Misty Mountains is an extended Homestay in Offbeat Kumaon
Our homestay - your dream home in the mountains!
Do you yearn for a home in the mountains overlooking the Himalayas and lush green valleys? Look no further... Misty Mountains is the next best thing - a child and pet friendly homestay in the mountains.
It is a collection of beautifully designed comfortable suites and cottages that will be like a dream home for a few idyllic days. Our homestay - your dream home. Come by anytime!Lots of space make it a perfect destination for those travelling with kids and/or pets.
The joy of being with your loved ones in the soothing arms of nature is incomparable. Misty shares the best of mother nature's bounty in Kumaon Himalayas with its patrons. You can enjoy a quiet solitude within the 1000 acres of Jhaltola, or you can go for an excursion to nearby places. This picture is of Reetha Waterfall. Its an hour and half drive from Misty plus a half an hour walk.
Misty Mountains Homestay is blessed to be set amidst a 1000 acres of solitude. We are surrounded by acres and acres of lush green forests and you can spend days or weeks exploring it. There are many walks within the estate from easy walks to brow-sweating hikes.
This autumn onwards, we are also starting tea-in-the-forest to top a beautiful sunset walk. For the more adventurer souls, we organize night-forest-walks which are a unique experience only@misty.
Kalrav is our 3000 sq ft activity centre at Misty homestay. You can play badminton, table tennis, carrom, chess or any of the many board games and just unwind with your loved ones at Kalrav. It is the hub of activity at Misty and guests love to hangout here.
We deliberately do not have any television on campus. The games at Kalrav become a huge pull, with kids as well as grown ups enjoying it to the hilt.
If you want to be by yourself in the forest, we have some earmarked spaces that are easily accessible within 15-20 minutes on foot. We can pack a nice picnic for you and you can enjoy the beautiful forests at Jhaltola with your loved ones.
This is only for advanced level vacationers who have mastered the art of doing nothing. You can practice here rigorously by pursuing various well designed inactivities. This includes day dreaming on hammocks and garden chairs; holding on to a book with a genuine intention of reading it while chasing some butterfly wings with your gaze; roaming around in circles with your expensive camera strapped to your neck; having monosyllabic conversation with rank strangers and well meaning intruders; and staring into the distance with a satiated smile.
Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a cave temple about an hour from Misty Mountains Homestay.
It is an energy centre and a place of faith and worship for Shiva devotees that finds mention in Skanda Purana as well. Its also an experience as you need to climb down into a cave which is 300 ft below the ground level to reach the main temple. A must visit for people visiting this area.
At Misty homestay , we actively promote Aavni, an NGO working on alternative energy and women empowerment that has won numerous accolades and awards over the years.
They have done some remarkable work in these areas and are worth visiting for people who want to know about alternative energy or who want to pick a memento or two from their gorgeous collection of naturally dyed wool and silk products. You can see some samples at our homestay and visit the place if you are interested.
Baans Pathan is a beautiful rivulet about an hour's distance from Misty homestay. There is cool, refreshing knee deep water that you can splash around in. Even kids can enjoy the place and its safe for them with just enough water to have fun.
It is also a good birding place for water birds.
Misty Mountains Homestay at Jhaltola is blessed with a diverse and dense flora and fauna. The estate ranges from 1600 meters to 2600 meters with the Misty Mountains Homestay, at 2100 meters approx. We have photopraghed and catalogued over 150 species (bird list here) over the years.
Prominent amongst the resident birds are - Khalij Pheasant, Black Francolin, Hill Patridge, Grey WInged blackbirds, Rusty Cheeked and Streak breasted Scimitar babbler, Black lored, green backed and black throated tits, Stripe throated and whiskered Yuhina,Bar throated Siva and Blue Winged Siva, Shikra, Collared Owlet, Black Eagle, Chestnut crowned laughing thrush, grey headed and scaly bellied woodpecker, mountain bulbul etc..
The arrival of summers bring up distant visitors who come to breed or spend a few months in cooler environs. The abundance of berries in the thick mixed forests is an added attraction. Some of the birds you can see are the Verditer Flyatcher, Eurasian Cuckoo, Tickle's thrush, Blue capped rock thrush amongst many others.
The winters are even more interesting. The wild cherry blooms around Diwali are a huge attraction for most birds in early winter. Prominent amongst these are Mrs. Goulds sunbird, Fire tailed and green tailed Sunbirds, Pink browed rosefinch etc. Late winter brings high altitude birds down like Chestnut Thrush, Dark throated thrus, Verigated laughing thrush, spotted laughing thrush, White collared blackbird etc.
Our homestay at Jhaltola is close in proximity to Ramganga, Saryu and Baans Pathan - a tributary of Saryu. Of these Baans Pathan is the closest and most easily accessible. Birds can be spotted here in every season. Crested Kingfisher, White throated King Fisher, Brown Dipper, Pipits, Yellow Fantail, Koklass Pheasant, Little and spotted forktails are commonly seen.
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Certificate of Excellence for 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014 & 2013.
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