Ukhimath Homestay

Ukhimath

Ukhimath is known as winter abode of the Lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar (second Kedar) when they are brought here from their respective temples. According to Hindu mythology, wedding of Usha (Daughter of Vanasur) and Anirudh (Grandson of Lord Krishna) was solemnized here. By name of Usha this place was named as Ushamath, now known as Ukhimath, its located 182 km north-east of yoga city Rishikesh. Ukhimath is used as base for visiting Madhmaheshwar (Second kedar), Tungnath (Third kedar) and Deoria Tal (a natural fresh water lake) and many other picturesque places.

Kimana is a small village en route mini Switzerland of Garhwal, Chopta (17 km). It’s a quaint place located at an altitude of 4300 ft. with a population of about 400 only. The main source of income here is tourism and farming. Majority of people belong to Brahmin and Rajput community who remain involved with Kedarnath Shrine. One of a good time to visit is day before Raksha Bandhan (August month) on Bhatuj festival when lord Shiva at local temple is treated with Bhaat (rice) to pray for a good of rice. Kimana is also rich is growing Malta and Narngi (Tangerine)

           

The Homestay

This 60 year old traditional Pahadi house was built by Sh. Jagan Nath Singh, a Brahmin who remained associated with Kedarnath temple all his life. Nestled in dense forests of Oaks, Rhododendron, Myrica, Pyrus etc., it is recently renovated by his grandson Kailash Puspwan. Its located 10 minutes walk up from the village on the old trek route to the famed Deoria Tal and Kedarnath. It’s a perfect base for trekking and adventure activities to nearby places in Himalayas.

It has 2 set of 4 bedded room on the first floor, kitchen and dining on the ground floor and two toilet.

Know your Host

Kailash Puspwan (Phd in Botany) is a nature lover. His aim is to educate and motivate rural youth and women for environment conservation and generate employment opportunities through farm and non-farms activities. He love to share his knowledge about important medicinal herbs, shrubs and plants. He is a good guide and a cook who along with his wife Preeti and family takes care of the home and the guests. 

           

Food

Kailash serve delicious fresh and healthy local and north Indian vegetarian food. There is a variety of Paratha with Chhole, Alu Poori, local pickle, seasonal organic vegetable, local pulses, and traditional Garhwali food. Don’t forget to as pahadi special sweet dish Zhangora Khir after dinner. 

Facilities

Small Library • Power Back up • Hot Water • Seating Areas 

Activities

Trekking • Jungle Walk • Bird Watching • Village Walk • Horse Riding • Farming • Reading

           

Tariff

Per Person: INR 1100/-

Including: Breakfast, Dinner, Morning and Evening Tea

Child Policy

Upto 6 yr: Complimentary

6-12 yrs: 700/-

Points of Interest

Bholeshwar Temple • Omkareswer Temple, Ukhimath

Excursions

Vishwanath Temple Guptkashi (15 km) • Kalimath (15 km) • Deoriya Tal (15km) • Chopta (17km) • Tungnath (23km) • Chandrasila (24.5 km) • Rakeshawri Temple (Chandramaa) (30 km) • Madhymaheswer Temple (45 km) • Triyuginarayan (Wedding place of Shiva and Parvati) (52 km) • Kedarnath (60 km)

 

 

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Guest Testimonials

My family and I had a wonderful stay here in June 2018 while we explored the Mandakini Valley. Kimana village is an enchanting locale in which one awakes to bird song instead of traffic noise. The house exterior is gorgeous–we loved the traditional architecture and decoration–whereas the interior has all modern amenities. The food was made with fresh (often local) ingredients, and included regional cuisine and condiments (for example, mandua ki roti and fiddlehead fern pickles). Most important of all, our host Kailash and his family were kind and extraordinarily helpful in arranging for all our needs (whether at the home or on regional excursions). We came as customers, we left as friends. I will certainly visit again.

Prof. James Lochtefeld 21/09/2018