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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.