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Forktail Villa - The Organic Homestay in Dharamshala

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Overview
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
1 night minimum
Holiday Rental House
Forktail villa built in the local Kangra Style of architecture. At the villa we have tried to incorporate the Permaculture philosophy in all areas of construction as best as we could. The house has been built with mud, stone, slate and bamboo. The idea was to create a building where very little building material had to be got from the outside to reduce the carbon foot print as much as possible. The house is close to the village of Gamru in Dharamshala. Kotwali Bazar which is the main market of Dharamshala is 1 KM away. Even though we are so close to Dharamshala the villa is nicely tucked away from all the crowds and noise. Both the garden and backyard have spectacular views of the snow-capped Dhaulahars, there are small village shops, a large market, malls, cinema hall, restaurants etc al...Forktail villa built in the local Kangra Style of architecture. At the villa we have tried to incorporate the Permaculture philosophy in all areas of construction as best as we could. The house has been built with mud, stone, slate and bamboo. The idea was to create a building where very little building material had to be got from the outside to reduce the carbon foot print as much as possible. The house is close to the village of Gamru in Dharamshala. Kotwali Bazar which is the main market of Dharamshala is 1 KM away. Even though we are so close to Dharamshala the villa is nicely tucked away from all the crowds and noise. Both the garden and backyard have spectacular views of the snow-capped Dhaulahars, there are small village shops, a large market, malls, cinema hall, restaurants etc all within walking distance of the house. You can take the short cut walk to Mcleodganj or Bhagsu Nag from Gamru, it about 30 min to an hour on foot. If walking is not your thing then you can get a cab and it is a 10 min drive up the hill. The villa offers you an interesting mix of urban and rural life and also a lot of wilderness. This leaves you with a lot of options to choose from. The house is fully furnished and includes a main room, 2 fire places, two bedrooms, kitchen, laundry, store room and a veranda. Apart from antique furniture and heritage curios. The large garden surrounding the house with all the fruit and flower trees is a frequent haunt for the birds. you will see loads of russet sparrows, Sibias, Rose Finches, Magpies, Bulbuls, barbets, fly catches, Redstarts, etc. You will also see lots of Himalyan Griffons, Lammergeier’s and kites trying to catch a thermal above the house during the day. Your stay here will include a full breakfast - you can choose to either self cater other meals or the co-host can help arrange a wholesome meal for you at a small charge. The kitchen is fully equipped for your convenience with a stovetop, OTG, toaster, pots and pans, crockery, and cutlery. For your convenience, I will also ensure that the kitchen is stocked with a few days worth of basic supplies such as tea, milk, sugar, salt, basic spices and oil. If you wish to cook, you can shop for groceries and other supplies in Dharamshala which is very close, or you could request the cook to shop for you. Specialty food and drink such as wine, premium liquor, cheese, dried fruit and nuts, packaged foods, spices, imported items, coffee etc are easily available in the well-stocked market of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. All basic groceries are available close to the house itself.More
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About the Owner
Kaushal D
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:80%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2017
Interaction with guests
Hagit my co host will personally meet you upon your arrival and show you around the house. She also lives on the property and will be available most times of the day to help you around. Hagit will be around during the day to fix breakfast and help you with any other requests such as lunch, dinner, laundry, making a fire in the fireplace, organising a bonfire/ barbecue and so on. Please do note that these add-ons are available at a small cost, which you can directly pay to the co-host.
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Water Views
Safe
Towels Provided
Freezer
Private Garden
Iron
Hiking Trips
Balcony
Mountain Views
Linens Provided
Secure Parking
Wi-Fi
Internet Access
Terrace
Toaster
Fireplace
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Is this holiday rental large?YesNoUnsure
Availability
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About the neighbourhood
The Villa is located in the village of Gamru. It is 1 Km from the main Kotwali Bazar in Dharamshala. Inspite of the villa being so close to the town of Dharamshala it still is nicely tucked away from all the hustle and bustle to give you a feeling of seclusion once you are on the property. The location of the house is great for hikes and walks to Mcleodganj, Bhagsu Nag and Dharamkot using a mountain trail, reachable on foot within 30mins to an hour. If you wish to drive to any of these places then it is only a 10 mins drive further up the mountain. The house has good views of the Indru Nag temple. Through the day it is nice to watch Paragliders take off and fly with the Vultures and Eagles.
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You can get local cabs and buses easily to move around.
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