A Home in the Clouds

Aalayam is a sustainable, eco friendly homestay situated in the village of Khidku, near Dharamshala. The house sits perched on the edge of the hillock, with spectacular views of the majestic Dhauladhar range on one side and Kangra valley on the other. A seasonal stream brings the music of flowing water through every window right into the room.

The method and material employed in the making of this home, makes it energy efficient, weather resilient, sustainable, and a minimal waste space.

We offer two rooms, for short and long term stay, to individuals looking for a break from their routine, and experience a life beyond.

There are many aspects that make Aalayam special and unique, most of which can only be experienced to be known.

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Ida and The Nest

We offer two rooms, Ida and The Nest, for long and short stays.

The Nest is a family room, that comes with an attic for children ( and adults with an adventurous streak) It can comfortably accommodate 4 persons.

Ida is on ground level, and can accommodate 2 persons.

Neither rooms can accommodate an extra bed.

Both rooms have a king size bed, which cannot be separated, and a private ensuite bathroom with hot and cold running water. Towels, and basic eco friendly toiletries are provided.

The rooms come equipped with basic amenities, including a kettle, tea and coffee condiments, warm blankets, and filtered water.


Aalayam offers a cosy cafe, where all meals are served. The cafe has a plethora of books, interesting musical instruments and board games to keep you busy. We have a large open space, to soak in the sun and gaze at the stars. Wi-Fi , though patchy, is available.

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The Weather

December - February
Expect to witness temperatures as low as 7-8 degrees, with chilly winds and occasional showers. The sky is clearest in winter and is a delight for star gazers

March to May
With spring, the temperature start to rise and is mostly between 18-22 degrees. Green starts to return to the valley, after the winter hiatus

May - July
This is peak summer season, and temperatures in this region have started showing an upward trend, unlike some years before. Temperature can go up to 30 degrees in this time, and intermittent showers and thunderstorms are common.

July - September
Is peak monsoon season, and is a spectacular session at Khidku especially, if you are not driving through it. The nearby stream comes into full force, hail his hard here and wind speeds can go up many notches.


A sneak preview

  1. The Golden Sunset

    The Golden Sunset

  2. The Himalayan Cherry Blossom

    The Himalayan Cherry Blossom

  3. Aalayam


  4. Monsoon mood

    Monsoon mood

  5. Rooms


  6. Play of light

    Play of light

  7. Exteriors