New boutique homestay away from the bustle of Manali.
Enjoy walks in the orchards and forests.
Treat yourself to a picnic lunch in the meadows.
Clear nights with a fire under the apple tree.
Spend cosy evenings in the library bar or coffee lounge, chatting with your host Pavane, and enjoy some fine whisky from her collection!
Visit the home of The Lama House's organic farmer.
This wonderful newly renovated boutique homestay, high above Manali, where the orchards and mountains meet, offers peace and tranquility to discerning guests.
Perched high on top of a hill in Old Manali, Lama House was built by Spiti Tulku Rimpoche, a Nyingma lama based in the Spiti valley. He built the home on land sanctified by his guru and on the basis of ancient rites of Tibetan Buddhism, thus creating a space energised and blessed by the positive and conducive to meditation and learning. This was a centre of higher learning for chosen monks. They say the walls of Lama House reverberate with their Buddhist chants even today, long after the Rimpoche moved back to his monastery in Spiti valley.
Your host IS Pavane Mann, she's the Executive Director of Outward Bound India - Himalaya, has a lifetime of experience in the outdoors, and has opened her mountain home to people who are passionate about the outdoors and good living.
There's plenty to do here; walks to the river, through the forest, or just relax, read a good book in the garden, and enjoy fantastic home cooked food. There's home made cream, butter, and ghee, free range eggs and fresh veggies. If you are interested in one or two nights camping that can also be arranged (weather permitting) at an extra cost.
The six guest 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.
We really can't recommend The Lama House highly enough. Come and see for yourself!