Bliss out in a historic Pahadi estate
Unwind in a rustic heritage bungalow tucked away in an apple and cherry orchard estate in Thanedhar, Kotgarh near Shimla. Lounge in the timelessness of sloping roofs, cosy fireplaces and low ceilings. Fresh fruit dangling from branches, wide-angled views of the mighty Himalayas and the Sutlej river meandering through the valley below. Every morning is meditative, and every evening mesmeric. The air is rich with the legacy of Himachal apple production. Can you resist the allure?
4 cosy rooms in the homestay are dressed with original wooden floors, which creak cheekily with every footstep. Artefacts like sewing machines, telephones, wine jars and portraits whisper stories of the yesteryears. Muted lighting, gauzy curtains and warm rugs set the tone for homely comfort. Slip into the tranquillity of an unhurried world on the woody bench of the shady patio and bask in the soft glow of nothingness. Laze, indulge, repeat.
The intimate dining space by the indoor fireplace serves local home-cooked food with farm-fresh ingredients, topped with loving care. There are enough choices for Himachali fare and multi-cuisine dishes in the bungalow to satiate the tastebuds. So gather the clan at the table, decode the recipes, mock-fight over food favourites and make every meal an occasion to remember.