Remember seeing pictures of igloos in school textbooks and wondering if planning a trip to the Arctic was the only way to see these fascinating structures?
Well, the “Made in India” campaign has brought igloos to India now.
Two youngsters have built igloo houses in Himachal Pradesh that will rejuvenate all your childhood fantasies.
Vikas and Tashi Dorje have built the country’s first igloo properties in Manali, which has been attracting visitors from all over the country to witness the adventure.
Not just the house, everything inside the igloo is made of snow, including the bed and floor. They are decorated with lights and the temperature inside moderated. However, don’t get too cushy as it will still be cold inside.
The igloo, also known as snow house, is a round, dome-shaped shelter built of snow, originally constructed by the Inuit Tribe. They are made from blocks of compacted snow and built in various sizes, sometimes housing up to twenty people. The name igloo is derived from the word “iglu” meaning “house, dwelling” in the Eskimo-Aleut language.
The 9ft/12ft structure in Manali has a 4ft tall door and can comfortably house five adults. It has been built using independent blocks of snow that are leaned against each other and polished to fit, without any additional supporting structure. It even has a small hole on the roof to avoid suffocation.
Vikas and Tashi, who took four days to construct the house, said such structures can be constructed only late at night or early in the morning owing to the low temperature demand. They’ve made three houses so far and are looking forward to building more in the coming years.
Those wishing to spend their time in the igloo house will have to shell out Rs 5,000 for a night.
So, what are you waiting for?
Make the most of the winter wonderland without burning a hole in the pocket while enjoying a truly novel experience in the hilly terrains of Manali.