I travelled to Ek Chidiya with my family, and my extended family, (and three kids of all the 'troublesome periods, 4. , 8, and 13, you know what I mean :)!!
This place is just what we needed. Clean spacious rooms, toilets, no TV, NOTHING that reminds you that you are paying here, you feel like a guest actually. There is no Checkin-Checkout timings mentioned, no uniformed waiters, infact, the intercom in the room looked out of place.
This place has all the basic amenities, food/breakfast is good, you can stroll to nearby villages, go to orchards, literally have the whole place to yourself. People who are fond of TV, and want room service should not go there. Not because they dont provide the service, but because this place is not for sitting in the room. It is rather for getting out, for short to long treks, for getting familiar with people around.
We were there in a probably the hottest period (people say it had not been hotter), but the hospitality and simplicity of the place just bowled us over. The owners, Pallavi and Anurag are very friendly, (and not intrusive as well)!! They are intelligent people who chose to move away from hectic corporate life to this place, and they run the establishment very throughtfully.
I noticed, the price range mentioned on Trip Advisor is wrong, the denomination should probably be in Indian Rupees.
I would definitely go back, and would stay a little longer this time. I just couldnt get enough of it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ek Chidiya is a cottage set in an acre of land in Village Nathuakhan in the fruit bowl of Uttarakhand, 40 km from Nainital. It offers lovely treks and delicious food prepared by local cooks. It has 6 spacious bedrooms with mud-plastered walls and stone flooring and modern attached bathrooms. Each room has a porch sit-out, and a firepit for enjoying bonfires. Buffet meals, mainly prepared from fruits, vegetables and herbs grown in-house, are served in the common dining area. Activities include picnic to the river stream nearby, day-trips to Mukteshwar, Nainital, Almora and Jageshwar, and village orchard walks. ... more less