THE NANDA STONE
(25 kms from Bhimtal)
Up to 06 Guests
20 Mins Hike
Great for Stargazing
"A house in harmony with nature is much more than a house; it is a continuation of the spirit of nature within us!"
- Mehmet Murat Ildan
Cloaked in acres of pristine nature and accessible only by a less-trodden walking trail that leads through a thick Oak jungle, The Nanda Stone is your private 03 Bedroom dreamy mountain home tucked away in the primeval forest of Jilling.
The word "Nanda" literally translates into "Bliss". The brush of fresh mountain breeze, the sweet voices of nature, the elegance of the skies and the fragrance of the surrounding flora and fauna make this place a true haven for those who love the outdoors. With its mud-finished walls and its natural design elements, this earthy retreat has been thoughtfully and sustainably designed to be in complete harmony with nature.
Its oversized windows offer the grandeur of the Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi and its spectacular setting gives way to the magnificence of nature's wonders: the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the rest of the world and connect deeply with your mind, body and soul.
The Nanda Stone is a cosy, yet elegant home with enough beauty within it, and around it, to make doing nothing a delicious prospect.
A little extra for Hushstays Guests
Picnic Brunch in the Wilderness
Let our staff take you into the wild and treat you to some fresh salad, bread and summer quenching drinks laid out under the shade of a tree.
As you hike up the walking trail from the metal road to the house, the world around you completely transforms: the surroundings become much greener, the chirping of the birds gets louder and the feeling of being one with nature takes over.
The Nanda Stone is much more than just a house; it's an extension of nature and its colours. The dark brown walls blend in perfectly with the surroundings and have been intentionally finished with mud to make sure the house is well insulated. The mud-finish is a local way to keep the insides warm during winters and cool during summers. The roof is made of waste wood and locally found stone called Pataal.
The other-worldly minimalist charm flows throughout the house: soothing colours, creative decor, chic furniture and nicely lit interiors through skylights and large windows. The dining table has been carved from a single piece of wood and almost all of the furniture has been designed and crafted locally on site using wastewood. The house has been designed to maximise space and allow natural light and air to flow easily through the house. There is a lot of open outdoor space as well with a common seating area consisting of a "Kumaoni Chulha". Let our staff treat you to some Parathas or evening snacks cooked the local way.
The house consists of 02 full-fledged bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a kitchen with an attached dining area and an additional smaller bedroom for kids.
The Nanda Stone is a private retreat that is offered exclusively to only one group at a time and is split across 02 levels. The lower level consists of a central living area that is decorated with various unique pieces. The original foundation stone that was brought in from the far-fetched lands of the Nanda Devi National Park is also kept here. Keeping with its name, every corner of the house offers spectacular views of Mt. Nanda Devi and the neighbouring peaks on a clear day through its large windows.
Adjoining the living area is a fully equipped kitchen with an attached dining area that offers panoramic views of the surroundings. A rare "rocket-oven" fireplace, that has its roots in Denmark, has been constructed and set up here to keep the surrounding area and the seating warm. A shared washroom is also attached to the kitchen.
On the other side of the living area is the first one of the two big bedrooms. This room is spacious yet offers a cosy vibe that matches that of a European Barn-house. 02 large windows almost entirely cover the walls and a day-bed offers a dramatic scenery. A fully functional fireplace takes up one of the corners and the walls are decorated with creative artefacts. A spacious washroom is attached to this room.
The living area also allows access to a smaller bedroom that consists of a single bed that can be doubled up (if needed). One of the corners has been converted into a mini library and a door opens up to a covered balcony that looks out into the jungle. This rooms shares the washroom with the bigger bedroom.
A metal staircase leads the way to the upper-level of the house that consists of the largest bedroom and an outdoor patio. With its high-ceiling, a mini-kitchenette, a study table and a mezzanine deck with low-seating, this room offers everything one longs for in a private retreat. A corner fireplace has been set up to keep the room warm during winters. Again, the oversized windows offer the same majestic views as those on the lower level so that you never miss a glimpse of the great outdoors.
Fenced Private Land
All Meals Included
In-house Chef / Caretaker
Towels and Toiletries
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BOOKING
All meals of the day (Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner) are included in the room tariff.
Meals are prepared by our in-house chef and are made of delectable homemade cuisine made of fresh local produce.
A menu is shared upon booking confirmation. We request all our guests to inform the staff about their meal preferences well in advance.
In case you would like to cook yourself, we have a fully equipped kitchen that is available for guests.
Hushstay x The Nanda Stone is located away from all the hustle-bustle of the popular hill-stations in the Jilling area.
As with all great places, getting to this paradise-of-a-location requires a beautiful little 20 - 25 mins hike up from the road head through a pine and oak forest.
The exact location of the starting point of the hike will be shared upon confirmation. Please make sure you inform our staff at least 30 mins before arrival so that they can meet you at the starting point.
The luggage is carried by mules and horses can be arranged for guests if absolutely necessary.
Nearest Railway Station (Kathgodam) - 45 kms / 1 hr
Nearest Airport (Pantnagar) - 75 kms / 02 hrs
Bhimtal - 25 kms / 45 mins
Nainital - 50 kms / 1.5 hrs
Check-in time: 01:00 PM . We do not accept late check-ins as it is inadvisable to walk the trail after dark, so please plan your travel accordingly.
Check-out time: 10:00 AM
Slow and soft music is okay, but please do not play loud music. You are in the middle of nature.
Services of the staff are available until 10:00 PM. Our staff members come from a neighbouring village that is about an hour away. After they serve you they have a long walk home, so please be respectful of these timings. Make sure you inform the staff when they should come in the morning to prepare breakfast and tea so that no one is disturbed.
We are pet-friendly. If you are coming with your pet, make sure they are well-mannered and that nothing gets broken.
Sustainable Travel: We are very conscious about nature and we would like our guests to feel the same way. We try to reduce the use of single-use plastic as much as possible and hence, we do not provide cold drinks or bottled drinking water. Our drinking water comes from an RO and refillable water bottles are provided in each room.
We follow a strict no smoking policy inside the house since it is a wooden house. You may ask the caretaker for an ashtray and smoke outside the house if you need to.
This place is offered exclusively to only one group at a time, the price varies depending on the number of guests. Please select the exact number of guests while booking.
There 02 big bedrooms and a small room with a single bed that can be doubled up. All together can comfortably accommodate up to 06 guests.
Electricity: Electricity is usually not a problem, however, being at an offbeat location, if there is an unprecedented power outage, we have inverters as power backup to keep the lights and some power points running. This might also offer you an opportunity to switch off and gaze at the starry night sky. We promise you will not regret it.
Please note that like any other home in the mountains, we do not have an air-conditioner at the property. The Nanda Stone has been designed in such a way that there is proper wind circulation if the windows are opened in the afternoon.
Water: Water is a scarce resource in the hills of Kumaon. We would appreciate it if you could be mindful about the usage of water and ensure that there aren’t any leaks or taps dripping. If you do notice something, please let the staff know immediately. We do not have showers in our bathrooms.
Wifi and Connectivity:
There is a good 4G connectivity for Airtel and Jio users, if you are planning to work from Hushstay x The Nanda Stone. Being at an offbeat location, we do not have a WiFi connection in place.
Date of booking - 31 days before arrival : 25 % cancellation fee on the total booking amount.
30 Days - 15 Days : 50 % cancellation fee on the total booking amount.
Within 14 days from date of arrival : No refunds
In case of a COVID related emergency, you may reschedule your travels to future dates within 06 months from your actual checkin date.
THINGS TO DO
AROUND THE NANDA STONE
A day around The Nanda Stone is filled with mesmerising experiences.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast prepared live for you the local way, at our outdoor traditional "Kumaoni Chulha".
For the rest of the day, you may choose to laze around, admire the scenery, go birdwatching or explore the numerous hiking trails around Jilling that lead through villages and forests, some leading to hilltops and others to river streams.
Our caretaker is from one of the nearby villages and knows his way to the most beautiful spots. Take a hike with him to a nearby farm where we source most of our vegetables, grains, ghee and herbs from. You may choose to get a hands-on farming experience or just pluck the fresh seasonal produce and enjoy the delicacy. This is followed by a traditional Kumaoni Lunch (on prior request).
We can also arrange a fishing experience for you at one of the nearby streams. Take a dip in the crystal clear natural pools and enjoy a nice picnic lunch.
HUSHSTAY X NANDA STONE
“ A wonderful minimalistic house in the wilderness that reminds you of a fairytale mountain home from the stories. Even though it's just a 20 mins hike away from the metal road, it seems like a different world altogether. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here as a family and special mention for the food served here. We will be back soon.”
- Rohit, Delhi
“Hats off to the owners of The Nanda Stone who have built such a beautiful place in the middle of nowhere. I cam here with a small group of friends for a leisure / work vacation. Although there is no provision for a Wifi, my Jio Dongle worked fairly well and I could attend video conferences from a the wonderful dining area. Mornings were filled with hikes through the Jilling forest and nights were full of stars.”
- Nidhi, Gurgaon
“It is unbelievable that such a beautiful place exists at just 07 hrs from Delhi and just about an hour from Bhimtal. The interiors have been so nicely done up with a lot of creative elements. Daya ji, the caretaker who is also a naturalist, took us on some beautiful hikes around the place. On one of the days, we went down to a river stream where we did some fishing and a picnic brunch was arranged for us. We will always have fond memories of this place. ”
- Shobhit, Delhi