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Itmenaan Estate

Fairytale Resort In A Peaceful Rustic Setting

Rating4.5(55)
Bhanoli, Almora
Stays > Boutique Hotel
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OffbeatA truly hidden and local experience
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Premium4 star trips with all modern amenities
The 10-acre resort includes virgin pine, oak and rhododendron trees; terraced fields laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables; and to top it all, a small private perennial natural spring. This resort near Binsar offers panoramic views of the Himalayas including the majestic Nanda Devi. The 100-year-old traditional Kumaoni style stone house in the resort has been painstakingly restored. Near to this house, there are two independent cottages, Pine cottage (single story) and Deodar cottage (double show more

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Heaven On Mountains

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Rooms
There are two standalone cottages – one Pine and another Deodar. All the rooms have been painstakingly built in the local stone architecture style.
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Oak & Kafal
All rooms offer attached bathrooms, a day bed by the window, and boast of excellent views of the valley and the snow-clad Himalayas.
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Pine & Deodar
Both offer exclusive outdoor sitting areas. They are ideal for people looking for exclusivity and seclusion.
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Traditional Washrooms
Large bathrooms, with a glass roof to allow sunlight to come in, are fitted with all modern fixtures and have running hot and cold water at all times.
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Food
At Itmenaan Estate, you are served delicious and well thought out recipes that range from traditional Kumaoni, regular North Indian, to dishes from the Western world.
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Lounge
A perfect place to just laze around or read a book or just relax with family and friends.
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Cycling
Depi Chaudhry, who has written guidebooks on cycling and trekking and is perhaps the best-known name in cycling in India has described the cycling route from Bhimtal to Itmenaan Estate (87 KM) as one of the 20 best cycling routes in entire India.
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Cultural Indulgence
You may choose to stay-put at a village house and explore the area. Or, walks can also be organised that take you from one village to another and each night is spent in a different village house.

Quick gist

About the stay

  • You may choose to just ‘do nothing’ laze around or read a book.
  • Enjoy the warmth of a campfire or gaze at the countless stars in the nighttime sky.
  • Admire mesmerising valleys and snow-clad peaks.

Where is this?

  • Around an hour and a half’s drive from the resort is the beautiful Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • A 45-minutes drive from the estate takes you to Jageshwar Temples - comprises a group of about 124 stone temples dating between the 9th and 13th century AD. J.
  • An hour’s drive from the estate is another famous temple of the region, the Chitai Temple dedicated to Golu Devta, who is considered to be the God of Justice.
  • Almora is located at a distance of about one-and-a-half hour from the estate.

With whom?

  • It's a heritage house turned into a boutique hotel.
  • You'll have an individual room or a full-blown cottage.

You get

  • Your comfortable accommodation is covered.
  • Breakfast - a four-course affair with fruits and fresh juice, cereals, home-made granola, home-baked bread, choice of egg, Indian main course and tea/coffee.

Things to remember

  • Lunch is usually a three-course continental meal with salads, dips, pasta, breads, main course and a dessert - chargeable.
  • Dinner is usually an Indian affair where local Kumaoni dishes can also be sampled - chargeable.
  • For those who are a little more adventurous, there are a number of activities on offer to keep you busy.

Something unique

To reach this secluded property, one has to hike for 15-20 minutes from the main road to reach Itmenaan Estate! Your luggage shall be carried by the staff.

Tips from insiders

  • Hike to the highest point for enchanting views.
  • They use fresh, seasonal produce either from their own organic farms or sourced locally.