A room in Tarana Guest Cottage
TARA (Training and Research Academy) is an eco-friendly feminist residential space for retreats, workshops, training, research, and creative expression. TARA’s new and attractive facilities include affordable residential cottages that can comfortably accommodate 30-40 overnight guests, a staffed kitchen and dining hall, three multi-purpose conference halls, library, and organic gardens.
There are four guest cottages with small verandahs that each has four or five bedrooms with attached western-style toilets and hot water geysers.
We have a special guest room that is wheelchair-friendly. And, the dining area and one conference/reception hall are also handicapped accessible.
TARA has wi-fi capability available at no additional charge for its guests. And, there is audio video equipment available for the showing of dvds, PowerPoint presentations, etc.
For a visual tour of our facilities, please visit our Photo Gallery.
Comestibles at TARA
We offer simple vegetarian food served family-style at three meals a day, and is inclusive in our room rates. We make our own tofu and, as much as possible, serve produce either from our own gardens or locally grown. We have a small organic farm where we grow vegetables and fruits. We appreciate if visitors give some time to working in the garden.
We have Aqua Guard eco-filtered water available on tap in the dining room. Guests are requested to fill in their bottles to take to their rooms and the training hall as and when they need.
Being situated at the foothills of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayan Mountains, TARA enjoys temperate weather conditions typical of hill towns at higher elevations (approx. 1200 meters/3900 feet), providing generally cooler and more comfortable weather than the plains areas of India most of the year.
In terms of weather, ideal times to visit TARA are March-April and October-November. Temperatures are moderate, rain is minimal and flowers are in bloom.
In May and early June, daytime temperatures can reach as high as 38° C (100.4° F). However, evening temperatures generally cool considerably. Monsoon season typically lasts from late-June through early September, with daily heavy rain.
Winter months, December through February, are cool (avg. daytime 13°C/55°F). Days are mostly sunny with rare snow flurries, but nights can get chilly (as low as 0°C/32°F).
It should be noted that weather is highly unpredictable here in the mountains, so it is best to be prepared for all reasonable weather possibilities. To that end, in order to enhance your comfort during your stay at TARA, we recommend you bring the following:
- Depending on the season, appropriate sweater, shawl, or other warm clothes and socks etc. for cooler evenings
- Umbrella or raincoat
- Walking shoes with good tread
- Comfortable clothes for walking
- Reusable neoprene or metal water bottle
- Mosquito repellent (April-October)
In Case of Medical Emergencies
Medical doctors are available on call at The Nishtha Health Clinic, only 5 minutes walking distance. And, a full service hospital is approximately 30 minutes driving distance.
For information about Directions, please visit Getting to TARA.