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
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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.
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.