HARI KA TOLA RETREAT
...the ultimate Himalayan Hideaway !
( an overnight train journey from Delhi, HARI KA TOLA RETREAT is very remote yet this is its seductive power ... )
This estate is located in Hartola, Uttarakhand. In order to get there, you have two day trains and one night train that link Delhi to Kathgodam. Thereafter, take a cab for a 75 km drive up to Hartola (roughly 2.5 hours ) via Bhimtal, Bhowali, Ramgad and Nathuakhan.
If you prefer to drive from Delhi, count roughly 8 hours to cover a distance of 350 kms
For the mentioned price, we provide a clean and fully furnished/equipped accommodation for a self- managed stay on our estate. This means that the house is yours during your stay and you ensure its cleanliness in that period. For food you have two options:
- You bring your food and we provide the cooking - Rs. 800/day
- You bring nothing and we ensure 3 vegetarian meals a day - 500/head/day. If you wish to include one non-vegetarian meal, it would cost you Rs. 700/head/day.
The house is divided into two units.
A room with 2 single beds
and a common space for seminars or common living / sleeping
*The kitchen is fully functional with basic utensils, a cooking range and a fridge. In addition, you will find a ‘starter kit’ that includes some basic spices, onions, garlic, cooking oil, 1 kg of rice and lentils (dal) each, sugar, tea and coffee. You may help yourself to any fruit or vegetables available in the garden during your stay
*With a spring on the premises, you are assured of good water availability throughout the year. Besides, we have installed the Common Man's Water Filter, designed by change maker Anil Laul for drinking purposes. (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) search it, and then try it at our place. You may adopt the method for your homes!
*The main cottage has a fireplace and each of the bedrooms has an electric heater and a bukhari - wood heater. If needed and for safety reasons, the bukhari can be operated only by the caretaker.
*There is no TV on the premises.
*There is a washing machine but will be operated upon request by the caretaker.
The estate provides parking space for 1 car.
During your stay, you have access to the orchards and forest of the estate. One private bedroom in the house remains closed always.
Interaction with guests
We go to Hartola a couple of times a year on an average. If your visit coincides with ours, it will be our pleasure to meet you.
At all other times, you will be welcomed and guided on the estate by our non-English speaking caretaker.
He has a full time responsibility to look after the estate. He will welcome you and ensure that you find a clean house on arrival. You may use his services for the following tasks:
- Operating the fire place and the bukharis
- Fetching fresh milk from the village around 8 am
- Disposing your organic waste into the compost pit
- Using the washing machine if needed
He will be your cook if you choose to have meals served. In this case, please fix the meal timings with him and respect them.
If you bring help for long stays and therefore occupy a room for the purpose, we will negotiate a charge for the same.
Other things to note
Electricity failures are common in the hills. If this happens at night and the skies are clear, grab your opportunity for stargazing! You have some of the best views of the sky!
For small discomforts, we have a first aid kit available on the premises. Do not hesitate to ask Prem.
For bigger problems, following are some of the medical facilities in the region:
-The NGO Aarohi situated in Peora and known for its health, education and income-generation programs in the region, runs a rural hospital equipped with a laboratory, an X-ray facility and a modern Operation Theatre.
-The Sai Hospital, Mukhani Chauraha, Haldwani
-The Central Hospital, Near Gas Godam Tiraha, Kusumkhera,Kaladhungi Road, Haldwani
As you see on the photos, Hartola is a quiet and remote village. You may therefore wish to go through the following checklist before landing up:
-Filling your fuel tanks, inflating tyres and ensuring a fully inflated spare wheel. No service stations after Haldwani and Kathgodam
-A 3G stick for Internet access.
-Medical kit and first aid items
-Beverages you may require
-Basic provisions such as rice, pasta, wheat flour, pulses, fruit...
Hartola has a few provision shops. Depending on the season and apart from the fruit and vegetables growing in our own garden, a few others may be available in the local shops. Bread, eggs and other small provision items are also available on order at the local shops. On your way from Kathgodam to Hartola, the last spot to buy meat is Ramgad (30 kms), and the last to purchase branded consumables is Nathuakhan (10 kms)
Warm clothing and rainwear can be useful even in spring and summer because of sudden and frequent weather changes
No smoking inside the house
We love the Earth and care for Hartola. So, to the extent possible, please avoid bringing/littering plastic inside or outside the premises.
We compost all organic waste. Please ensure you separate your organic waste in the bin provided for the purpose. Our caretaker will empty it into the compost pit. Please ensure you segregate the unavoidable garbage generated during your stay:
oRecyclable plastic and glass bottles in the large bin
oAll other small non-organic garbage in the medium sized one. It would be useful if you could take this last category on your way back and dispose them in the public garbage bins on the main road as you approach Kathgodam. Do not hesitate to ask the caretaker for plastic bags
We expect you to care for the property and leave it as clean as you will have found it. We will take care of the soiled linen for the next guests
We have done our best to ensure an appealing and safe space for all to enjoy. You are however responsible for the safety of your family members during your stay. Please ensure that children in particular do not engage in risky games on the multi-level property and its various terraces.
For your own health and safety reasons, we
oDo not allow smoking inside the houses
oInsist that the fireplace and the bukharis in the rooms be operated by the caretaker only. He will ensure that they are extinguished before signing off for the day