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Full length glass windows that keep the million dollar views in sight even from your bedJust done- the main cottage
Birdsong & Beyond- Himalayan Home Stay
Birdsong & Beyond- Himalayan Home Stay
9 guests
5 bedrooms
9 beds
4 private baths
9 guests
5 bedrooms
9 beds
4 private baths
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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

The space

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.

Family/kid friendly
Pets allowed
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds
Bedroom 4
2 single beds
Bedroom 5
1 single bed
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in time is flexible

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 !


24 Reviews

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Akanksha User Profile
August 2017
Kiranjeet's house is very beautiful, the pictures here are not doing any justice. The view from each room, balcony and the kitchen was truly amazing. I loved cooking with the view! All the necessities are taken care of. Care taker was very helpful. A must visit for all the nature lovers and ones who dream of having a cabin in the woods.
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Response from Kiranjeet:
Akanksha this is the most touching and surprising review :) I wish you would share your pictures then, and I will be happy to upload them, to do justice to the beauty you felt we have not showcased. One also is a little wary of perhaps underplaying things, so as to not set up expectations too high. Your feedback has really made me think! Thanks so much for seeing Birdsong with so much love. That is our biggest reward of hosting.
August 2017

Menda User Profile
July 2017
Kiranjeet ji was very accomodating and a wonderful host. Had a very pleasant stay at Birdsong and Beyond. It was maintained very well. The view was splendid. The caretaker, Jagat bhaiyya, cooked great food for us and was very helpful.
Kiranjeet User Profile
Response from Kiranjeet:
Thanks Menda! Glad your trip went well. Do come visit us again.
July 2017

Raghav User Profile
July 2017
Kiranjeet User Profile
Response from Kiranjeet:
Thank you for visiting. It was great to host your group.
July 2017

Garima User Profile
July 2017
It's a beautiful home away from home. There are so many things to read, thanks to Kiranjeet. The abode is done very tastefully. Though the bugs bug you sometimes.. but maybe thats because of the rainy season that we went in. The caretaker was nice.. took care of our meals pretty much. All in all it was a village experience never done before with beautifuls views to see as you wake up. Thanks again for letting us stay!

Shaik User Profile
June 2017
Kiran was very helpful throughout before and after reaching place and guiding us clearly for out next destination. One of the best views u will see from house. Great View and Great Support. Cheers !!!.
Kiranjeet User Profile
Response from Kiranjeet:
Thank you for your supportive words Shaik. It was a pleasure to host you and your friend and to her about your other travels.
June 2017

My family (My mother, our teenage daughter, my husband, and I) stayed at the Birdsong cottage for a month this May. We wanted a place where we could relax, spend time with nature, read, and have quality family time. This was the perfect place to do that. Kiran was prompt and helpful from the start- she shared useful phone numbers, gave tips about walks and treks, and kept in touch during our stay. The caretakers- Karan and Jagat- were very nice, ready to help with daily chores and small glitches. The best aspects of the Birdsong is the natural rural setting (it is not a touristy hill station), with a great mountain and valley view from the balcony, the friendly and caring neighbors, and proximity to places such as the Nagnath forest, Kartik Swami temple, Chopta and Tungnath etc- all offering good trekking opportunities. Our best times were spent watching the endless drama of the mountains and clouds from the balcony, listening to the sounds of birds and the daily rural life, and chatting with the young women and children who stopped by to say hello. Birdsong is not a place for you if you are looking for luxury hotel kind of accommodation and service (but the cozy wooden cottage is equipped with all the basic urban facilities and groceries are easily available), cannot gracefully handle small rural glitches and the odors of cattle, farm activities etc., are not able to climb up at least 3 to 4 stories, or want constant entertainment/ urban distractions to enjoy a vacation. All in all, it was a great vacation for our family. We thank Kiran, Karan, and Jagat for all the help.
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Response from Kiranjeet:
I am so glad you and your family had a good vacation Prof. Manisha. It is always a pleasure to host visitors who appreciate and care for what Birdsong offers - a home away from home minus the responsibility :) yes, it is not a luxury resort/ hotel but rather a rural retreat - with the accompaniment of cattle bells as well as cattle odor, along with all kinds of bounty of nature, with most of the comforts of an urban home. So happy you enjoyed your stay. It was lovely to keep in touch and have updates about your local adventures throughout your visit.
May 2017

Hari User Profile
April 2017
Beautiful little cottage in the hills with a stunning view. Words alone don't do justice to the place.

Gurgaon, IndiaJoined in December 2012
Kiranjeet User Profile
Hi! I am a sociologist and former qualitative market researcher. Occasional writer and writing coach. Love travelling, books, forests, mountains.
Languages: Bengali, English, Hindi, Punjabi
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