Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area
Our house is next to the Tirthan River full of trouts is the most beautiful rivers in the HImalaya !
A traditional architecture out of stones, mud and wood we have our own organic garden & pure water !
“Wow!”That’s something I said every few minutes, from the time I entered Sunshine Himalayan Cottage, to the time I left. I’m actually feeling a bit reluctant to share this sweet cabin with you – I want it all to myself!
GPS is accurate in terms of directions, but it’s easy to get lost in the beauty of Tirthan Valley and miss the tiny cut-off that slopes up to Gurshaini, hence I’d advise you to keep your eyes on the map.
Add-on experiences offered by the host
ACTIVITIES TO DO - SH Cottage
Step outside with your fishing rod and cast a line into the water, walk along the river bank towards the blazing sunset, set off on a nature-photography walk or trek to one of the many interesting spots surrounding the cottage, if you want to stretch your legs. Just as the place is a haven for travelers, it is one for birds too – and if you love bird-watching, you’ll find many rare species here. Lastly, you can even trek to the Himalaya National Park, a short distance away. All of these will ha
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Sunshine Himalayan Cottage is aptly named for it is literally gives you all the warm-fuzzies when you first see it basking in the sunlight at edge of the water. You’ll be instantly lulled into relaxation mode by the sound of the stream flowing by and mesmerized by the views of endless hills opposite the cottage, scattered with tiny waterfalls gushing down the cliffs.
No corner of the property is ordinary, but an ingenious amalgamation of mud, clay, bamboo and stone. An absence of nails, paint or synthetic materials makes the place look and feel married to the landscape around it, a perfect yin and yang relationship. You won’t believe it until you experience it, but the aura of Sunshine Himalayan Cottage just exudes happiness! The living room is an inviting space for everyone – with plush rugs, rustic touches like cane furniture and natural light in abundance. To wind down, hang out here and read a book, play a game, partake in a sing-along or just listen to the sound of laughter coming from the dining area next door. It appears as if the cheer in the air is contagious and that everyone is just plain happy to be there.
Interaction with Guests
The welcoming smiles of the owners, Panki Sood and his wife are enough to banish any of the initial formality that you feel when you meet strangers. And after offering you a welcome drink and engaging in some chit-chat about the journey, they’ll leave you to discover the place at your own pace.
The balcony, however, is the highlight. Dripping in yellow sunshine during the day, it offers a spectacular view of the river right below you. Sit here and watch the wind as it thrashes the trees, an arm’s length away, if they were mere weeds. At night, there’s no better spot to curl up in than the cane chairs, and gaze up into the star strewn sky.
The fact that the room was so minimal somehow made me mindful of so many little things like walking barefoot on the cool mud-clay floor, the way the raw umber-shaded walls absorbed the soft glow of the lights and even the way the soft furry blanket felt on my skin as I drifted into a deep slumber.
Step outside with your fishing rod and cast a line into the water, walk along the river bank towards the blazing sunset, set off on a nature-photography walk or trek to one of the many interesting spots surrounding the cottage, if you want to stretch your legs. Just as the place is a haven for travelers, it is one for birds too – and if you love bird-watching, you’ll find many rare species here. Lastly, you can even trek to the Himalaya National Park, a short distance away.
All of these will have you drifting off into a restful night’s sleep, aided by the soothing sound of the river flowing.
Other Things to Note
The trout-filled mountain stream is just outside the cabin. Step out of the door onto the deck and you’ll be looking down into the water. You can even clamber and sit upon the rocks on the river and dip your feet into the freezing cold water. With your toes dipped in and eyes towards the many waterfalls crashing down, far away in the distance, your job, stress and struggles will seem so insignificant.
This little homestay in Tirthan Valley can sleep 12 adults in 5 double rooms, which makes it a great spot for a bachelor or group getaway, family vacay and even for couples who want to enjoy a magical experience right in the middle of this captivating valley. There truly is something for everyone – the adventure junkie and solitude-seeker, the food lover and star gazer! So round up your friends, and give these wonderful folks a call. I promise, it will be worth it!