Rumbling along on the cobbled pathway of the Jhaltola estate we made jokes about how the destination had better be worth the rugged terrain. With Oaks overpowering the exotic view of the valleys on one side and the tough mountain rocks closing in on us from the other side, we were beginning to feel like we were on the brink of an enchanting journey. Having this sense of something magical ruined upon arrival at The Misty Mountains would have just killed our spirits!
When we reached The Misty Mountains however, our spirits just soared right to the orange snow clad peaks which assured us that an unforgettable sunset was just the beginning of our trip.
The food cooked by Ambika makes you eat more than you wanted, needed or thought you would ever need. After stuffing our stomachs with delicious food cooked from homegrown veggies we would lie on our backs on the soft grass of the lawns and watch the clouds as they put up one performance after the other in the odd colored skies.
Every now and then an occasional mist would steal over to where we were lying and blind us to the beauty which surrounded us. The smell of the mist refreshed our souls. Sipping chai as we were enveloped in a cold, exciting hug by the clouds was undoubtedly one of the most riveting experiences of my life!
We were also lucky enough to watch the meteor showers in the starlit skies! It was more than we imagined it would be!!! From behind the veil of the stars, the moonlit Himalayas kept us company all night through...
Our cottage offered an exotic view of the vista. We woke up to the faint morning light filtering in through the window and watched the shades of nature paint the mountains in every shade of blue and pink...
Thank you Madhur for taking the efforts to build a comfortable stay in the midst of something as magical as these mountains!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Misty Mountains is an Offbeat Destination in Kumaon (near Chaukori and Patal Bhuvaneshwar). It has a unique location and stunning himalayan views. Its surrounded by thousands of acres of untouched forests and the nearest neighbour is a kilometer away. Its owned and managed by my wife Ambika, and I. It should be your choice -1) If you are looking for an Offbeat Destination in Kumaon that is untouched by commercial tourism. Its a destination where you can spend quality time with your friends and family.2) If you are looking for an extended stay at a complete destination in itself. It offers great location, clean and comfortable stay, peace, activities and home like food.3) If you are looking to explore the remoter parts of offbeat kumaon like Munsyari Abbot Mount, Binsar, Chaukori or Kausani. It can be part of your kumaon tour.4) If you are looking for something like an extended homestay where you can be yourself and stay comfortably for 4-5 days. ... more less