Suggestions for a calm and serene stay for 3 days

#1 Feb 9th, 2018, 11:10
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Hello Uttarakhand

I am currently doing some research to find places which are calm, serene and surrounded by nature.

Forests, hills, rivers etc.

I am looking one single location somewhere surrounded by forests or nature. I do not want to make stop overs. Rather I want to go to that place and stay there chill out for a couple of days.

I have done the North East earlier. And my friend suggested to go deep inside Uttarakhand this time.

Let me explain...

I've read threads here where people make stop overs at small towns in their itinerary. I guess these places are not big enough so there is nothing much to do there.

Which is fine with me.

I want to be in the middle of a forest, do nothing for days but chill out with the serenity that comes with it.

My work makes me travel around but I am always stuck in urban jungles like NYC, San Francisco, LA, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune. I don't want that. I want to be in the middle of nature during my vacations, if I have to be honest.

I would like to know if there are any places in Uttarakhand which would fill this criteria? I know there sure would be considering the wilderness there. All this, provided I can at least take a bus or a train from Delhi.

Some typical recommendations for vacation goers are Manali, Jaipur, Amritsar. I guess you get that idea. Beautiful places no doubt.

But I don't want that this time.

All that said, I recently loved staying in Manas Reserve which was in the middle of a forest in Assam. Spent about 3 days chilling out there doing nothing. During that stint in the North East, I also loved my 3 days stay in a small guest house inside Kaziranga in Assam. Oh and I loved Coorg in South India. So calm.

Please help me in my research.

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Forgot to mention the time when I want to visit. It's early June.
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My suggestion for such a place would be near Kasol - a small place known as Grahan.
Grahan is about 3-4 hours hike from Kasol, Himachal Pradesh - no vehicles reach there. It is the last village up there. There would be people from the vllage around, but a short 100-200 mt walk and you are in wilderness. And the guest houses there are beautiful.
And no mobile signal there. They have a land line that can be used if so required.



A guest house there.
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post My suggestion for such a place would be near Kasol - a small place known as Grahan.
Grahan is about 3-4 hours hike from Kasol, Himachal Pradesh - no vehicles reach there. It is the last village up there. There would be people from the vllage around, but a short 100-200 mt walk and you are in wilderness. And the guest houses there are beautiful.
And no mobile signal there. They have a land line that can be used if so required.



A guest house there.
Thank you for the wonderful suggestion. I have been to Kasol but never been to Grahan. This looks beautiful and exactly the kind of place I am looking for.

That said, would you have some suggestions for places which don't need a trek? I am not against trekking but I have had to cancel treks previously during early June because of bad weather.

I have to explore Himachal a lot more. Along with Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand is in my priority right now.
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Mori, Khirsu, Askot, Abbott Mount, Peora could be an option.
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June is not really the right time to find good places, specially with road connectivity. You will have to travel much further up to find something of your liking. Close by, you can look for Sattal, Shitlakhet or Binsar as an option.
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Talking 3 days calm is like speed dating

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I am currently doing some research to find places which are calm, serene and surrounded by nature.
Let me understand - You want two nights stay (3 days right ?) outside an urban locale ? Anything more than three hour drive/ride with checking in, settling in, would take more than half a day, right ?

So do this - Catch a local bus from Rishikesh, going on the Badrinath Marg a.k.a Rishikesh-Badrinath Rd, towards Pauri. Get off about an hour, hour and a half way mark, near the river. There many a small gharwali-villages each of which have one-or-two basic resorts with meals. Enjoy your two nights of calm.

jituyadav knows that terrain very well. I only know biradri, so am giving you a methodology to catch a fish !
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Let me understand - You want two nights stay (3 days right ?) outside an urban locale ? Anything more than three hour drive/ride with checking in, settling in, would take more than half a day, right ?

So do this - Catch a local bus from Rishikesh, going on the Badrinath Marg a.k.a Rishikesh-Badrinath Rd, towards Pauri. Get off about an hour, hour and a half way mark, near the river. There many a small gharwali-villages each of which have one-or-two basic resorts with meals. Enjoy your two nights of calm.

jituyadav knows that terrain very well. I only know biradri, so am giving you a methodology to catch a fish !
Thank you to both of you for your suggestions!

I am going to research this route you are talking about. Do you have any names for these villages or any resort names?
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post June is not really the right time to find good places, specially with road connectivity. You will have to travel much further up to find something of your liking. Close by, you can look for Sattal, Shitlakhet or Binsar as an option.
Thanks. I actually have Binsar on the list. Did not know about Sattal and Shitlakhet. I would be researching about them now.
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Originally Posted by CodyTren View Post Thanks. I actually have Binsar on the list. Did not know about Sattal and Shitlakhet. I would be researching about them now.
If you have Binsar on the list, do check out Idyllic Haven - a rural homestay in Gaunap village. It's listed on trip advisor too.
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Try lolegaon 28 km from lava west Bengal.. clear view of kanchanjangha , open neoravally forest, will b quite n away from tourists
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post So do this - Catch a local bus from Rishikesh, going on the Badrinath Marg a.k.a Rishikesh-Badrinath Rd, towards Pauri. Get off about an hour, hour and a half way mark, near the river. There many a small gharwali-villages each of which have one-or-two basic resorts with meals. Enjoy your two nights of calm.
That is a good suggestion and one which I have frequently used in my early years of travelling. The problem is that you never know what you are getting into, which can sometimes be a problem, from smelly bedding to drunk owner.

So for someone coming from far away to spend good time, it makes sense to tread the beaten path. In that sense, there are many GMVN properties on the way, in fact, the one at Deoprayag is itself quite secluded. OP can also go to Khirsu.

CodyTren, Uttarakhand is populated, and tourist are aplenty, so do not expect completely calm and secluded places that too in June, forest houses excluding. Sure there are many small guest houses spread all over, but I will not take a chance of naming any as my info is outdated.
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Binsar, suggested by Jitu Yadav earlier, is a very good suggestion. First, they can arrange village stay around it. Second, the KMVN is very nice. It does have tourists but they all come for overnight stay and leave after watching the sunset and sunrise.. There is a lot more to the area. There are walks, hikes and home stays around...
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post So for someone coming from far away to spend good time, it makes sense to tread the beaten path. In that sense, there are many GMVN properties on the way, in fact, the one at Deoprayag is itself quite secluded. OP can also go to Khirsu.
I gave him the methodology, not a specific place to select.

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