Quaint 2 BHK independent duplex cottage surrounded by pine wood forest and visible Bhimtal amidst lush green valley. Aesthetically designed interiors and in-house cook & housekeeper makes you feel at home. Outside Patio is ideal for tea-time but balcony upstairs with its breathtaking view & gorgeous fairy lights & UV heater is sure to be everyone's favourite spot for wine & cheese evenings followed by a candle lit dinner. Convenient access from road makes it ideal for family with elders and kids
The patio outside is perfect for tea-time with its mesmerising view, but the balcony upstairs is sure to be everyone's favourite spot for late in the evening, as it has a dining table with a UV heater right on top, and gorgeous fairy lights all around! The whole cottage is lit up beautifully in the evenings, and you are sure to be charmed. If yours is a small group/family of 4 to 6 looking to get away from the rush, Samarpan Cottage is a great choice for you. The beds are large and comfortable with crisp white linens, and both bedrooms have attached bathrooms. The living room is a relaxed space where the entire group can hang out together chatting away - or perhaps singing out loud with the karaoke set provided. The living room also has a Dewaan / single bed to accommodate the extra guest and has an attached Indian style WC. Guests love to our delicious home made meals cooked by our in house cook at almost home made prices on.
- The property has 2 bedrooms, each equipped with a heater
- Both the bedrooms have double beds. Extra mattresses can be provided on request
- Free WiFi is available in all bedrooms (though have to admit that its a bit slow but your 3G and 4G connectivity is excellent)
- Fresh linen and pillows are provided in all rooms
- The living room is spacious and has seating arrangement for 4-5 people. It is perfect for an unfettered family time.
- The living room has amenities such as a flat screen TV , a portable music system and free WiFi for entertainment.
- The area has a heater for a warmer ambience
- The property has 2 private bathrooms and 1 shared bathroom
- All private bathrooms have modern fixtures and are equipped with geysers for 24/7 hot water supply
- Essentials such as towels and basic toiletries are provided in all bathrooms
Kitchen and Meals:
- The kitchen is equipped with cooking utensils, a gas stove, a refrigerator, a microwave and a water purifier
- Guests have access to the kitchen and can prepare meals as per their convenience
- In house cook will be happy to serve you home cooked food (probably from home grown vegetables and herbs) from the vide variety in our food menu.
- You are also welcome to use our fully equipped kitchen and try your own cooking skills, groceries and vegetables in that case can be sourced from the local grocer round the corner.
- Most raw materials and ingredients, both fresh and packaged, including seasonings and condiments, are available, as are some instant foods.
- Crockery ( wine / champagne glasses) is available for 6 people,
- Guests are advised to carry their own preference of Alcohol, as local markets offer limited choice.
- Samarpan has a beautiful private lawn
- The lawn has a seating arrangement for 4 people. Guests can enjoy a hot cup of coffee with a mesmerising view.
- Medical Facilities:
108 Emergency Ambulance Service – run jointly by the Government of Uttarakhand and the GVK Foundation provides a local first response 24/7 service; Call 108 GB Pant Hospital (Ramsay); 11km / 20 mins from Himalaica Ramsay Hospital Road Tallital, Nainital Ph: +91 5942 235 388 BD Pandey Male and Female Hospital; 11km / 20 mins from Himalaica Bara Bazar, Mall Rd, Mallital, Nainital, +91 5942 235 012 Government Hospital, Bhowali Ramgarh Road (1km / 5 mins from Himalaica) Phone: 05942-221 046 BrijLal Hospital & Research Centre Pvt. Ltd., 35 km / 60 mins from Himalaica Anandi Tower, Nainital-Road, NH-87 Haldwani A modern, state-of-the-art, multi-speciality hospital 24/7 emergency response : +91- 99276-88888, +91-98378-11111
- The nearest landmark is Graphic Era University
- Nearby eateries include I heart Cafe, God’s Own Cafe, Machaan, Italian Pine Crest, Singh's, Fruitage, Cafe by the Lake and a few other locals.
- Many famous Temples like Neem Karoli Baba mandir in Kainchi Dham, Ganti wala Mandir, Hanuman Garhi
- Bhimtal, Sattal, Naukuchiya tal, Nainital, Mukteshwar etc.
THINGS TO DO
Aside from Himalaica being an ideal base to explore the region, you can find a number of things to do at and around Himalaica itself. Forest walks and treks, bird-watching in the garden, exploring the garden which is replete with a wide variety of plants and flowers, a wide selection of movies, meditation at the temple under the old Oak tree, music on the BoseTM surround-sound system in the Conservatory, reading a book from the library – or do just nothing! There are plenty of places around the property to just be!
Himalaica to Gagar View Point
Wake up early and walk along the road to Ramgarh to catch your first view of the Himalayas. The slightly ardous walk is worth it (easier option is of course to drive!) as you see the rising sun light up the forested and snow-capped mountains; a great way to start your day is sipping ‘chai‘ and dunking biscuits from Sanju’s teashop, while the enthusiastic shop owner points out the peaks – Nandadevi to Panchachuli and more.
Kulethi – Jhandidhar:
Drive 5 km on the Bhowali Ramgarh Road (or to Gagar) and then walk up through thick forests to Jhandidhar peak, with its temple and eccentric priest! ~8500ft AMSL Mahesh Khan Forest and Forest Rest House: Walk or drive 4km on the Bhowali – Ramgarh Road and then enter the Mahesh Khan Reserve Forest, walking along a forested road for 4kms.
Gagar to Tagore Top:
Walk from Gagar to Tagore Top (2km), where Rabindranath Tagore lived and wrote some of his works
Places to Visit:
Bhowali-Nainital Road. Established 1912, and at one time the second-largest sanatorium in Asia, it is famous as Kamala Nehru was a patient here and was visited often by Jawaharlal Nehru while he was incarcerated in Almora Jail.
Home of Golu Devta, (God of Justice) a demi-God revered by the Kumaon is, 3km, famous for its bells and animal sacrifice during Dussehra
Ashram of Nantin Baba, Shyamkhet
Ashram of Somvari Baba, Padampuri
Ashram of Neem Karoli Baba, Kainchi
Shyamkhet Tea Estate:
Ramgarh Road, Shyamkhet. An organic tea
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On Bhimtal road and at Gagar – an NGO supporting and promoting the local crafts, organic foods and Aepan – various types of paintings
Things to do near Bhowali :
Attraction type: water body, walks
Sattal – seven lakes including Nal, Damyanti, Garuda, Bharat, Ram, Sita, Lakhshman, Hanuman, Panna. Attraction type: water bodies, boating, picnics.
Numerous local attractions such as the famous lake, Church of St. John’s in the Wilderness (1846) at Mallital, Secretariat (1899), the Mall and lake promenade, high-altitude zoo, ropeway to Snow View (2270m) at the Sher-ka-Danda Ridge, Naina Peak (2611m), Raj Bhawan or Government House, Hanuman Garhi temple, State Observatory, Land’s End view point (2881m), Tiffin Top or Ayarpatta Hill, Kilbury, Dorothy’s Seat view point, cave garden, horse-riding, boat club and boating, interesting wooded walks amongst colonial buildings, schools and homes, Bhutia market, Barra Bazaar, Durga Shah Library, Aurobindo Ashram, Gurney House (Corbett’s home at one time) at Ayarpatta Hill, golf, Guano Hills at Pangot for walks and bird watching, Churches – St. Francis, St. Nicholas, shopping for woollens and warm gear
Tibetan Market: Attraction type: Flea/ Street Markets
Goddess Naina Devi: Attraction type: Religious Sites.
Naini Lake: Nainital, Attraction type: Bodies of Water, Boating.
Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary: Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
High Altitude Zoo: Nainital: Attraction type: Zoo.
Attraction type: Bodies of Water, Boating
Hill station at an altitude of 1789m, with views of the Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, Panchchuli range. Ramgarh is especially known as a fruit bowl for its fruit orchards. Several famous personalities such as Rabindranath Tagore, Narain Swami and Mahadevi Verma had established their ashrams here. Today it is a popular destination for vacation homes.
40km from Bhowali, the drive is attractive, with some of the best views of the Himalayan ranges
With deodar and pine forests, Mukteshwar is a popular getaway to see the Himalayan peaks. Mukteshwar is mostly known for the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI). Visitors are no longer allowed.
It is situated approximately 55km from Bhowali. From here one can have an easy access to the Chithai Temple, Kasar Devi temple, Deer Park, Nanda Devi Temple and Ramakrishna Mission Ashram. One can get the Kumaon art and culture at the Gobind Vallabh Pant Public Museum near the bus stand. It also boasts of many shopping centers including the 200 year old Lal Bazaar. The Famous Nanda Devi Mela is held here at the 100 year old Nanda Devi Temple
Dwarahat Village: Almora District, Attraction type: Historic Sites, complex of ancient temples
Gobind Vallabh Pant Museum: Almora:. Attraction type: Museums
Chitai Temple: Almora. Attraction type: Religious Sites
Sadar Bazar: Almora. Attraction type: Flea/ Street market
Chaubatia: Ranikhet. Attraction type: Lookouts, Orchard Ranikhet, India
Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum: Ranikhet. Attraction type: History Museums.
Haidakhan Babaji Temple, Ranikhet. Attraction: Religious site.
Jageshwar Temple (Jageshwar Dham) Jageshwar Temple is about 35kms far from Almora. Jageshwar assumes importance and considered as sacred as the rivers Surabhi and Nandini flows down and joins at this place. Dedicated to Lord Shiva it is considered as one of the most sacred ‘tirthas’ in the Kumaon region. The linga considered to represent one of the 12 Jothirlingams in India. The temple holds much significance for the devout and it is a must-see destination in Binsar. The temple complex comprises 124 temples. The Mrityunjaya temple seems to be the oldest dating back to the 8th century. The main temple in the temple complex at ‘Jageshwar Mahadev’ is dedicated to ‘Bal Jageshwar’, or the Child Shiva. There is also a temple dedicated to Vridh Jageshwar, or Old Shiva, situated on the higher slopes. In Jageshwar, fairs are held during Shivaratri and in the month of July – August. The place is frequented by both religious as well as nature lover tourists.
Bageshwar is a city and a municipal board in the state of Uttarakhand, India It is also the administrative headquarters of Bageshwar district. There are many places of touristic and historic importance in Bageshwar. This town is situated on the confluence of river Saryu and Gomti. There are many old temples dating back to 10th century AD. Among them are the Baijnath temple and Bagnath temples are the most important. the Bagnath temple is situated in the middle of the town just across the confluence of Saryu and Gomati.
Awesome views on the great Himalayan ranges.105 kms
30km from Almora: Binsar is a beautiful, quiet and wild Himalayan destination with rich natural surroundings among dense forest. This region is very famous among tourists and travellers because of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The hill station named after Bineshwar, an ancient Shiva Temple built by the King Kalyan. Binsar is an ancient town. It was the summer capital of the Chand Rajas. Also a designated wildlife sanctuary, no visit to Binsar is complete without considerable time spent at the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The hill station has about 166 identified bird species.
Awesome views on the great Himalayan ranges.175 kms
30km, Honey production centre of the region:
Jim Corbett National Park:
70km, Attraction type: National Parks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas .Activities: Viewing wildlife
Villages of Kumaon:
Take excursions off the beaten track to the more remote interior areas of Kumaon to see traditional homes, replete with elaborately-carved door and windows of the likhai craft. The homes were made of mud and stone, with slate roofs, in a two-storey style, with livestock below and people on the first level, and a small stone patio in front.
Flora and Fauna:
The forests around Bhowali are home to numerous species, which can be sighted either by trekking into permitted forest areas, or sometimes luckily just off the road. The forests have significant populations of leopard, bear, wild boar, barking deer, sambhardeer, ghoral or mountain goat, jungle cat, porcupine, langur monkey and snakes. Over 150 varieties of birds are present in the forests of the greater area. View the list of birds. There are numerous opportunities for trekking, jungle walks, and birdwatching, amongst other outdoor activities.
Bhowali, Uttarakhand, India