The SpaceThe 3 oaks is a small family home, located in Hartola, Uttarakhand. For the mentioned price, you have a clean and fully furnished accommodation for a self-managed stay on our estate. See below for the options regarding food.
1. Two day trains and one night train link Delhi to Kathgodam from where you take a cab for a 75 km drive up to Hartola (roughly 2.5 hours via Bhimtal, Bhowali, Ramgad and Nathuakhan).
2. If you prefer to drive from Delhi, count roughly 8 to 9 hours to cover a distance of 350 kms
What do we do about food?
- You bring your food and we provide the cooking - Rs. 800/day. In this case some basic items as mentioned below are made available.
- You bring nothing and we ensure 3 vegetarian meals a day - 500/head/day. If you wish to include one non-vegetarian meal, it would cost you Rs. 700/head/day.
How does this house look?
It is divided into two units. A small open courtyard with three oak trees separates these two units.
- One main cottage with a large split level space that houses one bedroom, an open kitchen, drawing and dining area and a charming conservatory;
- One annex with two more bedrooms.
What can you expect?
*The kitchen is fully functional with basic utensils, a cooking range and a fridge. In addition, you will find a ‘starter kit’ that includes some basic spices, onions, garlic, cooking oil, 1 kg of rice and lentils (dal) each, sugar, tea and coffee. You may help yourself to any fruit or vegetables available in the garden during your stay
*Two of the bedrooms have sofa cum beds but unlike most sofa cum beds, these form very comfortable double beds. One bedroom has 2 single beds.
*Please note that there is a 4th bedroom that has a futon converted into a bed. This means it is a SMALL double bed. This room has a wash basin and toilet attached BUT NO BATH FACILITY.
* All beds have clean and comfortable cotton mattresses, pillows and quilts. Fresh sheets, pillow and quilt covers are provided.
*The accommodation has two bathrooms, both equipped with geysers for hot water. Please bring your own towels and toiletries.
*With a spring on the premises, you are assured of good water availability throughout the year. Besides, we have installed the Common Man's Water Filter, designed by change maker Anil Laul for drinking purposes.
*The main cottage has a fireplace and each of the bedrooms has an electric heater.
*There is no TV on the premises.
*There is a washing machine but will be operated upon request by the caretaker.
*The estate provides parking space for 1 car.
If you bring help for long stays and therefore occupy a room for the purpose, we will negotiate a charge for the same. Guest AccessDuring your stay, you have access to the orchards and forest of the estate. Interaction with GuestsWe go to Hartola twice/year on an average. If your visit coincides with ours, it will be our pleasure to meet you.
At all other times, you will be welcomed and guided on the estate by our non-English speaking caretaker.
He has a full time responsibility to look after the estate. He will welcome you and ensure that you find a clean house on arrival. You may use his services for the following tasks:
- Cooking the meals at fixed times: 9 am, 1 pm and 8 pm.
- Operating the fire place
- Fetching fresh milk from the village around 8 am
- Disposing your organic waste into the compost pit
- Using the washing machine if needed
Please note that our caretaker has several other tasks on our estate as well as our neighbours and so we request you not to take him for granted for any other service you may require like running errands or making teas and coffees in the day. The NeighborhoodThe estate with its orchards and outstanding view of the Himalayas, including the Nanda Devi, is best suited for meditating, contemplating, reading, writing, painting, bird-watching, stargazing or just enjoying nature in silence.
The offer is enjoyable and feasible
-For short family outings
-As a second home away from busy city life for regular weekend getaways
-As a temporary home for those wishing to accomplish personal endeavours such as writing or painting, in a quiet and peaceful environment. For those interested, there is a small library and a range of board games available on the estate. Do not hesitate to ask the caretaker if you wish to borrow some during your stay.
Apart from relaxing, your daily activities could include short treks to the local temples or longer treks to the surrounding villages. Visiting Baladuttji’s organic nursery or chatting with the priest-in-charge Sitaram Babaji are interesting ways to get a feel for local life. The Mahashivratri festival around February is the biggest local festival.
Mukhteshwar is a highlight for tourism in the region and is known for its 350-year-old temple dedicated to the lord Shiva. It also houses TERI's Himalayan Center (The Energy and Resource Institute). The Satkhol Ashram in Peora is a center for the Sahaj Marg Raja Yoga Meditation.
If you let us know what you most want to get out of your stay, we could indicate to you the things to do or people to meet. Getting AroundA daily bus service connects you to Kathgodam/Haldwani and all the little towns on the way. Most people hire a cab from Kathgodam and retain it at Hartola for short stays. The current rates for a drop are Rs.1800 for a small car and Rs.2000 for a medium sized car. If you wish to retain the car, you would need to negotiate the deal. Please note that there are local cabbies in Hartola whose services could be used to drive around if you wish. Other Things to NoteElectricity failures are common in the hills. If this happens at night and the skies are clear, grab your opportunity for stargazing! You have some of the best views of the sky!
For small discomforts, we have a first aid kit available on the premises. Do not hesitate to ask Prem, our caretaker.
For bigger problems, following are some of the medical facilities in the region:
-The NGO Aarohi situated in Peora and known for its health, education and income-generation programs in the region, runs a rural hospital equipped with a laboratory, an X-ray facility and a modern Operation Theatre.
-The Sai Hospital, Mukhani Chauraha, Haldwani
-The Central Hospital, Near Gas Godam Tiraha, Kusumkhera,Kaladhungi Road, Haldwani
As you see on the photos, Hartola is a quiet and remote village. You may therefore wish to go through the following checklist before landing up:
-Filling your fuel tanks, inflating tyres and ensuring a fully inflated spare wheel. No service stations after Haldwani and Kathgodam
-A 3G stick for Internet access.
-Medical kit and first aid items
-Beverages you may require
Hartola has a few provision shops. Depending on the season and apart from the fruit and vegetables growing in our own garden, a few others may be available in the local shops. Bread, organic eggs and milk and other small provision items are also available on order at the local shops. On your way from Kathgodam to Hartola, the last spot to buy meat is Ramgad (30 kms), and the last to purchase branded consumables is Nathuakhan (10 kms)
Warm clothing and rainwear can be useful even in spring and summer because of sudden and frequent weather changes