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The Kumaon

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    Maichor, Uttarakhand, India

  2. Suitcase

    3 guests

  3. BedDouble

    10 bedrooms


  • GradeComfortable
    Stylishly Comfortable
    A property designed with great style and with amenities that offer a relaxed stay.
    SmallHotel
    Small hotel
    A property with multiple accommodations that provides services, often including meals
    Mountain
    Mountain
    Elevated living on hills and mountains

    Tropical Modernism in the Shadow of the Sacred Nanda Devi Range

    From a distance, the Kumaon appears like a tidy bundle of bamboo canes and neatly piled stones sitting in a peaceful clearing within a pine forest.

    Tropical Modernism in the Shadow of the Sacred Nanda Devi Range

    From a distance, The Kumaon appears like a tidy bundle of bamboo canes and neatly piled stones sitting in a peaceful clearing within a pine forest. It is this rustic simplicity that lends an inimitable soul to this small luxury hotel in India. 

    Upon closer inspection, the scene reveals itself as a sensible play of geometry typical of iconic Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa’s Tropical Modernism. Architects Jineshi Samaraweera and Pradeep Kodikara, a disciple of Bawa, created these holiday homes precisely in this school of thought, employing dedicated measures to remain sensitive to the local context. 

    The cluster of chalets and the main common area— cantilevered to reach out towards India’s second highest peak— were built using stoned quarried nearby, bamboo, pinewood from the surrounding forests, and ash bricks. Naturally, it bears the palette of its surroundings. Soothing shades of muted brick, ocre, and lovely grey-mauve hues immerse guests in nature. 

    The ultimate treat? A cool drink on the roof surrounded by breathtaking vistas, with an eye below for the leopards that roam at sunset.

    Highlighting the stunning beauty of the nature that surrounds it, this small luxury hotel in India is placed to take advantage of panoramic views of the Nanda Devi Range and the distant Himalayas. 

    Designed by Sri Lankan firm Zowa Architects, the hotel pays homage to local culture and craftsmanship and was constructed using all locally sourced, natural materials.

    Comprised of a cluster of individual chalets, the structures are scattered across the site on staggered terraces. Rooms are either Lower Chalet, with gardens to sit out in, or Upper Chalet, with sunken outdoor terraces. The main building sits at the highest point of the site, with a dramatic cantilevered dining room, a spacious lounge, library, and an outdoor dining terrace. The bold Brutalist concrete forms are clad in bamboo to dissolve the visual impact that the buildings can have in a sensitive environment.

    Local artisans and craftsmen were enlisted to create everything from the furniture and accessories to the textiles, drawing on nearby Almora's traditional weavers.

    The hotel is in the process of becoming eco-friendly with all of the structures designed with rain water catchment to be used throughout the property and to replant seasonal crops to be used in its kitchen and on the restaurant's menu.

    Blending into its surroundings, this unique hotel immerses you into the stunning scenery with captivating natural design.

     

    ADDITIONAL FEATURES

    All meals included with stay with optional room services, fully staffed with 24 hour front desk, daily housekeeping and laundry service, spa services, wifi throughout.

     

    AROUND

    Kasar Devi has long been a secret-ish haven for artists, pilgrims, scholars, and seekers like Swami Vivekananda, DH Lawrence, Bob Dylan, and Cat Stevens. Its sacred forests are dotted with ancient stone temples dedicated to Uma and Shiva.

    The Kumaon is a perfect base for exploring the ancient city of Almora, the magical Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Kasar Devi ridge. Walk through quiet villages, wander through oak forests to the temples, or relax in the mountain sunshine.

    All activities in and around the property can be facilitated by the hotel's team and local experts who can assist you in savouring all that this peaceful and magical forested ridge have to offer. From short excursions to more elaborate day trips, from wildlife action to more relaxing jaunts, there is something for everyone.

     

    LOCATION

    Kasar Devi, Nearest International Airport: Delhi (375km), Nearest Domestic Airport: Pantnagar (180km)

     

    BEST TIME TO VISIT:  Late October marks the start of the winter season when the temperatures are nice and cool before it starts to warm up in late February/early March. Monsoon season arrives around June, with heavy daily downpours until September when the rains start to lighten as winter returns.


    Exterior

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    Interior

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    Amenities

    Here’s what you can expect during your stay:

    • Kitchen
      Kitchen
      Restaurant with all meals provided
    • Wifi
      Internet
      Wifi throughout

    How long would you like to stay?

    Minimum undefined nights



    Location

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    Maichor, IN

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