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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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