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.
- 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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