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Jilling

Jilling is a tiny hamlet in Uttarakhand, a couple of hours away from Nainital in the South Gola range of Kumaon Himalayas. Surrounded by thick untouched forests, the area provides stunning views of Nanda Devi and the surrounding peaks on clear days. Bhimtal is the nearest town which is approximately 25km away. It is a perfect place to be for nature lovers. 

The nearest airport is in Pantnagar (77 km) and Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railhead (42km). Regular road services are available from Delhi, Nainital, Rishikesh and Haridwar.

The Homestay

Wrapped in pristine nature, it is a dreamy mountain home tucked away in an untouched forest of Jilling. Getting to this paradise requires a 20-25 mins hike up from the road head through a pine and oak forest. As you hike up the walking trail, the world around you completely transforms; the surroundings become much greener, the chirping of the birds gets louder and the feeling of being one with nature takes over. This unique cottage is like an extension of nature and has an old way of construction with mud walls and slanting traditional roofs on a hill overlooking Nandadevi. It has a creative decor with chic furniture and nicely lit interiors through skylights. The place provides a perfect opportunity to disconnect from the rest of the world and connect deeply with your mind, body and soul. 

There are 2 full-fledged bedrooms with attached spacious bathrooms, a kitchen with an attached dining area and an additional smaller bedroom for kids.  The rooms have large windows that offer  the majestic views of Mt. Nanda Devi and the neighboring peaks, fully functional fireplace, creative artefacts and a mini library. The house is equipped with all modern amenities. The decor is pleasing and gives you the feel of being in a fairy tale home. The dining table has been carved from a single piece of wood and almost all of the furniture has been designed and crafted locally on-site using waste wood. There is a lot of open outdoor space as well with a common seating area consisting of a “Kumaoni Chulha”. 

Location: 6 km from Padampuri Bridge.
Number of Rooms – 3; Total Capacity – 6;

House Rules:

– We do not accept late check-ins as it is inadvisable to walk the trail after dark, so please plan your travel accordingly.
– Slow and soft music is okay, but please do not play loud music. You are in the middle of nature.
– Services of the staff are available until 10:00 PM.
– We are pet-friendly. If you are coming with your pet, make sure they are well-mannered and that nothing gets broken.​
– We do not provide cold drinks or bottled drinking water. Our drinking water comes from an RO and refillable water bottles are provided in each room.
– Water is a scarce resource in the hills of Kumaon. We would appreciate it if you could be mindful about the usage of water. We do not have showers in our bathrooms.
– There is good 4G connectivity for Airtel and Jio users if you are planning to work from here. Being at an offbeat location, there is no WiFi connection.

Know Your Host

This beautiful home belongs to Ashish Verma, a passionate traveler who is in love with mountains especially Mt. Nanda devi. So this house is dedicated to that mountain with a view of that peak from all the rooms. He is an outdoor person who loves treks and trails. The team here come from neighboring villages and are extremely hospitable. You will find them always on their toes eager to please the guests with small gestures..

Food

You can enjoy delicious home cooked meals prepared from locally sourced ingredients. Regular Indian meals are served that include seasonal vegetables, curries, pulses, rice, chapati etc. Let the staff treat you to some Parathas or evening snacks cooked the local way. Both Vegetarian and non vegetarian options are available; do inform the staff about your meal preferences well in advance. 

Facilities

Parking • Wi-fi • Power Backup • Running Hot Water • Open Seating Areas •  Television • Pet Friendly • Toiletries  • Library • Bonfire • Barbeque • Pick and Drop Service (Paid)

Activities

Bird Watching • Reading • Hiking • Fishing • Stargazing • Village Walk • Forest Walk 

Tariff

Double Occupancy: 4000/-
Extra Person: 1500/-
Complimentary: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Morning and Evening Tea)

Child Policy:
Upto 8 years: Complimentary (No Extra Bed)

Note: What you pay for a homestay, brings a direct socio-economic benefit to locals. Be proud by not asking for a discount.

Local Attractions

Padampuri (7km) • Guniyalekh (10km) • Bhalugaad Waterfall (17km) • Dhanachuli (19km) • Sunderkhal (23km) • Sunkiya (23km) • Bhatelia (23km) • Bhimtal (25km) • Mukteshwar (26km)

Excursion

Nainital (40km) • Ramgarh (42km) • Bhowali(33km) • Ranikhet (73km) • Almora (68km) • Kainchi Dham (35km) • Darima (30km) • Kathgodam (44km) • Haldwani (50km)  

 Treks:   Panyali Trek • Tiffin Top Trek • Guano Hills Trek 

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