The Kumaon is an architecturally striking 10-room luxury hotel with a contemporary minimalist design located near the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Himalayas.
How would you describe Elsewhere... in a nutshell?
Elsewhere… is an idyllic beach house in Goa, perfect to leave behind busy civilization. Inside the buildings and exclusive tents you’ll find modern comforts while the outside was left to look like it did originally. You’ll be invited to relax and rejuvenate in a truly authentic environment. Dine on Goan and international cuisine and visit spice plantations.
What is the history of Elsewhere...?
Elsewhere has been in the family since 1886. It was bought by my great grandfather and it was used as a holiday home during the summertime. And then subsequently, it went from my great grandfather to my grandfather and then to my uncle and then finally down to us. And after me it will go to my son. I started it as a place where people can go for their holidays about 7 or 8 years ago.
In what way is it different from the rest of Goa?
It still is a comparatively undeveloped area compared to the rest of Goa. Lately, people have been attracted to this area a bit more, but in comparison to the rest of Goa, it is generally not as built up. You know, there are practically no big concrete structures on the beach, so it is much closer to nature.
There is the possibility of seeing dolphins as well?
Well, that is not really something that we do. There are some local fishermen who have their own boat and go out early in the morning. Some of our guests go out with them and see dolphins very close to where we are. And sometimes you can see dolphins when you are on the beach or from one of the houses. They come up to about a 100 or 200 metres from the beach. So it is not common but it is possible that you see them. Of course if you go out with the fishermen in their traditional boat, you are almost guaranteed to see dolphins.
What else is there to see around Elsewhere...?
I wouldn’t say that there is anything which is completely spectacular as, for example, the Taj Mahal. Goa itself is an interesting place, you get a good feel of the place driving through it. There is for example old Goa, if you are interested in Portuguese architecture and old churches. It is a very good place to go to. And maybe you can visit some of the old traditional markets and bazaars there. They sell traditional produce from the gardens of the villages.