The SpaceIf you are looking to spend time in a romantic property tucked away from the hustle, and yet accessible, come stay with us and enjoy the clear blue skies, snow mountain views and beautiful walks in the magical Himalayas.
The cottage is tucked away from the hustle, and yet accessible. Come enjoy the clear blue skies, snow mountain views and beautiful walks in the magical Himalayas.
This cottage is built in traditional style stone and mud mortar, with very modern and warm interiors. It boasts mud plaster on the walls and wooden ceilings and floors. This cottage has an open plan, with the dining area flowing into the living space. Wooden stairs climb up to a large loft, ideal for 2 people to sleep. It can also be used as a den/play area. The living area has a large window with a view of the forest and mountains. From the main living space, beautiful wooden stairs descend into the bedroom, which has a bay window. There are two washrooms, one attached to the bedroom and one close to the loft.
Come, relax, soak in peace....
The pace of life here, in the company of nature, is timeless and meandering. It is the perfect antidote for nerves frayed from the day-to-day stress of modern life.
The cottages are located 5 km outside Almora town, from the main bus stand. You can hire a taxi for ‘Paparsali’, which is just 15 minutes from Almora town by taxi. The cottages are located right at Paparsali.
By Air + Road:
The nearest functional airport is New Delhi, from where you can make a 9 hour road journey to the property, or take a train to Kathgodam (4 hours) and then travel 3 hours by road.
By Rail + Road:
The property is located 3 hours’ drive from the nearest railway station of Kathgodam. There is a taxi company that regularly brings guests here from the train station, and we can book this for you. You can directly pay the driver and get a receipt. The company has well behaved drivers and they know where the property is located.
Note that the property is located off the main road, so you need to walk about 100m along a walking path to reach the cottage. Vehicles can only be driven up to the main road, so guests need to be able to walk along the path to the cottage. It is a short and easy walk, but not recommended for anyone who has trouble walking.
Parking for 2 vehicles, if required. The area is safe.
The area caters for everyone from the naturalist to the cultural tourist at all levels of fitness from the casual walk to strenuous hikes. There are a great many things to do and see; take your pick! A sample of activities is presented below. If you have any queries, please just ask. We’d be delighted to provide you more information.
Enjoy the mystique and joy of a bonfire under the stars. For those of us who used to enjoy this activity in the cold winter months during our childhoods, it is a way to reconnect with those experiences, or to share them with our children who may not have had the experience living in apartment complexes in the city. Alternately, use it as an opportunity to simply cuddle with a loved one in the warmth of the fire. Please note that we only allow bonfires under supervision - in a container expressly used for that purpose. The forest nearby has a wealth of flora, and fire can destroy in hours what takes hundreds of years for nature to create. So we wish to remind our guests of this fact, and ask that you take due precautions.
For those of our guest who enjoy curling up with a good book, we stock a good selection of books on a wide range of topics varying from philosophy to social ideas. Explore the joys of reading in a tranquil environment. A reader is spoilt for choice of location - in the house, in the garden, in the forest, or in one of the cafes nearby!
The Sound Of Nature:
Our senses are usually overwhelmed with the amount of information being bombarded on them these days. Noise is one of the greatest causes of stress. Simply sit silently and enjoy the rejuvenating sounds of nature all around you - the (website hidden)ing of birds, the rustle of leaves in the breeze, and the occasional calls of wild animals.
The cottage is located in pristine surroundings, where you’ll experience no noise and can enjoy beautiful walks in the forest.
Simply step out of the property straight into the forest! The area is richly populated with trees of all kinds: cedar, cypress, oak, pine, rhododendron and many others. Take an early morning walk to invigorate your lungs, or catch a romantic sunset. If you feel up to it, why not pack a picnic lunch and wander about in the forest, and spend a languid afternoon reading among the trees? Whatever you choose to do, the backdrop of the Himalayas is guaranteed to impress!
Very close to the cottage, a short and easy climb leads to the shrine of Kasar Devi, which an ancient shrine built in the 2nd century. The shrine is located at a height of 2116m, and there are amazing views of the Himalayas from the top. The valley on one side has roaring winds that blow most of the day. It is said that Swami Vivekananda spent some time meditating at the shrine at the surrounding areas.
From the parking area, the cottage is approx. 150 meters. (5 min. walk)
We have a cook to prepare delicious homemade food for you . Please note this is a vegetarian property where consumption of milk and egg is allowed. However, if you wish to eat non-vegetarian food, there are restaurants near by where you can order good Non- vegetarian food easily.
We encourage guests to connect with nature, keep the surroundings clean by not littering. The guests should be sensitive in, consumption of water and electricity & water, smoking and consumption of alcohol while staying with us. Enjoy the serenity of the forest and help maintain it for others by respecting the flora and fauna.
We are not centrally heated, we offer heaters/blowers.
Air-conditioning is not required in the hills.
In winters, please note mountain weather can be extremely severe please ensure you are fully prepared. We take no responsibility whatsoever howsoever for the weather conditions and forces of nature.
Pets are not allowed.
There is no wi-fi access, but a dongle is provided if guests wish to have internet access. Data cards also work in and outside the cottages, though speed may be slower than you are used to.
Services during your stay :
Services may be disrupted due to storms, though very welcome part of living in the mountains can disrupt phone and internet electricity, water supplies etc., We ask our guests to please be patient with us as we will endeavour to resolve the issue as soon as possible and continue to extend our services as best as we can. Your custom is important to us and we ask our guests to please support us in helping provide a timely resolution where possible. Kindly note there maybe certain situations that take longer to resolve. Guest AccessFully functional kitchen to make your own food should you so wish *
Use of a washing machine to wash your clothes **
Regular cleaning of the property during your stay
Use of outdoor porch area – to sit, chat, read or have tea/snacks
Use of dining area in the garden
Parking for 1 vehicle, if required. Note that the cottage is located on the hill side, so parking is about 100m away next to the road. The area is safe. Interaction with GuestsWe will be available for any guidance and help.... The NeighborhoodNature at its best... Getting AroundThe area nearby offers the following facilities:
Plenty of stores within a 10 minute walk. Groceries are available for Indian as well as Western cooking.
Several cafes and restaurants within walking distance that serve Indian and Western food
All amenities such as internet cafes, mobile phone top ups, etc
Travel agents to book travel by rail, air or taxi Other Things to NoteSimply step out of the property straight into the forest! The area is richly populated with trees of all kinds: cedar, cypress, oak, pine, rhododendron and many others. Take an early morning walk to invigorate your lungs, or catch a romantic sunset. If you feel up to it, why not pack a picnic lunch and wander about in the forest, and spend a languid afternoon reading among the trees? Whatever you choose to do, the backdrop of the Himalayas is guaranteed to impress!