Chevron Eco Lodge, Kausani, Uttarakhand

Chevron Eco Lodge, Kausani is not meant for people unwilling to compromise their creature comforts while on holiday. The structure and rooms are basic, done up to impart a rustic ambience. It’s more like staying in a large villa rather than in a hotel. The view from here is simply awesome. Since we were there in the monsoon, we only got a rare glimpse through the flitting clouds of the snow-covered Himalayan peaks–I think we got a glimpse of the Trishul, Mrigthuni, and a teeny-weeny glimpse of Nanda Devi. But it was enough to give us the idea that from October onwards, when the sky’s clear, the 350-km sweeping view of the peaks must be breathtaking.

One of the reasons why we liked the place so much was the fact that except for the first night, we were the only occupants for the next two. We had the entire first floor to ourselves and could sit anywhere we liked on any of the comfy armchairs placed in the verandah. We even had an impromptu candlelit dinner with fireflies glowing in the dark and the lights of Baijnath twinkling below in the valley!

The service was good, the staff very courteous and cooperative.

One of the reviews mentioned the absence of nets in the windows to keep flies and insects out. Well, maybe the management has taken note of this because when we were there (12-15 July) work on fixing nets in the windows was underway.

The food could do with some improvement, we thought. But overall, it was a good experience.
Room Tip: Room 204 is the best in terms of view.