Barahbeesh Villa

Barahbeesh Villa

The Barahbeesh Villa is located in the quaint village of Kathasu, in the Pabbar Valley of Jubbal, Himachal Pradesh
Starts from Rs 1200/ Night

The Barahbeesh Villa is located in the quaint village of Kathasu, in the Pabbar Valley of Jubbal, Himachal Pradesh. Lying in the rich belt of Apple cultivation, the house is the oldest house of the region. Built of traditional style, each corer in the house is uniquely crafted, and has a story to tell. Located at the centre of the village, it commands breath taking views of the mountains. The host, Kritika, is a native to the area and is highly qualified in the scope of art and culture. The homestay was started by her with an aim to showcase the rich, unadulterated culture of Himachal Pradesh to those coming from outside. The house is a perfect escape from the crowd of the city – serene landscapes, and untapped cultures.

The house is built in wood and locally available stone, in an architectural style called ‘Kathkuni’. The stay has a rustic appeal, and an old-world charm. Amidst the conventional spur of modern re-decoration, the house is left un-altered so that a traveller can truly understand the Himachali way of living. It is accessed from the first floor which opens up to a lobby, the kitchen, a relaxing space and two double bed-bedrooms. The house is built on a slope, and has many windows on the eastern façade – for ample sunlight and beautiful pictures of the hills! As one descends down to the lower floor, he would be entering into the dining hall, and another attached bedroom. In the olden days, the ceiling heights were lower to keep the room warmer, and one is sure to feel the warm, cozy aura because of it. There is a common washroom and a toilet on the upper floor, with hot water facility. There is also a common dining, common seating/gathering area, multiple verandas and cozy niches throughout the house. All rooms are dual occupancy.

The guests will be savouring delicious dishes from Himachal for all their meals. Starting from ‘Chilas’ for breakfast, to a wholesome meal of roti (chapati) ,sabzi (curry), daal (pulses), chawal (rice)for lunch. When at the homestay, do try their mutton and chicken gravy, Rajma Curry, Makke ki roti, and ‘Kachalu’ curry. ‘Kali roti’ is another delicacy made out of Bajra and Jowar. Needless to say, all vegetables are freshly farm plucked, and cooked on the fire. What makes these simply-cooked meals make you want more is the dollop of home-made ghee all dishes are served with.

Homestays like the Barahbheesh Villa are an experience in itself. One can spend a whole day relaxing in the lap of nature, in the old wooden structure. Once you get enough of it, one can go to treks around the village – like the Kuppad trek, Giriganga trek, the trek to Mural, and the famous Chanchal trek. All these are one-day treks, about 3 kms each, taking you to peaks through diverse mountainous landscapes. Other experiences for the travellers could be assisting the hosts in learning the rural way of living – their agricultural practices, milking the cows, and learning more about their lifestyle along the way. Such places serve as a good break from the hectic schedules of our daily lives – and teach us so much about some new cultures at the same time! There is a village temple, where one is allowed to visit till the porch only. Fishing can also be arranged for, on demand. There is cultivation of Apples, ‘Parsiman’ (Japenes Apples), plums, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches. Pulses, corn, Jowar, Bajra, and Organic vegetables (almost all). As the host rightly puts it, one can never get enough of the place!

By Flight: The closest airport to the homestay is Delhi or Chandigarh Airport. From there, one could take a bus/cab/train to Shimla. The host provides a facility to be picked up from Shimla till the homestay.
By train: The closest railway station is Shimla Railway Station. After reaching Shimla, there is a direct bus till Batargalu Village. From there, one can contact the host and they can pick up you from there. The other option is to take the bus coming to Hathkoti Village, from where they can be picked up from. The frequency to this bus is very good, hailing every half an hour.There is a provision to be picked directly from Sjimla city as well.
By Bus: After reaching Shimla, there is a direct bus till Batargalu Village. From there, one can contact the host and they can pick up you from there. The other option is to take the bus coming to Hathkoti Village, from where they can be picked up from. The frequency to this bus is very good, hailing every half an hour.

The host, Kritika comes from a large Himachali family. She is very knowledgeable, and well-versed with the local heritage of the area. Currently pursuing her Masters, she is welcoming, and warm. Do strike a conversation with her and her family as they take you on a journey of Himachali tales and beliefs! The life in the mountains is difficult, and the family spends their days in the farms: milking cows, and managing the packaging and sale for the same. Kritika is strongly driven by the motive to preserve culture, and hosting the travellers is a way to achieve just that. She has recently also started a Plantation Campaign, and plans to plant 3000 trees in the area.

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