We stayed at The Kumaon 6 months into the covid lockdown and this break was most desperately needed for us. Kumaon maintained full proof hygiene and safety standards against Covid and all guests were only permitted with Covid negative reports. The staff was highly flexible to serve our needs right within the room if we wanted to avoid common areas.
The property is ofcourse beautiful, quite luxurious for a mountain property standard and very boutiquish which we loved about it. They have most spectacular Himalayan view from each chalet and we could not help but extend our trip from 4 to 9 days. We could manage scenic walks around the property, visit to kasar Devi was almost a daily activity, Binsar wildlife sanctuary is an hour away and there is a lot more to do for those who wish to venture out. We loved our stay at the property so we stayed in mostly. Food is sumptuous and healthy ( they serve thalis with Indian food) so for those who are expecting multi cuisine, be weary of that. They also have extensive Kumaoni dishes on the platter which must be tried on. It gives you a very local food experience in a luxurious premise. The manager of the property, Rajat, is the go to guy for anything you need under the sun. He will ensure the you have the best time during your stay. He was kind enough to share his recipe for most delicious Banofie Pie that I have ever tried. This place will make you feel super welcomed and pampered. They truly have the best staff on floor who know the meaning of true hospitality. Thank you The Kumaon and we shall be visiting soon again.
You will feel you belong to Kumaon.
The place full of love, warmth, beautiful architecture & finger-licking food makes the Kumaon top of my favorite places I have traveled in India.
7 Day Stay at Kumaon wasn't long enough to feel like leaving the place. I made a direct booking with them and got the best price inclusive of all meals. Delhi to the Kumaon is around 370km & a 10-hour drive. The location on Google Maps is 99% accurate, and to make it easier for us, Mr. Neeraj from the Kumaon was always in touch with us to guide the route from Almora's main town.
The Parking space is safe & 300meters away from the main property. As soon as we reached 3- 4housekeeping staff was there to escort us and take the luggage. 300meter small walk ( almost felt like a nature trek walk )is the first step towards heaven. However, I found it difficult for older people to walk that patch to reach the main property.
As soon as you reach any hotel or resort - what do you expect the first thing ?? “ The front desk. “ The minimal and less is better concept/architecture of the property stands out, and you straight enter a lobby area with no front desk/office - just warm people smiling and welcoming you.
We opted for an Upper Chalet room with a floating balcony and a bay window ( with extra bedding option ), which made 4 of us ( 2 Adults + 2 Kids ) manage a comfortable sleep. The room design is minimal with a lot of wooden work, and big glass windows & doors make it beautiful. As soon as we opened the balcony doors - we could see the Himalayas right in front of us ♥️♥️.
The staff members are very courteous and prompt in service. What makes the stay more enjoyable if the place, people, service & architecture is excellent??? It’s the FOOD, I must mention here Chef Rajat & his team have delivered the best food I have ever eaten on hills in my lifetime. Delicious. Great variety so much to offer - creative dishes and mesmerizing deserts - I can still have those flavors in my mind. The customizations of the food as per guests' needs are something that stands out for the Kumaon. Open terrace Himalayan view dinning was my favorite part of daily breakfast.
I would like to congratulate Mr. Pushkar, the General Manager of the property, for keeping the team so professional, motivated & always smiling to provide the best of the service. He make sure that the guests feel like home - I had a fantastic time chit-chatting with him and knowing so much about Almora & it’s a rich culture.
Two amiable pet dogs - Elsa & Zuno, made our kids very happy. Had a good time with them.
The Property is highly maintained, and you will fall in love with the place. The lobby has a great library section for people who love to read, multiple board games, carrom to keep kids engaged as well.
I would be revisiting the place.
Perched on the slope of a hill this resort is in a very quiet place, exactly what I wanted to experience. This little township is still pretty much uninvaded by the rogue population of tourists or perhaps the calm was due to Covid, either ways it was a time well spent on self introspection, which is impossible in a noisy place . Long walks amid the beautiful pinewoods with fleeting woody aroma and lots of it is in store, completely depends on one’s perspective! Extremely picturesque and the place as such is in solitude, there have been instances of leopard sightings, very few around the resort, more towards Binsar. Food was above average, they would make if there is anything in particular one wanted but nothing too lavish or gourmet. But nice lunch n dinner. Comfort wise the chalets are comfortable , but I was a bit irritated with spiders. Perhaps a little forewarning about insect repellents would have been helpful , also a sign stating that monkeys may enter the room could have saved ya some edibles as of our friends had a pair of monkeys on rampage in their room while they were out .Though we all laughed about it, perhaps someone may not take that kindly to such an episode. Interms of kids I would say they have a library and some board games, otherwise no such activities. Unless parents plan some good activities for them. Out of my 3 day stay 2 days it was raining beautifully, I enjoyed the solitude and the calm but perhaps kids wouldn’t be really appreciative of it. View was superb. I could sit by that window all day and gaze at the mountains n the clouds pass by. A special word for the worlds gentlest dog Juno and his friend elsa- they were amazing and added to the charm of a dog lovers stay. The staff was extremely courteous and helpful. Special mention to Neeraj and Anand , also I have to say that the French press coffee was addictive. Loved this place, it’s aura , their service and I carry with me memories that shall be etched in my thoughts forever. Au revoir- until we meet again!
Have you ever imagined waking up in a theatre to the most breathtaking opening of a romantic blockbuster? 'The Kumaon' offers you just that, and then some more!
Whether you stay on the ground floor with a lovely sit out by the side or on the first floor with a deck-feel terrace, each room of the 10 divided into 5 cottages gives an exotic view of the towering peaks of the Himalayas.
And yes, they dance! The peaks jive and tango with the clouds to the chirping of the rare mountain birds and the soft gushing of the wind.
The library in the main lobby is the only distraction which may compel one to look away but not without looking up from the book every 5 minutes to see if you are missing out on a new dance form.
Needless to mention the courteous staff that appear even more eager to jive and tango at your beck and call; Pushkar, the estate manager, leading them with elan. Don't miss out on the traditional Kumaoni Thali which you would anyway be offered.
A place to come back to!
During these difficult times, we were super bored sittings at home all the time. We really needed to get to the hills, one of our close friend suggested The Kumaon, and the suggestion didn't disappoint us.
1. Their efficiency is on point, despite our late arrival, our check in was super smooth. All the formalities were done before our arrival only. Neeraj does an incredible job there.
2. The food: It's their highlight, the main chef Lalit does an incredible job! His food will remind you of "Maa ke haath ka khana" You will have a hard time controlling your crave, and you all may end up gaining weight.
3: The Service: Again, one of their main highlight, Pushkar is exceptional, and so is Anand. They will make you feel like family.
4. Housekeeping: The Housekeeping team is exceptional. Every time we left the room, they cleaned our room, they will do their job beyond your expectations.
Their GM Pushkar leads a great team, we shall be back soon, like real soon. :)
We shall miss the hospitality!