HUSHSTAY X AARISH
Guniyalekh, Kumaon Region
Up to 10 Guests
10 Mins Uphill from Parking
Hikes and Trails around
Good for Meditation and Yoga
"Nature unfolds her treasure at the first ray of sunrise."
Sprawling hills and beautiful scenery give way to Guniyalekh, a sleepy little hamlet, deep in the lap of Kumaon. Barely 30 kms from Bhimtal, this remote village is the ideal escape from the bustle of everyday life.
Perched on a ridge in breath-taking natural surroundings at 6900 ft, overlooking terraced fields and the majestic snow-covered Nanda Devi Range in the distance, Hushstay x Aarish is an exclusive 04 bedroom Mountain Retreat that offers the enviable opportunity to disconnect so as to connect deeply.
Aarish, which literally means "The First Rays of the Sun", is not just a home but a warm hug: it's wooden interiors exude love and passion while it's expansive views are soup for the soul. The sublime interiors flow seamlessly into the outdoors creating a zen-like atmosphere.
At Aarish, it's all about switching off, letting time catch up with you and doing something you haven't done in a while: Absolutely Nothing.
A little extra for Hushstays Guests
Kumaoni cooking lesson with our Chef
Pluck your own vegetables, gather the raw materials and let our chef teach you how to prepare one of those delectable Kumaoni dishes.
Located in a remote yet reachable village and spread over 4 acres, Aarish is an opulence of the absolute: the silence of nature, a soul-stirring ambience, fresh mountain breeze, unhindered views of the world beyond and a mellow retreat built in wood and stone that blends in seamlessly.
The singular structure of the house derives its inspiration from the traditional rural dwellings, found in the Kumaon region, called "Baakhli". A baakhli usually comprises of several dwelling units which are constructed adjoining each other allowing the entire community to live together and help one another.
An inviting front porch with stone columns connects the 04 bedrooms and the living / dining space that overlooks a wondrous scenery across an open sit-out area which acts as a great vantage point to be mesmerised by the rugged beauty of Himalayan peaks like the Trishul and Nanda Devi.
While the exterior facade reflects an old-world charm, its pine-clad interiors combine sophisticated modernism with a minimalist design aesthetic. In the common living area, the centrepiece above the fireplace is a large hat known as "Jhapi", worn by tea pickers to save themselves from the scorching afternoon sun. Thoughtful personal touches from the hosts' childhood environs and uniquely curated artefacts give this place a distinct imprint.
From local Kumaoni delicacies to Thukpa, Momos, Pizza, Idlis and Dosas, homemade Samosas and a wide range of Desserts the team always has something up their sleeves to make their guests feel special.
Once you enter the property, you are home.
A soothing colour palette and textured walls add to its comforting vibe while hand-picked furniture, upholstery and expansive mountain views complete this elegant mountain hideaway.
There are plenty of nooks and corners to unwind with a book or watch birds from the large glass windows of the common living room while a wood-burner keeps the room warm and cosy. Fishermen's baskets that have been converted into hanging lamps highlight the dining space.
The 04 tastefully appointed bedrooms come with exquisite beddings and interiors. Each room has oversized windows that offer 180 degree view of the surrounding landscape and a promise of peace and tranquility.
Fenced Private Land
All Meals Included
In-house Chef / Caretaker
Tea / Coffee Maker
Wifi Internet Available
Towels and Toiletries
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BOOKING
All meals (Veg and Non Veg) are included in your booking.
Meals at Hushstay x Aarish consist of multiple cuisines like Indian, Kumauni, South Indian, continental, Chinese, soups and salads.
We also bake our own homemade biscuits, bread, and cakes.
A menu is shared upon booking confirmation. We request all our guests to inform the staff about their meal preferences well in advance.
Hushstay x Aarish is located away from all the hustle-bustle of the popular hill-stations in a small village called Guniyalekh.
Nearest Railway Station (Kathgodam) - 45 kms / 1.5 hrs
Nearest Airport (Pantnagar) - 65 kms / 02 hrs
Bhimtal - 30 kms / 01 hr
Nainital - 40 kms / 1.5 hrs
Mukteshwar - 30 kms ahead / 1 hr
As with all great places, getting to this paradise-of-a-location requires a beautiful 600 metres moderate walk through a beautiful forest path. Our staff will receive you there, assist you with parking and help you out with your luggage.
Check-in time: 01:00 PM
Check-out time: 10:00 AM
Slow and soft music is okay, but please do not play loud music. You are in the middle of nature.
Services of the staff are available until 10:00 PM
We have a pet at our property and have many visiting from the surrounding villages. We love pets, however, do not allow guests to get their pets due to several challenges.
We follow a strict no-smoking policy inside the house. You may ask the caretaker for an ashtray and smoke outside the house if you need to.
Sustainable Travel: We do not provide mineral water bottles or aerated drinks and encourage our guests to avoid or take back their plastic garbage. Clean drinking water in bottles is provided.
Water: At Aarish, we've tried our best to preserve the natural fauna, native trees, and plants. Water is gold! We recycle our grey water and harvest rainwater. Guests are requested to use water judiciously and ensure that there aren’t any leaks or taps dripping. If you do notice something, please let the staff know immediately. We do not have showers in our bathrooms.
This place is offered exclusively to only one group at a time, the price varies depending on the number of guests. Please select the exact number of guests while booking.
Rooms are offered on double occupancy up until 08 guests and other rooms are locked. We will offer extra beds if you are a group of more than 08 guests.
Electricity: Electricity is usually not a problem, however, being at an offbeat location, if there is an unprecedented power outage, we have inverters as power backup to keep the lights and some power points running. This might also offer you an opportunity to switch off and gaze at the starry night sky. We promise you will not regret it.
Please note that like any other home in the mountains, we do not have an air conditioner at the property. Aarish has been designed in such a way that there is proper wind circulation if the windows are opened in the afternoon. Besides, we also have some table fans if you feel the need for the same.
Driver accommodation is available near the property at a nominal charge (paid directly to the provider) and must be informed in advance.
Wifi and Connectivity:
We have a WiFi connection that is good enough if you are planning to work from Hushstay x Aarish.
There is a good 4G connectivity for Airtel and Jio users, unless the weather is bad.
Date of booking - 31 days before arrival : 25 % cancellation fee on the total booking amount
30 Days - 15 Days : 50 % cancellation fee on the total booking amount
Within 14 days from date of arrival : No refunds
THINGS TO DO
AROUND HUSHSTAY X AARISH
At Hushstay x Aarish, there is a lot you can do besides just lazing, reading, listening to music and soaking in the awe-inspiring views.
Explore nearby villages, hike up to the hilltop, walk aimlessly through a pine and oak forest or experience the local way of living on the numerous hikes and trails around Guniyalekh. The hosts know the most beautiful spots.
Besides the more popular towns around, one can also drive down to a nearby water stream for a picnic.
And if you'd just like to stay inside, pick a book from our eclectic collection or choose from the many board and card games that we have at the property.
End your day with a bonfire and barbecue while gazing endlessly into a star-studded sky.
HUSHSTAY X AARISH
“Aarish is one of the most beautiful stays I have come across. The location is apt as it is just about 7.5 hrs from Delhi. The rooms have been done up very nicely and the hosts have added some great personal touches to the house. We would love to visit again.”
- Mayank, New Delhi
“This place cannot be described in words or pictures. It's a different kind of vibe. The scenery is beautiful and we were lucky enough to spot the snow-covered trishul and nanda devi, even from the window of our room. The hosts were nice enough to take us around on small hikes that lead to beautiful spots ”
- Vishal, Pune
“I will try not to make this an essay but there is just so much to say about this beautiful place. The scenery is just out of this world. We were told it is at an altitude of about 7000 ft and we came here to experience snowfall and as luck would have it, we did! It was a lovely sight, it was all covered in white while we cosied up in the living room which was kept warm by a fireplace. Every evening the staff surprised us with something new and their inhouse bread and cookies are just delicious. I wished we could live like this forever but until next time Aarish. Thank you for being so wonderful."
- Stuti, Gurgaon