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The Cottage


Location: Drive further up N.H.-87 (from Jeolikot) and, avoiding the left curve up to Nainital, continue straight to Bhowali, an important junction in the Kumaon foothills.


About Us:
The Cottage in the Himalayas at Jeolikot

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…" So begins a Biblical passage. The last line: "…A time for war, and a time for peace." ‘The Cottage" - nestled in the Kumaon region of the Himalayan Indian state of Uttara-khand—is where the two World Wars were nonchalantly swept under the carpet, while peace reigned supreme. But that was the ‘Raj’ era. “So what?” asks Bhuvan Kumari, the aristocratic owner of this red roofed ‘Kipling-era’ cosy cottage. “ Peace still reigns supreme here,” she emphasizes with a glint in her eye. “ Ask the trees, ask the birds, ask the bees, ask the rafters, the doors and the windows… but don’t ask the panthers…These blighters prowl around at night, trying to make a meal of poor little stray dogs…”

A ‘dyed in the wool’ charming hostess, Bhuvan Kumari hails from the Bundel-Khand( ‘the land of the free, and home of the brave’) region of Central India . It is difficult to figure out whether she blends with the cottage, or vice-versa. Probably both!

Imagine several sloping acres aesthetically packed with the pick of Mother Nature’s verdant, colourful, fragrant and tasty bounty, surrounding a centenarian, gabled, red roofed, cottage; conveniently situated between Kathgodam and Nainital—in Jeolikot. And at a height of some four thousand two hundred feet, it is an all season, all weather destination.



  • Running hot and cold water

  • Laundry

  • Parking space for vehicles

  • Wild garden

  • Doctor on call

  • Good hospitals (17 kms)

  • Taxi on prior notice

  • A cosy little library cum reading room

How to get there:

Nearest airport: Pantnagar (56km/1 ¼ hrs)
Linked to Delhi by Jagson Airlines on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
A taxi to Jeolikot costs Rs 600.

Nearest railhead: Kathgodam (18 kms/30 mins)
Taxi to Jeolikot is Rs 300.

Jeolikot is 18 kms ahead of Kathgodam on NH-87.

At Kathgodam, continue straight along NH-87 to Jeolikot via Ranibagh, on the way to Nainital. Once you turn left from Rampur for the last 1.5 hrs along the forested NH-87 via Rudrapur, you'll be accompanied by golden sun-flower fields, mango groves sighing and hundreds of monkeys.

The 9 p.m. deluxe bus from Delhi's ISBT Anand Vihar to Nainital stops at Jeolikot.

After the Moradabad by-pass fly-over, take the largely forested road to Bazpur, which will take you to Haldwani via Kaladungi. From Haldwani (a large town which has joined up with Kathgodam), take the Nainital route to reach Jeolikot. Most Delhi motorists prefer this route. .



The Bed and Breakfast rates for ‘THE COTTAGE’ JEOLIKOT,
effective from Feb. 01, 2010.


Room No. of Rooms   Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Extra bed/ person
Deluxe  1  Rs.4000/- Rs.5500/- Rs.2800/-
Standard    4 Rs.2800/- Rs.3800/- Rs.1800/-

Breakfast: 8 AM to 9 AM
Lunch: 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Dinner: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

50% tariff is payable in advance to confirm bookings.
Check-in: 1 PM
Check-out: 11 AM
Children below 10 years Rs.500/- per day
10% luxury tax
If rooms are not available for people arriving by the morning train, bathrooms will be provided to freshen up and tea and breakfast will be served.

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