Neeralaya, Himachal Pradesh
LIFE. AS IT SHOULD BE. Located on the banks of River Beas, close to Kullu-Manali, Himachal Pradesh, Neeralaya, is both the quintessential ‘little house by the river’ and that ‘secret place’. Surrounded by fruit trees, numerous natural alcoves and breathtaking scenic views of the Himalayas and the river, it seems to rise naturally from the ground – an impression strengthened largely because it has been built without disturbing the gently undulating contours of the lush green land. Here, the silence is broken only by the chirping of the birds, the rustle of leaves and the gurgle of flowing water. Even thoughts sound unnaturally loud at Neeralaya. More than anything, Neeralaya is a place that you chance upon and the more you explore it, the more forgotten pleasures you discover. A barefoot morning walk on fresh dew, an impromptu picnic, afternoon naps under a tree, reading a book undisturbed but for buzzing bee, fishing, trekking, doing nothing… are all part of the unforgettable stay here. Away from the stress and the chaos of city life, with its charming timber and stone cottages and villas, fresh home-cooked food, simple natural attractions, tranquil but mesmerizing views, Neeralaya is perfect for a long stay or a quick stopover if you are going to or coming from a Trans Himalayan journey across the Rohtang Pass into Spiti & Ladakh. LOCATION Located right on river Beas, Neeralaya is a very treasured piece of earth. Care has been taken to see that nothing disturbs the natural flow of life – be it in the way the resort is built, the way it functions or the facilities it offers. So spending time here is not really about whether you want to do it all by yourself, or with family or with friends. Once you understand that this place is about life as it should be, you will realise there is room for everyone. Due to its ideal location, it particularly is a lovely place for those looking to enjoy the beauty of the Kullu valley. It is also the perfect stop-over for rest and recuperation after a gruelling Trans-himalayan journey or for preparing and acclimatising yourself for a trip to the Rohtang Pass, Leh and Ladakh.
ACCOMMODATION Stay amidst Nature In keeping with the natural rhythm of things, Neeralaya is built using the age-old technique of timber bonded architecture of the Western Himalayas. That is why, with its stone and timber walls and stretches of green, it looks as if it has just risen up from the ground by the river. In terms of guest rooms, you can choose from 3 villas and 7 bedrooms – again all designed with recycled timber, stone and slate. Some of the rooms have balconies and access to private gardens. But no matter which room you choose, you will always be surrounded by wide rolling space, fruit trees, the forest and of course, the softly gurgling river! DINING AT NEERALAYA Food at Neeralaya is freshly cooked using organic vegetables and poultry raised within the property. The recipes mostly favour a simple home-style cooking using natural spices that are easy on every palate. PEOPLE Simple life, simple people. At Neeralaya, hospitality is a reflection of people genuinely happy to welcome guests; the willingness to go that extra mile is inherently native. There is pleasure evident in every interaction and a whole-heartedness in every gesture that speaks at once of a host’s pride and of the humility of a generous nature. Here, it is just as easy to open your heart to people, just as it is to give them a place in it forever. PETS ARE WELCOME A visit to Neeralaya does not in any way suggest that you have to leave your furry companions behind. As dog-lovers ourselves we do know how the joy of a vacation increases manifolds when that special member of the household accompanies you. Give your pet an opportunity to explore nature in all its glory, and see how his demeanour changes after the trip. AROUND NEERALAYA It is not difficult to be enchanted with Neeralaya, but it is certainly difficult to make up your mind what to do once you are here. Starting from solitary walks to white-water rafting to tree-house games, there is a lot for everyone to choose from. WHITEWATER RAFTING You can experience the thrills of white-water rafting down the chilling waters of river Beas that flows along the property. We offer a choice of a short 3 km stretch for beginners as well as a long 12 km stretch for those who are more adventurous. TROUT FISHING If you want a sport that is peaceful and exciting at the same time, go ahead, cast a line and reel in a trout right in front of your villa. We also organise day-long fishing excursions to the Tirthan valley famed for the same prized catch. MOUNTAIN BIKING Test your endurance on some of the most scenic mountain trails of the world on bikes rented out from us. If you have more time in hand, we could also organise for longer trips along with picnic lunches. ROHTANG PASS & MANALI An early morning start from Neeralaya will take you north on one of the highest motorable roads in the world – the Rohtang Pass, which greets you with breathtaking views of the Western Himalayas. Or you can choose to drive down to the ever popular Manali, where short visits to the over 400 year-old ‘Hadimba’ temple set amidst a pine forest, the old Manali village and the local markets complete the journey. NAGGAR CASTLE Naggar, the former capital of the Kullu kingdom is also a short drive away from the resort. Once there, you can stop by the 450 year-old Naggar castle, stroll around to see a few 15th century stone and wood carved temples and the Roerich Art Gallery. THE BIJLI MAHADEV TREK Neeralaya offers you treks and hikes to various sites of interest and of different degrees of difficulty accompanied by expert mountain guides. The Bijli Mahadev Trek takes you up mountain slopes, to the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on top of the ridge overlooking both the ‘Parvati’ and Kullu valleys. THE APPLE ORCHARD HIKE This full day hike is a great way to see life in a Western Himalayan village and visit a thriving apple orchard, especailly during the harvest season (August-September) when you can even lend a hand picking the apples. Images and Content Credit – Neeralaya
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