Tucked away high up in the mountains is a beautiful homestay, ideal for wanderers looking for a quaint and cosy weekend getaway. The highlight of this place is its location and views, fresh home cooked meals and the stunning glass observatory.
Located in the Kumaon Himalayas, Shyamkhet is a small town near Bhowali in Uttarakhand. Amidst this little town, is a boutique home, perched in the hills, offering warm hospitality and fresh mountain air to its travellers.
ABOUT THE STAY
Owned by Uttam and Shalini Dave, a sweet couple from Delhi, the house is a beautiful space full of flowering gardens, lush greenery, warm and cosy rooms and a breathtaking glass observatory, where travellers can sit back and enjoy lush green views of the surrounding mountains and forests.
The location of the house is just perfect, far enough from the maddening crowds of Nainital and Mukhteshwar and other popular towns, but close enough by road if you want some buzz and activity during your time in the mountains.
The house has 3 rooms in the main house and 2 rooms in the outhouse. Each room is simply decorated with a very charming and aesthetically pleasing feel. Wooden floors and ceilings, glass windows, subtle lighting and balconies offering lovely views of the surrounding mountains.
The two rooms that I loved in the house were the glass observatory and the study overlooking the bird feeders. Both rooms are beautifully and carefully designed, full of beautiful flowers and interesting curious collected by the owners from their travels around India and all around the world.
The house has three crew members, all working towards ensuring your stay is a memorable one. While Prakash cooks up some delicious food for you, Basant and his wife Madhavi ensure you have anything that you need. They work hard to ensure that all is kept clean and tidy and that the gardens remain full of flowers and lush greenery for you!
The three dogs at the property are a crucial part of the team - Rajah, Cyber and Lama. From the moment you enter the house to the time you leave, they greet all their travellers daily with so much love and warmth and expect a biscuit each for being such good boys!
THINGS TO KNOW
Uttam and Shalini's Abode is located in Bhowali, Uttarakhand.
8 hours from Delhi.
Nearest station is Kathgodam, 2 hrs away.
Nearest airport is in Pantnagar, 3 hrs away.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Summer, spring and monsoon.
BEST SUITED FOR
Couples and small groups of friends/families looking for a beautiful getaway, some shanti and a fire.
Rs. 5,500 per person per day inclusive of all meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
The house offers its travellers various sit-outs and outdoor spaces ideal for reading, writing and doing some yoga.
For those looking for more activities, the famous mall road of Nainital and popular towns like Mukhteshwar, Bhimtal and Naukuchiatal are just an hour away.
For travellers looking for a nice cup of coffee and a beautiful setting, there are a few amazing cafes located 30 mins - 1 hour by road where you could spend hours sipping on some yummy coffee and just watching life passing by.
For the quiet traveller, sit back and relax in the observeotry with a book or your journal. Head up to the study from where you can see the bird feeder where beautiful birds comes daily. Or light up a fire and watch the star-studded sky!
INSPIRED TO WANDER?
TO PLAN YOUR JOURNEY TO UTTAM AND SHALINI'S ABODE OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN KUMAON, CONTACT ME AT KRITIKA@WANDERBUG.IN
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