Himalaica is the vacation home of Shalini and Uttam Davé, created with painstaking care over the past ten years. It was created as a place to be, to pause and reflect, to meditate, to remember and to forget, and to bring back the balance in our lives
Himalaica was created as a place to be, to pause and reflect, to meditate, to remember and to forget, and to bring back the balance in our lives that is all too lost. It is often described as a place with soul, and a spiritual quality – we believe this quality comes from the ancient temple that exists under a large oak tree on the premises.
Himalaica is the vacation home of Shalini and Uttam Davé, created with painstaking care over the past ten years (and still a work-in-progress!). That it is a labour of love is evident in the architecture, the interiors and the gardens. Built mostly with local craftsmen in difficult conditions, the property achieves a unique character that seamlessly meshes the rustic with modern comfort – drawing its inspiration from the past, living in the present, and looking to the future.
Unlike most vacation homes in the hill stations of India that remain boarded up to be aired from time to time, Himalaica is a functioning home, with full-time staff, pets and all!
Shalini spends much time and effort in maintaining the home in a pristine condition, while Uttam is passionate about the garden - continually working at it and introducing new species all the time – and reputed to have a serious addiction of continuing to develop the property!
Exclusive Private Estate & Villa Rental. Private and exclusive, stylish estate, surrounded by Reserve Forest. Villa with living room, fireplace, dining/meeting room for 10, large kitchen for optional self-catering, TV lounge, three cozy wood-floored bedrooms, three designer three-fixture bathrooms, glass study, full glass garden-side Conservatory. Guest Cottage with petite sitting/dining lounge, two bedrooms, three-fixture bathroom, kitchenette. Gardens, lawns, sitting decks everywhere. Sleeps 10, extra beds possible. STD, Wi-Fi Internet available. Quality staff accommodations. Home-style meals and refreshments, laundry.
Aside from Himalaica being an ideal base to explore the region, you can find a number of things to do at and around Himalaica itself. Forest walks and treks, bird-watching in the garden, exploring the garden which is replete with a wide variety of plants and flowers, a wide selection of movies, meditation at the temple under the old oak tree, music on the BoseTM surround-sound system in the Conservatory, reading a book from the library – and also just do nothing! There are plenty of places or just chill to sit around the property.