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ZeroStay - Zero Down. Indulge in Nature.

Humans have always learnt from Nature and created many things for their comforts. Technology had always served as a double-sided sword. In present scenario, humans are living in most comforts as we can see. Unknowingly or knowingly, humans are focusing mainly on two things, looking good (beauty) and bodily comforts (conveniences). There is always a lot to learn from Nature. It teaches us so much for free!!! Like everything in entire cosmos is so balanced, in so much harmony with each other, without anyone managing it, contrary to the imbalance in our economic and social setup with so much intellect and technology at our disposal.

ZeroStay concludes the natural course to be the best course, anyone trying to counter it faces problems and disappointments. Our ancestors understood the importance of living in harmony with Nature and acted under intuitive guidance of Nature. At present, things have changed beyond recognition. There is a mad rush. We see people rushing in all directions. Life has become mechanical and man has become machine. We have no time to stand and stare.

At ZeroStay locations, travelers will get a break in its true meaning, accommodations with peaceful surroundings, off-the-road, near to village, surrounded by forest, locations that will give travelers a very much required and very much desired break from hustle and bustle of city life, a time to re-charge, an opportunity to know the clear connection between humans, animals, and forest. The locations which will not have any distractions, so that one will have all the time to spend with Nature and among group with which one has visited that place. The locations at which one can see practically as to how one is dependent on Agriculture, Forest, Rivers, Mountains and understand the importance of preserving them.

ZeroStay typical itineraries will include spending a day at nearby village interacting with villagers, Jungle trek, trek to top of the nearby Mountains, trek to nearby water springs, bird watching, star gazing, farm work, walk in Fruit orchards, time for Yoga/Meditation, Plantation, trek to nearby Temples, time to relax and just “Not think and not do anything.” Adventure activities will always be an option at all of our locations.

What People Say About ZeroStay

ZeroStay Kanatal – Mark of Respect to Nature. True to its name, ZeroStay.

Sakina N Amit

Delhi/NCR

ZeroStay Kanatal – Mark of Respect to Nature. True to its name, ZeroStay.

Two words that we would use to describe ZeroStay are Tranquil and Radiant.
It was sheer luck that we were able to locate ZeroStay and get in touch with Manish Ji. Like a true samaritan, he guided us throughout our journey and kept us informed about the weather conditions and shared a checklist with us well in advance.
It is approximately 8 hr drive from Delhi and best part starts uphill from Chamba till Kanatal which is approx 16 km. We were lucky enough to witness snowfall for around 10 km which accompanied us till we reached ZeroStay. After parking our vehicle near Vijay Milan Math, we walked on snow. It was a beautiful experience similar to walking on feathers. During the journey, we were eagerly waiting for the property which remained a mystery till we arrived. Amongst vast expanse of white sheet, stood an exquisite mud cottage. When we arrived the lights were off and the cottage was glowing in the light of snow.
As a mark of respect to nature, all the resources used are in their true form. Mud and stone walls & bed, mud flooring, brass utensils, clay pots, tree trunks being used as table and chairs and home grown organic vegetables from ZeroStay.
One may either choose to trek to nearby locations or laze around in sun with a book is a choice to make. Food is freshly cooked basis the menu available and served in clay pots, which further adds to the flavor.
True to its name, ZeroStay will eventually make one believe that if natural resources are optimally utilized and luxuries are minimized, one does not need much to live happily after !!
ZeroStay – Place For Wanderer Seeking Peace and Calm

Shubra Sarkar - Gurugram

ZeroStay – Place For Wanderer Seeking Peace and Calm

For any wanderlust looking for peace n calm from the city life, zero stay is THE PLACE for you. Surrounded by lush green forest and quietude. The place is clean with friendly staff. Expect simple but delicious homecooked food. There is a small trek through the forest to reach the cottage. People averse to walking or looking for a people lively place, please reconsider the choice. Overall had a wonderful time reconnecting with nature and myself.
Not just a great place to stay, but fantastic experience.  Thank you Manish and Major! If we could give you 10 stars, we would!

Yoshi N Yello - London

Not just a great place to stay, but fantastic experience. Thank you Manish and Major! If we could give you 10 stars, we would!

We booked this cottage to immerse ourselves for a few weeks of self-led meditation, yoga, spiritual practice and nature. This secluded location in the mountains was the perfect place! On arrival, we were extremely pleased with the simple mud cottage: it was large, clean and quiet. Overall, pretty basic, but it had all the essentials that we were looking for, like electricity, kettle, clean water and western toilet. All meals can be supplied and everything is cooked fresh. We had porridge, puri bhaji or stuffed parathas for breakfast; dhal, sabji, rice and chapatis for lunch; and fruit for dinner. Very happy with the food provided, which was all delicious! Manish, Major and their local helpers were all friendly and accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They made us feel very much welcomed in their mountain retreat. What we didn’t expect from our AirBnB stay was to be given the opportunity to experience a Himalayan village festival that happened to be going on during our time here. Manish & Major invited us to join them in 3 local villages over 3 days, where we were hosted as special guests by local villagers whom they hadn’t even met prior to that day! Never before had we experienced such a wonderful sense of hospitality, community and family. A real eye-opener, compared to how we seem to live in the western world. As if that wasn’t enough of an unexpected off-piste treat, Manish then took us to the nearby monastery for a morning visit and class with the resident Saint. Such wisdom ensued that we ended up returning there for a further 2 weeks of long days, soaking up the priceless teachings as well as offering our service of sweeping, cleaning, stacking bricks and even filming a short documentary! Overall, this wasn’t just a great place to stay, it was a fantastic experience that came out of the blue. Sometimes you just need to go with the flow of life and see where you end up, as often the most unique and profound experiences (like the festival and monastery) aren’t advertised anywhere. Thank you Manish and Major! If we could give you 10 stars, we would!
Cottages on Himalayan terraces after a blissful jungle hike

Riyanka Roy

Cottages on Himalayan terraces after a blissful jungle hike

This was our first Airbnb experience and we couldn't have asked for anything better. We were looking for a place that would be away from the chaos and cacophony of the touristy destinations and I found Zero Stay at the right time. The cottages are on Himalayan terraces that you can reach after a blissful jungle hike. Walking down the silent forest was a beautiful experience and we had our share of adventure as well. The food served at the stay was delicious. Kishore took care of us like family, and the Pahadi Chicken is a must try! The veggies that were served are locally grown. Manish is an incredible host - warm, friendly and punctual. I'm surely going back to this place again, probably during the winters because Kishore has tempted us with his description of how the entire place dresses in white in the months of Jan and Feb. It was great to be at your stay, Manish. We loved it and we look forward to be back during Jan. You have my number, so maybe you can let me know when it snows and we'll drop in. It was a perfect weekend and the jungle adventure would be a chapter for all 4 of us to cherish forever. Thank you so much has for hosting us. Also, convey my regards to Kishore. We loved him.
Perfect Holiday place surrounded by forest all over.  Very peaceful place.  No distractions.

Col Gaurav Arora

Perfect Holiday place surrounded by forest all over. Very peaceful place. No distractions.

Please maintain it as it is with least resources, best management.  Keep same activities.  It is very good.
Amazing Concept.  Perfect Location.  What else would one want?

Jagdish Charde

Nagpur

Amazing Concept. Perfect Location. What else would one want?

We walked through jungle to reach property. It was very wonderful walk. Very warm welcome from the staff. We got very late, but they were still awake for us. Location is just amazing, at hill top, surrounded by mountains and clouds and forest from all sides, what else you want. You feel life. You get a break from your day-to-day routine. You recharge yourself. We went to village, we observe the way of living of people over here, how they live, how they stay healthy, very self sufficient, it is very good to see for us and for future generations to know how to be self sufficient, we should learn from these people and this is our heritage and we should preserve it, and the initiative like this will help preserving that. I would really encourage all the parents to send their kids to such place so that they should see for themselves practically, what healthy living is. Concept is very good. I really like it. The cottages were very nicely made. Whatever we need is there, whatever we want is not there, so clutter is not there basically. Attention does not get distracted. Like TV is not there, in fact it inspired me to take phones off from my kids also. Basic amenities are there, and team is managing quite well. Farms are there. I wish if we could spend some more there and then we could have know their farming practices. Very clearly one can see that how village, livestock, and forest is connected to each other. Looking at villager’s lifestyle here, one can clearly make out that you do not need money to be happy. Usage of renewable energy products is very appreciating. One should stay for at least 1 in 12 months in such place. If kids come in group here, they will have good time to bond with each other, as there are no distractions.
Cottages in Forest, far from maddening crowd, snow-capped mountains, sunrise, sunset, star-lit night sky, fresh food.  Experience at ZeroStay is something that’ll stay in my heart for the rest of my life and the fragrance of good memories made here would induce me to visit the place again from time to time.

Tejasvi N Tanya

Cottages in Forest, far from maddening crowd, snow-capped mountains, sunrise, sunset, star-lit night sky, fresh food. Experience at ZeroStay is something that’ll stay in my heart for the rest of my life and the fragrance of good memories made here would induce me to visit the place again from time to time.

Being an avid traveler I always look out for offbeat places to visit. I prefer cottages in forests than concrete rooms in hotels. In a world where sustainability is more of a marketing hack than anything else I found a very pleasant surprise at ZeroStay Cottages in Kanatal. Far from the maddening crowd, there are two cottages made in traditional Garhwali architecture right in the forest. An amazing view of snow capped mountains, unreal sunrise and sunsets and a bright star lit night sky are just on the top of the list of things I loved. Manish Jain, the owner, has more love for mountains, sustainability, Garhwali architecture and culture, organic farming and a peaceful living than anyone I have ever met. The place is a clear reflection of his ideals and totally devoid of any hypocrisy. One of the very few places that is the way it should be. A short stay of three days took me to a whole different world and it was better than I could have ever imagined. The food is made with traditional Garhwali recipes and is probably the best I ever had outside home. Mornings with tea and sunrise, noon with trekking and an amazing lunch and evenings with bonfires and interesting conversations. That was more or less the routine I had. One can trek to Surkanda Devi Temple through the forest or take a walk to the villages around. Manish was extremely nice to accompany us on the visits and introduced us to local people, cuisine and much more. It’s a must visit for people who love forests, sunrises and sunsets, star gazing, trekking and soaking in the sun. I would rate it as the best visit of many. Hats off to Manish to develop such an amazing place and hope to visit it again very soon!
"There's nothing out there that gives me more joy than staying in the mountains, close to Nature and living "in the moment" usually we find ourselves occupied with a plethora of unnecessary thoughts - I wanted to get rid of all that and have a one to one conversation with inner self , my search for a such a heaven ended at Zerostay Kanatal. The place's managed by Manish and a few native pahadi staff, pays its ode to mother nature and bestows it's inhabitant a sense of realization that " what are men compared to rock and mountains". With a breathtaking view of the snow-capped majestic Himalayas, gorgeous flora and fauna, you would want to stay here forever. The whole infrastructure is build on the principles of sustainability, simplicity and homemade. You can volunteer and work at the organic farms here, see the most humungous pumpkins, radishes (you've ever seen) and taste the sweetest peas that there are in the whole world! Manish was kind enough to guide us for treks.
Day 1 we trekked all the way from Zerostay to Sukannda Devi temple situated at the highest hill (in around 30km of area), the distance we trekked was about 8-9 km through a patch thick pristine forest and mind blowing view of the snow-capped Himalayas against clear blue sky, we came back to hot and fresh traditional pahadi food ( made out of vegetables plucked from the organic farms) simply delicious!
Day 2 Manish took us on a trek through the forests and the nearby villages , we enjoyed interacting with the locals, checking out the farm yields and petting animals at their farms!. We had a nice warm evenings with bonfires and melodious pahadi folk songs!
Overall my experience at ZeroStay is something that'll stay in heart for the rest of my life and the fragrance of good memories made here would induce me to visit the place again from time to time!"
Perfect location for a refreshing getaway. You really feel that connection  with Nature. Very authentic accommodation, very spacious as well, would accommodate families  very well. Commendable hospitality from staff and villagers.

April and Merlyn D'Costa:

Perfect location for a refreshing getaway. You really feel that connection with Nature. Very authentic accommodation, very spacious as well, would accommodate families very well. Commendable hospitality from staff and villagers.

Just perfect location for a very nice refreshing getaway. It is sad we did not get a lot of time. I really do not want to go back. You really feel that oneness with the forest, the land, and the people out here make you feel that connection, they do not hold back, to help you feel a lot more one with them. As a concept, I really like it, up in the hills, away from all of the noise. As I pointed out yesterday, silence really scares me, but this wonderful silence can rejuvenate you. Only sounds of birds and wind that make you feel peaceful. The accommodation is really nice, very authentic, you feel like you are in the village, which you do not get very often, very spacious as well for something that is so small as to be called as a cottage. I think it would accommodate families very well. I hope that we get rains and the crops grow and we can also see how the crops look like. It is a very interesting thing you know that you have so many varieties of crops right up here in the mountains, and with tough weather conditions, you are able to accommodate so many different delicious fruits and vegetables. The villagers were really nice. I was very impressed. They wanted us to come to their place. They wanted to feed us. They wanted to give us, and after knowing the fact, that it is so difficult for them to actually go and get the water from down there, after coming to know it is very heavy to carry it, but then yet they were so willing to share whatever little they have, it makes you feel like very welcoming, their hospitality is really very commendable, other than that I do not think anybody would want to leave this place. Thank you for having us over here.
I think you really appreciate the simplicity of life and how self-sufficient people here are, and how we, I mean, when we compare our lifestyle with theirs, they seem so much more happier than we are, in just having everything around them, for them, rather than us we keep striving for lot of things in life, but they are very self satisfied, happier than us. Coming here I think it is really peaceful and serene, and you get a lot of time to meditate, just you know, not think, for once in your life, and the trek is wonderful, I enjoyed the treks a lot whatever short treks we had, I think it was fun, the jungle trek was amazing, the heat does not get to you, and when you look at these huge pine and cedar trees, you in comparison with them, just makes you wonder how huge this whole universe is and how much variety and beauty. Will surely plan a longer vacation here next time.
Great Location.  Please expand fast

Alistair Dsilva

Mumbai

Great Location. Please expand fast

Having a property, off-the-road, is a great idea. Interaction with villagers quite interesting. They are quite helpful, ready to interact any time, quite talkative. Food, especially the village food was prepared quite well and quite delicious also. Accommodation is very close to village houses, so feel like you are staying as one of them. It is a successful idea to build house as per climate. I would suggest please expand fast. I would like to see/harvest crops next time when I come here.
Lovely Concept. Even better than imagination. Would like to  come here again.

Anil Kumar, Ranjana Bhushan Kumar

Lovely Concept. Even better than imagination. Would like to come here again.

Variety of Birds. Only noise you hear is that of the birds and the bees. Very caring and helpful staff. Excellent food, we enjoyed it thoroughly. Loved the fact that agriculture is actually happening here.

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