The Kumaon is managed by Raghav, the owner.
190 - 285/night
Suitable for 2-3 people

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Dining area - The Kumaon, in Uttarakhand, India
— Yash: “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.”
Interview By:

— How would you describe The Kumaon in a nutshell?

Yash: “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.”
Dining area - The Kumaon, in Uttarakhand, India
— Dining area

— What was the inspiration behind The Kumaon?

Yash: “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.”
Suite - The Kumaon, in Uttarakhand, India
— Suite

— How would you describe the atmosphere of The Kumaon?

Yash: “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.”
View - The Kumaon, in Uttarakhand, India
— View

— Please tell us about the layout of the property and the rooms.

Yash: “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.”
Exterior - The Kumaon, in Uttarakhand, India
— Exterior

— Please tell us about the facilities and services offered at The Kumaon.

Yash: “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.”
Bathroom - The Kumaon, in Uttarakhand, India
— Bathroom

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

Yash: “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.”
 - The Kumaon, in Uttarakhand, India
 
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