In the Lap of the Himalayas-You should stay at these places at least once before it looses its charm

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Himachal and Uttarakhand, being in the lap of the Himalayan ranges are the most common tourist destinations. Now a days the tourist traffic to these states have increased dramatically with most of the places loosing its charm due to tourism chaos. Here is some of my favorite picks where you can enjoy a Himalayan holiday with peace and tranquil-

Smetaceks’ Colonial Homestay:

Located in the tranquil hills of Bhimtal, this charming 19th century colonial bungalow is inhabited by an Anglo-Indian family. Indulge in a warm hospitality by the friendly family and relish on delicious home-cooked foods, prepared with locally grown ingredients, using Anglo recipes that have stood the test of time. Read, write, paint, draw, do the things you love, in the cozy outdoor and indoor hideouts around the house, with the mighty Himalayas forming an inspiring backdrop. Don't forget to listen to the fascinating family history from the hosts.

Begin your love affair with the majestic Kumaon Himalayas by exploring the surrounding forests and picturesque villages in the terraced valleys. Take a dip in the warm afternoon sun in the pristine lakes of Sattal. Roam around the tea plantations at the Orange Pekoe Tea Bushes planted by the British in the 1850s. Attend the prayers at the pretty English church of Bhimtal. Enjoy a picnic by the lakes, or warm yourself over a bonfire dinner under the starry skies. The Smetacek boys would love to take you on secret trails in these mountains they call home.

You can book this cottage through http://indiauntravelled.com

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Solitude by the Riverside:

This place is located on the banks of Kalsa river in the tiny hamlet of Chanfi near Nainital and Bhimtal, Uttarakhand.

Chanfi is well known for its rustic farms and has very little tourist traffic due to its remote location. Set in a deep valley, the more beautiful parts are accessed by foot on village paths and tracks. The surrounding hills with its dense forests is well-known in ornithologist circles for many rare birds. Chances of animal sighting is pretty high from the balcony.

Enjoy a trek to the untouched Pari Tal or spend a lazy day watching rare birds.You can also opt for a day-trip to nearby places like Nainital, Bhimtal, Mukteswar or Ramgarh.

The place is a good 20 minutes trek by the riverside. Jhoola Pull, a suspension bridge is the starting point of the trek where you will be greeted by the hotel staffs.

Explore the official website http://www.soulitudebytheriverside.com for more details.

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Dakbunglow at Peora:

An old British inspection bungalow built in 1905, with a stunning view of Nanda Devi and Trisul. After years of dilapidation, the bungalow was leased by Pradeep & Shubha from the District Board in 2005, and refurbished as a homestay. Its original architecture, walls, fireplaces, wooden ceilings and grand verandas were retained, offering an indulgence in colonial royalty, homely hospitality & panoramic Himalayan views.

Wake up to the chirps of the Blue Magpie - Take a lazy stroll in the nearby dense pine forests and fruit orchards - Have a nice chat with Mr. Pradeep, the Host while sipping his home-made fruit wine - End the day with gazing at the fascinating night sky with myriad of stars and lights of the Almora town across the valley.

Mailto: untravel@indiauntravelled.com to book the Bunglow

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Tree House Cottages,Manali:

Enjoying a tree-house experience in Kerala is much in trend now a days. But what about staying in a tree surrounded by the snow clad Himalayan Ranges? Yes, it sounds awesome and you can experience that by staying in this family-run Tree House Cottages in Katrain, Manali.

A completely modern, yet authentic, wooden house, atop a tree that renders a breath-taking view of the Himalayan mountains, the sweet sound of birds singing, fresh mountain air, and cosy interiors. Also afixed with a completely modern bath and toilet up above the tree!

Check this http://www.manalitreehousecottages.com for more details.

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Raju Bharti's Guest House, Gushaini:

This is the most iconic place in the secluded Tirthan Valley on the bank of the Tirthan river. In fact, you have to cross a rustic cable car over a flowing Tirthan to reach the guest house. Surrounded by high mountains, dense forests and apple orchards this place is far away from the civilization and a perfect base point for the trekkers to Great Himalayan National Park.

Rooms are cosy with hot water all the time, delicious home-cooked meals served by Raju's wife(Trouts are a must-try here), friendly atmosphere -This place is perfect for the laid-back tourists as well as for the intrepid travellers.

Go for fishing, mountain biking in and around the valley or pay a day-visit to the Jalori pass. In case you want some adventure, set out for the treks in the Great Himalayan National Park ranging from 1 to 6 days which can be arranged by Raju's family.

Make sure you pan ahead and make an early booking.

Address: MDR 28, Pekhri, Himachal Pradesh 175123

Phone: 096252 11848

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