“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
If I could suggest that you tweak William Wordsworth’s lines and replace crowd with a herd of sheep, golden daffodils with a hodge podge of dandelions, and lake with a bouncing stream whose waters carry the taste of fresh snow, chances are that you have let yourself into the wide, mammoth sized, all encompassing embrace of nature, placed nowhere on google maps. This is the Linger Earth House in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. And all i ever did here was nothing- except for bathing in glacial river and plonking myself on the rocky bed.
This reclusive little spot (and thankfully so) resting in such a ridge where Wordsworth could’ve painted multiple strokes of poetry with a little bit of help from Monet, is a place where you don’t plan an itinerary, chase sunset points, choose from a list of ‘ 10 best breakfast haunts’ or rush to touch popular spots that make you look at the insane number of people and wonder why birth control took so long to come! Nestled below the Dhauladhar mountains alongside a glacial stream, Earth House in Palampur run by Linger Properties, is a small patch of sunshine in a world where tourism is exceedingly fed by the best, the most, the biggest. Surrounded by large swathes of scrubland, with mountain goats as daily visitors, Linger offers nothing, and I mean literally. What it does promise you, however, is stolen time from the madness of everyday life.