April has begun and summer is already in full throttle, so I guarantee that you will soon be looking for a snug escape into the mountains. Almora is only an overnight train journey away from Delhi. The property is secluded, luxurious and will definitely offer you the retreat you seek! More than the ambience, it is the hospitality of everyone at Deodar that will make your experience even more special. After visiting Deodar alone, I returned with my family simply because I wanted them to experience this magical place.
The food at Deodar was a highlight for me! I saw their blooming kitchen garden where numerous vegetables including lai (an iron-rich green vegetable that is typical to Kumaon) were growing. Knowing that the ingredients were organic made the experience even better. During the course of my stay, the head chef at Deodar, Chef Rajat, served me delicious, freshly cooked pasta, soup, the best butter chicken I have ever had and a scrumptious thaali of Kumaoni food (lai, chudkani dal, raita and dupke, a potato dish). If you're visiting the homestay, you don't need to head out for meals because the best food in Almora is served right here!
Around the property
Hike and watch the Himalayas change colour
The area around Deodar is pristine and untouched, so can you go for an aimless hike around the property. Witness snow-clad Himalayas or a magical sunset–the best ways to spend an evening in the mountains.
Visit Kasardevi for a day trip
Located 18 km away from Almora, Kasardevi is an erstwhile hippie town. It is a hidden gem that many don't know about. The town is located around a ridge and offers stunning views of the Himalayas during winter. You can take a day trip to Kasardevi; the town is also known for its magical powers.
Take a walk around Almora Market
This old market is a must-visit for a peep into Kumaoni life. While in the market, don't forget to try the famous chocolate mithai and delicious bal mithai, specialties that you must try.
How to reach
Rail: The most common and widely used mode to reach Almora is by train. The closest station is Kathgodam, situated about two hours away. Once at the station, you can hire easily-available cabs to Almora.
Air: The closest airport to Almora is in Pantnagar, located 116 km (3.5 hours away). From there, you can hail a cab to Almora.
Road: The road trip from Delhi-Almora takes about eight hours. Follow the route: Delhi – Hapur – Gajraula – Moradabad – Rampur – Bajpur – Bhowali – Almora.
Deodar Homestay has become a personal favourite and I often head to the property whenever life in Delhi gets tiresome. Book a stay at Deodar, I am sure you will love it just as much as I did.
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