Ever wonder what it means in its true essence?
Well, wanderlust is a powerful thing. It’s a thirst for adventure. To explore. To take a road less taken. It’s the desire to see every corner of the planet and then visit it few more times again. It’s a vague emotion, a twinge at the back of your mind, an extra beat of your heart, a longing for explorations to see things and experience natural beauty that even thousand words can’t explain.
It’s the most widely sought after experience by adventurists, trekkers, nature lovers, wilderness seekers, enthusiasts…
My story of Wanderlust begins from the small streets and school of Bareilly back in 1998. While I was juggling schools and friends an opportunity presented itself to experience country living for the first time at a friend’s farm house. Wide meadows, lush green trees dotted by beautiful flowers spreading their fragrance infused with the scent of moist earth, pet dogs, buffaloes and chickens lazing around and watching the sun go by during the day completely mesmerized me. Soon enough college came knocking at my doors and studies, for once took a front seat. However that didn’t stop me from going back to the country living every now and then.
Before I knew it, the gears of life were already rolling and I landed in the heart of the country: Delhi. Like a wave following the one in front of it and rushing to the inevitable shore, I worked in BPO for almost 3 years before I got an opportunity with one of the largest Print Media Company. Stable work life balance opened endless possibilities of travel. The thing about traveling is, it’s not only about visiting new places but the enriched experience with people, communities and food which enhances the overall personality. It changes the way you see the world beyond barriers. My traveling made me realize my inherent love for nature and its offerings. My love for mountains, their gravity and stability and most of all their serene majestic beauty.
That brings me to Manali. Manali and I go way back in time and share an inseparable bond. We first crossed path in 2007 when my wife and I spent our special time together. It was a remarkable, exhilarating and humbling experience and I knew instantaneously that Manali is my calling in the time to unfold.
All this while the gears of life kept rolling full throttle. Switched my job and started working with an Education Management Company. Traveled to the UK, middle east and Indian sub-continent. With each journey my lust to explore was just expanding and brought me that much more closer to nature, not just in foreign lands but closer back home too.
It wasn’t till 2016 I took a decision to bid adieu to a decade long journey in Sales and Marketing and embark upon a new expedition in the lap of mountains and nature with a quest to find a healthy, content, refreshing and a wholesome life.
My pursuit of Wanderlust has brought me right here in Manali.
At the northern flanks of Kullu, on the banks of river Beas this densely forested town lay right in the foothills of the Himalayas. The sheer tranquility, peaceful & calm aura of the place relaxes both body and mind.
It is here I decided to open doors to my Cottage which will help me share the benefits of natural living with as many people as possible. Bringing them the best of both worlds: Organic lifestyle and adventure escapades. Wanderlust is what drives millions of people in different directions and traces the tracks they leave all over the world. I hope your wanderlust brings you to Idyllic Inn.
National level Taekwondo player, she did her Bachelors from Delhi University and was selected in a Top College on sports merit.
From a very young age she understood the importance of being independent and started earning her pocket money by teaching younger kids. After college like everyone else she was also whisked away with the BPO breeze. Later in her career she worked with a Top Media Company and then in a reputed school before moving to Manali.
At Idyllic Inn Deepika looks after the entire wrap around services to run the show. Apart from the accounting and billing she is the one who gets us the brownie points for housekeeping, as she ensures that each guest is welcomed with a fresh room which is as clean as new.
One of the most important member of our team…She has a strong Will as strong as a mountain and a never say never spirit!
Sangeeta started her full time career with a boutique specializing in Machine and Hand Embroidery and in the second leap supplying the finished garments to other boutiques in Delhi and around. To beat the boredom while her kids were away she started a catering service specializing in Punjabi cuisines for small gatherings.
Today after moving to Manali the only thing she misses is her friends and loved ones! Here she usually keeps busy with organizing & managing the entire property and of course feeding us all! She likes to Meditate and enjoy nature walks in the mountain countryside whenever she gets a chance.
Specialized in Punjabi cuisines and always up to dish out a Fusion dish…she is the one who gets us the top reviews! They say the best food is the one that comes through a mother’s hand and this is one our main USP’s.
Our go to Man for sourcing the best of the best…be it shopping for food ingredients, supplies for Cottage or anything else. He knows where to get the top quality products no matter if it requires going to the Main Wholesale markets in Delhi.
He started off with Home Furnishings and Handloom store after moving on to Boutique business. With keen interest in Plantation & Gardening he keeps himself busy with our very own Herb and Kitchen Garden. It is due to him that we get most of the seasonal vegetable from our small farm itself which are not just fresh but organic too!
Not to miss few very important members of our team without whose contribution the entire show will not be what it is!
Our in house photographer….he is a full time Interior Decorator with a very strong inclination towards photography. He loves driving cars and exploring the cities as well as natural spots. Do check out above link to follow his exploration around our beautiful country.
He believes in self awakening and following the pattern to achieve the purpose. This 27 years old Alpha male works with a leading British organization and travelling is his way of loosening up. During a late night brainstorming session in Saket (New Delhi)…Idyllic Inn was born and the credit goes to Sid!
My brother from another mother…we guys have come a long way together! With keen interest in everything creative he not only designed our logo but also helps me immensely with the editorial contents. This globe trotter works for an Artificial Intelligence company and loves travelling whenever he can!