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The Best Homestays in Uttarakhand for an Extended Getaway

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Having spent months cooped up in their homes, there seems to be a growing itch amongst ardent travelers to get out and get moving. While the pandemic is still very much controlling our lives, people are now ready to brave the situation and indulge in their favorite hobby while taking necessary precautions.

Ever since the government relaxed travel restrictions, reducing the need for quarantine or prior COVID tests, there has been a rise in interest for short and local tours. For those in Delhi NCR, the first place that comes to mind for a quick break is Uttarakhand. An idyllic sojourn at any homestay in Uttarakhand, a region known for its stunning gorgeousness and friendly residents, is the perfect escape one needs at present to rejuvenate the mind and wash away all the worries of the world.

Samskara and Samsara – Lansdowne

Samskara and Samsara is a no-fuss homestay in Lansdowne, Uttarakhand, a popular weekend destination that is a breezy seven-hour drive from Delhi. The homestay, situated near a deodar forest, offers various living options, ranging from comfortable family suites and dormitories to well-appointed tents and standard rooms. The on-site restaurant plates up a host of yummy dishes, several of which are made using homegrown organic ingredients.

While the main idea behind a stay at Samskara and Samsara is to relax and do nothing, adventurous souls can book a Corbett safari day trip from the reception. However, be ready for a 4 AM wake-up call for this wild escapade.

Address: Kotdwar – Lansdowne Rd, Marg, Lansdowne, Uttarakhand 246155

The Nature Walk – Mukteshwar

If the sight of the four bright yellow-colored cottages of The Nature Walk won’t brighten you up after an eight-hour drive from Delhi, then the enthusiastic nature of its hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Suri, certainly will. A relatively new homestay in Uttarakhand, The Nature Walk is fast becoming a favorite, especially as more people are starting to explore the once sleepy region around Mukteshwar.

Guaranteeing a comfortable stay, the rooms at The Nature Walk are beautifully furnished in wood, with modern-day conveniences, and have an almost Swiss chalet-like ambiance. Enhancing the homestay experience further are the breath-taking mountain views, lush greenery all around, and warm, comforting food from the on-site restaurant.

Address: Dhari-Bhatelia Road, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand 263132

Kuflon Basics – Kalyani

Kuflon Basics is a real hidden gem in Uttarakhand because it is a good 10-hour drive from Delhi. As a result, this rather unique homestay demands an extended stay instead of a swift weekend getaway. However, don’t let the long drive turn you off, for Kuflon Basics epitomizes the authentic homestay experience by stripping away the fanciful and replacing it with down-to-earth comforts that replenishes the soul.

Whether it is the hospitable host, Anil Kuriyal, the setting of the Assi Ganga valley, or the simplicity of the homestay, there’s an infectious serenity to the place that is both enchanting and at the same time stimulating. Accommodations are available in the form of bedrooms with en-suite toilets and tents with shared facilities. All three meals, snacks during the bonfire, and morning tea are typically included in the price of your stay at Kuflon Basics.

Address: Village Kuflon, Sangamchatti road, P.O, Kalyani, Uttarakhand 249193

Mountain Quail Lodge – Pangoot

While most people make a beeline for Nanital the moment a long-weekend commences, it is worth skipping the at times over-crowded destination for the delightful village of Pangoot, a further half-hour away. It is here that you can then enjoy the magic of Mountain Quail Lodge, a beautiful homestay in Uttarakhand, located amidst Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Conservation Reserve.

Undoubtedly, the place to visit for birders, the homestay is also a spectacular stop for those who want to appreciate mother nature’s subtle bewitcheries. The Lodge has been a life-long dream of host Sidharth Anand, known for going out of his way to make his guests feel at home. For housing, there are well-equipped cottages, log cabins, and the budget option of tents. Travelers can also use the grounds to pitch their own tents and use shared bathroom facilities. When visiting Mountain Quail Lodge, don’t forget to bring your binoculars and trekking shoes. Moreover, if you have a day or two extra, plan your trip to include a stop at the famous Corbett National Park.

Address: Pangot Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Conservation Reserve, Pangoot, Uttarakhand 263001

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