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HARI KA TOLA RETREAT
HARI KA TOLA RETREAT
6 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
6 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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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 ... )

The space

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.

Guest access

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
-Toiletries
-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


Amenities
Kitchen
Family/kid friendly
Free parking on premises
Dryer

Prices
Extra people No Charge
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To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
2 single beds
Common spaces
4 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in time is 12PM (noon) - 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

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


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2 nights minimum stay

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Manasa User Profile
May 2017
The cottage and the estate are located in a small town that is quiet and friendly. For someone looking for a quiet retreat with not much to do in a picturesque place, Amandine's house is the destination. The house is tastefully decorated, has interesting architecture with an old world charm, and is perched on top of the valley with a wonderful view of the mountains and sky. Prem the caretaker is wonderful, makes simple homemade meals and is generally considerate and accommodating. He even packed us a picnic one day when my friends and I did a trek. The place is well maintained, nestled between hills and trees, and is a great vantage point for watching the sunset. All the rooms face out and have huge windows. So it's also fun to just sit in bed and look out into the valley. Also, the house has really comfortable beds that were delicious to sleep in. I'd highly recommend a trip to Hartola just to stay at Amandine's.

Rajinder User Profile
June 2016
A place with a view of the valley and the snow-capped mountains, nothing can be heard except the birds chirping all day (even music would be a disruption to this scene!). Architecture of the home was very impressive and comfortable to live in. Prem (the caretaker) was very good in taking care of the place and his guest. Would love to visit this place again and again!

Vignesh User Profile
March 2016
The first thing that one feels is amazement at the beautiful architecture of the house and the view of the valley below it. Located in Hartola village (around 50km above Nainital), it is among the quietest places you could visit. If one needs solitude away from the maddening pace of the cities or famous hill stations, this is one great place that I would definitely recommend. The house itself had all the amenities, more than sufficient for our group of five cousins. The owners have stocked the place with lots of great books; and they have built an amazing reading room overlooking the valley, where we spent an entire half a day just reading! We spent another half a day trekking to a temple on a hilltop. The view from the temple was mind-blowing - we could see all the adjacent hills and a scenic Kosi river meandering the valley floor. We had a long chat with the local priest, who treated us to his tea and welcomed us to his mud house. Apart from the trek, there's nothing much to do in this place - some people would not have liked it, but we definitely loved the fact that we could do nothing but enjoy the views. And the best (or worst!) part, mobile and 3G network coverage was great! The roads in the area looked new and good, although a bit narrow. We were worried about the quality of roads when we started our road trip from Delhi, but got pleasantly surprised. A couple of things to note for fellow travellers - the house does not have exclusive parking spot, so we had to park it outside the property's gate, on one side of the main road. Also, power outages seem to be frequent - so do carry a power bank. Special mention to the caretaker and the cooks for providing us home-cooked food and making our stay very pleasant and comfortable. Overall, it was a great experience for us and we would love to come back again soon!

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