Bir Terraces has been built in the traditional Pahari style with sustainable living in mind. Not a single tree was cut while making this house situated in the valleys and only natural things like recycled wood have been used in making it.
Dushyant Vashisht, who dreamed of going abroad after engineering and completing his Masters studies and traveling the world, is recognized today as the founder and manager of Bir Terrace Homestay. In March 2020, the pandemic changed the lives of many and one of them was Dushyant, a 26-year-old engineer from Delhi.
It was during the lockdown that he discovered a new meaning in life and decided to convert his ancestral home into a homestay.
This luxurious Bir Terrace homestay is situated on seven acres of land in Kumaon, Uttarakhand. The house was once a holiday home for Dushyant, where he used to spend occasional holidays with his friends and family, but today it is perfect for many to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life The place has become
All the guests who come to stay in Bir Terrace, situated in the lap of the Himalayas, leave after spending maximum time here after being impressed by the beauty and way of living here. At the same time, Dushyant says that he never had a plan to build Bir Terrace, it was a game of luck, but today he feels proud of it.
This house was built by Dushyant’s great grandfather. He explains, “This journey began when I went to stay with my family at our ancestral home on the mountain for two months.” Coming here and spending time amidst nature was a different experience for him.
Impressed by this, Dushyant along with his college friend Avanti decided to convert this hill house into a sustainable homestay to promote sustainable tourism and to give its experience to other people as well. Dushyant’s father Pravin Vashisht, an architect by profession, helped him restructure the house in a sustainable manner and in December 2020, Bir Terrace welcomed its guests for the first time.
Bir Terrace homestay built keeping in mind the environment
This Victorian-style three-bedroom home is surrounded by trees and greenery, but not a single tree was cut to build it. Designed with a focus on sustainability, it has been built in traditional Pahari style using stone and natural materials like recycled wood for interior furnishings.
Not only this, many fruits and vegetables like strawberries, cherry tomatoes, radishes, broccoli, grapes are also grown through organic farming in Bir Terrace. Apart from being Dushyant’s partner, Avanti is also a professional chef and thus makes sure that her guests have healthy and tasty food.
Apart from this, visitors to Bir Terrace can also take part in adventure activities like long walks, hiking and trekking amidst the lush greenery and beautiful views of the forest. Bir Terrace Homestay is teaching people the meaning of sustainable living today.
This special house of Dushyant is an example of the fact that in life, even when some plan doesn’t work out, some door or the other is always open for you.
Editing- Archana Dubey
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