Tucked in the quaint hamlet of Kumaon hills, the retreat is rightly called a Home-Resort. Exuding the warmth of a homestay, the people offer a personal touch and the rooms are done up beautifully and meticulously. Indoor games, food options, well stocked library and DVD collection in the common lounge area make for a perfect family retreat in the hills. At the same time, the hospitality is at par with that of a resort.
Our Unhotel has eight rooms and one suite, across the cottages. Each room is comfortable with a private sit out for complete privacy. An added bonus that city folks can look forward to is an attached garden that opens views to the Himalayan peaks. Each room has an attached modern bathroom where hot water is available throughout the day.
Locked on all sides by nature, it is an ideal place to unlock your mind. In a quaint hamlet thirty minutes away from the bubbling tourist hub – Mukteshwar, life here paces slowly. A haven for nature trails, bird watching, stargazing, reading and writing – you can also witness how welcoming the rural communities are by interacting with them.
There are a lot of animals around – cattle, sheep, goat etc – who are furry and equally friendly. Meditating with the silence of the mountains is truly a humbling experience. You can relax, you can play and during summers you can even pluck and enjoy fresh fruit off the trees.
Mukteshwar is close by so one can always drop by and enjoy the hill-station. The Mukteshwar temple, Sitla, Mahesh Khan wildlife reserve and Chauthi Jaali are some of the hot spots. And there is plenty to do if you decided to skip the same old mall road.
Some of the recommended nature trails for families are – (1) Along the stream and village to the Relax point (2) Around the oak forests surrounding your cottage. Slightly more difficult ones are the hikes to Dev Bhoomi shrine and the local water tank. Rock climbing and Rappelling can also be arranged on demand.
Often called a ‘Hidden Gem’ in the lap of Kumaon by travellers, what makes Mountain Retreat uncommon is the balance it maintains between a cosy, serene home nestled in the forests and an up and running stay with helpful staff available round the day. While the cottages are premium and snug, common areas make for fun interactions and group activities. A lot of workshops can also be arranged for larger groups, given the spatial set-up and the surrounding area.
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