The picture-perfect Lama House is a home-stay out of the imagination of an artist. Built originally by Nyingma Lama of Spiti as a retreat for Buddhist monks, 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 of surrounding mountain ranges and offers the uplifting tranquillity of a perfect mountain retreat.
Lama House has six, beautifully appointed double bedrooms, a coffee lounge, and a well-stocked library. Down-town Manali is a walk away, but if you want to just relax and rejuvenate you can choose one of two beautiful balconies or one of many quiet corners of the garden and find time to stop and stare or to read or to meditate or spend a morning just indulging your talent for sketching.
Lama House reflects the life of its owner, a life of travel and adventure, who is often available on-site and always happy to sit and recount stories and chat if you so desire. Karma- the Bhutia dog is the guardian of the property and adds the pet-lover’s touch to this outstandingly beautiful home-stay.
The food served is home-style, (the menu pamphlet makes for interesting reading) and cooked from old collected and family recipes. All fresh produce is locally grown and sourced, so you get a pure organic, clean, and healthy taste.
Nearest bus stand: Manali: 4 km
Nearest airport: Bhuntar: 50 km
Activities/Things to do (on request/extra charge):
Places to visit in Manali
Hadimba Temple: Nestled in deodar forests and located a mere 3 kilometers 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 tiered-tower structure was built over five centuries ago, and is a must-visit for all travelers to Manali.
Vashisht Village and Temple: Vashisht is located about 4kms from Manali Bazaar and is famous for its hot sulphur springs. It is believed to have been established by Maharishi Vashisht, Guru to the young Lord Ram and his brothers. The springs are believed to possess healing properties and are frequented by both locals as well as tourists.
Arjuna Cave: Arjuna cave is a well-known tourist spot near Manali above the village of Prini. According to legend one of 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.
Places to visit near Manali
Naggar: Naggar is located at a distance of approximately 20 km from Manali and was the Royal Capital of the erstwhile kings for over 1400 years. Also, the Roerich Art Gallery and Museum is housed here, established by Sir Nicholas Roerich, a reputed Russian artist. Do check the opening times and days before your visit.
Solang Valley: Solang Valley, a famous local adventure spot located about 13 km from Manali, offers various mountain adventure sports including zorbing, paragliding, and ATV rides. In Winter, the valley transforms into a white wonderland and offers skiing, snowboarding, and other snow events.
Rohtang Pass: Rohtang Pass is on the ancient route which connects the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti with the 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. The 50 km drive to Rohtang from Manali takes a little over 2 hours.
Hadimba Temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Hidimba Devi. It’s located amid Deodar forests.
Rohtang pass is located at a height of over 13000 feet . The 50 km drive to Rohtang from Manali takes a little over 2 hours.
Solang Valley, located about 13 km from Manali. Famous for adventurous snow games in Kullu
Vashisht Cave is located about 4kms from Manali Bazaar and is famous for its hot sulfur springs.
Superior Rooms are comfortable and cosy, with mountain views. Hot and cold running water in the bathrooms makes this a home away from home. Hand knitted hot water bag covers and breakfast on hand embroidered table linen that has just emerged from Pavane's long forgotten 'dowry' chest! In the evenings, or when the weather is inclement, you can relax in the communal coffee lounge, dining area, or library bar. Room amenities: Hot and cold running water, Hand knitted hot water bottle covers, Private washrooms, Fireplaces local heating stoves, Balcony/Patio/Deck, Heating, Writing desk, Wooden flooring ,Bedside rugs, Sofas, Common TV in Dining area.
Deluxe room in Lama House is unique in its décor With wooden floors, picture-windows, colorful bed-linen. this homestay offers the comfort and luxury of upper-class living at its finest. Room amenities: Hot and cold running water, Hand knitted hot water bottle covers, Private washrooms, Fireplaces local heating stoves, Balcony/Patio/Deck, Heating, Writing desk, Wooden flooring ,Bedside rugs, Sofas, Common TV in Dining area.