Kanarkha is a small village with about 50 houses, spread in 5 Sq km area. It sits at a mild altitude of 7000 ft, 6 km from Padampuri and 32 km from Nainital in Kumaon Hills. Most of the people here are busy in farming and grow probably the best quality Potato and Peas in whole Nainital region. Being a fruit belt their orchards are full of Peach, Plum and Apricot and Pears to pamper your taste buds.
Kanarkha offers some really good short treks in the Oak forest where you may sight Sambhar, Mountain Goat, Barking Deer and if you are lucky you may sight a leopard also. There are about 200 species of birds. It’s gorgeous star-studded nights can easily refresh your romance.
It is built in typical Kumaoni style on one side of the valley. With beautiful step farming in the front, it seems to be a perfect hillside homestay. It consists of 3 guest rooms; a set of 2 rooms on the first floor with attached bathroom and another room on the ground with a separate bath just beside the room. Since its a joint family venture, more room can be created for bigger groups. Kanarkha has good mobile and internet connectivity. The host Daya has kept a multi printer also for guest and villager’s use.
Note: It takes a moderate trek of about 30 minutes to reach the homestay but you can be picked up by horse at a nominal cost of 250/-
Daya Kishan Dani and his family are resident of Kanarkha village for ages. He is a simple man who loves to talk about nature and farming and spends most of his time in farming and social work. He can guide you to the jungle walks and hidden treks. He along his mother and wife Puspa takes care of the homestay and the guests.
Deepa Devi, mother of Daya is assisted by Pushpa, her daughter-in-law in the kitchen and what a chemistry they have! They cook so fast that they can serve 1 dozen people in less than half an hour’s notice. Deepa is very good in traditional cooking. Aaloo ka Gutka, Kumaoni Halwa, Bhang ki Chutney and Sarson ka saag cooked by her are a must-try. In breakfast you may ask for Butter Toast, Sandwich, Stuffed Parantha, Bread Omelette and Tea/Coffee. Since Daya has a rich livestock and own farms, they provide garden fresh organic vegetables and milk products. In lunch and dinner you can expect most of North Indian including traditional food. Non-veg can be provided on prior demand.
Horse Riding • Trekking • Nature Walk • Jungle Walk • Hiking • Bird Watching • Star Gazing • Cow Milking • Farming • Reading
WiFi (Broadband) • Multi Purpose Printer • Spacious Rooms • Washroom • Hot & Cold Water • Simple Home-Cooked Organic Food • Non-Vegetarian food on demand • Pet Friendly
Single Person: 1050/-
Double Room: 1750/-
Extra Person: 600/-
Includes: Breakfast, Morning and Evening Tea
Lunch/Dinner Extra: Veg. 150/- pp. Non-Veg. 250/- pp
Upto 5 year: Complimentary (no extra bed)
6-12 year: 50% (extra bed provided)
Snow Peak View (15 minutes walk)
Jilling Estates (2 km) • Padampuri (6 km) • Bhimtal (23 km) • Mukteshwar (26 km) • Naukuchiatal (28 km) • Nainital (37 km) • Almora (79 km)
Note: Note: What you pay for a homestay, brings a direct socio-economic benefit to locals. Be proud by not asking for discount.
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