Spend languorous summer days and starlit wintry nights in Jeolikot. Set in the folds of the lower Kumaon Hills, the resort is a vintage English cottage. Established as a health resort in the Raj-era, the excellent location of The Cottage allows visitors to enjoy both the summer delights of a hill station and the gentle winters of the plains.

This tiny village is the gateway to kumaon’s lake district’, 15 km short of Nainital and 4,265 ft above sea level.

The Cottage

Part of Vergomount Estate, The Cottage was, until Independence, run as a hotel by a Scotswoman and her daughter. The Cottage are a tangle of fruit-bearing trees, seasonal flowers and sweet-scented shrubs. Avocado, pears, plums and peaches transport you to a Mediterranean wonderland of nectar-doped bees, songbirds and scented breezes.

Colonial past

The hills encasing Jeolikot lure you with their liberal sprinkling of tiny shrines and ancient temples in their wooded enclaves.

Nature’s bounty

Trek down to the tiny river below The Cottage. On the way, stop at a colonial houses, now a government horticultural outlet selling fresh honey. Take along binouculars and a bird-and-butterfly guidebook. The Cottage also arranges a guide to take you to Jeolikot’s nooks and crannies. Surrounded by a thick veil of fruit trees and fragrant shrubbery, the sloping red roof of.

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