Itmenaan Estate
Near Almora, Uttarakhand
Itmenaan Estate is a fairytale getaway in a peaceful rural setting in the Kumaon Himalayas. The 10-acre estate includes virgin pine, oak and rhododendron trees; terraced fields laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables; and to top it all, a small private perennial natural spring. The estate offers panoramic views of the Himalayas including the majestic Nanda Devi.

The 100-year-old traditional Kumaoni style stone house on the estate has been painstakingly restored and offers 3 tastefully designed en suite bedrooms. In and around the house are abundant places for you to unwind and relax - the courtyard overlooking the mountains and verdant valleys, the semi open-air dining area, numerous nooks and corners perfect for reading or for fulfilling your spiritual quest.

The cuisine is local, North Indian and continental prepared using fresh produce from the estate gardens or sourced locally.

Enjoy mesmerising views of mountains and valleys. Fill your senses with the scent of the earth. Stare at countless stars that enlighten the night sky. Read, write or paint in the tranquil and scenic surroundings. Partake in invigorating farming, gardening and bee keeping activities. Take leisurely walks or challenge yourself on the trekking trails and enjoy sumptuous picnic hampers that accompany your explorations.

The estate is reached after an approximate 10-minute walk from the road head.
Activities and Excursions :
The Estate offers numerous options for short as well as long walks. In fact, you can spend up to 3 hours walking within the estate itself. You may leisurely stroll through the orchards and fields growing seasonal fruit / crop. If that doesn’t get the kinks out of your body, you may walk through the fields down the valley to our private natural spring.

For those seeking more adventure, there are numerous walking trails with varied distances and degrees of difficulty with an accompanying guide and a sumptuous picnic hamper. Trek up to a nearby hill to enjoy fabulous views of the mountains and valleys. Walk to a nearby village through the terraced fields and watch the local people tend to their land...you can try your hand at ploughing the fields or balancing a basket on your head like the local women do.

There are a couple of beautiful old temples in the vicinity and you may choose to trek up to one or both of them. The ‘Shaim’ temple (1802 metres) on the top of a village is dedicated to the local deity. It is where the villagers organise religious rituals occasionally to please and thank the Gods for safe guarding the village and people. From this temple, another one hour hike takes you to ‘Gantika’ temple (1985 metres) which offers some spectacular views. Sit here and relax for a while, soaking in the beauty, before you start your walk downhill back to the Estate.

A short drive from Itmenaan Estate are following destinations:

Jageshwar
A half-hour drive from the Estate takes you to Jageshwar Temples. The most amazing part of this drive amidst the omnipresent pines, oaks and rhododendrons is that the moment you reach within the vicinity of the temples, you enter into a different world – full of deodar trees, reaching to the sky. Nowhere else are deodars as abundant, or as conspicuous.

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
An hour’s drive from the estate 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 and those who are not able to make a visit personally write letters to him and request him for 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 one-and-a-half hour. The cobbled stone streets of Almora bazaar are a delight to walk through. Houses and shops align the narrow streets that bustle with activity in the evenings. The traditional architecture is very much in evidence here as one spots carved doors and windows.

Some of the popular attractions in and around Almora include the Nanda Devi Temple dedicated to the local goddess, Bright End Corner that offers some of the most spectacular sunsets, and Kasar Devi Temple located at a distance of about 6 km.
How To Get There :
From Delhi, Itmenaan Estate is 375 km / 10 hours. It is within an easy driving distance from Bhimtal (2.5 hours), Nainital (4 hours), Corbett National Park (4.5 hours), Ranikhet (2 hours), Almora (1.5 hours) or Jageshwar (45min).

The nearest rail station is Kathgodam (3 to 4 hours drive to Itmenaan Estate) which has regular train service from Delhi. Pantnagar, near Kathgodam, is the closest airport (135 km). Kingfisher operates daily flights between Delhi and Pantnagar. For updated flight schedules please refer to www.flykingfisher.com

Pick-up and drop to and from Kathgodam and Pantnagar can be arranged at additional cost.
Price :
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