Unique homestay in pristine, rural Garhwal Himalaya. 3 bedroom cottage overlooking grand views of the eternal snow peaks - Nanda Devi, Trishul & more.
430 kms from Delhi, 220 kms from Rishikesh, approached on NH58.
The price shown is for ONE double room per night per couple.
Meals are not included in the price. Simple home cooked vegetarian / non-vegetarian meals are offered on a set cost, paid on site to the caretaker.
A mountain log house, in the lap of the Himalayan snow peaks, with the company of birdsong and rural pastoral life.
A quiet, restful retreat for repose and bonding. Done up with an eclectic touch, the cottage has 3 airy bright bedrooms adorned with handmade art, variety of books and very comfortable furnishings.
One of the bedrooms is en-suite on the top floor, with its own little sit out. Two other bedrooms on the ground-floor share a common bathroom. The open plan kitchen is also on the ground floor at present, though it will shift out soon.
The entire cottage can be hired for group or a family of 6 to 8 persons, or in units of each room.
We do not always stay on site, but visit on and off.
There is a caretaker (a village farmer, so please do not expect hotel style service, but be prepared for homely warmth and care) on site for cooking, cleaning and other small errands.
Surrounding forests are a mix of ancient oaks, rhododendrons, deodars, pine and various native Himalayan species. Wildlife sightings can include leopards, Himalayan dear, jungle cats, pine martens, monitor lizards and wide range of birds.
Our cottage is at the edge of a small village on a forest road high up at almost 7000 ft, a few steps downhill from the open roadside parking. You get here en route from Pokhri - Nagnath to Mohankhal forest range in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. We are on a ridge dividing the two river valleys of Mandakini and Alaknanda, the two sister streams of the Ganga.
An excellent base for the Chopta-Tunganath - Deoarital trek in the Kedarnath Musk deer Sanctuary area, skiing at Auli and and pilgrimage to the Char Dham and Hemkunt Sahib. We are also close to the UNESCO World heritage site of Valley of Flowers, and the renowned Alpine meadows of Bedni and Ali Bugyal.
You can savor local cooking, farming practices participation, local shopping, and overnight camping.
A visit to Birdsong Cottage is an opportunity to breathe pure clean air, to sip pure sweet spring water. An ideal sojourn for nature lovers, artists, photographers, mountain lovers and and birdwatchers. Great for family bonding and activities with kids.
Local town with bus station, taxi stand, basic health facilities, and market is 1.5 kms away.
There is no system of boundary walls in the village so basically it is one merged neighborhood.
Interaction with guests
Sometimes we may be at the cottage and other times not. When we are there we interact a lot with our guests, sharing meal times and other activities and its up to the guests to decide how much interaction they like.
Other things to note
The pricing listed on Airbnb is for one room per couple per night, without meals. For food we ask guests to pay cash for the set meal prices. Guests are recommended to take the advice of the caretaker and plan the meals sufficiently in advance.
Welcome to our holiday home! We hope you have a beautiful time here at Birdsong, and to further enhance our mutual happiness lets share some house rules. Please always wipe your shoes before entering the cottage. Keep all umbrellas/ raincoats outside the main door. Wipe dry all bathroom floors and surfaces after use. Tap water is scarce in these mountains so please be prudent in use of showers and taps. Keep the fly screen windows closed at all times and keep the doors shut to keep flies out. Do keep the main verandah lights switched on all through the night.
Let the caretaker know your meal requirement the previous night so he can plan to get fresh raw materials and so on. Also let him know any local daily needs shopping and day's plans if going out for long. House cleaning and room cleaning happens daily so please co-ordinate the time as per your convenience. Have a wonderful stay !
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