Peaceful place in Himalayas for long stay

#1 Aug 23rd, 2015, 20:15
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Hi Travel gurus,

I am thinking of traveling to Himalayas (possibly Himachal / Uttarkhand) to begin the book I am trying to write for quite some time. I am from Mumbai and don't get much time and peace to think over it at length, without interruption.

I want to spend sometime in a peaceful place where I can give my mind some peace and energy and regenerate my passion for writing (I hope I can get 2-3 weeks off from office)

Basic requirements -
1) Safe (Since I will be solo female traveler)
2) I will love if the location is in the middle of pine or cedar forest where I can go for a long walk or morning jog without hassle or any threat.
3) A good view
4) Basic amenities - hot water, warm room
5) All meals
6) Not expensive (I am open in terms of money but don't want to splurge)
7) Good people/staff

Homestay is also fine.
Travel time is November or December.

I am open to suggestions!

Regards
Megha
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Sitalakhet , Uttarakhand may I suggest?
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Jageshwar or Kasar Devi in Kumaun are my suggestions. But there are soo many more options.
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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post Sitalakhet , Uttarakhand may I suggest?
Thanks. Any suggestions for stay there?
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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post Jageshwar or Kasar Devi in Kumaun are my suggestions. But there are soo many more options.
Van Serai - Jageshwar is very close to what I am looking. Wonder what the charges would be and how cold the winters would be.

Any idea?

Also Kasar Devi is place, any good stay?

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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post But there are soo many more options.
Would like to hear!
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Originally Posted by meg22 View Post Hi Travel gurus,

I am thinking of traveling to Himalayas (possibly Himachal / Uttarkhand) to begin the book I am trying to write for quite some time. I am from Mumbai and don't get much time and peace to think over it at length, without interruption.

I want to spend sometime in a peaceful place where I can give my mind some peace and energy and regenerate my passion for writing (I hope I can get 2-3 weeks off from office)
Regards
Megha
I'll throw one suggestion in too. It may sound stupid at first but it meets most of your criteria. Old Manali.

1) Safe- YES, its like a small community of westerners and a few local shopkeepers. Almost everyone knows each other.

2) I will love if the location is in the middle of pine or cedar forest where I can go for a long walk or morning jog without hassle or any threat. (Its not in the middle of a jungle but there are heaps of trails going to various spots and villages through jungles, and old manali is central to all these routes. ALternately its very close to Van Vihar which falls between old and new manali. Van Vihar is a forest park with barely any visitors and also has a bird sanctuary within it)
3) A good view- YES, dont stay in the main/front end of old manali. Rather take a guesthouse such as moonlight which is in the secluded parts, The river is just a 10 min walk from there and u can literally hear it all day in your room.
4) Basic amenities - hot water, warm room- YES and Wifi
5) All meals- Moonlight guesthouse has an amazing cook named Vishwas, but he is usually working in Goa during the winter months.
6) Not expensive (I am open in terms of money but don't want to splurge): Moonlight and Shakti guest houses and most others are in the range of Rs 250-400 per day (as of 2014 Sep). You may even be able to strike a monthly rental deal for lesser per day cost.
7) Good people/staff: yea
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Not sure if you are still looking for long term stay options. Check out Idyllic Haven homestay in a tiny village called Gaunap inside Binsar wildlife sanctuary near Almora. You should be able to find them on TripAdvisor or airbnb.

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