Life moves a bit slower in our little village in the Garhwal Himalayas, and that’s just how we like it. We invite you to spend time at our home in the mountains, slow down, catch up on the things you love, and soak in the natural beauty we’re surrounded by.
~ Anil & Sree, hosts at Kuflon Mountain Homestay
Deep in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, along a breathtaking stretch of the Himalayas, sits a beautiful little mountain village with a population of less than 30 people. Above, waterfalls of the pristine Asi Ganga river form natural freshwater swimming pools (and even a Jacuzzi!) for a refreshing dip, and below, the river flows ferociously. At 5,000 feet, the village makes a good base to start treks to the lakes of Dodital and Gangotri-Yamnotri, but an even better base to lose yourself in the tranquillity of the mountains and catch up on the things you never get time for in the cities.
A half hour drive from Uttarkashi, this homestay in the Garhwal Himalayas is nestled quietly at the edge of the village and the home of a young couple who quit their high-flying jobs in the cities to move back to the mountains they love. They have lovingly handcrafted two brick huts with five rooms and three Swiss tents to host travellers and share their slice of mountain paradise. Such comfort so high up in the Himalayas is a real treat.
Indulge in Anil and Sree’s warm hospitality, hearing tales of their adventurous lives in the mountains and their transition from city life. Stroll through the village to meet the friendly mountain folk, sample local and fusion recipes made with local ingredients often found wild in the forest, hike to neighbouring villages that sit atop pretty terraced valleys, trek into the higher reaches of the mountains, and lay back on the “stargazing rock” to spot shooting stars and constellations in a starry night sky. Most of all, savour the pristine beauty of the Garhwal Himalayas!
The homestay is one couple’s effort to live in tune with nature, in the mighty and relatively undiscovered Garhwal Himalayas. Accommodation for travellers is offered in two aesthetically handcrafted huts, that together have 5 rooms. Each room is spacious and comfortably furnished with cushy mattresses, attached bathrooms and spectacular views of the mountains beyond. Three Swiss tents are erected for travellers looking for a more rustic and outdoor stay, with modern bathrooms a short walk away.
The lounge area aka “the hub” is where travellers gather to meet each other and the hosts, pick a book from the in-house collection, chat and have tea. The hammocks, “stargazing rock” and open meadows offer plenty of solitude to those seeking it. Meals are served in the dining hut. Your drinking water comes straight from the Asi Ganga through filters creatively fixed in the mountains; this is as pure as it gets!
You wake up to an orchestra of birds, can join your hosts in the kitchen to learn and share recipes, and practice yoga in the serene outdoors. A trap camera in strategic spots gives you a glimpse into the wildlife that crosses by these mountains when you sleep!
Note: Reaching the homestay requires 150 metres of walking up steps and a stone path in the mountains. The staff will be happy to help with your luggage ☺
From traditional Garhwali food to fusion continental and north Indian recipes, you’ll find the food at the homestay to be finger licking good!
Breakfast typically consists of Indian dishes like poha, paranthas, eggs cooked to order, fruits, bread and spreads. Homemade snacks and soups are served in the late evening at the hub. Lunch and dinner are a mix of seasonal veggies and non-vegetarian dishes, sourced from local farmers in the village. Specialties include fern, which grows wild in the forest and takes a keen eye to identify and rajma (kidney beans) grown in the higher villages of Garhwal.
You can plan to use Kuflon as a base for hiking and trekking, but leave space for your plans to change, because it’s the kind of place where you just want to sit back, soak in the tranquillity of the mountains, indulge in the warm hospitality and delicious food, and spend a do-nothing holiday!
Lay on a hammock and gaze at the mountains, spend time chatting with your hosts over tea, meet the village folk and learn about their lives, walk down to the ferociously flowing Ganga, hike up (10-15 minutes) to the freshwater pools made by the Asi Ganga for a refreshing dip, and find inspiration to paint, draw, write and do the things you love to do but rarely get time for.
Activities at and around the homestay include:
A stay at the mountain homestay is priced at:
The village of Kuflon is quietly tucked away half an hour from the town of Uttarkashi. It is at a driving distance of 6-7 hours from Rishikesh and Mussoorie, through gorgeous landscapes and panoramic views of the terraced Himalayas and the Asi Ganga. A semi-deluxe public bus plies the route daily to Uttarkashi, from where taxis are easily available to the village.
The nearest domestic airport is at Dehradun, and the nearest international airport is in Delhi.
The months from March to June and September to November are the most pleasant, with sunny days and cool nights. The winter months from November to March are cold, but offer spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, and sometimes snow in the village itself.
Food: Both vegetarian and non vegetarian food is available.
Phone, Internet and TV:There are no TVs in the rooms, but there is plenty of natural beauty around to keep you entertained. BSNL and Airtel phone connections catch erratic signals here. Wifi is not available. Slow internet can be accessed through the owner’s dongle.
“It was a beautiful experience. Anil and Shree are really good hosts and ensured we had a superb time, everything was shipshape, the food was excellent, condition of the rooms was great, and delightful company, both the hosts and the other guests. Thanks for bringing Kuflon to my notice and putting up with the idiosyncrasies i presented you with. Now, for planning the next trip 😊 ”
~ Anirban, travelled with his wife in October 2015
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Anil and Shree left their jobs in the cities and moved to the mountains of Garhwal a few years ago. They strive to live in tune with nature and their pristine surroundings as much as possible. The huts are built using locally sourced materials, and though furbished with all urban comforts, use natural airflow techniques to keep warm in the cold winters. Drinking water at the homestay is channeled naturally from the Ganga, with filters creatively installed in the mountain paths.
The host family have been tracking weather data in these mountains to track changes in weather patterns over the years. Trap cameras are installed at strategic locations to track local wildlife. All staff is employed from the surrounding villages, and local guides are used for hiking / trekking. Wastage is minimized as much as possible; biodegradable waste is used to make compost for vegetables and herbs organically grown on the land, while non-biodegradable waste is recycled through the local rag pickers.
Below are some tips to travel responsibly while in Kuflon: