Itmenaan lodge offers panoramic views of the Himalayas and is the perfect place to unwind, away from the hustle and bustle of urban India. Located in its own private estate, the lodge is surrounded by virgin pine, oak and rhododendron trees and terraced fields laden with seasonal fruits.
Take a walk to the small natural spring or find a quiet spot and witness the countless stars that light the night sky.
Why We Like It
Itmenaan Lodge is not just a sanctuary where one can feel rejuvenated by the beautiful surroundings. It also offers an imaginative variety of activities and excursions. Get involved with farming, gardening and bee keeping activities, take leisurely walks or challenge yourself on the trekking trails and indulge in sumptuous picnic hampers.
The 100-year-old traditional Kumaoni style stone house on the estate has been painstakingly restored and offers three tastefully designed en-suite bedrooms. There is also the newly built Deodar Cottage. In and around the house are abundant places for you to unwind and relax - the courtyard overlooking the mountains and verdant valleys, the semi open-air dining area and many nooks and corners perfect for reading or yoga.
At Itmenaan Estate, you may choose to just 'do nothing' — laze around or read a book, admire mesmerising valleys and snow clad peaks, enjoy the warmth of bonfire, gaze at the countless stars in night time. Those who are looking for some more walking within and around the estate you may trek to the highest point for enchanting views or roam the beautiful oak and rhododendron forests.
It is said that India lives in its villages; however, what most travellers get to see is just a glimpse of these villages. We have devised a rural walking programme starting from Itmenaan Lodge through some of the most unspoilt remote villages, enabling you to experience rural India from close quarters and allowing you to mingle with local communities. You also get to stay in some of these traditional village houses which are stunningly located and have been touched up (and added to with attached bathrooms) providing very comfortable lodging without compromising on the authenticity.
Walks are accompanied by a private guide, who will share the local knowledge with you and will assist when visiting villages. You may share a cup of chai with the local elders, pay obeisance at a temple or just soak in the stunning scenery while traversing the hills and valleys. As interests and capabilities vary, the walks are customised according to your needs. The luggage is carried by porters and the food is prepared using fresh local ingredients on site.
Set in a peaceful rural setting in the Kumaon Himalayas, the 10-acre estate includes virgin pine, oak and rhododendron trees, as well as terraced fields laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables. The estate offers panoramic views of the Himalayas including the majestic Nanda Devi.