Uttarakhand

Sarmoli, Uttarakhand

Sarmoli is a quaint village in the Kumaon region on Uttrakhand sharing its borders with Nepal and Tibet. The village perched on the slopes above Munsiyari enjoys breathtaking views of the Panchachuli range. Surrounded by lush forests and lovely views of the mountains, this village is certainly a place to spend a few days with nature.

Itmenaan Estate, Naugaon, Almora

Itmenaan Estate, Naugaon is a fairytale getaway in a peaceful rural setting in the Kumaon Himalayas. The 10-acre estate includes virgin pine, oak and rhododendron trees; terraced fields laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables; and to top it all, a small private perennial natural spring. The estate offers panoramic views of the Himalayas including the majestic Nanda Devi. Itmenaan Estate, Naugaon, the 100-year-old traditional Kumaoni style stone house on the estate has been painstakingly restored and offers 3 tastefully designed en suite bedrooms. In and around the house are abundant places for you to unwind and relax – the courtyard overlooking the mountains and verdant valleys. At Itmenaan Estate, Naugaon, the house offers 3 tastefully designed bedrooms with attached modern bathrooms. Each room has a ‘day bed’ by the window and a king-size bed with luxurious mattress. Also, the traditional architecture of the walls and the roof provide for the snug insulation that is so needed during the winter season.

Janardhan Resort, Pangot

Janardan resort, Pangot has been made with a vision to provide all necessary support to nature lovers, to make their stay memorable at a very affordable cost. The resort comprises of four cottages each having two rooms with fire place, kitchen and attached toilets with running hot and cold water, a open lounge , dish cable TV for entertainment, log fires for evening gathering. Service is highly personalized with provision of personal cook for cooking your desired cuisine in a clean and hygienic environment. Where is Pangot? Pangot is small village about 15 kilometers from Nainital, a famous Indian hill station. The drive to here passes through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, which are excellent birding spots. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, blue-winged minla, spotted & slaty-backed forktail, rufous-bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, variety of thrushes etc. Almost 150 bird species have been recorded at Pangot and the surrounding areas. The numerous perennial & seasonal …

Hotel Himalaya, Nainital

Built in the year 1918, Himalaya Hotel was host to Indian princess & Kings in this erstwhile summer capital of the United Provinces. Situated on a hill near the lower tip of the Naini Lake, this hotel is ideal for a relaxing Himalayan Holiday. The splendid view of the Naini Lake guarantees the calming of frayed urban nerves. Hotel Himalaya, Nainital offers a choice of 60 rooms, all divided between the old and the new wings. Himalaya Mini Golf, an attractive golf course within the hotel premises, provides the ideal activity for Nainital’s relaxed ambience. Hotel Himalaya, Nainital also offers an array of activities to its guests including jungle and nature walks, rock climbing, horse riding, bonfires, boating, and cable car ride. With a choice of mouth-watering dishes the restaurant is one of the best choice for all gastronomes.

Kalmatia Sangam Himalaya Resort, Almora

Kalmatia Sangam Himalaya Resort is nestled at the heart of the Kumaon hills. The resort is located only 7 kms above Almora and is an ideal starting point for various excursions and is also vantage point for treks. There are several accommodation options named Eagle’s Nest, Owl, Himalayan Magpie, Scarlet Minivet, Pheasant, Partridge, Hoopoe, Cuckoo, Gold Finch, and Rosefinch. The restaurant at Kalmatia Sangam Himalaya Resort is called the Sangam, which is a confluence of traditional and international cuisine. The restaurant is also an art gallery displaying works by foreign artists.

The Misty Mountains, Jhaltola, Chaukori

The Misty Mountains is at Jhaltola, Chaukori one of the last remaining once-upon-a-time-estates in Kumaon. Some others being Chaukori, Berinag, Kausani, Jalna, and Sitlakhet. It is a relatively new destination (set up in April 2009). It is what Binsar or Chaukori was 10 years ago – an unspoilt gift of nature with a 1000 acres of forests around it. It took me 3 years of full time travel to the nook and corners of Kumaon to finally select this Offbeat Destination as a place to create a heaven for families to have a true vacation. A vacation where you could actually get away from ‘it all’. Just spend quality time with your loved ones while being pampered with home-like food, warm hospitality and our personal attention.

Balrampur House, Nainital

Balrampur House Nainital was the summer Palace of the Royal Family of Balrampur since the 1880’s. It was known as Ivy Park Palace till 1932 the old single story palace was demolished to recreate a modern structure by the famous European Architect, Monsieur Mortimere in the style of a French Chateaux. Balrampur House, Nainital features tastefully appointed rooms, each with beautiful views of the sprawling garden. The Deluxe r0oms in the house were guest rooms during the Raj days in which private guests and relatives of the royal family housed.Some of the furniture used in these rooms are antiques. The Superior rooms are massive and were used as bedrooms and drawing rooms by the Maharaja & Maharani,which have now been converted into rooms for the guest with modern amenities. All the rooms have a fireplace. The dining room at Balrampur House, Nainital serves Indian and continental cuisene. The gowns decorated as wall hangings are genuine Kashmiri Jamewars.

The Lake Village, Naukuchiatal

The Lake Village, Naukuchiatal is set in a beautiful location with hand sculpted gardens dreamly overlooking the lake to the front and touches the hills to the sides. The Lake Village is inspired by the Tarai architecture blending local materials covered with thatched verandahs & roofs to give you the lazy charm of a scripted village. There are three types of accommodation in the Lake Village, Naukuchiatal, The Cottage, The Gazebo, and the Log Hut. The Cottage gives a picture of a true hill cottage, nestled in a quaint valley facing the true landscape of the lake. This comfortable residence is your ideal luxury accommodation for a family of four. The Gazebo is a large round residence, well appointed in hand sculpted gardens, built aesthetically in traditional Kumaoni style of architecture utilizing local materials. The Log Hut as the name suggests, this fairly large rectangular accommodation has a thatched roof with log wood flooring and wall paneling that extends the warmth and feel of living in a true log hut up in the mountains.

Jilling Estate, Padampuri, Nainital

Jilling Estate, Padampuri near Nainital is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas among the Kumaon ranges of Uttaranchal. Jilling Estate is the perfect holiday retreat and provides a home away from experience. Jilling Estate, Padampuri is only 29 kilometers away from Nainital and offers 4 cottages spread across 100 acres. Cottage 1 is a one bedroom set with a study cum extra bedroom, a drawing-dining area and a kitchenette. Cottage 2 is a two bedroom accommodation with a sitting room and a kitchen. Cottage 3 is a cosy log cabin with two bedrooms. Cottage 4 is the mountain eyrie with a bedroom and a living room, perched high up with easy access to the woods and the ridge. Jilling Estate, gives a view of Nanda Devi, walks to a spectacular ridge through the woods, camping on the ridge, bonfire nights, home cooked meals, a quaintly eclectic library and a delightful home stay experience.

Tarush Lodge, Abbott Mount

A 80 year old British building situated at a height of 6500ft, the Tarush Lodge, Abbott Mount is a vacationers delight. Tarush Lodge, Abbott Mount is close to Lohaghat and only a 6 hours drive from Ranikhet. Surrounded by the Deodar trees the Tarush Lodge is one of the finest buildings to spend your holidays. There are 4 huge rooms with attached bathrooms in Tarush Lodge, Abbott Mount. A beautiful drawing room with a fireplace and an adjoining dining space with its own cutlery, OTG, Coffee Maker,and a refrigerator makes it a perfect place to enjoy your own cozy holidays. The library has good collection of books. Where is Abbott Mount? This place was discovered by Britisher John Abbott (whose descendants now live in Jhansi) in the pre-independence era and he decided to name the hill after himself. He built 13 cottages here and some of these still survive. Panorama takes a new meaning as you treat yourself to views of peaks like Trishul, Nanda Kot, Nanda Ghunti and the Nanda Devi spanning in an …