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Ayush Guest House
Ranked #1 of 36 Almora B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 7, 2013

As this is my 1st T.A review I should like to begin by expressing my heartfelt gratitude towards Raju and his family for showing me the most pleasant Kumoan hospitality in such a serene wee spot, surrounded by some of natures truly inspiring sights, sounds and smells, of which these these Himalayan foothills have many to offer. To be able to wax lyrical on my 1st review, rather than to be groaning out harsh overtures of discord & dissonance is indeed a pleasure!

I believe that if you are going to reside in a guesthouse or homestay for a while then the most important factor to consider by far are those with whom you shall be staying. Well, from the moment we met 'mine host' Raju ( a most gracious, helpful and obliging young man) atop the slopes upon which his guest cottages are spread we were happily at ease with our new friend and by the time we descended the 10 minutes through the pine trail to the bonny wee cottage that was to become home to my partner and I for the next month we were both anticipating keenly which one of the forest nature walks we might take at sunrise the next day .
The cottages themselves (of which I think their are seven) are close enough together to offer a sense of community yet detached enough to let one sit, paint, write, think or meditate in peace, undisturbed if one so chooses. Our cottage, The Lark was well appointed, with a small kitchen, simple but clean bathroom, fireplace for the winter nights, fan in the room, comfy bed, writing desk as well as a T.V and wi-fi for keeping in touch with the outside world, if one even remembers about it after a couple of days!! The grounds in which everything is set (including the host family's own home) are organically and ecologically managed and full of so many different plants, trees and vegetables that you cannot help but feel at one with nature. Amongst an abundant shades of green springs many a bright blue, electric orange or citrus yellow flower or fruit whist the birds and the butterflies flutter to and fro.. The night brings a distant chorus of frogs, whilst the crickets rap back and forth to one another under the starlit expanse of sky, back dropped by the majestic snow capped Himalayas. Mother Nature produces a truly moving show around these parts.

All said and done, this has been a most memorable experience all round. The charming, friendly local people and their culture, the rolling beauty of these valleys and hills, the many cast of fauna set amongst the never ending flora all shall certainly find me in this corner of Uttarakhand again, and I would not wish to be settled at any other home than here at the Ayush Guest House sharing a meal with Raju and his family. I heartily recommend a stay here for anyone interested in real Indian living, peace and quiet, scenery, nature and/or in need of a break from the crash, bang and wallop which city life can be.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

All the cottages in Ayush Guest House are comfortable and tastefully decorated, and as others have said, the location is wonderful: peaceful and quiet with breathtaking views of the himalayan mountains and lovely paths to take walks in nature. And Raju (the owner) is very considerate of your private space but also caring and helpful. I'm sure you will experience the peaceful relief from the hustle and bustle of city-life when you arrive too...

Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

There are many things I love about Ayush Guest House in Papparseli, Almora. One, the location is perfect; it is set in a small village on the downhill slope of a hill, only a few kilometers from Almora, and is overlooked by the inimitable snow-clad Himalayan peaks that can be seen in all their splendor on a clear, sunny day. The setting is scenic, quiet, and peaceful, with the occasional sound coming in from the swishing trees. Two, the property has been developed and managed with great care and enterprise by Rajendra Bisht (Raju). Now, I really can't think of a better person to look after your needs in a place such as this: Raju has an eye for detail, is attentive to the requirements of his hosts, and carries integrity in all his dealings, so that you not only trust him to take care of you, but end up building a quiet yet solid friendship with him. Three, Raju's family is an excellent support to him, and good company to have, especially his two tiny kids, each of whom is a delight to spend time with in the evenings. Four, and most importantly, this place lets you be yourself, and that is probably the main reason for your turning up here. Your space and privacy are respected, the deal is more than fair, the accommodation more than comfortable, and the overall feel just about perfect, to let you be in touch with yourself, find yourself.
All credit to Raju for doing all of this so well, so soon, pretty much all by himself. Here's hoping that he keeps it up, and Ayush Guest House grows sensibly in the future, getting more discerning customers but never losing its soul, the reason why it is my chosen retreat when it comes to the mountains.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

I've been staying at Ayush Guest House for the past few years and it is my home in India.

The cottages are spread out along the hillside, with wonderful views of the Himalayas and the surrounding valley. There's a fresh water spring for extremely pure drinking water just a few minutes walk below the property, and even a small river below that. All cottages have hot water in the bathrooms, kitchens, beautiful rooms with either stone, wood, carpeted, or tiled flooring, and comfortable porches with pleasant views.

All the cottages are spread out throughout approx 6 hectares, so you feel you have privacy.

Raju (the owner) and his family are so incredible. There is lots of light and love you feel from them and throughout the property. It's a very happy place.

As bonuses, Raju makes delicious food for affordable prices, and that includes pizza and cakes! Also there is internet for almost every room and laundry service upon request. Pretty amazing!

-Alex

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

I always feel so relieved when I get here and return every year. Raju takes good care of me each time and I always feel like my cottage is perfect. Beautiful views of course, best in Papparseli. The price is very fair in comparison to other places on the mountain and nearby Kasar Devi. The family will prepare all meals it you ask for it and they do a wonderful job :) also, there is local, organic curd and eggs available through the house. I believe he is considering a new bakery for the next addition.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This area is beautiful with magnificent views of the Himalayas from most of the accommodations. It is energising to get away from a hectic lifestyle, without becoming reclusive - Wifi is available. It is a very peaceful valley with an interesting gradual climb of 5 - 10 minutes to the main road. This place encourages Health, Relaxation and Creativity in which ever form one wishes to take.

Raju is a very genuine kind of guy. He cannot do enough to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. His Family are lovely and also very hospitable.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Ayush Guest House in October 2012 for 2 weeks.We were so impressed that we returned in late November and changed our travel plans and stayed 3 more months.
I have travelled all over India for the past 20 years and this is easily the best place I have stayed.
We stayed in Snowfinch Cottage on the first visit which was fantastic. This had fabulous views and the cottage itself was
as special as it looks on the website.
We then stayed at Krishna Cottage for a few
nights while waiting for the larger Lark Cottage.Krishna Cottage was also a wonderful little cottage particularly for one person.Lark Cottage was a lovely and extremely comfortable.We had a fantastic open fire for the cooler winter evenings which was very welcome. We had a tv, wifi, hot water and cooking facilities.
Raju ( the owner) and his family could not have been more hospitable.They all made us feel very welcome for the whole stay.Some evenings we cooked but most of the time Raju and his wife supplied the dinner. Each evening we would leave the kitchen very satisfied with the different meals they had cooked us.
Raju would collect any supplies we required from town and was always happy to do so.
Any assistance we needed was enthusiastically given by all members of the family.
We will return here again in the future and wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend the place to anyone.
It really is difficult to write a good enough review for this place.It is such a great area, made all the more special by the wonderful Raju and his family.
I suspected from the website -(ayushguesthouse.com) that this place would be special but in the end it surpassed all expectations.

Fantastic

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Additional Information about Ayush Guest House

Address: Papersali-Bari | Binsar Road SH37, Balta Badi, Uttarakhand, Almora 263601, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Almora District > Almora
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Almora
Price Range: $25 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched on a hillside, amidst a quaint Kumaon Himalayan village, Ayush’s cottages offer modest but clean and comfortable stays. Located about 4 Km from Almora, on the road to Binsar, the property overlooks the valley of Balti Badi. Interspersed with small gardens and organic fruits and vegetable patches, the cottages are interconnected by pathways. Ayush is more than a guest-house, but is not a hotel – though it offers basic amenities, a clean and comfortable stay, and a limited menu. Enjoy the crisp, cool mountain air and an amazing view of the Himalayas! There is also a small shop and a well stocked library for guest use. Free wiFi is available. ... more   less 
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