I'm going to begin this review by stating that the whole experience that is 'The Misty Mountains' will far surpass any and all your expectations. As a hardcore city girl, I wasn't sure how I was going to spend my time at Misty Mountains. Thankfully, I was traveling with a bunch of great friends and knew that they would keep me entertained. But let me tell you something, I enjoyed all the stolen moments spend alone just as much, because such is the magic of this gorgeous place.
It's an Eden encircled by lush green forests; the breathtaking views of snow capped mountains visible from every nook and corner of this humongous property are almost surreal. And I believe, almost addictive too. You WANT to sit outdoors with your cup of morning tea to soak up some sun and mentally capture that mesmerizing view.
We were there for 2 days and both the mornings were spent sitting outdoors with a cup of steaming hot tea, waiting for an uninterrupted view of the gorgeous mountains. No conversation; we simply wanted to feast our eyes on the natural beauty we were witnessing.
What adds to the whole beauty is the materials used for the construction of the cottages at Misty Mountains. Wood has been used extensively and intelligently to add a certain sense of warmth to the décor, literally blending the interiors with the exteriors. You almost feel like the outdoor spaces with all that green are an extension to the living spaces within. I personally loved the decking outside the cottages with their cozy sitting area!
Misty Mountains will uplift your spirits and do wonders for your figure too. You see, the pathways that connect the cottages, suites, community center and dining area within the resort are intelligently designed to give all us city folks a good workout! But while you walk up and down those meandering walkways, your gaze is inevitably drawn to the ethereal views all around and you'll find yourself looking for more excuses to stay outdoors and walk some more!
And that's not all, the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen grow everywhere around the property. Their fresh fragrance caught me by surprise a zillion times as I was enjoying the picturesque views. I have to say that adds an impactful punch to the whole experience of being at 'Misty Mountains'.
At Misty Mountains, the icing on the cake is the personalized service you get. The staff is ever smiling, ever helpful and very efficient. Madhur and his team go that extra mile to ensure your comfort and to meet your expectations as best as they can (and then some more). And this review wouldn't be complete without mentioning the food! It's homely but delicious and I found myself looking forward to meal times more than I would like to! (Or rather, my waistline would like me to)! Thankfully, you know at the back of your head that you can hog all you want because you will be burning away those calories simply by walking around. Just walking from your room to the common dining area and back can be quite a workout!
Unfortunately Ambika was traveling when we visited the resort, but the staff is so well trained that they can almost anticipate your needs - be it hot water for a refreshing shower or an extra cup of tea to take the edge off your tiredness after the long drive up! It's these people who make Misty Mountains the wonderful oasis it is.
If you want to spend a few days surrounded by nature in a quiet, peaceful, scenic location that is far, far away from the hustle bustle of the city life, nothing can be better than the Misty Mountains. There is a lot to do there – trekking, rappelling, outdoor picnics, bird watching and much more. The community center is well equipped too. We spent half a day playing table tennis and badminton; things you keep saying you want to do but never end up doing otherwise when you live in a big city.
Keep in mind, it's a tough ride to the resort but every bump on the way is well worth it! I highly recommend you visit Misty Mountains.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Misty Mountains is an Offbeat Destination in Kumaon (near Chaukori and Patal Bhuvaneshwar). It has a unique location and stunning himalayan views. Its surrounded by thousands of acres of untouched forests and the nearest neighbour is a kilometer away. Its owned and managed by my wife Ambika, and I. It should be your choice -1) If you are looking for an Offbeat Destination in Kumaon that is untouched by commercial tourism. Its a destination where you can spend quality time with your friends and family.2) If you are looking for an extended stay at a complete destination in itself. It offers great location, clean and comfortable stay, peace, activities and home like food.3) If you are looking to explore the remoter parts of offbeat kumaon like Munsyari Abbot Mount, Binsar, Chaukori or Kausani. It can be part of your kumaon tour.4) If you are looking for something like an extended homestay where you can be yourself and stay comfortably for 4-5 days. ... more less