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“In the lap of nature @ Khali Estate, Binsar” 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
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“In the lap of nature @ Khali Estate, Binsar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Of all the places I visited, Binsar holds a special place in my heart and the credit goes solely to the Mountain Resort, Khali Estate where we had stayed. We stayed is two-storied cottage made of stone in the midst of the forest. In spite of being in such a remote location, Khali Estate provides all modern facilities to its visitors. The rooms are extremely cosy and very well maintained.The bathrooms are large, well maintained and there are big geysers installed in them. The view from the cottage was mind blowing as we could see the snow capped Himalayan range right out of our window. Our kids loved the place as they could chase butterflies and squirrels, enjoy a game of badminton or play with the pet cats. To top it all, the staff makes you feel at home from the moment you step in. They take you through the history of the Khali estate with great pride. They serve vegetarian meals only but you can have eggs for breakfast. The food served at the Khali estate tastes like homemade delicacies. Tariff includes room charges , morning tea, breakfast,evening tea and dinner. Strongly recommend the Mountain Resort, Khali Estate for all travelling to Binsar & Almora.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Perfect place for a nice quiet holiday with family and friends. The cottages are very spacious , neat and clean. You dont have to go far to see the sunrise or sunset , you can see it from the cottage.
The staff is very friendly and efficient too.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The location of this property is absolutely fantastic. I went with my family, we stayed there for 4 nights, in one of those cozy round huts. My parents took the room below, while my sister & i shared the 1st floor room.

The view from the hut was absolutely fantastic, when you open the curtains, you can see the Himalayas, including k2 from there.

While we were staying there, 2 days there was a thunderstorm, you could feel the thunderstorm even in the room, it was like you were practically on the door of mother nature, you are out there in the wilderness. There was even a hailstorm once.

I really liked the fact, they made us fresh food for dinner as per our choices, and the chef tried to make us feel right at home by offering to make us food which wasnt there in the menu also.

I would love to go back to this property in future

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

its about 7,000" above sea level and about 45 minutes drive from Almora city, situated within a protected wild life sanctuary. On a clear day you get to view the snow filled Himalayan peaks from your cottage room itself. Very caring staff who make sure that your stay is very comfortable.
Cuisine is pure vegetarian. It is also the base point for the villageways holidays. They organized for us a track to one of the villages where we were welcome with tea, snacks and fresh lemon juice. Worth visiting is a temple called GOLU MAHARAJ KA TEMPLE which is about 15 km from Almora city. Devotees visit this temple with a petition in writing about any injustice having been done to them. The petition is then stuck to the temple walls and the devotee vows to return to the temple if the justice is done to him/her and hangs a bell in the temple premises. The temple premises are full of bells of various sizes and shapes. The resort charges reasonable rates and it's really worth the money spent there.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We travelled in May month we likely not see any snow mountains because of clouds but this place is awesome.Things you Enjoy-1. view of flowers and fauna 2.Wild life and beautiful birds will sing for you every morning. 3.big play grounds for kids and lots of activities.4.for groups you will enjoy nights outside your rooms. AND SO ON SO ON......IT IS COSTLY BUT IN EVERY WAYS IT FULFILL YOUR DREAMS IN KUMAON .

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ghaziabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

There are times one you just want to be with the nature and your family. A perfect place for this, quiet and hidden even from the maddening crowd. In case you are wanting peace, happy with home cooked vegetarian food, not looking for music, bars and pubs-- Khali estate is the place to be. The staff is excellent and caring, but only if you are ready to be disciplined about the timings. The place is very clean and the best place to rest and relax.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I spent a couple of days at Khali in the last week of May 2013. Situated inside the Binsar Wildilfe sanctuary (a couple of kms after the entrance), it's got several pretty cottages, all of which have a view of the Himalayas. I had gone there with my family (wife, 5 year old daughter) and my in-laws and all of us enjoyed our time there immensely. There's something there for all age groups provided you are not looking to do something very strenuous!

What I loved about my stay there:
- Ambience/personality of the resort - it's got history, it's maintained well, and is perfect for a relaxed/rejuvenating stay
- Friendly staff and courteous management.
- Bird watching in and around the resort - the guide, Mr. Santosh (if I remember correctly) was quite good and very well informed.
- Nice ambling walks in and around outside the resort
- The joy of getting up in the morning to see a fox starting at you just outside the boundary wall. (Of course, that's a matter of luck! :)
- Thoughtful activity options that blend in with the resort's personality (there's a wooden horse swing that my daughter loved), hammocks, swings, a tennis court (where you can play cricket too!), badminton etc, benches to sit and chill out!
- Neighboring the resort is a guesthouse of some other company where we had a nice engaging discussion with the manager.
- The evening primrose!

What I liked about the place, but could have been better
- Food was homely and nice. Since we are vegetarians, the only vegetarian option was not an issue. Still, I think it can be better. At least some interesting dessert choices would have been nice.
- Lack of wildlife - this is not a point about the resort really, but Binsar is just disappointing for wildlife though birding was fun. We went to Zero Point too twice, but besides the fox, the only other animals we saw were barking deer and spotted deer. Langurs, of course.

I would have rated it a 5 star, but for the food which was average. I think it's much better located than Club Mahindra (which I noticed is before/below the entrance to the Sanctuary) and only 2-3 other private resorts (much more expensive options) are better located in Binsar. I believe you get amazing views of the Himalayas in winter from the cottages. But in summer, you can't really see the hills. So that was kind of disappointing.

Recommend the place!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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
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Ranked #2 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Almora
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Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Mountain Resort, Khali Estate Hotel Almora

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