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Jilling Terraces

Sonalika Debnath
Perched on the South Gola range of the Himalayas, the Chestnut House was a Sanskrit scholar's labour of love for his Polish wife. In 1933, when his wife was homesick for the colder climates of her native country, in a ploy to quench this longing, he built her a house in the thick of Uttarakhand's dense forests. Years later, the 80-year old house was converted to what is today the Jilling Terraces – a beautiful homestay nestled between Nanda Devi and its surrounding peaks.Heady with romantic notion, the cottage and the rooms of the Chestnut house have names and decor infused with inspiration taken from Himalayan flora and fauna. There are two suites on the ground floor of the house that go by the name of Buransh and Utish, equipped with an anteroom. And on the first floor there are two rooms with double beds, called Kafal and Padam.Padam