Situated at a height of 1940 meters, Nathuakhan is a little village located close to Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand. It is also the fruit bowl of the region with plenty of orchards including that of pears and apples.
The scenic beauty of Nathuakhan is heightened by the Himalayan views on clear days along with the lush greenery of the surrounding valley. And that makes it an ideal place to stay amidst quiet retreats and here’s why there are few homestays that are worth visiting for your city dwellers.
With the River Kosi flowing nearby (just a 1-hour drive to a place called ‘Khwarab’) and numerous walking zones, Nathuakhan is best explored your way!
Important: Please carry cash as the homestays don’t have the facility of accepting credit cards or cheques. The nearest ATMs are in the towns of Talla Ramgarh (15 min drive) or Mukteshwar (30 min drive).
Further it is recommended that you carry along emergecy lights & extra battery, as in the hills the electricity can play games!
The place may look quite compact but is perfectly suited for a relaxing getaway and rest assured Mrs. Devika, the owner who is lovingly called ‘Auntiji’ would ensure that your holiday becomes a memorable experience. She has done up the place beautifully with bright colors and interesting things strewn up at every corner of the home.
What to Do: the place has a well-stocked library so reading tops up the list, walk to the nearby village and interact with the friendly lot, help out in cooking or take a long walk along the many mountain trails. Once here, I am sure you would want to extend your stay!
Accommodation & Rooms: This lovely homestay offers you 3 spacious rooms opening up to the hilly terrain and the Himalayan Ranges peeking up behind them.
Have a lazy day relaxing in the freshness of the place or head to the local market for an interesting stroll. Enjoy the bonfire, drink and be merry with bar-be-que and a spread of continental and Indian cuisine.
Tariffs: 2500/- INR Onwards
Located right in the middle of a thickly forested area and the fruit orchards of the village Nathuakhan, this homestay is a perfect place to unwind and leave the madness of the city life behind. ‘Ek Chidiya’ as the name suggests is a place where the only sounds you’ll hear will be a birds chirps and the winds!
Ek Chidiya Homestay is a dream of the journalist couple – Anurag & Pallavi Tomar who quit their city jobs to settle here and raise their 2 sons. Now the daily routine includes climbing the mountains, playing with the cattle, digging up vegetable fields and picking up fruits and wild berries.
What to Do: Simply relax, have a heart breakfast, paint, watch the numerous shapes of the passing clouds and just feel the fresh air.
Take a trek through the dense forests, have a picnic lunch by the small river stream, explore new paths, experience village life and also get to pick seasonal fruits right from the trees and enjoy homemade delicacies of the Kumaon region.
Accommodation & Rooms: The rooms at Ek Chidiya are constructed using eco-friendly products like mud and that creates a rustic feel. There is no television here and that makes it even better! Each room has a sit out area that is perfect for those long conversations over a cup of hot tea/coffee. Food is served buffet style with limited room service.
You have an option of choosing a room that offers you a panoramic view of the valley beyond surrounded by hills or the room that shares the side hill view. But no matter where you stay, the experience will definitely be incomparable.
Tariffs: 4900 INR (for a 1N/2D Package that includes Breakfast)
Please Note:there will be No alcohol served at Ek Chidiya, so please seek prior permission incase want to carry your own.
This is yet another tucked away Homestay option at the tranquil Nathuakhan. It is owned and managed by brothers – Sandeep & Atul.
Accommodation & Rooms: The rooms are aptly named Buransh, Brahmkamal, Monal and Kasturi reflecting the magnificent location and Himalayan splendor.
A balcony attached with the rooms make it favorable for you to make the most of your lazy holiday with numerous outdoor activities. And it is a PET-friendly place so you can bring your best friends along for some relaxing stay and fun galore.
Tariffs: 2800 INR Onwards
This is ideal for those who want luxury yet the simplicity of a homestay. It is a stone cottage set amidst fruit orchards and vegetable farmland.
Accommodation & Rooms: Bob’s Place is a Welcome Heritage Hotel that offers five rooms, a suite and an exclusive cottage, all having a sit out area overlooking the scenic valley and mountains. The rooms are airy and the big windows make the views outside so much better!
The terraced gardens are lovely and kids would love to explore more. The place is ideal for any time of the year and makes for a cozy getaway even for the honeymooners. And yes they do have a Television!
Tariffs: 5800 INR onwards
For activities and walking trails visit HERE
Visit the Mahesh Khan Wildlife Reserve which is located near Bhowali and is just a 45 minutes drive from Nathuakhan. It is a nature lover’s paradise and the drive along the thick Deodar and Oak forest is truly enchanting.
Please carry cash as the homestays don’t have the facility of accepting credit cards or cheques. The nearest ATMs are in the towns of Talla Ramgarh (15 min drive) or Mukteshwar (30 min drive).
Distance Chart to Nathuakhan
- Mukteshwar: 18 km
- Nainital: 45 km
- Bhimtal: 50 km
- Naukuchiatal: 45 km
- Haldwani: 60 Kms
- Kathgodham: 60 Kms
- Almora: 40 km
- Binsar: 60 km
- Jageshwar: 80 km
- New Delhi: 365 Kms
How to Reach Nathuakhan: New Delhi – Garhmukteshwar -Moradabad – Rampur – Rudrapur – Kathgodam – Bhowali – Ramgarh
Journey Time: 8 Hours with adequate breaks
Image Sources: Lisa King – Keanna Homestay and others from Google-Flickr.