The Quiet Place
Are you looking for inspiration, or a muse? Do you seek silence and calm, both outside and within? Do you relate well with words like off-beat, inspiring, and meditative?
The quiet place is a little orchard on a little ridge away from roads. Every dawn and dusk brings magical colors here, and always touches something deep within. Here you can commune with a part of yourself which is hard to reach elsewhere. The mountains offer that chance of stillness inside you.
The quiet place is a favourite with creative people, and is also the venue for all the events of the Himalayan Writing Retreat.
Food is an important part of inspiration. You can't create great stuff with a bad taste in your mouth. We make sure you are well fed. We grow some of our own food and herbs, and source much locally, supporting local businesses and NGOs (see "About & Around us" below).
We don't believe we own the planet - we're just borrowing it for a while. So we compost our organic waste. We try and keep our consumption of packaged goods to a minimum. Whatever trash we generate, we dispose of responsibly. Water is precious here, and we recycle our water in multiple ways. Four of our six guest rooms are made of mud, with the smallest carbon footprint possible. We encourage all our guests to use minimal plastic. When you stay with us we request that you also follow a "leave no trace" approach.
We host events every now and then. we're looking forward to hosting the Vacation Hues art Retreat with Shubhra Chaturvedi on 30 Oct - 3 Nov. You can learn more about the retreat here.
More about the Quiet place
We are not professional hoteliers but are happy to share our small piece of paradise with our guests who are looking for cozy quiet and inspiration.
We have put in great effort to make our premises as eco-friendly as possible. We have tried to construct in such a way that the natural contours of the land, trees and shrubs are left as untouched as possible. Our main building and service unit is constructed using AAC blocks - an approved eco-friendly building material that uses industrial waste, is non-toxic and non-allergic with good thermal and acoustic properties.
All the pine, cedar, shisham, sal and tun wood used in our buildings is sourced from local, government certified agencies. Most of the wood has the environmentally safe and sustainable Tung oil finish. Our mud cottages (local cob style construction) are non-polluting and recyclable. They provide a healthy, breathable and comfortable living environment.
From the unfinished, insect repelling, fragrant, Himalayan cedar wood (a.k.a Deodhar) furniture and woven waste paper baskets to the Kalamkari fabric of the curtains - most items in the guest rooms are handmade from natural materials. As far as possible, we have sourced locally and from craftspersons, directly.
We recycle most of the water that we use and harvest rainwater. As this is a water deficient area and the municipal water supply is limited, we are unable to offer a daily change of bed linen or towels. Clean bed linen and towels are provided at the beginning of every 3-4 day workshop. For guests who stay longer, sheets and towels are changed once in every three days. However, if you need a change of sheets or towels, please do let us know. We will be happy to provide a fresh set.
We live in a rural area and the electric supply can be unpredictable. We have solar water heaters and solar electricity backup that feeds the library/lounge and guest rooms in the main house. We have provided backup lamps in the cottages. On a cold day, we light the bukhari in the lounge to make it a cosy space for sessions or hanging out. We will also provide you with hot water bottles on such nights. But, please do not hesitate to ask for a hot water bottle at any other time of the year. We would like you to be warm and comfortable.
We keep our premises clean. However, please be mindful of the fact that we do share this earth and our green surroundings with other animals, birds and insects. If any should stray into your room, please let us know. We would also urge you to spend a little time observing and admiring the beautiful colours of the butterflies, moths, other bugs and birds. You may hear the barking deer on occasion along with different kinds of bird-song.
We do not have a municipal waste disposal system here. We compost all organic waste and recycle the rest here or transport it to Haldwani to be recycled. Please use minimal plastic, and if possible, carry such items back with you.
Our staff are neighbours from the village. They may not be polished but are gentle and warm hearted.
We know that this is not a five-star experience but hope that your stay is peaceful and inspiring. We apologise for any rough edges or inconveniences.