The Colonel’s Cottage, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

We’ve just got back from a week long trip to Uttarakhand and spent the last day in The Colonel’s Cottage, Mukteshwar. It was a last-minute decision taken while on the road. We read some reviews on Tripadvisor and decided to take the plunge. Anita (owner) was extremely cooperative and welcoming. Although she and her husband were away in Delhi, she assured us of every comfort at their homestay.

So on the 17th we drove up to Mukteswar from Ranikhet via Almora with Anita sending us helpful tips on how to get there. We drove up from Bhowali via Ramgarh (a small and beautiful place) on an excellent road through the picturesque mountains with clouds flitting in and out of them. The views are indeed amazing.
Anita was in constant contact with us and later their caretaker Ramesh and his wife (the smiling and friendly Bharti) guided us towards the Cottage. Ramesh was waiting for us at a junction to guide us home.

The cottage sits bang on the road and has been constructed on three levels with a lovely view of the valley and mountains. One can even see Dhanachuli, where Asia’s largest optical telescope is supposed to be located.
A piping hot lunch of home-cooked rajma-chawal and aloo did wonders for our taste buds! The serene and clean environs are a balm for metro-weary souls like us. The rooms are very comfortable with great views and one comes away with a feeling of having spent time with one’s friends or family. Dinner was also awesome with delicious chicken curry and bhindi-aloo being the special attractions. Although our stay was short, it was a great way to have wound up our Uttaranchal sojourn. The personal touch is what makes this place so special.

Bharti was in constant touch with us as we were driving back in heavy rain, and in fact, was helpful in preventing a detour as we’d taken the wrong turn in the blinding rain.

We were sorry to have missed Anita who was coming back the day we left, but such was her hospitality and training that it didn’t seem as if she wasn’t there in person!

Room Tip: All the rooms have a good view as they all face the valley.