MOUNTAIN VIEW ABODE

MOUNTAIN VIEW ABODE

Near Auli

It is a 400 year old house built in the Vernacular style of Architecture.
Starts from Rs 1,200/ Night

The mountains have something very comforting about them. Their tall, majestic appearance might seem intimidating at a first glance, but once you start moving upwards, the air gets cleaner, and the noise tends to cease. Be it ascending a peak, or reaching a destination in the mountains, there is a sense of tranquility associated with that journey. And the same experience has been recreated at our 'Mountain View Abode', which is a humble homestay in Manoti village, near Joshimath. It is a 400 year old house built in the Vernacular style of Architecture. Dating back to the legends, the property was the first house that was built in the village- all the other houses were built uphill. All the people in Manoti village are related, and make one big ‘’Rana’ family. Surrounded by lush green trees, and vegetable farms, nestled between the mountains, the property was used as a summer house by the owners. The homestay overlooks peaks including NandaDevi, HathiParvat, ‘Sleeping beauty’ and many more, and sits as an ideal destination for those wanting to take a vacation from the hustle-bustle of their daily lives. The serenity of the environment is enhanced by the earthiness of the house, which is entirely built out of Mud, stone, Timber and other locally available materials. The property has farms adjoining it, where the owners grow local vegetables like Cabbage, Potatoes, Ram dana, Rajma, Gehu, which is open for the guests to explore.
With picturesque views, and breathtaking sunsets, staying at 'Mountain View Abode' is an experience in itself!

Traditionally, the houses in the mountains have a lower level (ground level) which house the cattle, and the upper level with a sloping roof, so the snow slides off. After refurbishing the house, the lower room has been converted into a cozy bedroom, ideal for bag-packers, or a couple. The upper level has two rooms, which can house 2-4 people (extra mattresses can be provided). Upper level rooms have access to balconies, making watching sunsets and sunrises an everyday experience! The rooms are also ideal for group of friends, looking for a convivial vacation in the lap of nature. All the furniture has been made from recycled wood, crafted by local artisans, and gives a rustic feel to the place. The play of traditional colours of bright blue, red and yellow against the backdrop of brown mud adds to the visual dynamism. There is a bathroom attached to the house, which has a separate entrance.
Wake up to awe-inspiring views of the mountains each day, take a walk in the village, or strike a conversation with your warm host, 'Ranaji'. Some places instantly feel like home, and this homestay is one of those places.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be in a ‘Thali’ system, comprising of modest and delicious local dishes. There is a provision for cooking on your own too. Fresh and hand-picked vegetables taste a notch tastier than their city counterparts! 'Rajma', or 'Kali daal' is afavourite delicacy in the area, while some other traditional dishes include 'Chasedo', 'Kapeli', 'Chaunsa' and many more. The bird-feeder is designed right outside the dining, and all the leftover or extra food is usually served to the birds. Enjoy the meal either sitting in the kitchen, dining, having hot 'rotis' right off the chulha, or relish it under the starry sky.

Ever lived in a house which overlooks gigantic snow-peaked mountains which make you realize how tiny we all are, in front of mother nature? Or woken up to the sounds of birds chirping, in a cozy warm blanket? Then the lesser-known Manoti is just the place. The earthy, homely vibe will help you reconnect with yourself. Be it meditating in fresh air, taking a long walk with your loved one, or getting your creative juices flowing, the place has something in store for everyone! As Mark Obmascik says, “I like the mountains because they make me feel small. They help me sort out what's important in life.”
The homestay has a humble appearance and camouflages with the other houses around, but is designed for the basic urban needs. Ranaji also encourages the guests to accompany him to the field, learn about the local vegetables and cooking techniques.

By Air: The nearest Airport to Manoti village is the Dehradun Airport, also known as the Jolly Grant Airport. From the Airport, you can either hire a private vehicle, or take a bus to take an 8 hour journey towardsJoshimath.The village Manoti is another half an hour ride uphill from here. The homestay is on a lesser accessed path, so give a call to the hosts, as they offer to pick you, and guide you from there on. Another alternative is to get on the bus (UttarakhandParivahan) to Auli, and get down at the ‘TV Tower’ on Parsari road. You will come across a signage of Manoti village, from where take the concrete steps up to the house.
By Rail: The nearest Railway Station is the Dehradun Station, from where you take a bus/cab/private vehicle to Joshimath, and then to Manoti. Another way is to reach Haridwar / Rishikesh and then take a bus going to Joshimath, and then follow the route ahead as mentioned above.
By Road: Joshimath is well connected by NH7, which passes through the town. It is a 9 hour drive,if traveling on road from Rishikesh side. After reaching Joshimath, take the route to Auli, and look out for a signage toManoti village, on Parsari road. The homestay is on a lesser accessed path, so give a call to the hosts, as they offer to pick you, and guide you from there on.

The property is owned by HarendarRana, known as ‘Ranaji’, and his brother Kundanbhaiya. While Kundanbhaiya is shy and insightful, Ranaji has a charismatic personality. He is a middle aged man who is an avid nature lover, loves to travel, and very knowledgeable about the local culture. He calls himself a bathroom singer, but once he is comfortable with you, he will recreate all Kishor Kumar hits! He is married to Mamtadidi, and they break all conventional stereotypes of patriarchy together. They are often seen cooking and serving food to the guests together, and helps her in all household chores. He is humble, and grounded, and will leave you awe-struck with all kinds of old village legends. During your stay, ask him to accompany you to nature trails, and treks, and he would be happy to do so! He and Mamtadidi make the homestay feel like actual home, with their warm hospitality, kind behavior and lively presence.

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