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Kasar Rainbow Yoga Retreat
Ranked #3 of 35 Almora B&B and Inns
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“Great Experience at the Rainbow of Kasar Devi”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

The staff is professional, friendly and very helpful. They can also help with travel arrangements (book train tickets, taxi, etc.) and provide sightseeing tips. And lastly, the food is super amazing and always very fresh.

  • Stayed May 2014
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sabumehra, Manager at Kasar Rainbow Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Lovely to see that you enjoyed your stay here, you are always welcome at our resort.
Thank you for the review, and if you're ever back in the area, make sure to come see us.
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Awesome place, people and surrounding. Love the calmness and vibe around the area. Would love to visit this awesome place again. Can't express more.....everyone must visit this place at least one to feel the connection with the nature.

  • Stayed October 2013
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sabumehra, Owner at Kasar Rainbow Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Glad you enjoyed our place, it was lovely having you here. We hope very much to see you at our place again.

All the best, Sabu Mehra.
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Kasar Devi is a place with a unique energy, and the Rainbow Resort somehow epitomizes its mellow, magic vibe. The facilities seem quite new, and our room was spacious and clean, with understated yet colorful decoration, and perhaps most importantly, a clean and well-functioning bathroom. The star of the show, however, is the view, which encompasses the gentler hills to the east, as well as the mighty Nanda Devi and Trishul massifs more to the north over the main ridge of the town, where I also witnessed one of the most incredible sunsets and moonrises of my life (we were here on Buddha Purnima). The owner's a friendly and laid-back kind of guy, and a sense of calm and relaxation permeates both the guest house and the town. The affiliated restaurant that's a short walk down the road is also worth a visit, with tasty food and friendly service. The staff there was also very helpful in arranging a car for some out-of-the-way sightseeing I wanted to do. Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer. Highly recommended.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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sabumehra, Owner at Kasar Rainbow Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Thank you for your lovely review, we are very glad that you enjoyed your stay.
Hope to see you again, and I hope that the rest of your trip was a wonderful success.
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This place offers the best view you can possibly enjoy. One gets a panoramic view of the valley, snow capped mountains, green hills. Birds would fly close so close it'll make you feel like you're in a Disney animation, a spectacular watch of the sunrise and sunset as well. If you aren't shy and don't mind having an interesting conversation with people visiting from all across the globe this is the place to be. This is for a traveler with a budget and this is what makes it refreshing reprieve. It's not about the money it's about you. Traveler friendly, very good service, chilled out we've met some very interesting people here and made very good memories. They know how to make you enjoy a holiday.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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sabumehra, Owner at Kasar Rainbow Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Happy to see that you enjoyed our place, if you're ever in the area again, make sure you come and visit us!
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

We fell in love with this place. It has special energy, and owner who we all liked. Great guy who helped us with everything we needed. View from the room terrace is incredible. Rooms are super clean, there is hot water and clean towels. I can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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sabumehra, Owner at Kasar Rainbow Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
We were glad to help, you were a lovely group. Glad you enjoyed our view and rooms - and we hope to see you again, too!
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

I was there in kasardevi in march2014.the temperature those day had just begun to rise but it was still in the range of 10-15 degree celsius.Our stay was in Kasar Devi Rainbow Resort,very near to the point from where the trek(short) to Kasar Devi temple starts.

About the Place---It is a very small town which consists of a few resorts and eating places.Inhabitants consists of local population which is quite low & the tourists.Tourists are mainly foreigners.A short trek takes you to Kasar Devi temple.The temple is an ancient one and great figures like Swami Vivekanand came here for meditating.the view of Almora city from the temple is amazing.Ahead of kasar devi,there is forest and one can visit that too.One can actually do jungle safari in the hills.The town itself is very peaceful.

About the resort--The view was simply amazing.My room was in such a direction that i could see the snow covered peaks from my bed.The resort has it's own restaurant(at some distance) and I have never eaten such Indian food anywhere.Mushroom Mutter(The BEST) & butter chicken are the dishes we enjoyed the most.The resort has a small library on its rooftop which has a variety of books.So readers can have a good time.The service was amazing.

My Experience--I woke up in the morning and went for a tour of the whole village.I met the locals & the foreign tourists and i realised that the foriegners stay for long at this place,some for months also.I met a guy who was working on a small farm.I interacted with him and came to know that he is here from past two months and is teaching new cultivating techniques to the locals.Noble indeed.There were others who were in and around this area since few weeks.I also visited Kasar Devi Temple.The trek was short but the view from the temple is something worth watching.I missed out the jungle safari because i was short of time.At the end when i was leaving,I realised that this place is worth atleast a week in 365 days.It is a perfect place to visit for those people who are engaged in a hectic schedule of the present day economy.I mean to say for people who "work like 'donkeys' in the day and jump like 'monkeys' in the night.(I am not one of those though).

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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sabumehra, Owner at Kasar Rainbow Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Lovely to see that you had a great experience at our hotel, resteraunt and the surrounding area.
I will be sure to pass your compliments on to our chef.

Thank you very much.
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Rainbow Guest House / Rainbow Resort is a really nice place to stay as accurately stated by the many other reviews. Clean, tidy, great views, friendly staff etc. This review though is to recommend a really great 'Village Walk' that Sabu Mehra at Rainbow organised for us. My wife and I and our 2 small boys aged 6 and 8 did the walk in March 2014. The walk lasts 4 days and takes you from Kasar Devi to Jageshwar temples. Each night is spent in village houses along the way. The houses are old houses that where once homes but are now kept for people staying in during the village walk. All the houses have 2 bedrooms and a sitting room upstairs. Kitchen is downstairs. They are warm, clean and very comfortable. All food during the 4 days is included but a few snacks might be required to keep children's energy levels up. Bottled water is also provided but to save plastic consider using a water filter. Our walk was led by our guide, Joginder whole knew the area very well and was good to chat to along the way. We also employed a porter to come along which was optional, but with the chance of our young boys wanting to be carried sometimes, a porter seemed a good idea for luggage. The porter also turned out to be an excellent cook

Note that all timings are based on us walking with 2 small boys and includes plenty of stops. Each day we set off at around 10:00.

Day 1:- A 4.5 hour walk over 12km. This first day covers the longest distance of the 4 days but is probably the easiest one as well. You set off dropping down hill from Kasar Devi and pass village houses and farmland. Then follow the river for a little while before climbing up a gentle ridge and a stop for lunch. Then further up and over a low ridge before dropping down into a valley below the village of Deora. There are some really pretty Shiva temples amongst the terraced fields at the bottom of the valley. Then across the valley and then up a small climb to Deora where you spend the first night.

Day 2:- A 5.5 hour walk over 8km. This second day starts with a 0.5hr climb up from Deora to the top side of a ridge and then a gentle descent long the side of it. Fantastic views of more open farmland and then through pine forests and down to a river. Follow the river for a while, before an optional shortcut which involves a balancing act along an irrigation wall. After that, a stop for lunch and then a walk along the valley bottom and end the day with a steep climb for 1 hour to the village of Peroli. Stay the night in a great house with great views of the route taken so far. Here you also have the option of stopping the walk at this point and heading back Almora or anywhere as you are near a road.

Day 3:- As you are near the road at this point you have the choice of either a long 14km walk or reducing it by taking a taxi for some of it and walking the rest. With our young boys we decided to go for the taxi/walk option. Therefore after a short climb from Peroli we were picked up by a taxi (arranged for us by Sabu at Rainbow) and driven for 30 mins. This took us up about 7 km and dropped us a little way above Binsar Eco Camp near Dhaulachhina. From here you have a 7km walk with magnificent 300km wide view of the mountains. These are still covered in snow in Spring but are apparently dry during the summer months. The 7km walk takes you along a ridge and up to a temple on a high point before lunch. Then on through pine forests before a fairly steep climb for the last 2.5km up into rhododendron and deodar forest before reaching old Jageshwar for the 3rd night's stay.

Day 4:- A 1.5hr walk over about 3km. All downhill through spectacular deodar forests following a gully stream down to Jageshwar Dham. Here you can spend as much time as you like looking around this ancient temple complex before catching a taxi back to Almora if required - again arranged by Rainbow for us. The drive back to Rainbow takes about 1.5hr.

All in all this was a really fantastic trip. We were fairly apprehensive about doing it with young children but they loved it and it turned out to be a great amazing introduction to hiking for all of us. I'm not putting down prices that we paid for the complete package (food,guide, accomodation) as that doesn't seem fair on Rainbow, but it was very reasonable and well worth it.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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sabumehra, Owner at Kasar Rainbow Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Glad you guys enjoyed your stay and the village walk.
It was lovely having you all here, and I hope the rest of your trip was lovely.
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Property: Kasar Rainbow Yoga Retreat
Address: Binsar Road | Kasar Devi, Almora 263601, India (Formerly Kasar Rainbow Resort)
Region: India > Uttarakhand > Almora District > Almora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Almora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Kasar Rainbow Yoga Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Kasar Rainbow Resort is a family run resort which offers you're the perfect solitude that has a loyal patronage of adventurers, nature lovers and food lover alike. We offer you budget accommodation with all services that you would need to make your stay truly worth your time. We are well known for our beautiful location, clean rooms and world class multi cuisine food offerings. We have enough rooms to accommodate all kinds of requests from backpackers to larger groups and families, The in house restaurant with outdoor and indoor seating is spacious and offers spectacular views of the Nanda Devi and Kashyap Hills. The resort is on a private trail roughly fifty meters from the only road that goes into the village. The trail will lead you the resort and provide perfect isolation with all the comforts your need. The resort is in the midst of a pine forest and apart from the spectacular views of the Himalayas offers you're a great chance to spot exotic birds and other wild life as it is located on the periphery of the Binsar wildlife sanctuary Sabu Mehra is the owner of the guest house and its full time Manager cum care taker. He is always available to his guests and stays on the premises. It wont take your long after meeting Sabu to understand why this resort feels so much at home Activities that guests can enjoy here :- Hiking and Trekking - The resort is located at the starting point for various trails from easy to moderate. You can visit waterfalls and streams and go down into the pine forest to spot birds and woodpeckers that are in abundance here. Bird Watching - The Binsar region is world famous for its variety of exotic birds that can be found early mornings and just before sunset all around the resort. You can enjoy these sitting out of the restaurant with an early morning cup of coffee or for a early evening drink. Historical Sites - The Kumaon region has a lot history right from Cave Paintings to Archeologically significant sites like the Tenple Complex of Jaageshwar and the sub ground cave complex at Patal Bhubhneshwar. The resort will be more than happy to plan these day trips for you at short notice. Facilities Now Available at Kasar Rainbow Resort Accommodation : All our rooms are large and spacious to make sure you are comfortable in your stay here. All rooms have large windows and face the sunrise point so you wake to the sun smiling in your window every morning. There are multiple options available Himalayan View Rooms Valley View Rooms Family Rooms Resort Amenities - Free wireless Internet cafe Money/Currency exchange - All countries accepted Travel Desk - Air, Rail, Bus, Taxi Multi Language Library - Hindi, English, Austrian, German, Israeli etc. All day Hot and Cold Water International Phone Facilities Well Furnished room with attached bathroom Laundry services Adventure and Religious Tours Guided Hiking Tours Snow Treks Camping ... more   less 
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