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“Beautiful location and relaxed stay” 4 of 5 stars
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P O Ayarpani,, Almora 263601, India   |  
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Ranked #2 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Almora
Noida, India
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful location and relaxed stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

I visited this place in June 2013 in the middle of the Uttarakhand floods. The roads were treachorous and tiring. Its located two kilometers inside the Binsar sanctuary. But as soon as we reached there , we forgot everything. Its a beautiful property with awesome cottages. All cottages have a superb view of the Himalayas. The staff was friendly and informed us about the mountains on view. They called us to show us the evening primroses blooming right before our eyes and gave us a tour of the kitchen garden. The view all around is a photographer's delight. Property is not very kid friendly as you need to constantly monitor small kids so that they do not tumble down the stairs or some uneven surfaces. Food is home cooked vegetarian. That may or may not be a good thing depending upon one's choice. I personally like to be a bit adventorous with food espescially on vacations, so in that way the food was a let down. There are ample activities in terms of indoor games, guide tours and trekking to keep you busy. I preferred sitting on terrace chairs taking in the view. Do not miss the evening discussion in the conference room when one of the staff would tell you about the history of this property.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Had made a trip to Binsar in May end '13, as part of family trip to Bhimtal - Ranikhet - Jageswar - Binsar. Once you are inside the resort, you seem to have entered in a different world. Shady trees, Badminton Courts, walks around the estate, just enjoy the views of the Himalayan Peaks... one doesnt feel like leaving the place. The Staff is very friendly and the food is also good. The best part is, in case you have special requests, the cook/chef happily makes it for you.
One should also not miss the evening Primrose flower, which blooms the moment sun sets.

Room Tip: preferably dont take rooms in the main bungalow,as they dont have good views.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Noida, India
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Me and my family had wonderful stay here. The resort is away from crowd and is between the nature. Though there is no room service of food in the cottages but still excellent service in the dinning area and tea and milk served in the cottages. Ghat ka Khana in nature is outstanding.
Despite no Internet and tv you don't get bored because ample amount of books and swings cricket and badminton court in nature keeps you busy with family

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Firstly, a disclosure, I have been to this property as a child and have very fond memories of it and secondly, I really enjoy being in the mountains.

This is not really a hotel but best to describe it as a more organised home-stay. The property is in middle of the Binsar Sanctuary and on middle of the ridge. The entire construction and management of the property is to make you feel that you are in the home of the friend. The rooms don't have a/c or fans. There is hot water with a geyser. The property can do with an update. The beds are single beds which was a pain for me since I prefer kingsize. There are totally 15 rooms and each has a window facing the mountains.

In the right season the views are fantastic. Without the views too the property does have a lot of areas to hang around in and read books, play etc. The food is vegetarian and prepared for each meal as a buffet for all the residents. There is a fair amount of variation but this is not something you can order off a menu.

Overall, this is a place that you would visit only if you want to spend you holidays in the mountains without actually camping. You should look at going here if you want to enjoy being outdoors, going for walks, spending time in the pine forest and interacting with the staff that has a sense of histroy about the place. This was originally set up as an ashram on Gandhian thought and a lot of that still reflects in teh character.

If you want a top class hotel with, super designed rooms, plush bathrooms, variety of restaurants and bars, pool, gym etc. best if you stay in the major cities

Room Tip: Ask for the room with a view of Nanda Devi
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Khali Estate is a beautfully located property and the orignal building, a 100 years old is lovely. However it has a clear philosophy of no 5 star culture (a great thing) but it is a bit spartan in its comforts. It's running a little to seed and a little more focus on the overally ambience and comfort would not go amiss. However it's very hospitable with unlimited tea coffee, faboulous biscuits , dhoklas . But be prepared for basic Indian food, alothough woith a strong dose of Gujrati flavour. No culinary adventures. The slow pace of life is actually very relaxing and rejuvenitating. But it has to become more contemprory , because the prices definitely are.

I visited with my 2 young kids, and we enjoyed it a lot, but there are plenty of monkeys around (scary) , and nooone to take you to the sanctuary (sad). Mealtimes are rigidly from 8:30 to 9:30 pm so a bit of a dampner. Young kids may want to eat early.

But it is serene and time really slows down - Try to go in a large group otherwise it can become very dull

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

not at all your moneys worth
no ac, no fan
very dangerous for small children
would not advice anyone to go there, not even worth 1 day stay
its just resort in the name
but not at all good its a very old property cannot even grade it as a hotel
no amuesment for children and also not for biggies.

Room Tip: not a worth visiting here
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

I had visited Khali Estate quite a few years back. The experience was beautiful, surreal. It still comes back to me, haunts me even today, so I decided that it's hight time I put in a good word for them. I loved this place. The mountainside, the cottages, the lovely , lovely staff, the mandir (specially the pujari of the mandir!), and the hammock of course. It was beautiful. Right in the lap of mother nature, a beautiful resort ! Perfect service ! Delectable food ! The resort was so.. perfect. The big iron swing, community meals, a badminton court among other things caught my attention. The pujari of the mandir and I got along very well. My first brush with wildlife was right here at Khali. I love this place. My heart longs to go back here. This is one place that will capture your heart and it's memories will haunt you for years to come in a beautiful, beautiful way .

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P O Ayarpani,, Almora 263601, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Almora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Almora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Mountain Resort, Khali Estate Hotel Almora

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