CALLA LILY GARDEN ESTATE

Wren Aigaki-Lander

Speaks english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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CALLA LILY GARDEN ESTATE

Dharamsala Estate Rental Photos and Description

Estate, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath (Sleeps 6)

Gorgeous at any time of the year, the home has spectacular views of the mountains, and is situated on a safe, quiet, green terraced hillside. Surrounded by mature gardens which bloom all year long with various flowers--calla lilies, roses, lavender, iris, hibiscus, gladiolas, delphinium, straw flowers, canna lilies, jasmine, ferns, foxglove, hydrangea and various succulents. Nasturtiums and seven varieties of morning glories climb the house.

The garden is alight with fireflies and dragonflies in spring and summer. The local area is known for its colorful birds: big Himalayan magpies with long striped tails, parrots, eagles, Egyptian vultures, finches, bluebirds, hoopoes, owls and lots of others.

The house is furnished with handmade Indian wooden tables, armoires, benches, chairs and desks. Many pieces are traditional Gujarati painted folk furniture. Large paned windows provide breathtaking views of both the gardens and the mountains, and the sparkling night sky over Dharamsala.

The stone house is cool in summer, warm in winter and tight during monsoon rains. There are ceiling fans upstairs and downstairs and a gas heater for cold days or nights during the winter. Outside tables, and the well-appointed indoor environment, make the house wonderful for small-scale entertaining.

Just up the hill from the house is a small store where you can buy milk, eggs, and tofu, as well as other small necessities.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Wren Aigaki-Lander

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2012
Speaks english

I am a nonprofit consultant and fine artist, living between India, Tibet and Mexico since the mid 1990's. I originally went to India to work as a volunteer consultant for the Tibetan Exile Government, teaching departments heads and staff to do solid project planning and transform those plans into compelling funding proposals. Starting in 2004 I began to coordinate the eco-tourism project, the Dream of the Turquoise Bee Tours to Eastern Tibet, where I generally spend the summers. I currently also have a home in New Orleans

Wren Aigaki-Lander purchased this estate in 1999

This property is unique in Northern India. The house was designed by the Japanese architect, Nakahara, based on traditional Tibetan architectural designs. I wanted to have spectacular gardens in Dharamsala and so chose this hillside to live out my dream. The gardens were planted before the house was even completed--I couldn't wait to have the spring water running through the channels next to the house, filling the pools, and spilling over to water the garden!

The gardens are maintained year round by by my two neighbors and professional Indian gardeners, who, along with their two children, are some of the most charming, finest people you will ever meet!

Sonam Yangjing, a Tibetan friend, is the home caretaker. She speaks wonderful english and is an astute guide and storyteller.

The home is a haven in India, where life can be dusty, chaotic and challenging to the eyes and soul. Green and cool, it's an ideal place to paint, read, meditate, entertain friends,and nap! Lying out on the terrace at night, with the stars overhead and the Himalayas glowing is the distance, the fragrance of ginger wafting up from the garden, it is a bit of heaven that can't be matched.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Calla Lily Garden Estate
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
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Calla Lily Garden Estate
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p431252vb
Dharamsala Himachal Pradesh
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5

A PEACEFUL RETREAT

  • 5 of 5
This unique Tibetan style house with incredible mountain views and
surrounded by lovely gardens provided a quiet and retreat like space for our three week stay. We (retired couple) enjoyed walking up the hill to the small, but lively, town of McLeod Ganj where there was much to see and do including shopping, classes, volunteer opportunities, many restaurants, and even a small movie theater. We also liked hiking in the surrounding area, visiting the Tibetan Library, and the Dalai Lama compound. Getting to know Sonan, the house tender, and the neighbor/gardener family added so much to our stay. In addition, the owner, Diane, was generous with her time, advice and contacts which made easy both our orientation to the area and our transportation arrangements.
  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
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Calla Lily Garden Estate
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p431252vb
Dharamsala Himachal Pradesh
Brussels, Belgium
5

PERFECT PLACE FOR A PANCHAKARMA

  • 5 of 5
I count the three weeks I spent in this house during November 2012 as among the most refreshing, healing and spiritual experiences of my life. I came to Dharamsala in order to ease into retirement by undergoing a 21-day panchakarma (an ayurvedic cleansing and rejuvenating program). I also wished to learn more about the Tibetan exile community and to deepen my knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism. So I was seeking a calm and comfortable haven.


The Calla Lily Garden Estate is definitely that, and much more. It has the amenities of a modern western residence, including hot water and heating, which were definitely needed in November. But more importantly it has character. The upstairs bedroom is surrounded by large windows and opens onto a stunning veranda with fabulous views of the surrounding mountains and valley. I loved going out onto the veranda to greet the morning sun.

The downstairs features a spacious living area with Tibetan art and textiles, handmade carpets and comfortable seating, highly conducive to meditation. The kitchen had all the appliances and utensils I needed to cook for myself as well as for guests. Because of the oilings I got daily via the panchakarma massage, I especially appreciated the shower in the well-appointed bathroom.

Whenever I had a question or need, I was able to email Dianne and get a quick answer, or call on Sonam, who was tireless in her efforts to make my stay as pleasant as possible.

A highlight of my stay was the Indian festival of lights known as Diwali. Sonam and the Indian family caring for the garden decorated the house and garden with garlands and candles, lots of candles, and it was magical to sit amidst the tiny lights in the garden listening to the firecrackers exploding around us.

One small caveat: the house is situated a short but steep walk downhill from the main road between Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj so getting up and down the path can require a bit of agility and energy.
  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Calla Lily Garden Estate
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Dharamsala Himachal Pradesh
USA
5

LOVELY PROPERTY

  • 5 of 5
What a lovely home! This house provided the perfect home base for any excursion in the Dharamsala region. The owner was enormously helpful with suggestions regarding the surrounding area and the house manager was a delight to get to know. The gardens are beautiful, the house is clean and I would highly recommend this property to anyone staying in the area. Looking forward to returning!
  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Calla Lily Garden Estate
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Dharamsala Himachal Pradesh
United States
5

. MY HUSBAND AND I SPENT 3 MONTHS IN HER HOUSE.

  • 5 of 5
Dianne’s house in Dharamsala exceeded our expectations on all counts. My husband and I spent 3 months in her house. The bedroom has a wonderful view of the tea plantations across the valley and the bathroom, kitchen and living areas are all very comfortable and well stocked. The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens on all 4 sides with very comfortable outdoor living areas. We watched a Magpie pair build their nest and hatch their babies, teach them to fly and protect them from mongoose predators. We delighted in troops of monkeys in the near distance and goat herders herding their goats around the property. The neighbors are very friendly and willing to help out with any of our questions or needs, as well as specific friend’s of Dianne’s who were expecting and waiting for us on our arrival. You do not need a car or vehicle to be able to enjoy the town though there are places within a 5 minute walk to rent motorcycles if you like. The town of McLeod Ganj (where the the Dalai Lama lives) is 10 minutes up the hill, and the town of Dharamsala is a 10 minute walk down the hill. In town you will find many fellow travelers and wonderful cafes with great Indian and Tibetan cuisines, some even offer cooking classes. During our time in Dharamsala we were honored to attend educational series of lectures by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as visit surrounding monasteries and meet Rinpoches. We enjoyed the lectures at the Tibetan Library given by Tibetan scholars. We hiked in the beautiful tall red wood forests and explored the surrounding areas. We went to the hot pools and temples and waterfalls. My husband volunteered in town to teach refugees from Tibet English and thoroughly enjoyed that experience. I enjoyed a wide variety of healing massages, yoga classes, meditation and body work. We came home with a lifetime of beautiful memories, knowledge, new friends and great photographs.
I would highly recommend Dianna’s beautiful and peaceful special spot in the world to anyone. I hope we get to go back again soon!
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Calla Lily Garden Estate
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Dharamsala Himachal Pradesh
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
5

AN OASIS

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed a fabulous month at the end of monsoon season last fall. The house is a paradise. My favorite aspect was the seclusion and quiet it offered while being just a 15-20 minute walk from the bustling and lively little town of Mcleod Ganj. After a full day in the town, coming home was like arriving in my own little oasis. And yet, I always knew there were reliable neighbors at hand should I need anything! The light and the views kept me always in touch with nature, and the gardens were heavenly... I miss it already!
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Calla Lily Garden Estate
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p431252vb
Dharamsala Himachal Pradesh
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5

PEACEFUL, SPIRITUAL RESIDENCE NEAR DAIAI LAMA'STIBETAN COMMUNITY IN EXILE

Peaceful, spiritual residence near Daiai Lama'sTibetan Community in Exile
  • 5 of 5
This is a beautiful property in a spectacular location. My first impression when I stepped into the garden blew me away. With a backdrop of the beautiful snow-covered Himalayan mountains, the flowers and exotic birds in the garden are amazing and made me run for my camera. The house is built to American, not Indian standards ,and is well maintained and clean. The house manager is charming and helpful. This is a beautiful, peaceful place to meditate or write, but with the Tibetan community in exile, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's residence just up the hill in McLeod Gunge, you can be transported to the exotic world of Tibetan Buddhism with singing bowls and prayer wheels in action.
  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Gaggal Airport
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Take taxi to and from the train in Pathankot
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Several bars in McLeod Ganj
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Above McLeod Ganj
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Over 50 restaurants of all cuisines
Car: not necessary

The Cally Lily Garden Estate is situated mid-way between McLeod Ganj (location of His Holiness’ the Dalai Lama’s temple and monastery and where his teachings take place), and the Tibetan Library (location of daily teachings with a museum of Tibetan artifacts) and Tibetan Exile Government Complex. It is a 10 minute walk to the library and 15 minute walk up to McLeod Ganj. The house is built of hand-hewn stone, with traditional Tibetan trim.

A short drive away are fascinating centuries-old Indian forts, the famous Norbulingka Tibetan Arts and Crafts Institute; lovely former Maharajah homes which now serve lunch and dinner for guests; Pong Dam for boating and bird-watching; and a number of Tibetan monasteries and nunneries and Hindu temples. Kangra Valley below McLeod Ganj is known for its paragliding.

Lower Dharamsala is a leisurely 45 minute walk, and a hub of activity-shops, restaurants, strange and wonderful fabrics.

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Dharamsala Estate Rental Rates

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Base Rate
2 night minimum stay
$80
$560
$2,250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Cleaning Fee: One-time $80

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Dharamsala Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in divided bedroom on the second floor, view to the Dhaladhaur Mountain range, Double Beds (1) Double bed in divided bedroom on the second floor, view to the Dhaladhaur Mountain range, Twin or Single Beds (1) Also possible to sleep, in good weather, on the outside terrace on the second floor. Cement banquettes are 30' wide X 12' long. incredible night skies overhead., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) 2 8 foot window seats in the living room with thick, comfortable foam pads. Great place to sleep, next to 8 ft X 6 ft windows with views to both the gardens and the mountains.
Entertainment:
  • VCR
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
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