A Stunning Example of Himalayan Architecture

The traditional local architecture in this part of the Himalayas involves stacking local stones one above the other without using any cementing material in a ‘dry stack’, locally called ‘kori chinai’. Places where sticky mud is available, the style is improvised to use mud as a cementing material.

The roof of traditional Kumaoni houses is traditionally laid using pine logs and stuffed with split up logs embedded in mud. The roof terrace is then laid using the local slate stone called pataal which is sealed using locally available mud. The plaster on the walls is done using mud and husk which provides for excellent insulation.

This is what we have done - renovated the 100-year-old traditional Kumaoni village house, using the same old techniques and materials with minimum necessary involvement of the modern. We have tried to achieve a fine balance between authenticity and comfort.

Procuring raw material from within a radius of 100-mile is considered eco-sensitive; here we have created and renovated our village home using material largely from a radius 10 miles. Itmenaan Estate is a stunning example of authentic traditional stone architecture.

Some of the salient features of our house include: