The Khali Mountain Resort is a heritage property that have witnessed many owners. History says that between 1865-1870, the then Assistant Commissioner of Kumaon, Sir Henry Ramsay, who was based in Almora, moved the administration to Binsar which was relatively cooler. In a quest to find the place that offers the perfect view of sunrise, he found Binsar and shifted his settlement and administration there. He bought an empty (‘Khali’) land measuring upto 25 acres in Binsar from Sri Jai Sah of Almora and founded his dream home, The Khali Estate, with orchards, sandstone pillars, granite walls, library and fireplaces. However, in 1884, after his retirement, he had to return to England, thus transferring the ownership of his dream home.
The estate saw the first change of ownership after the departure of Sir Henry Ramsay when Mahatma Gandhi established the Shail Ashram that existed for the coming five years.
After Mahatma Gandhi’s ownership, the estate saw its second transfer to the family of Jawaharlal Nehru. His sister, Vijay Laxmi Pandit stayed here.
From them, the estate has been passed on to its current owner who is settled in Mumbai, but often comes down to spend his good-old days with this super-efficient team.
The rooms offered by this estate are not the regular hotel rooms; instead they are unique, round, dark-stoned cottages that offer a beautiful view of the valley and the expansive snow-clad peaks. Since the resort aims to give you nature’s best, there are no television or telephones. The washrooms are decent with hot and cold water facility. Since Binsar is mostly cool owing to its altitude, there are no ACs; you wouldn’t need one either!!