Himalaica – Shyamkhet Village, Bhowali-Ramgarh Road, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India
Homestay, birdwatching, stargazing, pristine nature, nature trail etc
The sleepy little hamlet of Shyamkhet is about 35 kms from Kathgodam, the nearest railway station, and takes an hour by car from Bhimtal. As you take the winding road that leads to the property, the house comes into full view and you will find yourself heaving a contented sigh of happiness. The beautiful villa is wedged in between the pine forests and the mountains. The pain and love that went into it are visible in every room-the cosy study with its glass front that lets you look up to the mountains every now and then, to the country kitchen with its dining space, and the surrounding gardens full of seasonal blooms. The pretty holiday home belongs to the Delhi-based couple Shalini and Uttam Dave. Be pampered silly by the staff at Himalaica: you can choose to laze away the entire day in the conservatory, with a book and a cup of coffee, or you can stretch your legs, walk through the pine forest behind the house with the three immensely cute in-house dogs. The blue skies, the view of Trishul and NandaDevi in the distance, and the solitary oak in the woods, Himalaica’s charm, both inside and outside the house, will win you over.