Do you wish to travel to Uttarakhand?
But you don’t want to stay at a luxurious 5 star hotel. Oh it’s pretty okay because this Himalayan state is an abode to a number of homestays hidden deep within the lush green slopes. Get a chance to unwind differently on your next vacation. Include this hilly destination in your bucket list!
Get a taste of the mountain life at these cozy homestays in Uttarakhand!
Explore the beautiful retreat high up within the mountains of Uttarakhand but this time not the tourist way. From simple village homes to dak bungalows to writers’ retreats, pick as per your choice and convenience. Take a break from your busy schedule and book your room right away at these homestays. I am sure these homestays will woo you in every possible way.
To make it easy, I’ve curated a list of a few homestays so that you can disconnect from the world.
1. Dalar Village Homestay, Binsar-
Out of 11 houses in this village, ‘Dalar Village Homestay’ is a property of Ganesh Dutt which has been restored to a homestay. Dalar is basically a hidden Kumaoni village which is located in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. With two spacious rooms along with a serene view of Dalar ranges, Dalar Village Homestay allows you to meet the locals of this area.
Sit around a bon fire in the evening and don’t miss a chance to taste the delicious authentic Kumaoni Village Cuisine. Also with that you can indulge in leisurely day treks into the villages and meet the friendly residents on your way. This homestay indeed presents a perfect life in the hills.
2. Pahadi House, Kanatal-
For your information, Kanatal is a serene town in Uttarakhand for homestays. There are cottages in Kanatal which offers an opportunity for camping. One such homestay is ‘Pahadi House’ where Pahadi means mountain. Pahadi House gives you a lifetime experience to “be yourself”. Away from your ‘busy’ life schedule, spend moments in the lap of Mother Nature. In this homestay you will instantly connect with your soul. You wake up to witness God’s most beautiful creation all around by simply peeking out from the window of your room. Your itinerary can also include leisure walks in the surrounding hills, jeep rides to the unexplored jungles and plucking fresh fruits from apple orchards.
3. Dak Bunglow, Peora-
Peora is one of the small Kumaoni villages in Uttarakhand. If you want to enjoy the mountain life, plan a stay at the old ‘Dak Bangalow’ at Peora which was built in 1905 was earlier used by the British as an inspection Bungalow. After years of dilapidation, the house was leased by Pradeep and Shubha in 2005, who are now the hosts of this homestay. Surrounded by dense pine forests and contoured valleys, Dak Bunglow is a perfect homestay for the nature enthusiasts, bird lovers and photographers.
It can be your dream vacation home since its original architecture, walls, fireplaces, wooden ceilings and grand verandas were retained, offering an indulgence in colonial royalty, homely hospitality and panoramic Himalayan views. Enjoy the colorful mountain festivities in the lap of nature.
4. Smetaceks’ Colonial Homestay, Bhimtal-
At this homestay located in Bhimtal, Smetacek family will be your host. Smetaceks’ Colonial Homestay is famously known as ‘The Retreat’. This 1000 acre property called Jones estate was initially owned by Col. Jones who was the magistrate of the area. After India's independence the property was bought by Frederick Smatacek, who fled from the Nazi and managed to board a ship to India. Experience the homestay's old-world charm and the family's warm hospitality. It can possibly give you the best vacation ever for sure.
5. Keanna Village Home, Nathuakhan-
‘Keanna Village Home’ is a secret hillside bungalow at Nathuakhan offering splendid views of the Himalayas. It’s an ideal place for bird-watching, trekking and experiencing village life. The cottage is cozy and meals are a splendid, elaborate affair, an authentic delight for those who love to eat! In fact you will not encounter much traffic on your way to Nathuakhan. During winters this homestay turns into a magical snow clad heaven. This Himalayan homestay won't cease to amaze you!
6. Jilling Terraces, Bhatelia-
Set in a clearing amidst 100 acres of untouched forests in Uttarakhand, ‘Jilling Terraces’ is a majestically beautiful property located amidst the forests on the top of a hill. This homestay gives you a perfect experience of connecting with the nature in solitude. Here you will also encounter with the stunning views of Nanda Devi and the surrounding peaks.
This homestay sources raw vegetables and fruits from the local farmers and this could be your chance too to reconnect with this beautiful little Himalayan world and its people. The place propels you to explore the nearby forest areas and ridges and witness beautiful sunsets and sunrises. The place has a small flat land to play badminton, basketball etc. Rooms are cozy, offer picturesque views. However, hot showers take away the entire spotlight. It's super refreshing!
These homestays are the abode of spectacular mountain sunrises and sunsets, and breath-taking views of the snow-hooded Himalayas.