Sometimes it’s going off the beaten path to find your own little secluded paradise. I’m talking about windows with snow capped views, warm quilts, roaring fireplaces and rumbling streams. That’s right!
I find immense joy in such remote unknown places away from any kind of civilization. I was planning my 2018 year end trip which included a long trip starting with Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Dalhousie. I was looking for an offbeat destination to spend my new year’s, away from the party goers and touristy places. And that’s when Chamba happened to me, while I was trying to zoom in and out of google maps, trying to find secluded, miraculous hideouts around Dalhousie. Chamba is about 50 kms from Dalhousie and most of them just make day trips to this mighty Himalayan kingdom.
The town of Chamba was founded in 920 AD by Raja Sahil Varman. Walled by the enormous Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges with Raavi River flowing in the valley, is known for the artistic traditions of its people and the architectural marvels that were built between the 8th and 10th century.
There is this miraculous little placed called H20 House tucked away in a small hamlet in Chamba, situated in Chimanoo village. H20 house is an ancestral property that is over a 100 years old. There is a river stream that flows through the house and that is precisely how the place acquires its name from the sound of water (H20). Infact, the loud rumble of cascading streams and gurgling rivers reverberates in the rooms and that is all you hear all day. It totally added to the beauty of the place. The water from the streams is used to grind wheat flour, the food is produced in-house using locally-sourced ingredients and then served you for meals.
There is also an attic facing the river where you can spend hours doing yoga, meditating, reading or pondering life in general.
Oh! And did I forget to mentionabout Romeo, the dog we met at H20 house – he will happily show you around the property. We spent a lot of time with Romeo and he is one of the most genial dogs we ever met.
H2O House promises you an experience like no other. It takes you back to a simpler times. It is an eco-friendly place and is a self-sustaining heaven in itself. There is also Sri Sri Ravishankar’s ashram right next to the property, where you have the chance to teach, if you intend to stay for a longer time.
We spent a good 3 days here with most afternoons spent by the river stream while listening to sounds of chirping birds and the gurgling river. And evenings, when the sun’s shift was up, we wrapped ourselves in shawls, sitting around the bonfire with glasses of rum and whisky. Special mention to the staff going the extra mile to ensure that we always felt at home and had everything we asked for.
If you are a traveler who loves going off the beaten track and exploring a hidden gem on vacations, you probably even love staying in intimate accommodation that is not crowded with people and offer something more than what you get in a posh hotel or resort – H20 house is the place to be! I cannot emphasize this enough, this is one of the most beautiful property I have stayed in. It is serene, pristine and absolutely beautiful.
Things to do/see in Chamba