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“Home on the hills”
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Firdaus
Ranked #1 of 5 Naukuchiatal B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 10, 2013

The place is meant for people like me who prefer warmth of a home than the cold & impersonal hotels. It is quite basic in terms of facilities, but tastefully done. Imagine yourself in a home on the hills, a home that is beautiful and in the midst of nature where you have nothing to do, but walk around, catch up on your reading, talk and just relax.
You get the kitchen to yourselves, so for people with small kids, this is ideal. Also, if you are lucky you may get some fresh veggies from the front garden, ask Mahesh the care taker.
BTW, for those who like some action, there's Naukuchiatal that is walkable (again, ask the care taker for a short-cut) and Nainital for some more action! We did paragliding the last time we were there (October 2012) and it was heaven!

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor overlook the lake.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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7  Thank ShagunaD
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

If one is bored and tired after months of wearisome life full-of-automobile smoke and buzz of the city, 'Firdaus' in Naukuchiataal could be like the promised land amidst beautiful hills, greenery, thick star-lit clear sky and a deep, shimmering green-blue nine-cornered lake offering thearapeutic break. The house is idyllic having spacious rooms very aesthetically furnished overlooking the taal that's visible from the balconies and through the windows in the rooms. The place is perfect to chill and relax with family and friends. Parked at this homestay, one is free to take a trip down the hill to the taals. The fun-to-be-with, amazing owners would ensure every comfort and the caretaker, a local resident is a great help too. Around 300 kms from Delhi, the place doesn't offer anything majorly adventurous, however some outdoor activities are availaible in nearby Bhimtaal, in case one is up for the same. I had a memorable time with friends staying up all night chatting, making music, having tasty food and endless cups of adrak chai in this lovely setup and strongly recommended the place for weekend trips!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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7  Thank dalcheeni
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Our trip to Firdaus happened by chance - and what a great chance it turned out to be!!
This cottage is very well located with the beautiful views of the mountains, Naukuchiyatal and paragliders. The rooms are very aesthetically done with very neat bathrooms. The kitchen is basic but very very functional.
The caretaker was also very helpful and forthcoming with us.
Overall, it turned out to be a quick but memorable holiday. I would highly recommend the place to anyone who is looking for clean, classy and no-nonsense place for holiday.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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9  Thank AdiChaturvedi
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

I am a photographer myself and I told my wife to keep her expectations low after she saw the Firdaus website. But i was wrong. Firduas turned out to be better than what I had imagined. It looks good, it is very comfortable to stay and it offers a great view.

Early mornings and evenings are even better. It has a lovely lawn and front area to soak the sun whole day and enjoy idyllic barbecue in the evening. I enjoyed the walks in particular. The care taker is great local guy eager to accompany you. He has a fairly good knowledge of the forest around.

The best thing about the place is its bed rooms. They are done quite aesthetically with huge bay windows that offer a great view. The upholstery is very ethnic and organic. You would find soft colorful bed sheets painstakingly collected from all over India. Infact, you would find small artifacts all over the place.

Firdaus has a good spacious kitchen with LPG cylinder and larger utensils. We cooked mostly ourselves. But sometime when we are not in a mood to cook, the friendly care taker made awesome dal-rice with local chutney.

My 6 years old son and his younger cousins loved the place because they had a horse coming to the cottage every day to take them for a ride. All in all I am going to be there soon again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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11  Thank Gurmeet S
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Naukuchiatal is a small town near Nainital, so if you want to stay away from the hustle-bustle of Nainital, this is the place to be. Firdaus, is tucked away in a corner with a great view of the lake.The rooms are very comfortable, spacious and the interiors are very tastefully done. It's a home away from home. The kitchen is at your diposal so you can cook anything you want. It specially helps when you have small kids. There is enough space outside for the kids to run around and enjoy the nature.

They also have a small kitchen garden at the back with various veggies, so you get farm-fresh food!

A typical place for that relaxing vacation we'd been longing for.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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9  Thank Rumjhum
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Excellent stay, loved the place, has a great location with a view of the lake. Great food from the in house kitchen....loved the bonfire in the yard. The owners are great guys who will ensure that your stay is wonderful.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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10  Thank dpndr
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

I went to Firdaus with my family for a weekend trip from Delhi and it was my first time staying away from the conventional 100 room hotels. Firdaus is a well built villa in the middle of naukuchiatal village, with huge rooms and a great view overseeing the naukuchiatal lake. You really feel like being a part of the nature especially in the evenings, when the clouds dawn upon the sit out. You could walk down to the naukuchiatal or the bhimtal lakes from here, walk through the village on a morning, or could just relax and have fun with your family and friends. We had a wonderful time with our family here. Rooms are very spacious and beds are very comfortable. I strongly recommend this place for families and groups of 5-6 people since it offers them the extra bit of flexibility and proximity to nature that you find missing in a hotel usually.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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7  Thank Srijeshnair
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Additional Information about Firdaus

Address: Thapalia Mehra Gaon | Opposite Templeton Academy, Naukuchiatal 263136, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Nainital District > Naukuchiatal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Naukuchiatal
Price Range: $60 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The word Firdaus comes from Pairidaeza or Paradise, which is the highest garden in the heaven. At Firdaus, you leave time behind as you arrive to this warm, inviting and comfortable stay, to gaze at the lake from every room, door, window.Take a train to Kathgodam and drive another 40 minutes, or choose the convenient 7-hour drive all the way from Delhi, to the comfort of a hill-home where you can do so much, or nothing! ... more   less 

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