220 kms from Rishikesh on way to Joshimath, this is where you forget your routine city life in the rhythm of a small village. There are many pleasant hikes and treks, lot of birdwatching, clean air and sunlight and our wide ranging book collection. The nights dazzle with stars and golden sunrise greets each dawn.
We have four double occupancy bedrooms and one single bedroom.
The price shown in this listing is for ONE double room per night per couple. The single room price is Rs.1500
A mountain homestay in the lap of Himalayan snow peaks, with the company of birdsong and rural pastoral life.
A quiet, restful retreat for repose.
We do not always stay on site, but visit on and off.
There is a caretaker (a village farmer, so no hotel style service, homely warmth and a taste of some local cuisine) 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 and butterflies.
Our cottage is at the edge of a small village on a forest road above 6000 ft. You climb down a few steps from the open roadside parking to arrive at the property.
We are on a ridge between the two river valleys of Mandakini and Alaknanda, sister streams of the Ganga.
This is 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 here with prior notice.
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, writers, mountain lovers and and birdwatchers. Great for family bonding and with kids.
Local town with bus station, taxi stand, basic health facilities, and market is 1.5 kms away.
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 to the caretaker directly. He runs the food part of hosting as his independent business. 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 !