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Reviewed 29 January 2021

Some properties are destinations in their own right, & this is one of them.
Completely free of any noise, crowd, yet with all sorts of modern comforts, views which are a comfort to the eyes, the choice to do nothing, or lots - indoors, or out ... & great food. There is (as a conscious decision) no TV, but NONE of us actually realised that - till pointed out.
It's not for people who don't want to leave their city/work habits behind when on a holiday.
The rooms are truly big, 3 bedrooms (two in the first store with a skylight actually into the sky), a lounge, a dining space & 2 bathrooms to each cottage. The dining area is separate, where food's served, outdoors, & with great views. It was cold outdoors in peak winter, but still beautiful.
The mini golf is an amazing thing. It's not miles & miles on like the actual sport, it's completely in-house, you get a posh feel , you spend automatic time in the
pretty, wildflower-y outdoors, in the sun, & away from screens, & since none of your group has played golf before, it's pretty fair game! This too, is unlimited. SO, if you set your mind to it, you can actually develop your drive!
There is a huge stock of books & indoor games, from UNO to carrom, & plenty of nooks & crannies, as well as open lawns & wicker chairs, to hide away or to sprawl around, as it takes your fancy.
There's a fantastic "un-Menu", fab cooks who cook up mainly fab meals, unlimited beverages, be it milk-chai, lemon-chai, coffee, or chocolate milk, or black coffee ... or soups - even by your own description like " I feel like a veggie clear soup with a bit of lemon", & they'll serve up your craving ...
We did not go on very long walks, but even the short ones are beautiful. There's always something to find on the ground ... frost, stones with a lot of mica, acorns, with caps on & off, rosette pine-cones (you gotta walk!) The kids even saw an "orange fox with pointy ears" (foxes are totally scared of humans, more so of dogs, they won't come near, the kids saw it from afar). Th huge trees are awe-inspiring.
The sky is so clear black at night, you would've forgotten that it's actually that way. Depending on the phase of the moon & the time of the year, one can see the stars, & if enthusiastic, one can consult a sky atlas ...
Ah! The bonfire! It's just like any bonfire you attended, only better :) & the fireplaces in the cottages, well! curling up on the carpet in front of a fireplae ( The ventilation of which has been personally designed by Dr Shivam) adds a little something, both to a heady cackle of friends, & to the experience of losing yourself in a piece of fiction.
Maini's Hill Cottages is not just a place to stay, but it can easily be a complete holiday, planned to a t, which we did not, because of small kids & unpredictable weather. The best part about the experience is Dr Shivam, who is at the same time your host & a friend, always putting another woodblock in the fire, taking the kids to search for four-leaf clovers, or joining you for a round of anecdotes! He has the beautiful manner of becoming a part of you, irrespective of age, or interests!
A major part of the food is locally grown & organically grown & really fresh. Dr Shivam & his staff are really environmentally conscious & run an almost zero-wastage facility, which is not only spic- &-span, but also energy efficient, & green in environmental, & not just ornamental sense.
Stay here for a real feel of peace & really deep lungful of fresh breath!

Date of stay: January 2021
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Shivam Maini, Owner at Maini's Hill Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2021

Thanks for the review. It was wonderful hosting you. We are in the process of upgrading many more things. Do plan another visit in summers be ready to be pleasantly surprised.

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Reviewed 22 October 2020

The place has been made so beautifully and is so well kept. "No" word is not in the dictionary of Maini Uncle and the staff, everything you can dream of will be made available and in the best possible manner. Cottages are comfortable, food is delicious(great variety, must try the sweets), bonfire, barbecue all amenities are there. For your entertainment there are a lot of books and games along with the cutest Golf grounds spread out across the property. The view is spectacular, the snow peaks right in front of the property, and you don't want to miss the crazy starry nights. The sky is filled with stars at night. All care is taken with respect to COVID as well, everything felt safe and really amazing!

Overall , a must visit for a mountain lover like me!

Date of stay: October 2020
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Shivam Maini, Owner at Maini's Hill Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2020

Thanks a lot. You all were a great group.

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Reviewed 18 October 2020

we 4 families stayed for 3 days. Its a serene location with chirping of birds welcoming you in the morning. Wonderful view of mighty Himalayas. Being in right time (moon phase) had the chance to see and photograph Milky ways in night. Nice food as per ur choice, mini golf course is added bonus. Good place for Families and young couples as well.

Date of stay: October 2020
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Shivam Maini, Owner at Maini's Hill Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2020

Thank you sir. It was fun hosting you all and especially enjoying photography with you.

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Reviewed 27 September 2020

First time I really dont want to write a review for a trip / place / hospitality / food / fun / nature etc. etc.
The reason ... I would not be able to do justice by words to the place / to the beauty / to the people who made it / to the locale / to the WORLD of dreams .....
Hats off Dr. Shivam Maini ... you made this place HEAVEN by HEART .... Loved the concept of NOT PLAYING WITH NATURE ..... The details that you kept for NATURE ... lights, sounds, trails all taking in account of NOT disturbing / troubling / abusing NATURE.
The Cottages are what I would have loved to make a House like .... The furniture . fittings, etc are all praiseworthy. The sit out ares .... The Deck .... The Log House .... The Apple Eatout ..... the Lawns and above all the most facinitating MINI GOLF COURSE .... Out of this world ......
The Only advise to people going there ..... LEAVE YOUR WORLD HERE
enjoy the HEAVEN by HEART.
Sorry didnt do justice as I had said .... Thanks Dr Maini , thank you Pawan ... All Staff , Thank you the beautiful Himalaya view .... Thank you the serenity atound .... Thank you thr little FOX , thank you the quiteness .... Thank you EVERY THING @ Maini's Hill Cottages ---- NATADOL .... Almora .... Uttrakhand

Room tip: ANY ROOM ….. Ground Floor has restricted view but the 1st floor Attic room is MARVELOUS
Date of stay: September 2020
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Shivam Maini, Owner at Maini's Hill Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2020

Lovely review. Almost poetic. Thanks a lot.

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Reviewed 27 September 2020 via mobile


Dear Dr Shivam, 

Thank you so much for the wonderful break you gave us at Maini's Hill cottages. 

We absolutely loved the beautiful place and the warm hospitality. I was personally impressed with the way you've built the place. I've stayed in some of the best five star resorts in India and abroad, and I can tell you, yours can give each one of them, a run for their money. Moreover, the privacy and customised services your resort offers, can't be provided by these big hotel chain resorts...

I would also like to appreciate your efforts in maintaining the natural habitat for the local flora and fauna and using renewable energy as much as possible. 

I would love to come back to the heaven soon...

Thank you so much once again,

Hari S. Boolchandani 

Date of stay: September 2020
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Shivam Maini, Owner at Maini's Hill Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review. It was great hosting you and learning from you. Look forward to your next visit.

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