the lodge from 1886
A Kumaoni heritage home built in the late 1800s is the cultural and festive hub of the surrounding villages. Built out of stone, the home has an old world charm, with a large open courtyard in the middle, old wooden carvings and refreshed paintings for decor. The property is located at the highest point of the village at 5000ft, surrounded in all directions with rolling hills covered with thick oak forests and punctured by small hamlets. A small stream cuts through this wide valley as it makes it way to the Kosi river downstream. The only Sun temple in the Indian Himalayas is located close to the village and on your trek there, you may run into sadhus to accompany you. Within the property, you will also find interesting old books, letters and papers.
The large heritage home has been restored to include modern amenities and has six furnished and spacious rooms, western toilets and bathrooms with running water. Hammocks, lounging chairs, driftwood and campfire stools can be found in the stone courtyard for relaxing. Although the property has been provided with limited power supply, its irregularity has moved the hosts to responsibly switch to solar lanterns, as power backup for the nights. The kitchen is modern and hygienic and one can observe local Kumaoni food being prepared by the locals. The property is functional all year long. However, one can try to visit during the festival season for a truly authentic experience of the culture and traditions of Kumaon.
Apart from the sumptuous and wholesome Indian and Continental treats that are on offer, one gets a taste of the exotic local cuisine that is becoming so rare in the Kumaon hills. Locals cook the food and the produce is fresh and organic, sourced locally from nearby farms!
The property is ideal for travellers who’d like to experience living in a home from the 1800’s, enjoy the simple joys of mountain life. Writers and artists will find the place to be quiet with only the sound of the cattle and many a bird acting as a distraction. The property is also suitable for nature lovers who can enjoy day hikes to meadows, jungles, the temples and hidden villages.
The property is located in the Kumaon region of the Himalayas, about 30 kms from Ranikhet. Accurate details will be given at the time of confirmation.
things to do
One can go on day hikes to meadows, jungles, the temples and hidden villages. Short treks ranging from 1-3 days in the central Himalayas can also be arranged for. Night hikes and leopard tracking are interesting activities on offer that are highly recommended. Additionally, activities like Tyrolean traverse, flying fox, rock climbing and rappelling are safely conducted by qualified and experienced instructors, creating additional revenue and job opportunities are for locals. The instructors are well trained and provided with up to date and reliable equipment. There are also kite making and flying workshops, archery, along with campfires and games that one can enjoy.
Starting at Rs. 2,625 per person including all meals.
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