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The Lama House

Starts ₹ 3,100 per night


Overview

The Lama House is a homestead out of the imagination of an artist. Built by Nyingma Lama of Spiti as a retreat for Buddhist monks – the spiritual energy still resonates through the property. Located a few kms above Manali town, set amidst apple orchards and backed by deodar forests – perched high on the hillside – this property commands spectacular views and enshrines you in the tranquillity of a perfect mountain retreat.

The property has six, beautifully appointed double bedrooms that envelop you in comfort. There is a coffee lounge and an immensely well-stocked library. You can find retreat on one of the two beautiful balconies or many quiet corners of the garden for a read, a stop and stare a moment, a morning of sketching or meditation.

The owner, Ms. Pavane Mann, has lived a life of travel and adventure. Her home reflects her life and she is always happy to sit and chat if you so desire. Also, recount stories both real and imagined from her diverse life.

Karma – the Bhutia dog is the guardian of the property and adds the perfect touch to this hill home.

Food served is home cooked from old collected recipes (the menu pamphlet makes for interesting reading, even if you don’t eat in). All produce is locally grown and sourced, so you get the perfect organic, clean, healthy experience.

The Lama House is a classic example of old school hospitality and charm with a touch of modernity.

 Location: Old Manali, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

Connectivity

  • Nearest bus stand: Manali: 4 km
  • Nearest airport: Bhuntar: 50 km

Facilities:

  • Library
  • Outside sitting deck
  • Coffee lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking
  • In-house dining
  • Garden
  • Picnic Spots

Activities (on request/extra charge):

  • Camping
  • Hiking/nature walks
  • Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Bonfire 

Things to Do 

  1. Hadimba Temple: Nestled in thick lush forests and located a mere 3 kilometres from the New Manali Chowk, this world-famous temple is dedicated to Hadimba Mata, the wife of the Pandava Bhim of the epic Mahabharata. This awe-inspiring structure was built over five centuries ago and has been lovingly maintained by the local folks ever since that time.  An adjoining Temple dedicated to the Deity’s son, Ghatotkach, is built at a site not walking distance away from the holy temple. The Hadimba Temple also attracts visitors from all parts of the world for its locally known Dhungri Mela. Seven days of boisterous celebrations take place, highlighting the local culture and the devotion these deities inspire.  A must see for all visitors to the Valley of Gods.

 

  1. Vashisht:  This remote village and its namesake Temple were established by Maharishi Vashisht, Guru to the Young Lord Ram and his brothers. The village was established by the Vashisht Clan and is especially famous for its Sulphur hot springs. These springs are rumored to possess great healing properties and are frequented by both locals, as well as tourists.

 

  1. Naggar: Naggar is located at a distance of approximately 20 km from Manali and was once the Royal Capital of the erstwhile kings for over 1400 years.  The Naggar Castle was built over 500 years ago and was the official seat of Kings.  Also famous in its own right, the world-renowned Roerich Art Gallery is housed here and was established by Sir Nicholas Roerich, a reputed Russian artist, who spent his last years in this small hamlet, and whose teachings are still passed down to young artists and art enthusiasts alike.

 

  1. Solang Valley:  Solang Valley is a famous local adventure spot located about 13 km from Manali, where a number of mountain adventure sports are conducted and can be experienced here. This beautiful hamlet plays host to zorbing, paragliding, ATV rides and many other activities in the summer. In winters, this otherwise lush meadow transforms into a white wonderland and various skiing, snowboarding and other snow events are held here.

 

  1. Rohtang Pass: Rohtang Pass is an ancient path which connects the culturally diverse valleys of Primarily Buddhist Lahaul and Spiti Valley, and the Hindu Valley of Gods, Kullu Valley. This pass is located at a height of over 13000 feet and is famous for its snow points, which are laden with snow many feet in height, even during the peak of summer. Rohtang, or ‘pile of corpses’ in its original lahauli translation, is so morbidly named, after the many who lost their lives over the years, attempting to cross the pass.  The pass still manages a death count even today, which has prompted the local Government to build a Tunnel, providing passage to the northward regions of Lahaul Spiti, and further ahead, Leh Ladakh.

 

  1. Arjuna Cave:  This cave is a well-known tourist spot near Manali above the village of Prini. According to legend one, the Pandav brothers Arjuna meditated in the cave and acquired the Pashupata Ashtra or the weapon of Lord Indra. Regardless of one’s belief in the myth, this place is worth visiting simply for its natural beauty and the panoramic view of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks. 

Rooms

The property has 6 exquisitely designed rooms. Each room has a unique decor which reflects the vibrant personality of the hostess who has put a lot of thought into making sure that each of her guests has a memorable experience staying here. Hand knitted hot water bottle covers, colourful tapestries and colour themed rooms, are just a few examples of Ms. Mann’s personal touch. Wonderful Bric a brac collected on her travels adorn the whole home including each bedroom.

 

Room Amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot and cold running water
  • Hand knitted hot water bottle covers
  • Private washrooms
  • Fireplace/ local heating stoves
  • Balcony/Patio
  • Heating
  • Writing desk
  • Wooden flooring
  • Bedside rugs

 

How to Get There

By car: Reaching old Manali chowk head up the Circuit House road, at the bifurcation to Old Manali stay left and take the upper road past the log huts – turn toward Apple Country resort and from the parking take the small road to the right follow it around and up again till you reach the red Lama House gate. Ring the bell!

By Bus: Catch an auto rickshaw to Apple Country Resorts, some rickshaws will bring you all the way up – some might stop at the Apple country parking – call the manager of the Lama house and someone will help you the last little walk up.

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Price starting from
Price per night: ₹ 3,100
Address
Address: Old Manali, Manali,
City:
County: India
State: Himachal Pradesh
Zip: 175131
Country: India
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