Testimonials

Uttam and Shalini’s total commitment to harmonizing design with nature, functional efficiency without compromising beauty, has given…family and friends a home in the Himalayas. It is wholly exhilarating and yet peace-giving. May God in his bounty confer on ‘Himalaica’ the “gift of sharing joy”…

Anand Davé, New Delhi, September 2004

…only the sheer dedication and attention to detail that are the hallmark of Shalini and Uttam could have created it. Their love breathes through the cottages and their surroundings…

Smita Davé, New Delhi, September 2004

…It has been an exhilarating experience to spend these two days in your heavenly home …If I were to give a name to this home, I would call it Malancha or Phulwari! Such an abundance of greenery and flowers…

C.R.K Ghosh & Geetika Ghosh, New Delhi, October 2004

…my mind is still racing to capture one more moment of the pristine beauty that surrounds me and the warmth and love that is poured into every corner of the house, Himalaica. There are just so many memories to carry back- the mist wrapping around the trees on the distant hills like a muslin cloth, fruit trees heavy with fruits and dew, the walk up to the steep mountainside into the oak wood forest, the flaring ‘mashaals’, the temple bells…Life comes to a stop and time stands still….. such is Himalaica!…

Aditya Ghosh, New Delhi, October 2004

…the beautiful garden with great landscaping in every corner …it was and is a balm to the soul…

Anita and Sanjay Bhagat, New Delhi, November 2004

…The blue sky, the green hills, the flowing brooks, the lovely people, the great hospitality…That’s what “memories” are made of!

Shahid Siddiqui, Bangalore, September 2004

…it’s picture postcard scenic setting… exquisite taste, the love, warmth and dedication with which Himalaica has been built is evident in every nook and corner – and of course, in the beautiful garden…

Vineeta Rai, New Delhi, October 2004

…thank you for making such a place and sharing it with folk like us that are so starved for experiences like this…

Nitin/Anju/Tanvi/Bindu/Aashish/Simran/Sangita/Maa/Agasthya/Aayaan, November 2005

Himalaica cradles you in its warmth and welcoming vibes. The flow of energy from the hilltop, through the gurgling water, the wake up calls of the birds, the heralding of nightfall by the nightjar – all add to the magical charm of this house…

Amrita and Piyush Mankad, New Delhi, September 2004

…The love and affection of the family is felt every moment of stay at this retreat… It’s incredible how so much thought has been put in to every nook …

Purnima Vijay & Sarya Vatal, August 2005

…it was hard to miss your passion, presence and attention to detail in this awesome home. This is truly a beautiful piece of architecture…

Rita, Bharat, Amit & Nitesh Lakhanpal, California, USA, August 2005

…truly a home away from home. We have had many holidays in the hills-but this has been absolutely the best!…

Seitha, Meenu, Arup, &Karuna, June 2005

…People say that a house is a reflection of the person who owns it. Your graciousness and hospitality are imprinted throughout every corner of your exquisite house…we feel privileged…

Dennis, Jerry & Lachlan Oldfield, Australia, April 2006

…The warmth of the morning sun and the flame of the evening bonfire are only a fraction of the warmth of your hospitality. The strawberry jam and marmalade on the toast , the walks through the woods , the “chota pegs” by the fire place, the laughter of children-all these add up to the perfect getaway…

Ranjan, Vidhu, & Aman Roy, New Delhi

…How best can we discover a country than through people like you, your family and friends – to be here, you have taken a risk—that we come again!…

Patrick Thomas, France, May 2006

“If there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.” With this quote, I summarise my sentiments, as I found peace, tranquillity and solace here at “Himalaica”. It is not just the beautiful surroundings and hospitality of the people but more so for the positive vibrations emanating from here which not just rejuvenate but also heals, and ensures that the restless mind finds both calmness and happiness here.

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of positive energy and strength, especially from the “mandir”. It has been a very introspective trip and I could do a lot of “soul searching.”… The essence of “Himalaica” is in the peace and beauty…

Urvashi Puri, New Delhi, April 2006

…I just wanted to capture the entire emotions which I have never felt before in any other resort !…

Venkatesh Gomatam, Gurgaon, April 2006

…one of the most memorable trips we have ever had…It’s incredible how so much thought has been put in to every nook and corner of this lovely house…

Raj Mangtani, New Delhi, March 2008

…truly outstanding! Setting, design and the attention to detail make this place very special and most importantly, your warmth and very gracious hospitality, make this experience worth repeating (on a regular basis)!…

Rahul Bhatia, New Delhi, April 2008

“HaminAst, HaminAst, HaminAst!” As Babar said if there is paradise on earth, it is here! It is here!, It is here! Kudos for transforming this mountain-side into an island of peace, solitude and splendour!…

Deepa and Rakesh Singh, Chandigarh, May 2008

Himalaica – Heaven on earth! I haven’t seen heaven but it couldn’t be more beautiful than this…

Alka Smart, Vadodara, September 2009

…Spectacular views from every corner of the home…the love and tenderness radiating from every part and place in your home!…

Dilreen Kaur & Adi, Gurgaon, June 2010

If there was a place that combined warmth and luxury and heaven – then your home is it! I can’t remember when was the last time that we had such was a wonderful holiday in such a beautiful place…

Sandhya, Shankar, Avani, &Aman, New Delhi

…Himalaica has a certain dignity about itself that makes you fall into its rhythm…

Neelesh & Shubra & Dhruv, Mumbai, May 2010

Himalaica embodies, beauty, nature, warmth and luxury! Have travelled far and wide and I would easily put your house amongst the best places in the hills… it has been the ideal setting for the family to bond… Thank you for letting us invade your sanctuary!

Arpana Kumar Ahuja, Gurgaon, June 2010

…it is just amazing how you could have improved something that was already near perfect. The kids loved it and so did the adults…And that is a near impossible task!…

Aditya Ghosh, New Delhi, May 2010

…This vacation home is very unique …Kids are always challenging, but this house has it for all ages…

Ronny & Monalisa Banerjee and Vibhu & Deeph Jain, New Delhi, October 2010

…a fabulous 4 days doing nothing except lazing around, reading, and bird watching and soaking up the calm that your home and property offers…

Lakshmi & Dib, June 2010

Seeing Himalaica, my…feeling was that I stepping into a world full not only of beauty but of God as if he was there… I was gripped by a feeling of being in heavenly paradise, and when I found the mandir, it confirmed my thoughts…

Urmil Mehta, Allahabad

This land is blessed to have your loving presence, creative endeavours, love, enthusiasm and energy. She returns to you multifold everything you give here… I am blessed to know you and to have had the opportunity to spend time on this beautiful piece of land…

Malabika Shaw, Boston, USA, July 2011

…I still can’t get over this place, the flowers , the minutest details with which it is made and maintained. I feel like ( have) capturing every corner of this place in the pics and take it with me home… I just don’t feel like leaving and going back…

Astha Arora, New Delhi, November 2011

Thank you very much for letting us share your sanctuary. It was wonderful… sharing space with jays, thrushes, sunbirds, tits, tree pies, warblers and many more birds….Your well laid out garden… has added so much warmth and colour to our souls. The house itself is an architectural model so beautifully planned and executed…

Mukul & Lima, New Delhi, November 2011

…It’s been long that I felt so much calm as I felt at this place. The place has not only brought us closer but given us beautiful memories for a long-long time…I have to admit it is the most beautiful place I have seen in the hills ever…

Neena Gupta, New Delhi, November 2011

…Basant and his team are impeccable. Your store and deep freezer just show what big hearts you have!Cannot call Raja and &Simba “Dogs”. They are too human. Blessed is this home!…

Ratan Kohli, Amritsar, June 2012

…Please don’t tell God about this place or else he will shift his headquarters here and there will be no place left for guests…

Antonella Mathur, New Delhi, April 2012

…Each room in the house/cottage is unique, but the one thing that is common across all is the ‘personal touch’! Everything that has been put in the room has ‘thoughtful’ written all over it…

The Mirchandanis (Asha, Arun, Vandana & Priya, New Delhi, December 2012

…It is indeed rare to come across such large-hearted people. Himalaica is truly a wondrous experience. Truly made wonderful with passion!! …

Avinash, Rita Garg, Sukhdev Vihar, New Delhi, May 2013

What an experience!Its Magical, its, Invigorating, its relaxing and must of all, it’s so at home…

Srini & Renu, Noida, May 2013

…As a family, our break together…Coming to Himalaica has been the best in a very long time!…

Uday, Devayani, Aditya, Rashmi, Madhavi, Yash, Naman, Mumbai/Pune, May 2013

…Scared of dogs that we are… you shall not believe it that after meeting Cyber, Raja, Lama, we are planning to have a dog ourselves… Enjoyed every bit, from the splendid view of the Himalayas to the small planters, everything is so personal and what has touched Janki and I the most is your extremely large heart, to share it with complete strangers…

Janki and Jayshil, Samir & Arti, Shradha & Sachin, Tanvi & Veeren, Mumbai/Ahmedabad, November 2013

“THE Retreat”…beautifully made, efficiently serviced and immaculately kept…”

Smriti Raheja, New Delhi, June, 2013

We had a most awesome time in your magical home …Lazing around in the “sun room”, walks in the garden, the beautiful weeping willow, the pond, the den- we loved every bit of it. Anya loved watching movies in the TV room, playing with Raja, Cyber and Lama…Nishant loved just ”being”, his walks in the jungle (and getting lost)…We will definitely keep coming back to this ‘soul’retreat.

Shelja Sen, New Delhi, June 2014

Your labour of love pours out of every corner. Your deep connect to nature is so evident in the blending of your home and its surroundings. Away from madness of city life, you have nurtured a haven which is so dynamic/organic, yet surreal…Our stay for a few days has been enriching.

Dr. Amit Sen, New Delhi, June 2014

…my thoughts flow and surround me, which is perhaps, what I needed…This trip has provided me with peace, where perhaps I have begun to see things in a different light…

Nishant Sen, New Delhi, February 2014

…Amidst the dense trees, the scenic view of the hilltop and the cool breeze …All in all, this is a home away from home…

Dr. Avichal Kumar Kohli, New Delhi, June 2014

…Three days of positive aura….. A true mesmerising experience…. the whole experience is just ‘wow’!

K. Praveen & Neha Bhutani, New Delhi, March 2014

…The highlight of the trip were Raja, Cyber, Lama. The biggest one was when my husband, Paresh, said “I think we are ready for a pet now”…Thank you so much for converting us to Kumaon lovers, may your love and passion for this region achieve great heights.

Mridula Tangirala, New Delhi, June 2014