Love A Quiet Mountain Vacay? This Cottage Near Nainital Will Provide Some Respite

    What Makes It Awesome

    If a trip to the hills is on the cards, check out Himalaica, a perfect vacation home just a few kilometres ahead of Nainital. It’s got huge windows that fill the rooms with sunshine, lush green gardens, a fireplace, and killer views.

    Located about 11km ahead of Nainital (in the Kumaon Hills), Himalaica has been built by local craftsmen and looks like it’s right out of a postcard. The property has a main villa, a conservatory, a living room with a fireplace, a separate TV rooms, five bedrooms, and a guest cottage.

    Apart from the views, what will really catch your attention (and put your Instagram skills to the test) are the sitting decks and the lawns which are worked on by Shalini and Uttam (the owners), who keep adding new species of flora they find on their travels.

    You’ll also get home-cooked meals by Basant, the caretaker, who will make both veg and non-veg Indian dishes for you. The fridge is also well-stocked with frozen foods, so you midnight hunger pangs are catered to. And yes, you can get your own booze too!

    Feeling active? Go for a forest walk or trek, do some birdwatching, or meditate at a temple under an age-old Oak tree.

    Price: Starting at INR 3,500 for a night.

    Pro-Tip

    Make sure not to drive down during the full-moon days as the road to Garhmukteshwar is mostly blocked due to pilgrims.

    Note: The property is following strict sanitisation and safety guidelines. We recommend that you wear a mask at all times and follow social distancing rules while going out.