Surrounded by undulating hills and imbued with simple elegance, the property is spread across 10 luxurious suites, nestled in pairs across five structures with private overlapping terraces offering views to the Great Himalayan range.
The main building hosts a lounge, spa, and library, and a cantilevered dining area suspended over the valley below.
The Kumaon is located in Kasar Devi, a ridge above the historical city of Almora, which has attracted artists, pilgrims, scholars and seekers for centuries — Swami Vivekananda, DH Lawrence, Timothy Leary and Bob Dylan, to name but a few.
Home to native forests, hidden waterfalls and terraced farms; the Kumaon region forms part of the historic route connecting India to Tibet. Inhabiting rustic villages dotted with medieval stone temples, the Kumaoni people practice a unique culture untouched by modernity.
The Kumaon has 10 suites, nestled in pairs one atop the other, winding down a hillside. Lower suites are built of locally-quarried stone mirroring Kumaoni village homes, while upper suites are built using fly-ash bricks clad with bamboo sticks and copper wire.
Suites have floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to views of the valleys below and mountains ahead. The upper suites have bay windows and extend out to large terraces, while the lower units enjoy adjacent outdoor sitting areas surrounded by fruit trees.
All Suites are fitted with traditional wood-burning bukharis, have spacious en-suite bathrooms, and ample lounging space besides.
The dining area, sits in a cantilevered structure of floor-to-ceiling glass and steel, high above the valley floor, offers unmitigated views of the Himalaya, with its axis centered on Nanda Devi, India’s second tallest peak after Kanchenjunga.
Understated yet confident in its simplicity, our kitchen serves a mix of Kumaoni and international cuisine, made with seasonal produce procured from village farms nearby and foraged from the forests around.
With a special focus on using complex fibers, macrobiotics and superfoods that are native to the region – protein-rich black soybean daal, bhaang chutney made with ground cannabis seeds, and millet flatbreads – are exemplars of the Kumaoni kitchen.
Walks through hamlets practicing traditional agriculture; trails to ancient shrines through forests of oak, cedar and rhododendron; soaking the sun on a rock by a river, and lounging in meadows immersed in birdsong - we offer various options to experience the rich natural and cultural heritage of the region.
From full-day excursions to nearby explorations, we offer tailor-made itineraries to suit each traveler.
Wind down from your journey with a relaxing champi, soothe aching feet after a day spent clambering hillsides, or immerse in a full-body massage – we offer various treatments using locally-sourced cold-pressed oils.
Our experienced therapists will blend treatments to suit your needs, and treatments can also be offered in the comfort of your room, upon request.
The hotel has wonderful onsite masseurs; the massage I experienced was exceptional. My two-night stay was simply too short!
- ColumbusGlobal, Tripadvisor
This place is the #oasis I’ve been dreaming about
- Evangeline Lilly
Our stay in The Kumaon was so amazing. We decided to extend for another two days. The staff - all of them - are so warm and accommodating. They made us feel special and cared for.
- Marisse R
I think what is most inspiring is what they are doing to prove : that luxury and empathy towards the environment can co exist. They are showing the way for the whole region.
- Rudratej Singh
Having been to India over 25 times and stayed all over, I would rank this in my top 5 of places I have visited.
- Finbar MW