A BOUTIQUE KUMAONI COTTAGE
-near Jageshwar (Almora)-
A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO CALL HOME.
Perched at 1940 meters in the midst of pristine forest of oak, rhododendron, pine and deodar, Kot Naikana is a painstakingly renovated old house converted into a boutique homestay. While the exteriors reflect an old-world charm, yet its rooms are comfortable, homely with spacious en-suite bathrooms.
Soak in the crisp and fresh atmosphere, enjoy the delectable food, explore the forests on a guided walk, spot beautiful birds, learn the rural way of life on a leisurely walk to the nearby village, capture the alluring views of snow-capped peaks or just do nothing and immerse in the serenity; Kot Naikana offers everything a nature lover would yearn for.
FOR THE NATURE LOVER IN YOU.
At Kot Naikana, our in-house chef prepares farm-to-table meals made up of local kumaoni cuisine. Most of the raw materials are sourced from the nearby farms and the vegetables are plucked fresh. While you are here, delight your taste buds with delectable local cuisine served with a view.
DELECTABLE LOCAL CUISINE SERVED WITH A VIEW
YOU COZY PERSONAL SPACE
All 04 rooms overlook the valley leading to snow-covered peaks in the distance while their decor blends in perfectly with the surroundings. Expect rustic interiors, fresh white linen, 9-inch mattresses and cozy comfortable beddings in each room. The washrooms are en- suite with stone walls, fresh towels and quality toiletries.
AT KOT NAIKANA
"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn."
- Elizabeth Lawrence
Rains are over leaving behind the lush green forests and clear skies. Mesmerizing snow clad peaks begin to loom large. Sunny days and pleasant nights.
The entire Himalayan range now puts up a breathtaking show with beautiful mornings and captivating sunsets. Cold days and colder nights with occasional snowfall.
Striking Rhododendron is now in its full bloom, stunning views of the Himalayas and azure skies. Days are balmy and nights are cold.
Breezy days and pleasant nights make it a perfect getaway from hot plains. Clouds start building up with occasional showers making way for earth to re-generate into new lease of life.
THINGS TO DO
Hike to Jageshwar Temple (40 min. hike) Believed to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, Jageshwar is a group of 124 big and small stone temples dating back from 7th to 18th century AD. Beautifully set in the midst of lush green Deodar (Cedrus deodara) forest, this temple complex is just about 45 min. easy walk from Kot Naikana through the ridges and tiny villages.
Undertake a day excursions to Patal Bhuvaneshwar, Almora, Lakhudiyar & Chitai Bell Temple. You can even head to the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary which is just about 40 mins from Kot Naikana.
Naikana Village Walk
Step out in the morning for a trail across Naikana village to get a glimpse of terraced fields, the traditional architecture of houses with slated roof and to understand the Himalayan culture by mingling with a local village family in their charming mountain home.
Sun Downer Walk
What better than to enjoy an evening cuppa at the view point with Cool breeze, rolling hills through the deep valley and sun going down the horizon. An easy walk of about 45 min. through the ridge and you reach the sunset point to witness those last orange and pink rays making it the most magical moment of the day.
Hike to Vridh Jageshwar (3 hrs. gradual to steep hike) Spend the day hiking up to Vridh Jageshwar located at a height of 2200 M which offers a splendid 180 degrees view of Himalayas.
Relatively unexplored, Kot Naikana is paradise for wide varieties of migratory birds and butterflies. Step out of your room and spend the day exploring the area for Red-billed blue magpie, kingfishers, blue-throated and brown-headed barbets babblers, jungle Owlet, eagle, woodpecker, flycatchers, eurasian jay, Bluefronted Redstart and many more.
It is the Himalayas best kept secret.
Brig. Dowell & Nancy
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KotNaikana is about about 9 – 10hrsdrive from Delhi.
Route option 1 : Delhi – Ghaziabad – Hapur – Gajraula – Moradabad Bypass – Tanda – Bazpur – Kaladungi – Nainital – Bhowali – Almora – Jhakarsem – Naikana village
Route option 2 : Delhi – Ghaziabad – Hapur – Gajraula – Moradabad Bypass – Tanda – Bazpur – Kaladungi – Kathgodam – Bhimtal – Almora – Jhakarsem – Naikana village
Route option 3 : Delhi – Ghaziabad – Hapur – Gajraula – Moradabad Bypass – Tanda – Bazpur – Kaladungi – Kathgodam – Bhimtal – Dhanachuli – Chalnichina – Suakhan –Jhakarsem – Naikana village
(Important: Road on the option 3 is very scenic but more winding from Bhimtal onwards as compared to the other two roads)
Kathgodam, the nearest train station to KotNaikana is about 4 hour drive.
Recommended train options ex Delhi.
From Delhi to Kathgodam
Train Name Train Number Departure Delhi Arrival Kathgodam Duration
New Delhi – Kathgodam, 12040 06:00 hrs 11:40 hrs 5 hrs 40 mins
Ranikhet Express, 15013 20:00 hrs 05:05 hrs 9 hrs
From Kathgodam to Delhi
Train Name Train Number Departure Kathgodam Arrival Delhi Duration
Kathgodam – New Delhi, 12039 15:35hrs 21:05hrs 5 hrs30 mins
Ranikhet Express, 15014 20:40 hrs 05:15hrs 8hrs 35 mins
During weekends and summer holiday it is advisable to avoid Nainital route due to heavy traffic.
Pantnagar, the nearest airport to KotNaikana is about 5 hour drive.
Currently there is one flight operated by Air India on 4 days (wed, fri, sat, sun) in a week. You may check the update schedule with Air India.
Departure Delhi at 09:55 hrs and arrival Pantnagar at 11:00 hrs.
Departure Pantnagar at 11:20 hrs and arrival Delhi at 12:15 hrs