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.
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
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.
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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2 night minimum stay
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