Places of interest near Hartola (Part 2) – Dhokaney waterfall
About 40 kilometers from Hartola is a beautiful waterfall tucked away amidst lush green surroundings on the Nathuakhan-Orakhan-Dhokaney road. One has to…Read More
With the threat of COVID-19 still lurking around, several companies have asked their employees to work from home (WFH), schools are unlikely to open any time soon, and international air travel is far from being back to normalcy.
As such, working from the mountains has really caught up with travelers who want to leave the city life – at least for a couple of weeks or more – and mix pleasure with work. One can limit the interactions with people because usually the population in the lesser-known destinations in the mountains is scarce, so physical distancing in the times of COVID-19 comes naturally.
Although Katie’s Abode, Hartola is only in its third month of operations, we have been flooded with inquiries from travelers wanting to stay at our homestay. Also, we have been following a couple of Facebook pages of common interest wherein travelers and hosts interact on a regular basis. It’s quite illuminating to read the queries posted by intending travelers waiting to escape the confines of their city homes. It all started with pretty standard stuff, the demand for wifi topping the list. But, with every passing day, emboldened by the offerings posted by owners falling over themselves to capture this opportunity, the list of expectations are getting longer and funnier!
Snowfall on demand, clear view of snow-capped mountains, high internet speed like in the city, night rates that are less than an Uber ride to office – are some of the demands that homestay owners are receiving from travelers wanting to work from the Himalayas (WFH). Well, I don’t blame them. The situation is such that if one can squeeze a deal to save a couple of bucks, then why not! Even if it means squeezing the poor hosts who have put in all their life’s savings to be able to finally open the doors of their home to guests – so much for being a retirement plan!!
So, that brings us to the question of what we are offering at Katie’s Abode, Hartola.
I would say:
Our homestay offers a warm and memorable experience that guests can carry back with them when they come to work from this mountain workation.
For all intents and purposes, this article is to give you an understanding of what to expect at Katie’s Abode, Hartola, which is our home and not a resort or hotel. And since we are not a hotel, we go that extra mile to ensure that guests are comfortable and that they have a wonderful time at our home and that we exceed their expectations. So every question you may have before booking a room at our homestay, we will honestly and truthfully answer. After all, we’d hate to see our guests dissatisfied. And so would our mascot, Katie!