The Dak Bunglow, Peora, Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India
Nature, mountain ranges, pristine nature, homestay, bird watching, cooking, trekking
The Dak Bungalow (Bangla) at Peora is a magnificent old British inspection bungalow built in 1905 along the silk route, on what was the Kathgodam-Almora-Bageshwar bridle road. After years of dilapidation, the bungalow was leased by Pradeep and Shubha from the District Board in 2005 and refurbished as a homestay. Its original architecture, walls, fireplaces, wooden ceilings and grand verandas were retained, offering an indulgence in colonial royalty, homely hospitality and panoramic Himalayan views.
Nature enthusiasts, bird lovers and photographers will find enough to feast their eyes on, from the colors of the Blue Magpie to countryside village walks through colourful pine forests, to the fascinating night sky with myriad stars and lights of the Almora town across the valley. The more adventurous can trek into the surrounding mountains, building their own trails.