Looking to retreat to the mountains of Northern India? You could certainly do much worse than The Himalayan Village, a charming eco resort in Kasol that showcases the traditional architecture, culture and food of the Pahari people. The unique guest cottages are made using traditional Kathkunia building techniques, which involve stacking dry stones and wood without any cement. Some of the more striking cottages stand on tall stone-and-wood pedestals, towering several stories above ground.
The Himalayan Village is located in northern India’s Parvati Valley, which has become a destination for backpackers, rock climbers and nature lovers in recent years because of the area’s pristine natural beauty. The resort, which is situated on the banks of the Parvati River, is surrounded by a thick forest of deodar pine trees, and the cottages look out on distant snow-capped mountains.
The interiors of the 600 to 750-square-foot cottages are decorated with handcrafted wood furniture, handmade tussle silk curtains, and traditional brass fittings. The walls are plastered with dark brown mud (it looks nicer than it sounds). The resort also includes spa services, a traditional bar, and multiple on-site restaurants that serve a variety of Indian, Himachali and continental cuisines.