WHERE THE HEART IS
WHERE THE HEART IS
Boutique homestays have changed the way millennials are travelling today. The true essence lies in living and exploring like the locals. We list down our favourite five that are redefining experiential hospitality like never before.
SHIVPRIYA BAJPAI

CHIRPING ORCHARD IN MUKTESHWAR, UTTARAKHAND

Chirping Orchard offers more than just a comfortable accommodation. It promises to be your ultimate tryst with nature, with never ending orchards of peach, plum, apple and pear, and snow-capped Himalayan peaks looming in the background. The orchard invites several birds, so waking up to the cuckoo’s call is not a farfetched dream anymore. The bedrooms are equipped with balconies from where you can spot the Nanda Kot, Panchachuli and Trishul peaks. Vegetables are grown organically in the backyard, while wild grass covers the expansive lawn that extends to a breathtaking view point, offering a panoramic look of the mountains and forests. You can witness the magic unfold in front of your eyes, at both dusk and dawn, while absorbing the tranquillity of the moment. The highlight of Chirping Orchard is the warm and welcoming hospitality extended by the host who will be happy to personally take you on hikes to the nearby village of Nayal. If you are still not convinced, they are pet-friendly as well.

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January 2020