and ecologically smart architecture. The property is functional all year.
All meals are lovingly prepared by the hosts at the property, so you feel at home, while being away from home. The menu is expansive and ranges from Indian to continental. Vegetables, fruits, and dairy are sourced locally, thereby adding revenue to the local economy. The food is fresh, rich, and wholesome, as you’d expect it to be in the Himalaya. The hosts offer cooking lessons while at the same time, on quieter days learn secret new recipes from the guests.
What you do, has an impact. Making the right choice helps cut the impact to a certain degree. Travelers interested in exploring the mountains, guests who have a keen eye for architecture that intelligently fuses with existing natural elements, and mindful travelers will appreciate the sustainability practices and efforts will find the property fulfilling. Open to families, friends, and groups who would like to observe pahadi lifestyle, hikers, nature lovers and dreamers will enjoy what the property has to offer.
The property is located 10 km from the heart of Manali town. Accurate details will be provided at the time of confirmation.
things to do
The hosts can suggest secret spots and trails around the village for culturally immersive walks that are well off the tourist map. If you want a local to show you the way into the forest, we can make it happen. If you’d like to visit traditional Kath Kuni homes, or watch how the famous Kullu shawls are weaved, just ask us. The historical town of Naggar is a short drive away, home to the Naggar castle and the wonderful Nicholas Roerich art gallery! Old Manali with its chic cafes and bars is less than 30 mins away.
Prices begin at Rs. 3,000 for doubles inclusive of breakfast.
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