amenities

  • 4G network
  • Campfire
  • Caretaker
  • First aid kit
  • Hot water
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  • 4G network
  • Campfire
  • Caretaker
  • First aid kit
  • Hot water
  • Nearby hills
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  • 4G network
  • Campfire
  • Caretaker
  • First aid kit
  • Hot water
  • Nearby hills
  • Non-veg
  • Waterbody nearby
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  • 4G network
  • Campfire
  • Caretaker
  • First aid kit
  • Hot water
  • Nearby hills
  • Non-veg
  • Waterbody nearby
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the space

In the heart of a Kumaon Wildlife Sanctuary, surrounded by vibrant rhododendron blooms and towering pine trees of the Himalayas, lies a serene village. When you visit, you can fully immerse yourself in the tranquility of a homestay – an oasis where, every morning, the birds’ melodies greet you and the majestic Mt. Nanda Devi watches over you in silent grandeur. Although only a short 3 km on foot from the nearest roadhead, this village feels a world away from the frenetic pace of modern life. With only nine families living here, you’ll feel a sense of warmth and intimacy. For bird enthusiasts, the rich biodiversity is a dream come true.

 

Sundar and his family eagerly await your visit, ready to offer you the genuine spirit of Kumaoni hospitality in their cozy home within this wildlife sanctuary. Staying here isn’t just about finding a place to sleep; it’s an invitation to step back into simplicity, appreciate the untouched beauty surrounding you, and embark on a truly unique experience.

comforts

With 4 well-appointed rooms, the homestay is built with your comfort in mind. The Barbet can comfortably fit 8 but can stretch to 12 with extra beds. A group of friends or family will find this home a perfect place to unwind and recharge their batteries. 

 

This homestay is nestled amidst a rich variety of flora and fauna and champions eco-friendly and responsible tourism. Due to its location within a wildlife sanctuary, we advise against bringing pets to ensure their safety.

 

And as you tuck yourselves into bed, enjoy the warmth from hot water bags and room heaters. Unwind with a quiet cuppa at the end of the day, using the electric kettles in every room.

food

The charm of Kumaoni cuisine lies not just in its ingredients but also in the traditional cooking methods. Food is often cooked over wood or charcoal fires, which impart a distinct smoky flavour to the dishes. Earthen pots, stone grinders, and wooden churners are employed to enhance the authenticity of the flavours. You will get home-cooked vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes with rice, rotis, and daals. Bal Mithai, made with roasted khoya (reduced milk) and coated with white sugar balls, and Singori, made from khoya and wrapped in maalu leaves, are unique and delightful sweet treats of the Kumaon region.

 

You can also enjoy Buransh juice, made from the rhododendron flower, a refreshing drink that is both tasty and beneficial for health. Guests can indulge in farm-to-table meals with local produce and seasonal vegetables, where every dish tells a story of the land and its people. 

 

All meals, including breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner, will be served at fixed times.

ideal for

Those searching for tranquillity within a wildlife sanctuary will value what The Barbet offers. The rugged landscapes and trekking trails of Kumaon are perfect for those with an adventurous spirit, as well as families or groups of friends wanting to spend quality time together. There’s no shortage of paths for trekkers and hikers, each revealing a distinct panorama of the Himalayas. The Barbet is a nature lover’s paradise, nestled amidst dense woods, pine forests, and teeming wildlife, all complemented by the invigorating mountain breeze. For birdwatchers, wildlife enthusiasts, or those simply looking to bond with loved ones in a serene setting, it’s a haven of serenity punctuated only by the melodies of birdsong.

getting there

The closest airport is Pantnagar, and Kathgodam is the nearest railway station. After arriving at either location, you’ll need to drive for about 4-5 hours to reach the road’s endpoint. From there, the homestay is only accessible on foot, requiring a hike of approximately 3 km. But don’t worry – a guide and porter will be there to assist guests on this trek. The road journey from Kathgodam offers breathtaking scenic views, providing a glimpse into the beautiful mountainous landscapes of Kumaon. You can also rent a car or use your vehicle, which can be parked at the forest guesthouse.

things to do

This tranquil home draws visitors looking to unwind and offers a glimpse into the simplicity of rural life. A 2-hour village walk meandering through fields and narrow paths lets visitors marvel at traditional architecture, understand the villagers’ farming methods, and truly immerse in their simplistic way of life. Standing out as a birdwatcher’s paradise, it boasts over 200 spotted bird species. Those enthusiastic about bird-watching can embark on a guided tour led by a trained naturalist from the village. A nature walk with a local guide will acquaint visitors with the region’s diverse flora and fauna. 

 

Treks to the neighbouring picturesque villages are available for the more adventurous, spanning 15 km and 8 km, respectively. You could also trek for 4-5 hours to reach the river for a revitalizing dip. Additionally, one can camp or enjoy a village homestay in Saatri for an overnight experience.

price

Cost per night

Rs. 3,150 + 5% GST = Rs. 3,208 for single occupancy
Rs. 5,775 + 5% GST = Rs. 6,064 for double occupancy
Rs. 7,665 + 5% GST = Rs.8,048 for Triple occupancy

Children below 5 years: no charges.
Children between 5 – 10 years are charged Rs. 1,500 (GST included)

Inclusions
Accommodation, all meals, evening tea and coffee, all applicable taxes and service charges

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