Tropical Modernism In The Shadow Of The Sacred Nanda Devi Range

The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India
The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
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  • Units 10
  • from INR 14,910 nt
Rustic Simplicity With Breathtaking Vistas

From a distance, The Kumaon appears like a tidy bundle of bamboo canes and neatly piled stones sitting in a peaceful clearing within a pine forest. It is this rustic simplicity that lends an inimitable soul to this small luxury hotel in India. 

Upon closer inspection, the scene reveals itself as a sensible play of geometry typical of iconic Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa’s Tropical Modernism. Architects Jineshi Samaraweera and Pradeep Kodikara, a disciple of Bawa, created these holiday homes precisely in this school of thought, employing dedicated measures to remain sensitive to the local context. 

The cluster of chalets and the main common area— cantilevered to reach out towards India’s second highest peak— were built using stoned quarried nearby, bamboo, pinewood from the surrounding forests, and ash bricks. Naturally, it bears the palette of its surroundings. Soothing shades of muted brick, ocre, and lovely grey-mauve hues immerse guests in nature. 

The ultimate treat? A cool drink on the roof surrounded by breathtaking vistas, with an eye below for the leopards that roam at sunset.

Description

Highlighting the stunning beauty of the nature that surrounds it, this small luxury hotel in India is placed to take advantage of panoramic views of the Nanda Devi Range and the distant Himalayas. 

Designed by Sri Lankan firm Zowa Architects, the hotel pays homage to local culture and craftsmanship and was constructed using all locally sourced, natural materials.

Comprised of a cluster of individual chalets, the structures are scattered across the site on staggered terraces. The main building sits at the highest point of the site, with a dramatic cantilevered dining room, a spacious lounge, library, and an outdoor dining terrace. The bold Brutalist concrete forms are clad in bamboo to dissolve the visual impact that the buildings can have in a sensitive environment.

Local artisans and craftsmen were enlisted to create everything from the furniture and accessories to the textiles, drawing on nearby Almora’s traditional weavers.

The hotel is in the process of becoming eco-friendly with all of the structures designed with rain water catchment to be used throughout the property and to replant seasonal crops to be used in its kitchen and on the restaurant’s menu.

Blending into its surroundings, this unique hotel immerses you into the stunning scenery with captivating natural design.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

All meals included with stay with optional room services, fully staffed with 24 hour front desk, daily housekeeping and laundry service, spa services, wifi throughout.

AROUND

Kasar Devi has long been a secret-ish haven for artists, pilgrims, scholars, and seekers like Swami Vivekananda, DH Lawrence, Bob Dylan, and Cat Stevens. Its sacred forests are dotted with ancient stone temples dedicated to Uma and Shiva.

The Kumaon is a perfect base for exploring the ancient city of Almora, the magical Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Kasar Devi ridge. Walk through quiet villages, wander through oak forests to the temples, or relax in the mountain sunshine.

All activities in and around the property can be facilitated by the hotel’s team and local experts who can assist you in savouring all that this peaceful and magical forested ridge have to offer. From short excursions to more elaborate day trips, from wildlife action to more relaxing jaunts, there is something for everyone.

LOCATION

Kasar Devi, Nearest International Airport: Delhi (375km), Nearest Domestic Airport: Pantnagar (180km)

BEST TIME TO VISIT:  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. Monsoon season arrives around June, with heavy daily downpours until September when the rains start to lighten as winter returns.

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  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels
  • The Kumaon, Kasar Devi, India | small luxury hotels, boutique hotels

The Kumaon

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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Notes
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Rooms / Houses10 En suite guest rooms
AccommodateMaximum 3 Adults per room or 2 adults plus 2 children (under 18 yrs)
Restaurant / self cateringRestaurant and room service with all meals provided
KitchenRestaurant with all meals provided
Bed TypeDoubles
Pet FriendlyYes
InternetWifi throughout
PoolNo
ViewStunning views across the Himalayas
RatesRates are in Rupees at INR14,910 per night
Minimum Stay1 Night
Notes

50% of the total booking amount is to be paid as deposit for confirmation of the booking.

Check in: 2pm

Check out: 12pm

Cancellations up to 4 weeks prior to the arrival date will receive a full refund of the deposit.

Cancellations under 4 weeks prior to the arrival date will receive 50% of the deposit.

Any cancellation less than 7 days prior to the arrival date forfeit the full deposit

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Reviews

7 Reviews

  • Rohit B., June 1, 2018

    Amazing experience
    We were 5 families stayed in THE KUMAON for 3 days, it was ultimately better than best experience in terms of nature scenery on the very first day as the clouds covered the entire property, service is good, staff is v supportive. Pushkar, Isha, Neeraj, Cook and other staff is doing a great job.

    Rohit B.

  • Madhurasn, May 30, 2018

    The hidden beauty!
    If it were up to me, I would never leave this place!!

    We were put up at The Kumaon on 29th & 30th May, 2018 and it was one of the best properties I have stayed at among all my travels put together.
    There’s a small approach road leading to the property which is about 500mts of walk. The hotel staff is very cooperative and they carried all our luggage to the hotel.

    Once we reached there all our tiredness was washed off because of the sheer view. Lavish, huge cottages spaced out on the hill slope. Tastefully done interiors with utmost attention to detail, maximum privacy, extremely clean and well kept bathrooms, fresh linen and accessories! The thoughtfulness behind every small addition was impressive.

    Delicious meals with a lot of variety in veg and non-veg food, inclusive of local Kumaoni cuisine and lip smacking desserts to conclude with!

    Last but not the least, very cooperative staff. Big thanks to Isha, Pushkar, Neeraj and the kitchen staff! Warm, welcoming and always willing to please. They made our stay superbly comfortable and memorable!

    We will definitely come back here! :)

    Madhurasn

  • Sammy K., May 18, 2018

    All thanks to pushkar bhai to make our day wonderful.. really bro the resort is mind blowing.� Good infrastructure, if your searching for peace then it is the best place..�

    Sammy K.

  • Anand S., May 9, 2018

    We loved this place & the people
    Exquisite views, luxurious interiors, delicious food, lovely walks around the village all topped off with the amazing care and hospitality of the staff. Wonderful memories. We cannot wait to go back there one day. Thanks Pushkar and team.

    Anand S.

  • Amit C., March 17, 2018

    This is heaven truly the real beauty of nanda devi range looks adorable in front of Kumaon we have enjoy the best day in The Kumaon will come back again

    Amit C.

  • Rajat G., March 7, 2018

    In the space of stand alone boutique properties in that region “The Kumaon” stands tall. Great location, arresting views, rustic decor & the staff running it makes it a top contender in the Matial to Binsar belt. We had with us a lady on wheelchair and some half a dozen kids but barring a few minor aberrations the stay went off to be superb. Having frequented and stayed at Te Aroha, Jilling Terraces and now The Kumaon I would say it’s a field day for consumers with such gems of a retreats emerging in that belt. Plus points are certainly the team running it plus the sizes of bathrooms and top class linen used. Well, If you can keep half a dozen kids + a loud Gurgaon gang engaged for 3 days then you certainly have my vote!

    Rajat G.

  • Anindit R., December 22, 2017

    It is indeed an awesome experience… loved every bit of it. Picturesque view, smart architecture, sumptuous food and cordial staff members. It’s an experience to cherish!

    Anindit R.

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