Tucked away high up in the mountains is a stone cottage, only accessible by foot and an ideal place for wanderers seeking time with nature and oneself. Excellent in all aspects from its warm hospitality to its decor, this cottage is a magical mountain getaway!
Located in the Kumaon Himalayas, a short drive from Bhimtal, Jilling is a beautiful hidden secret of Uttarakhand. The mountain jungle estate is home to quaint pahari dwellings, sweet locals and berry filled trees.
ABOUT THE STAY
Owned and managed by a couple from Delhi, the boutique mountain home invites travellers to experience the spirit and serenity of the mountains in the most welcoming manner.
The owners have done an excellent job of refurbishing the interiors to make them comfortable and luxurious, while maintaining the original heritage structure of the house.
The house offers 2 double rooms, 2 suites and a 2 bedroom cottage that can comfortable accommodate 4-5 people. There are various hang out spots around the cottage, beautiful balconies, a dining area, a small kitchenette and a charming garden where one can sit out in the evenings around a fire and watch the star-lit sky.
Each room is themed after the different trees found in the region - Kafal, Padam, Buransh, Utish and Ringol. The rooms are tastefully decorated with a rustic and luxurious look. High ceilings, warm lighting, wooden floors, stylish bathrooms and chic upholstery. Each and every room has its own charm and welcomes you with warmth and mesmerising views of the lush mountains!
The staff at the cottage are very warm and hospitable and ensure that the travellers needs are catered to.
There are three cooks, each with their own expertise in different kinds of cuisine. You could get some delicious local Kumaoni food, simple Indian cuisine, yummy italian dishes or some mouth watering chicken momos!
The team is headed by Dilip and Vimla, a very sweet Kumaoni couple who is always smiling and ever ready to help and chat with travellers.
THINGS TO KNOW
The Stone Cottage is located in Nainital, 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 are the best months to experience Jilling.
BEST SUITED FOR
Solo travellers, couples and small groups of friends looking for a beautiful getaway, some shanti and a fire.
All rooms are priced differently from Rs. 9,000 to Rs. 12,500 per night.
The price is inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner for 2 adults.
Jilling is not an activity packed place. It's a place for slow travel that allows you to re-connect with yourself and nature.
Spend your days walking around the various trails leading to fruit orchards, quaint villages and gorgeous view points. Look out for different kinds of sweet birds that live in within the dense forest estate.
For those who want to stay in and relax, the cottage is an excellent place to catch up on those books you've been meaning to read or do some yoga in the front courtyard overlooking the gorgeous Himalayas.
In the evenings, cozy up around a bonfire and watch the spectacle of the star-lit sky!
INSPIRED TO WANDER?
TO PLAN YOUR JOURNEY TO THE STONE COTTAGE IN JILLING OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN KUMAON, CONTACT ME AT KRITIKA@WANDERBUG.IN
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