Get over Five-Stars, Dine Under a Million Stars in This House with a Glass Ceiling in Manali

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In spite of being surrounded by picturesque sights, you wouldn’t want to step out—such is the enthralling beauty of this vacation home in Manali. It would make you want to stay indoors all the time!

An off-the-radar Airbnb, this is the perfect place to unwind at. The quaint and fairy-tale-like house has all the comforts of a modern home. Snuggle up in a blanket at night with a glass of wine and gaze at stars and the snow-capped mountains through the glasshouse; a divine experience that’ll mentally transport you to the Swiss Alps!

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With a pine forest in the background (just a walk away) and the spectacular Himalayan range in the foreground (unparalleled views of the Hanuman Tibba range), this luxurious cottage is nestled in one of the best locations of Himachal Pradesh. The house has been decorated by the host family with tasteful aesthetics.

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Where:

Hadimba Temple Road, Nasogi, Old Manali.

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Ideal for:

Families, groups of friends and especially, couples who want a stay-cation that is exclusive and private, yet accessible from most cities in the country. If you are crazy about winters in the Himalayas and wish to live in a gorgeous house close to nature, this home would be the right pick. Those looking to spend some much-needed downtime can also opt for this Airbnb because of its accompanying tranquility.

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About the property:

Set on a 6600 feet hilltop, the house is a piece of art. Done up in a classic and mid-modern style, the two-bedroom cottage is made of recycled wood, mainly Burma teak, English oak and pine. The pièce de résistance is the glass ceiling and walls for dining under the star embellished sky. Minimalist interiors include Scandinavian light fixtures, customized furniture and a fine art collection. One will also notice traditional Himachali touches such as a Bukhari (a fireplace). There is also an outer patio that would be ideal for sunbathing in the mornings or for late-night conversations with a bottle of champagne in tow.

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Rooms:

There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms that can accommodate up to four guests. The bedrooms are spacious and stylish and come with hypoallergenic 300 count bedding. The villa comes with central heating, LCD, Wi-Fi connection, on-site housekeeping and toiletries. Besides a seating area, a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, there is a microwave and wooden fire stoves. There is also a sun terrace.

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Pro-Tip:

They do not provide accommodation for a driver or any staff member. So, you may have to make alternate arrangements for them in the surrounding area.

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Food:

The kitchen comes with a microwave, OTG, an espresso machine with ground coffee, utensils and other amenities needed to cook. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at an additional cost of ₹350-450 and need to be booked in advance. There are many popular eateries nearby that are a ten-minute drive away.

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Guest Recommendations:

I came across rave reviews about Tek Chand, the in-house chef, who can prepare a variety of lip-smacking dishes ranging from North-Indian and continental to Italian and Kashmiri cuisines.

Highlights:

1. The glasshouse in the living area lets you dine, chill and sleep under the stars surrounded by stunning mountain ranges.

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2. Wake up to bright sunshine and happy cuddles by the cutest doggos who stay in the property; Jojo, Blacky, Peppy and Hero.

3. The terrace garden is the romantic backdrop for a steaming hot cup of morning tea or a midnight kiss under the stars.

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4. When the snow envelopes the outside world in a blanket of white, warm yourself with your very own Bukhari or fireplace inside.

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5. Click away at the cute little garden with lots of pretty flowers, apple trees and picture-perfect views.

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6. You wake up to a breath-taking view of the snow-capped mountains and the bustling valley. It is far enough to feel secluded yet close enough to hop down to town for supplies and other diverting activities.

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7. The hiking trails just behind the house are a route to an undiscovered paradise which will make for exciting adventures. Icy streams and scenic views are sprinkled along the entire trail.

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8. Stay in old Manali which isn’t fully commercialized yet, so you can enjoy the tranquillity and stunning views without being cut off from the town. It is a great choice for travellers interested in nature trails, mountain walks and beautiful forests.

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Cost: ₹12,000 per night

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Best time to go: September to March

Important Places Around:

Hidimba Devi Temple - 600 m away

Manu Temple - 900 m away

Tibetan Monastery - 1.5 km away

City Centre/Manali Market - 3 km away

How to Reach:

Delhi – 538 km (15-hour drive)

Chandigarh - 295 km (8-hour drive)

Gaggal Airport (nearest airport) - 86 km

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