Young family looking to shift & settle in Uttranchal - seek your advice

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#31 Feb 15th, 2010, 14:18
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This is for livinhimalayas - Ma'am, hope you are well. I want to move to the hills and to that end found you having an amazing sense of practicality in approaching serious issues such as a paradigm shift of lifestyle. I too want to shift my base from Mumbai to somewhere in the hills but i want to do it while pursuing the hospitality business. i want to take on lease for a minimum of 10 years an existing hotel property around Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Nainital, Ranikhet, Almora and Auli. Looking forward to starting a discussion with you regarding the same.

Thanking you in anticipation of your reply.

Yours truly
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HI Mohan,
I think it is possible to lease a hotel in these areas, there are plenty of places which are available. I have heard about a few. Specially on the Mussoorie - Dhanaulty route. I am sure otherplaces too have proterties that the owners are willing to give on a long term lease.
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#33 Sep 10th, 2010, 23:17
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Hello Mohan
I appreciate your determination to move to hills from as far as Mumbai coast. Though many people have raised questions regarding adjustments, i personally feel if the transition is done in a planned and logical manner, one can have the cake and eat it too. See Im not sure how much you want to input, but taking any established hotel/ resort on a lease is a hurculean task. Not only its difficult to find one, but also to maintain one in the beginning as one is new to both the business and the place. the last I know about a hotel of about 12 DBR on Ramgarh-Mukteshwar highway section being available, and followed up by a local restauranteer. I did not bother to ask the money involved. One can grab such opportunities once some one is there. And these run profitable, only under personal/ physical presence, to start off. you cannot compromise ur guests and business. I would say its better to have one's own thing - you can fetch location of your choice within a handsome budget of 0.5 to 2.0 Cr. So whats the solution dear. I have known people who have thus got hold of some old built structure at economical costs and statrted off with a cottage or small Inn, added a room or two, may be then or after an year or so. But you will really need to search for such properties dear, staying there for week/s and taking help of local people. But its possible. Ive seen one couple from Lukhnow do it near nainital. There you may be able to get a good value for your money. Check out the other "land for Rs 5 lakh" forum on this website. i banged into it and found it quite informative. but my wisdom and experience tells that there is no point wasting money on annual lease, if you can push yourself and buy you own thing and ofcourse peace of mind.
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Friends,

I am so sorry - really sorry - that I left this thread all of a sudden without realizing that some people were interested to know how I fared. More than anybody, I must apologize to LivinginHimalayas & Paleface. We went to Uttarkashi to meet them, and we stayed there one night, but had to rush back to Delhi to handle a very urgent medical emergency. We could not stay back even to say Hello...

Well the relative passed away...we could not save him. In the madness that followed, I never got back to the lady to even express my apologies. Subsequently, very soon, the whole family flew to Cyprus and we returned only a few months before.

All that for a quick summary of the past couple of years. So our quest ended then and there abruptly...but only temporarily!

We are back on the quest. Soon we are starting our journey to find a place all again. The thought never left us. Cyprus is one of the most amazing and relaxed places to be in. We enjoyed our every moment there. But home is home. Had to come back.

And back in India - It's retirement time. Quest begins again.

Dear LivininHimalayas - I am SORRY or never coming back to you!!!

Any thoughts folks - how is Sundernagar (HP) as a place to stay? Dhanaulti?

rgds,
Arun
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Originally Posted by Aroongupta View Post Any thoughts folks - how is Sundernagar (HP) as a place to stay? Dhanaulti?
Yes i think we received a call or message at that time, and then you disappeared - so now we know... condolences on your all loss.

Welcome back! Dhanaulti is quite high around there so i reckon it's a morte than bit cold in winter, unless i guess one can find a southern aspect location. I don't know much about water supply either, seems that when i pass through i always see folk carrying cans of water - must be better than that but still sourcing water for a house, has to be priority number one imho.

You will have to narrow down the priorities i would say. Kids education other services/facilities that you think you can not to do without. Getting deeper into Himalaya like Uttarkashi means there is definitely a lack of services and many things which perhaps one takes for granted, that will not be so readily available... Let's see
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HI Aroon,
first, welcome back to India and to the thread after such a long gap. We were surprised and concerned when you left so suddenly after reaching Uttarkashi, but we were told it was an emergency of some sort and understood your need to leave so quickly. Anyway hope this time your search is more fruitful and happy.
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Dear Aroon
You would be doing a great service to others by dropping periodic updates on your quest. Sure the percentage of people like you who want to relocate by giving up their highly paid jobs is very small, but in absolute numbers you will have lot of company.
Wish you all the best with your quest !

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Hmm Interesting Thread

I see a lot of people wanting to move to hills after being raised in cities. I can understand why as I have spent considerable time in Hills as well as big city like NCR.

I was born and brought up in uttarkashi , did all of my schooling there. My family owns house there and still live there .

Most of my school mates including myself have left for bigger cities in search of JOBS. For the past 10 years I have been living outside my hometown mainly due to higher studies and Job in Gurgaon.

I work and live in Gurgaon and I can start feeling the stress and challenges of living in this environment.
Contrary to life in hills its very chaotic and maddening.

Sometimes my wife tell me jokingly that we will not buy house in this city, rather go back to uttarkshi and live in our parents house after retirement. In the hindsight I too feel that would be a good idea.
Though she is not from hills she is OK in settling down there.

Would be coming to uttarkashi for Diwali, would be glad to meet someone from this forum. What do you say
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Originally Posted by ajay_uki View Post Would be coming to uttarkashi for Diwali, would be glad to meet someone from this forum. What do you say
Hi Ajay,
Good to see another fellow Uttarkashian here . Your PM facility should be available now. We will be in Uki for diwali let us meet up. PM me.
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Hi liveinhimalaya,

How can I contact you, need your advice .

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Hi Vinodkhati,
you have 9 more posts to make before you will be eligible for PM. Once you can, send me a PM and I will let you know how to contact me. Or ask me the questions here and I will try my best to answer.
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Hi liveinhimalaya,
Thank you very much for your reply.
I am curious to know where in uttarkashi you have settled down.
I am currently exploring options near by Lansdowne,
Landour, sahastradhara road-dehradun, pantnagar-jawahar nagar, naukuchiatal, bhimtal, jeolikhot, nainital contonment.

Do you have some information about these places. I am seriously looking down to settle down in uttaranchal.

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Lots of construction going on along Sahastradhara Rd, Dehradun. Similarly Pantnagar should have accommodation available. But these places are in the plains, or at best foothills. The hill stations you mention are all scarce on accom. Other than that it would be a good idea to visit some of them, spend some time looking around and talking to locals.

Where's your native place, btw?



P.S. Some mod should move this thread to the Uttarakhand section. It really has nothing to do with Expat Area/Moving to India.
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Originally Posted by Vinodkhati View Post Do you have some information about these places. I am seriously looking down to settle down in uttaranchal.
As Dilliwala has commented Dehradun and region is barely off the plains, actually i consider DD to be just a congested and densely urban place these days. So much of this completely depends upon what it is you envisage doing? Freelance/careerist, kid's schools, near to urban facilities/services - or finding a plot on a road less travelled.

We had a close look around Lansdowne also but concluded that water and the cantonment limited the options in finding a workable plot. Actually we spent a year or so driving Uttarakhand searching. Uttarkashi is of course deep into the hills and there is a glory in that as well as plenty of limitations, which most folks find just too intimidating.
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I agree with most of what Paleface and Dilliwala have to say. Lansdowne is a lovely little town, but as Paleface says it is hard to find land that has drinking water and where you can get building permission as most of the town is a cantonment and construction or even sale/purchase of land is difficult. I did hear about a couple of properties in Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal area but that was a few years ago and there weren't too many of those either. Landour, Nainital all these areas are too congested and the property prices are over the top.
We have settled down in a quiet area of Uttarkashi in an area above the town and about 20 mins drive from the town itself. We are quite isolated from other people with the nearest village being 1.5kms up the road from us. The isolation has its benefits and its drawbacks.
I suggest that you set parameters for the kind of life you want. Then make a list of all the things and facilities you will need to meet the parameters you have set and then prioritize your list based on your needs, wants and expectations (in that order). Then set about looking for a place that will meet most of what you wish to have. None of the places you explore will offer you all that you are looking for, hence the need for a prioritized list to see which place ticks the most boxes. This is what we did when we went looking for a place, and settled for a piece of land that ticked most of the boxes for us.
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