The SpaceA modern mountain log house, in the beautiful lap of the high Himalayan snow peaks, in the daylong company of birdsong and rural pastoral life.
A quiet, rustic, restful retreat for repose, bonding, and an authentic rural Himalayan experience. Smartly done up with a modern eclectic touch, the cottage has 3 airy bedrooms, bright with natural light and adorned with handmade art, variety of books, very cosy, comfortable furnishings and furniture. One of the bedrooms is en-suite on the top floor,with its own little sit out and the other two rooms on the ground-floor share a common bathroom. The open plan kitchen is also on the ground floor.
There is a large lounge cum dining tent adjacent to the cottage.
The entire cottage can be hired for group or a family of 6 to 8 persons, or in units of each room. Extra persons can be accommodated in the lounge room if needed on extra charge.
We do not always stay on site, but visit on and off. There is a full time caretaker available on site for cooking, cleaning and other small errands. Local guides are also available on prior request for treks, camping and so on.
Located in a pristine, quaint, remote mountain region bang in the heart of the mighty Himalaya, in a village of 56 families. Surrounding forests are a mix of ancient oaks, rhododendrons, deodars, pine and various native Himalayan species. Wildlife sightings can include leopards, Himalayan dear, jungle cats, pine martens, and wide range of birds.
Our cottage is on a forest road high up at 7000 ft, a few steps downhill from the parking , en route from Pokhri - Nagnath to Mohankhal forest range in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. Roughly 400kms distant from New Delhi, and 220kms from Haridwar, the driving is on the Haridwar-Joshimath National Highway 58, and besides the Ganga river through mountains all the way. We are on a ridge dividing the two river valleys of Mandakini and Alaknanda, the two sister streams of the Ganga as it goes rushing down from its source to the plains.
We are blessed with amazing snow views of eternal Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhambha from all the huge glass windows and sit outs. Wonderful forest and village walks, treks and bird watching opportunities abound. An excellent base for the Chopta-Tunganath - Deoarital trek in the Kedarnath Musk deer Sanctuary area, skiing at Auli and and pilgrimage to the Char Dham and Hemkunt Sahib. We are also close to the UNESCO World heritage site of Valley of Flowers, and the renowned Alpine meadows of Bedni and Ali Bugyal.
There are activities that can be planned in advance, for those who are keen- local cooking, farming practices participation, knitting sessions with village women, local craft centre visits and shopping, mountain biking and overnight camping among others.
A visit to Birdsong Cottage is an opportunity to live amongst villagers and observe and participate in their lifestyle, culture and festivals-a mix of modern professions and traditional organic terrace farming and forest produce based livelihoods. To savor local organic food for most meals. To live amidst pure clean air, to sip pure sweet spring water and to admire the glorious bounty and magic of mother earth.
Ideal for nature lovers, artists, photographers, mountain lovers and and birdwatchers. Great for family bonding and activities with kids.
Local town with bus station, taxi stand, basic health facilities, internet and market is 1.5 kms away.
What makes us stand apart is that we are the only quality guest accommodation with a repository of rich experiences and stories to share, in this pristine and utterly incredibly beautiful region for the leisure seeking visitor, who is travelling for a deep connect with nature and culture outside, and with their own inner essence as well. Guest AccessThe cottage and the adjoining lounge tent is open to guests. There is system of boundary walls in the village so basically it is one merged neighborhood. Interaction with GuestsSometimes we may be at the cottage and other times not. When we are there we interact a lot with our guests, sharing meal times and other activities and its up to the guests to decide how much interaction they like. The NeighborhoodWe are located in a small, remote village that still lives off small scale organic farming and animal herding in great measure. And we are surrounded by old indigenous forests. the great himalayan peaks face the cottage and the views are stunning at all times, changing with seasons and time of day. There is a huge variety of birds all around and some exciting sightings of wildlife too. Getting AroundThis is a place to walk , hike and trek ! So get those legs all the exercise they can take. Local transport is available but not the most comfortable. It is best to get a hired car along or drive in. Other Things to NoteThe pricing listed on airbnb is for one person per night , and includes 3 simple meals of the day. For extras, snacks etc we ask guests to pay cash for the materials to be bought. Guests are recommended to take the advice of the caretaker and plan the meals sufficiently in advance.