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Prakriti Aalay - a True Eco Responsible Destination

Amid Prakriti Aalay’s natural habitat beside a perennial flowing stream with the Himalayas in the backdrop, our master architect Delia alias Didi Contractor envisioned a luxury boutique resort inspired by traditional aesthetics, vernacular architecture, and ecological sensitivity. Didi was a pioneer in responsible eco-construction. She was inspired by her love of India and the natural beauty of Himachal Pradesh.

Didi was born to a German father and an American mother, both Expressionist painters. Her first years were spent in Europe but she grew up in America. In America, she studied art, trained as a painter and studied at the University of Colorado. In the early 1960’s, Didi discovered a career in decoration with the exciting assignment of designing the interiors for the legendary Lake Palace in Udaipur when it was first converted into a celebrated luxury hotel. Since the late 1970s, Didi lived in the Kangra valley where she built many distinctive Eco homes, clinics, retirement resort, craft center, and large Institutes: Dharmalaya and Sambhaavnaa.

Didi designed Prakriti Aalay as a True Eco responsible Destination. The standard of eco practices followed at Prakriti Aalay is far ahead of the leading global guidelines. Thus Prakriti Aalay is setting a benchmark in the entire region and is one of the very few properties in the country in responsible tourism with shades of bare luxury; while preserving and showcasing the rich vernacular architect.

The Beginning

They say life comes to full circle. This is being put into practice by Thakur Family, lead now by Kishore and Amita Thakur, owner of Prakriti Aalay. After spending around two illustrious decades in corporate, touching lives and locations across the globe, they decided to pursue their passion of building the finest and luxurious Eco resorts and Camp sites, starting from Camp Lungta in Dharmshala, which has already become a benchmark in ethnicity, bare luxury and service. Camp Lungta’s philosophy is finding another cherished expression at Prakriti Aalay for more discerning travelers.

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Prakriti Aalay is hand crafted, right from stones to sundried adobes to bamboos to recycled wood to natural slates; every corner is full of breath. Every aspect of the rooms and suites, from their traditional architecture to interiors and to contemporary furnishing has been planned in harmony to nature; thus creating an atmosphere of seamless surprises and unique textures around them. It’s a true amalgamation of traditional architecture, eco construction and contemporary amenities

Throughout their life, Kishore and Amita have demonstrated highest level of passion and professionalism. These virtues are now the cornerstone of the Prakriti Aalay’s working philosophy. Prakriti Aalay's business beliefs puts ethics and service above the insatiable profits and personal interests; and advocates the virtues of ‘high thinking & simple living’ as its core driving value.

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