Chhaani

We have maintained our authentic “chhaani” next to Home Stay. “Chhanni” is a cottage of which walls are made using stones, mud and cow dung. The base roof is wooden which is covered with black slates to make the cottage weather proof. It is built towards top of the mountains. Chhaani is a cultural thing. It is used to keep the animals – cows, oxen, buffaloes, goats, poultry, dogs etc. Farmers used to live in it and along with the animals throughout the year except in winters. In winters villagers move along with animals to the plains. We have maintained a mud chulha (natural stove, uses wood as fuel) in one part of the Chhaani. That’s where we make fresh chapattis (bread) and serve them hot. That section doubles up as dining room where we sit on the floor using solar lamps for light.