‘Kyar Bagh’ / ‘Kiar Bagh’ / ‘Kiyar Bagh’.
‘Kiar’ is the name of the place where my ancestors came to and settled down, and ‘Bagh’ signifies a feeling of openness and space. The original idea was to have a fruit orchard in the open spaces. Trees have been planted, but they have not done too well, and the orchard hasn’t really yet come up.
We associate with something that is ‘pahari’ (of the hills), has a history to it and that connects the then and now.
An environmentally sensitive, luxury spa resort built on the lines of a Himachali / pahari village architecture, built with local / recycled material using wood, stone and mud. A resort that gives you a feeling of space and is not overcrowded with people.
At village Baldeyan, in between Mashobra & Naldehra Golf Course, about 17 kilometres away from Shimla Himachal Pradesh, overlooking a protected forest. A quiet getaway in the mountains away from the city.
Description of the property
A luxury boutique spa resort on a 4 acre plot having only 20 rooms set in 10 cottages. There are 3 single room cottages, 5 two room cottages, 1 three room cottage, and 1 four room cottage. Out of the single room cottages, 1 cottage is a suite & in the 3 room cottage, the room on the upper floor is also a suite.
Out of the 10 cottages, 5 are single storey & 5 are two storied. The cottages are built on the lines of traditional ‘pahari’ style of architecture, set to resemble a himachali village. These are made of stone, mud and wood, and have sloping roof of slate. Each cottage is different from the other.
The main structure will have activity area on one floor, conference on another, then the kitchen floor, and finally the restaurant on the top floor. This 4 storied structure is made of stone and wood built on the lines of a typical himachali temple, somewhat similar to the Bhimakali temple.
The resort as a whole would look like a typical ‘pahari’ village. Its architecture blends aesthetically with the local architecture, putting minimum burden on the environment & ecology. We have made use of recycled wood and stone in the construction of the resort.
There is also an indoor heated swimming pool with an infinity edge. There is a separate wellness centre having 5 therapy rooms, steam, sauna, hydrotherapy and a relaxation lounge. It would be providing a variety of treatments.
The landscape will also resemble the local surroundings. We have planted several plum, peach, apricot, nectarine trees, alongwith other indigenous trees, shrubs and wild flowers.
We would like the place to be environmentally sensitive. Besides using recycled wood & stone, we plan to make use of solar energy. We also plan to use an extensive water management system to recycle / reuse water. Fresh water will first be used for drinking & kitchen requirement and then for baths. Rain water shall be collected, stored and used for bathing. Grey water shall be treated and reused in the flushing system, whereas black water shall also be treated and used for irrigation. We would also like to minimise use of plastic. The source of drinking water is from an underground natural spring located in the compound. Instead of providing bottled water, we shall encourage guests to use the natural spring.
We would also like to promote local livelihood by recruiting and training local people. Over a period of time, we would also promote visits to village homes for ‘pahari ’meals / overnight stay. The souvenir shop at the resort would sell products made by local people.
Facilities / Activities
The resort has beautiful surroundings with ethereal mountains that change colour in every season, forests of deodhar (Himalayan Cedar), oak, and pine trees, wild flowers, blue skies and lots of fresh air.
Just being in such natural surroundings, relaxing, reading, being with yourself, having space and time is a highly recommended activity. Besides this, the resort offers its guests
- The Spa
- Indoor heated swimming pool
- Walks & treks
- Bird watching
- Pahari lunch at a village home
- Indoor activities
The logo should communicate a sense of earthiness, natural, being of the hills, class, luxury, maturity.