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Jungle Lore Birding Lodge
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Pangot
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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“Jungle Lore - Paradise stright out of Dreams”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

I visited during Monsoons in July and was completely mesmerized form the time I left the road from Nainital to take this uphill 15 km journey. From amidst dark clouded skies and cheena peak jungles, I reached the Lodge facing torrential rain. However did not deter me one bit cause I knew am heading to something truly valuable.
The car and driver arranged by them were comfortable and the driver drove very well despite the weather condition. Being a single woman traveler I felt safe and comfortable at all times.
Once I reached, since it was raining found two helpers standing with umbrellas near the parking to help me. They lead me down a flight of stone stairs into my cottage “Cheer Pheasant”. And I fell in love…. Not an exaggeration but the warmth of the place and hospitality will grip you indeed.
A round chair, an iron fire place, a tea corner, a high wooden bed, a wooden stairs set up into my room attic with an added floor bedding, a sliding door into the bathroom, clean and sweet…all of it was gorgeous.
The big wooden sit out balcony with chairs gave ma an unending view of the mountains. Little things in the room carefully placed with a heart in everything. Lizard pattern table, elephant and deer wooden clothes pegs. Triangle cupboard under the wooden stairs to attic. A table fan for summer days.
My cottage was above the library that had gorgeous unending books. Lots of bird books, carom board for children. Warm again.
Did not enter the other cottages but they were at levels below and looked as inviting to me. They also had sit outs.
All cottages seemed to be on different natural split levels making each one independent personal and secluded.
The dining space is another world. A world to meet and chat with people. Good food, very good food, no menu card but who needs one when their choice guarantees everything on table is delicious. They made some soup for me on request. Non veg served on demand. I recommend everyone to take time to see each decorative piece in the dining placed with love and care. Unique in every sense. An iron carved owl, a big…bigggg hardened mushroom, jute birds and the china ware.
Now for outside, am afraid don’t have many words to describe the beauty of Pangot. Please visit and walk a lot to sense it yourself. Try not to fall in love. Birding was a fantastic experience here. Saw many varieties.
Caution : If you are a network and TV freak, to whom the beauty of nature lasts only few hours, may please avoid going to this place. If un-interfering langurs bother you, or your panic noises could bother them, then too please avoid disturbing the ecology of this place.
Must carry : Binoculars, camera and the nature spirit.
Minimum recommended stay – 2 nyts or more or another trip for sure.
Must do – Nature walks with the bird guide. Ask for the road seldom taken by the stream.
And in the end, Kudos to team Jungle Lore and Himlayan lodges for making this so noteworthy that am there again on 22nd December this year.
Downsides : Just one, seemed the cab fare charged for more than logical which is being corrected in this trip hence no regrets.

Room Tip: All should be good, Cheer Pheasant for great views. Else take any, you are bound to spend most time...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Your appreciation always encourage us. Thanks a lot for giving an opportunity to serve you. Really looking forward for your visit again.
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

The best place in Uttarkhand and posibly in North India, for enjoying peace, nice surroundings, excelent team, nice food, a lot of birds (and monkeys!) around. Please don't bring music here just listen to the birds singing. We have been here 3 times from the begining 12 years ago.Thank you very much everybody and keep green and natural!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Your appreciation always encourage us. Thanks a lot for giving an opportunity to serve you. Really looking forward for your visit again.
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Tucked away from the din & dust of Nainital is the birding paradise of Pangot. Just 15 km away from Nainital after a scenic winding drive through Kilbury you will arrive at this quiet little village. The Jungle Lore Birding Lodge does not disturb this idyllic setting, with just 4 wonderfully located cottages on a mountain slope built with great care not to disturb the foliage or the cheerful birds of this region. The bird feeder in the resort is a testament to this mutual co-existence being visited by a variety of avian species.

The staff at this resort led by Alem Thonger, Manager with her ever smiling demeanour, Raju the hard working chef ensuring variety in the piping hot buffet spread, Tejpal running around to make sure the guests are comfortable along with others including the handsome Gabbar, the house dog, cackling Black Headed Jays and sweet whistling of the Streaked Laughingthrush- makes this a perfect stay to relax and be close to nature.

There is an in-house library with good collection of books for you to pick your choice and sit in the balcony of the dining area with a hot cup of tea while being engulfed by low clouds sweeping the valley...sounds nice isn’t it? We just experienced it in October 2012.

Each one of the Cottages is unique and has a distinct character. Privacy and solitude is yours in plenty.

The walks around the Lodge are great points for birding and bird photography. Pangot offered us a unique showcase of diverse Himalayan Bird Species...

The only concern for Pangot is the emergence of the new resorts which have come up in the last few years. They seem to be bent upon converting Pangot into another noisy Nainital like town...Some sense of ecotourism and thought towards conserving the rich flora and fauna in this region seems to be missing in their approach to business. Can’t this region be declared as a Bird Sanctuary, Thereby protecting it from wanton destruction?

Room Tip: There are just 4 cottages.. each wonderful & different in character..cottage 1 is closest to the...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Your appreciation always encourage us. Thanks a lot for giving an opportunity to serve you. Really looking forward for your visit again.
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We just returned from a 6 night stay at Jungle Lore birding lodge, and has a very nice stay

Location : Located very well amidst a forested patch, what i really liked the cottage where built around the trees without disturbing the environment.

Rooms: comfortable, clean, with lots of interesting bits of decor, i like the touches of rugs strewn all around.

Food: food was great, simple fare but fresh food and delicious.dont forget to sit in the patio outside the dining area, you will be able to do a fair bit of birding just sitting here

Hospitality : Was top notch, the team was very warm and attentive to your needs.

Special Mention: the shy steward Ashok, always pleasantly attentive ad perceptive and Alam the Manager, it was fabulous to see the way she runs a tight ship, we were impressed with her managerial skills and personally taking care of each and every guest present.

Things to do: loads of area to go birding, and ver interesting hikes and treks all around.

perfect place to visit for a refreshing break in the wilds, dont go if you are the kind who needs television, internet and the comforts of a room service,

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Your appreciation always encourage us. Thanks a lot for giving an opportunity to serve you. Really looking forward for your visit again.
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Following is an unbiased review based on my visit for 5 N/6 D. We were a couple with two kids.

Pros:
1. Natural habitat. Lodge located in forest. Peaceful environment. Away from the hustle bustle of Nainital.
2. No televisions, mobile and internet connectivity ensure that you enjoy the nature to the fullest extent. ‘Idea’ works some 50 meters beyond. For other networks, you need to walk up around 300 meters to a road bend to access the network.
3. Excellent food, though the menu is fixed. If you are alone in the premises, you can request your own menu. The cook is a nice man with great cooking acumen.
4. Nice place for watching migratory birds all the year round.
5. Well appointed cottages with all basic facilities.
6. Cottage No. 3 and 4 are lower down in the hill and provide secluded and peaceful environment within the forest with only forest trees around. You can get to see great birds from here and hear lovely chirping sounds.
7. Courteous, helpful and soft spoken staff.
8. Well stocked library. Great for bird lovers.
9. Mr. Rajeev, the manager, though visits the lodge only occasionally since he looks after other resorts as well run by the same management, is very helpful and courteous. He can be reached on his mobile any time.

Cons:
1. Lots of monkeys and langurs will make you immobile especially if you are in cottage Nos. 3 or 4. You will need an escort each time to come down to cottage from dining area. Kids cannot be left alone out of the cottage. Monkeys will bang the roof and wake you up every morning. They will often come and surround your cottage making you helpless. Lack of intercom facility will force you to wait inside the cottage till monkeys go away at their own convenience. They have kept two dogs to guard against the monkeys. The dogs, however, remain near the main dining area up the hill and rarely come to the lower cottages, making their services of little use. This means going from the cottage to the main dining area above is another headache. With no intercom and dogs, you need to cautiously move on your own. We were told that monkeys have been captured from Nainital area and dropped at Pangot and there was little the management could do in this regard. What this means is that either you remain within your cottage or move in and around the very limited upper dining area where monkeys do not come because of the dogs. You are, thus, prevented from taking the much needed strolls and short walks in the lodge area.
2. Cottage No. 3 does not have nets in the windows. If you open the windows to get some fresh cool air, that may bring even monkeys in. If you close the window, neither do you get the air nor do you get to hear the chirping sounds of birds. The monkeys sometimes come inside the entrance lobby of the cottage and push you inside.
3. Cottage No. 2 has cracked tiles in the bathroom from where filthy worms would come out if it rains while you are there. This happened to us while we were just preparing to sleep at night and we had to shift to another room resulting in considerable waste of time and energy for us. We were told that this happened for the first time and the staff was clueless on what to do.
4. Even though there is wiring to provides lighting during the night in the entire lodge area, there is no intercom facility in the cottages. If you require anything or if you face any difficulty, either you go all the way from the cottage to the upper dining area and get some person back with you or you need to shout at the top of your voice from the cottage to make someone hear your voice which would never happen. We were told this facility has not been provided to protect wilderness of the area!!
5. Summers can mean high temperatures. It was 32 degrees Celsius the day we reached and found the cottages and the dining area without a fan. We had to pursue the manager to get table fans which found their way in the lodge only the next to next day, though it rained by that time. We wondered why the fans could not be arranged in advance when it was clear that living in 32 degree temperature without a fan is very uncomfortable. We were told that there were no fans since temperatures had soared to these levels for the first time since the history of this lodge.
6. Dining area had flies hovering all around even bumping once into our vegetable bowl which had to be replaced. We were told flies come if it gets hot and there is little that the management could do in this regard. We had to focus the table fan in the dining area on our table to get rid of flies while we ate.
7. The lodge is no more in a secluded place and a couple of camping sites and hotels have developed in the vicinity. You get to hear loud music sometimes in the day and mostly in the night till midnight, forcing you to forgo those precious moments hearing natural sounds for which you came. We were told that the management cannot prevent this nuisance since it is not in their hands.
8. No great walking trails for family around the lodge. You get to walk only on the road to the village along with other people and vehicles all the day round. There are some nice trails within the premises lower down the hill but that is risky because of monkey menace all day long.
9. If the staff fails to check the water tank in the morning, the water supply will go out. With no intercom, you will have to go up all the way to the dining area to get the supply going again. With another 15-20 minutes for the water to heat up, you will lose nearly half an hour to 45 minutes if this happens. This happened to us.

Room Tip: Even though lower cottages, viz., Nos. 3 and 4 are the best in terms of seclusion, opt these only if...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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, Owner at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, responded to this review, July 7, 2012
Thank you very much for your genuine concerns and feedback thereof. I also wish to thank you for your appreciation. We sincerely apologize for the discomfort and inconvenience caused. We are taking on board many of your suggestions.

1. I have taken your suggestion of installing buzzers. But just to elaborate on your point: Monkeys are not a menace in this area at all, we've never had anyone attacked by them. The eco-system supported only Langurs in this area when we came here in 1998, a few troops of rhesus were captured from Nainital and released here as this was thought to be sanctum sanctorum for them. Since they are a part of our food chain they need space here, all we need to do is understand their behaviour and co-exist with them. After all the animals do have a first right on the forests

We had intercom system but it didn't work all the time due to power failure. We have backup through inverter batteries which works well, but we prefer not using generators to preserve the environment, reduce noise, pollution from fumes and fossil fuel consumption.

2. We have not needed nets till now but taking your suggestion into account we will now install nets and grills as well. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

3. We admit that the crack tiles in the bathroom of Cottage No. 2 was going to be repaired and was not meant for you to stay in. Since you were dissatisfied in the lower cottages the manager decided to move you up for your comfort and for you to be away from the monkeys. In his enthusiasm he had overlooked the fact of the broken tiles and worms. Usually most guests love the solitude and seclusion of the lower cottages. We again apologize for the inconvenience caused.

4. We are in the process of installing buzzers / bells right away. Since most people who come here are fond of walking and outdoors, they usually don’t mind walking up to the dining room. But we understand that it will provide added comfort to the guests.

5. We have never had such warm summers before. We did not anticipate global warming would cause such heat and discomfort. Even at this altitude. We have never needed fans before and no one has ever asked for them before. The very day you mentioned the intolerable heat, the manager tried to arrange for the fans from Haldwani which I hope helped reduce your discomfort. We deeply regret the inconvenience caused.

6. The heat this year also got in flies early, wish there was a way to keep them away at all times. We have installed a a fly zapping machine too. But it may not be possible to completely keep the flies out. Being close to nature has it’s own positives and negatives. Infact the presence of different species of moths and insects have attracted many photographers lately.

7. I agree that the lodge is not as secluded as it used to be and I am sad but helpless about it. The sensibilities may not match right now but I can only hope hope very soon other tourists will realize that there is more joy in preserving the solitude, peace and quiet in such off beat green destinations.

8. There are great walks around Pangot. We have named a few such as Woodpecker point, Cheena Peak trail, Harial trail. Being in a natural habitat involves certain risks which are part of the thrill of such holidays. We can assure you that this is a safe area and no untoward incident has been reported in the many years we have been here. One has to just follow certain sensible precautions like not interacting or feeding the monkeys and mostly ignoring their presence.

9. I am very sorry that the water ran out, our nearby spring is drying out due to extra tourism pressure and water inflow has receded due to hot weather. We have now extra storage capacity and rain water harvesting too so hopefully if the rain Gods are happy our guests will be happy too.
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

Well my visit to birding lodge inspires me to write a review about the place . A place that is magnificent and scenic situated at Pangot about 20 Km away from Nainital gives you a complete peace of mind especially for the one who is from Delhi. I was fortunate enough that out of the total 5 cottages in the property i got the one that was right at the top and from where there was a pleasing view of the valley. Couldn't trace much of birds as the place promises to deliver.For the ones who love to read, the property carves a space, A library where you will find a lot of books on birds thats for sure gonna enrich your knowledge on birds . My package was inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner .Nice hygenic food.The staff is very co-operative and generous . I look forward to visit this place once again with a much larger group indeed .

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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HimalayanLodges, Manager at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, responded to this review, August 11, 2015
Your appreciation always encourage us. Thanks a lot for giving an opportunity to serve you. Really looking forward for your visit again.
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

Pros:
1. Peace with nature.
2. Pleasant temperature in summers.
3. Lot of artifacts and books
4. Gives a feel of wild life.

Cons:
1. No choice of food. Veg buffet @ rs. 400, n.v. Buffet @ rs. 450/= +tax (expensive)
2. No bar
3. Only one luxury cottage, that too with at advance booking @ rs. 5500/=
4. Not so many birds, but they are there.
5. Manger is like a army colonel (too strict and strait forward), for her guests are kids and she is a teacher.
6. No swimming pool or fitness center.
7. No monuments or place to visit nearby.
8. U better leave your mobiles phones at home, they don't work there.

Remark: don't go to human temple, nothing is there, road is also tough.

Piyush - 9719998877

Room Tip: One and Only Luxury Cottage
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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pangot, Owner at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, responded to this review, June 3, 2012
Thank you for your comments Mr. Piyush. I am happy that you have given us best rating. A few points that need your attention are:
1. We serve fixed buffet. You may have found it expensive as the cost of procuring rations are high in this place and you ordered them separately. Since you were staying in another place and not at our place, I guess you found our meals more interesting which is why you gave us an opportunity to serve you.
2. Since you did not stay with us, you did not get a chance to see the other cottages. Our accommodation is very reasonably priced as Rs. 5500 for one big cottage also includes three meals a day, anytime tea service for two persons sharing the room.
4. Since this area is known for birds and we were the first ones to highlight this region, we know the stake-outs. Serious birders will vouch for this lodge.
5. The Manger is caring and polite. We will address this issue and ask her to be more welcoming.
6. Since it is a birding lodge, the focus is not on swimming pool, fitness center or a bar.
7. It is in semi-wilderness, one can enjoy local village architecture & lifestyle.
8. Mobiles phones: only IDEA works very well here.
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Property: Jungle Lore Birding Lodge
Address: Via Nanital-Kilbury Pangot | Nainital, Pangot 263139, India
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Location: India > Uttarakhand > Nainital District > Pangot
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Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Pangot
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Jungle Lore Birding Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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A very pretty lodge in a remote part of the Himalayas, easily accessible from Nainital. The lodge is located at 2000 meters and surrounded by thick oak forest. A base for trekkers and nature lovers. We organise bird walks, short day treks, also 2 nights or 3 nights treks from Pangot to Corbett NP that are appropriate for families and adventure seekers. All comforts are provided for holiday makers. Friendly staff. Fresh farm produce. Bar-be-cue and special dinners, private sit-outs, cooking classes, guided sightseeing. A complete Himalayan experience where you will have a chance to visit the local village, enjoy photographing their lifestyle and daily routine, share a meal or a cup of tea with them, understand their customs and traditions. Great Nainital tourist excursions with boat, cable car and horse rides, zoo visit, shoping etc. We promise you fun. ... more   less 
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