Deep in the oak, rhododendron and pine forests with uninterrupted awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas, lies the small Thikalna cottage. If you have dreamt of staying few days in perfect mountainous solitude, miles away from the maddening crowd, then this place is just for you.
This is an old traditional Kumaoni house and we have restored it without compromising its original character or design. Thikalna is a ideal place for you to escape the pressures of modern life, giving you peace and privacy for a wonderful holiday experience. Away from the disturbance of traffic and noise, one gets a complete sense of privacy.
The house offers you two tastefully furnished bedrooms, each with attached bathroom, a small living / dining area and a fully equipped traditional kitchen. A cook and a service staff is on site at all times. Meals are prepared fresh using locally available ingredients.
The house is reached after a 45-minute easy walk from the nearest road-head.
The area is close to nature as one can get. And to respect the environement, we have done away with electricty. But don't worry, we use lanterns to keep the area well-lit after dark and bon-fire is also provided each evening.
Jageshwar: A 45-minutes walk back to the roadhead, followed by 30-minutes drive takes you to Jageshwar Temples. The drive is through the omnipresent pines, oaks and rhododendrons and the moment you reach in the vicinity of the temples, you enter the amazing world of deodar trees. The more adventurous ones may walk all the way to Jageshwar which takes about 2 hours each way.
Jageshwar comprises a group of about 124 stone temples dating between the 9th and 13th century AD. Jageshwar is believed to be the site of one of the twelve ‘Jyotirlings’ and hence occupies a prominent position on Hindu pilgrimage.
Chitai Temple: A 45-minutes walk back to the roadhead, followed by 45-minutes drive is another famous temple of the region, the Chitai Temple, dedicated to Golu Devta, who is considered to be the God of Justice. As one approaches the temple, the first thing that strikes you is hundreds of bells hanging at the entrance.
People come to the temple to make a wish to Golu Devta; those who are not able to personally visit the temple, write letters to Him seeking justice. Once a wish is fulfilled people come and hang a brass bell on any of the temple walls, and hence the sea of bells all over the temple.
Almora: Almora is located at a distance of about 1-hour from the Thikalna roadhead. The cobbled stone streets of Almora bazaar are a delight to walk through. Houses and shops align the narrow streets that bustle with activity throughout the day. The traditional architecture is very much in evidence here as one spots carved doors and windows.
Thikalna Cottage is located in the remote, unspoilt region of Kumaon Himalayas near Almora (which is 1 hour's drive + 45-minutes walk away).
From Delhi, Thikalna is about 375 km / 10 hours. Routing is shown in the given map.
The nearest rail station is Kathgodam (about 4 hours drive) which has regular train service from Delhi:
Ranikhet Express: Overnight, Daily
Delhi – Kathgodam: 2240 / 0510
Kathgodam – Delhi: 2040 / 0355
Anand Vihar–Kathgodam Shatabdi: Daily except Thursdays
Delhi – Kathgodam: 0615 / 1150
Kathgodam – Delhi: 1545 / 2115
Pantnagar, near Kathgodam, is the closest airport (135 kms). However, currently there are no scheduled flights to Pantnagar.
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