The Kumaon

  • Location: Mountains
    Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary: 15km (30 mins by car)
    Kasar Devi ridge: 5km (10 mins by car)
  • Pantnagar Airport (PGH): 130km (4hs by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to The Kumaon

How would you describe The Kumaon in a nutshell?

The Kumaon is a small 10-suite hotel which is all about the setting. It is named after the Kumaon Hills in the foothills of the Himalayas in India, which provide the backdrop to the property, and was designed with the idea of creating a destination where travellers could reflect on their surrounding natural environment.

What was the inspiration behind The Kumaon?

Originally the property was bought by Vikrom to develop a place for himself. But after he got talking to Raghav the idea emerged to create this destination where intellectually curious travellers could experience the distinct geography and culture of the Himalayas.

The Kumaon was designed by Sri Lankan architect Pradeep Kodikara (who follows in the footsteps of influential architect Geoffrey Bawa) using local materials and local people to create what is a unique Indian mountain hotel.

How would you describe the atmosphere of The Kumaon?

The Kumaon is architecturally striking while being minimalistic in its design. It gives you space and time to think, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. We wanted to create a secluded natural escape for our guests, and that extends to the hospitality. Rather than the traditional style of Indian hotel service, we wanted something more casual to give guests privacy while also catering to all of their needs.

What is your policy on family/children or is it best for couples?

Most of our guests so far have been young professionals in the 25-40 age range, with many coming to escape their busy lives in Delhi. But we also have older guests and those traveling from further afield, and children are definitely welcome.

Dining area
The Kumaon
The Kumaon
Chalet room
Chalet room
Bathroom
Communal area
View
The Kumaon
Sky at night

The Kumaon rooms & rates

Guests arrive at the main building of the property which features a minimalist lobby and a sweeping balcony where they can look out over the mountains. There’s a cosy fireplace and well-stocked library located here, as well as The Kumaon’s gourmet restaurant that features a cantilevered dining room offering magnificent Himalayan views.

Aside from the main building, there are 10 luxurious suites set across five individual structures, with one suite upstairs and another below. All of the suites look out across the mountains and boast their own terraces and semi open-air bathrooms that are stocked with toiletries from an up-and-coming Indian brand. The suites are beautifully furnished and feature wood panelling in keeping with the natural beauty of the setting and the simplistic, yet luxurious ethos of the property.

  • The Kumaon for 2-3 people / 55 m²
    200 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
Included in the rates
Rates include breakfast and taxes.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Baby cots and extra beds are available.
Minimum stay
1 nights
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Toys for kids
  • Iron & Board
  • Pets welcome
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer
  • Spa

We wanted to move away from the traditional facilities and services found in most of the Himalayan hotels and bring in elements of Kumaon culture and products. Our restaurant is very local and showcases traditional Kumaon dishes while all of the staff are from the nearby villages, although they’ve been trained by a professional hospitality manager from Delhi.

Adhering to our philosophy of providing a natural escape, guests have the option to just soak up the views from the terrace or settle in with a good book from the library, with a new spa in the works. We also offer lots of activities accompanied by local guides, such as village treks and wildlife sanctuary visits, or we can provide a driver and vehicle for you to plan your own excursions.

Things to do in Himalayas & Almora

  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Hiking

The Kumaon is very close to the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary where guests can go in search of Himalayan gorals, musk deer and elusive leopards, as well as being on the doorstep of ancient temples dating back to the 12th century. There’s also the option to go on a guided walking tour through the surrounding rural landscapes and villages, which is a great way to get an insight into the local cultural traditions and customs of the Kumaon Hills.

Kasar Devi was visited by many artists and scholars, such as Bob Dylan, D.H. Lawrence and Swami Vivekananda (who meditated at the hilltop Kasar Devi Temple) and many people just like to experience what lured them here. Most of our guests come for a long weekend and stay two or three nights but we also have those that stay for much longer.

The location of The Kumaon

The Kumaon is located around 375 kilometres north of Delhi in the Kasar Devi region of Uttarakhand state. It is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and was a popular destination for bohemian travellers during the 1960s and 1970s who came to experience the mountains and the local religions.

Despite being surrounded by mountains and fairly remote, it’s still easily accessible, with the nearest airport around four hours’ drive away at Pantnagar and the closest railway station slightly closer at Kathgodam. We can organise transfers from either the airport or the railway station, as well as direct transfers from Delhi including pit stops along the way.

When is the best time to visit Himalayas?

The best time to visit Kasar Devi really depends on what kind of weather you like. Late October marks the start of the winter season when the temperatures are nice and cool before it starts to warm up in late February/early March. The monsoon arrives around June, with heavy daily downpours until September when the rains start to lighten as winter returns.