For the Love of Travel: The White Peaks
In Conversation With Vishakha Talreja

A homestay is not about its rooms or decor or amenities- what makes a homestay accommodation worth your holiday is the people who run it.

A homestay holiday was on my mind for long and it became inevitable after I had my baby and was looking for a weekend getaway- where I could escape to the hills with my family and spend time with my little explorer away from the hustle bustle of mundane life. Since a home stay offers home cooked meals, kitchen access and space beyond bedrooms; it is just the kind of accommodation you should choose when traveling with a toddler. I am so glad I chose The White Peaks for my first home stay experience- located in middle of literally nowhere (sorry but this hackneyed term just describes the place so well), surrounded by oak trees with its main gate opening to a forest. Unlike a hotel, a home stay is not about its rooms or decor or amenities- what makes a home stay accommodation worth your holiday is the people who run it. The White Peaks was started by Delhi-based couple Aparupa and Abhijit Ganguly. Here’s the story in their words. ( Yay our first couplepreneur interview):

Since you are Delhi-based, how was The White Peaks born exactly?

Aparupa: For us, our two dogs, Maya and Mowgli always meant the world and we always felt a tug in our hearts everytime we travelled to the mountains without them, which is why when we found this house, it seemed to be the perfect summer-home for all of us. Perched on the edge of a beautiful oak forest, alive with the sound of a million birds and overlooking the mesmerizing Panchachuli peaks, the house is a really special place with an amazing vibe. This is what made us realise that there will be so many like us would actually be looking for a place like this to come back to and unwind. We wanted to share our special home with like-minded people and that is how we thought of The White Peaks!

 

Abhijit and Aparupa with their pet at The White Peaks

Aparupa you work for a hotel but Abhijit doesn’t have a hospitality background right.

Abhijit: I am a CMO at one of the reckoned Linen companies in the world. Our love for travelling the world and eventually coming back home to a place that keeps us in touch with our inner self is what keeps us together. We both are ardent mountain lovers, addicted to books, rain-drenched roads, ancient trees, nebulous skies, windy afternoons and doggies of all kinds. Together we have two adopted Indie dogs (read- babies!) and we getaway to The White Peaks whenever we can, to escape the mindless rush of the city.

 

Glimpse of the Living Area at The White Peaks

How have you divided roles for The White Peaks?

Aparupa: Whist I personally handle all operational & maintenance issues along with training, service design and SOPs, Abhijit and me together handle the design and aesthetics and curate the experience. Abhijit handles the staff issues and HR bit himself. Guest profiling and reservations is again something that I handle on my own.

 

Aparupa and Abhijit’s love for travel led them to create The White Peaks

Do you at times have different opinions about any aspect of The White Peaks?

Aparupa: Even if we do, we usually talk about it and find a way around it. One of us always gives in happily and that is what keeps us going.

Since we have already profiled Aparupa three years back when The White Peaks was just launched, I would like to hear from Abhijit how he describes The White Peaks experience.

Abhijit: The White Peaks is an intimate space for those who seek solace and me-time , away from the city chaos but in the confines of a home like place which exudes an understated luxury that is balanced with an air of comfort, warmth and informality.

( Nestled amidst glistening silver oak forests on all three sides, The White Peaks is a charming little pet-friendly private cottage located in the Himalayan hamlet of Gagar in Uttarakhand. The nearest rail station is at Kathgodam. The duplex style homestay has two rooms, a living room and lots of books. Its a five minute uphill climb from the main road, so if you are travelling with old people it might be a problem to reach. Though its ideal if you are traveling with kids or pets. For more information log on to www.thewhitepeaks.com)

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