Located in Mukteshwar our orchard home, is perched on a ridge, amidst endless fruit garden, surrounded by valleys and guarded by the Himalayan peaks. The orchard is a roosting place for several birds, who feed on the peach, plum, apples, pear fruits.
“Anupam is a fantastic host. He has an amazing team of support staff who ensure your stay is comfortable and they attend to all your requirements. I loved the property. It is beautiful and one gets to see the majestic view of the Himalayas. The rooms are clean, well-maintained and the decor is minimal, but very eclectic. The dining hall is also tastefully done and gets a lot of sunlight and is looks equally lovely after sunset when all the lights are on. And how can I not mention about Brownie, the handsome Himalayan dog who lives in the property and is such great company. He is the best thing about the place (I cant help being biased for obvious reasons). Among the many things that I loved about this place, was the small hike to the nearby village accompanied by Nihal bhaiyya (one of the support staff, a really sweet man). They are really simple people. The cafeteria (Chirping Birds), a few miles away, towards main Mukteshwar is also very pretty, done up very tastefully and has a nice European feel to it. The chocolate brownie and the malta juice was super delish! We also met Barfi (a cute small pup who stole our hearts). I wish I had stayed a little longer. I am definitely going to recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a quiet time in the hills and likes exploring offbeat places. Kudos to Anupam, his sweet family and team for doing such a good job! I hope to be back very soon :)”
This place is situated in far east district Champawat in Uttrakhand, bordering Nepal, in the midst of dense forest of Cedar, Rhododendron, Plums, Pear, Peach, Bay Berries etc.
“A life-changing experience. I am a solo traveler always looking for new experiences I can take home with me. The one at Forest First has been life changing for me. About the property: It's more than a homestay. Or a guesthouse. It felt like a home. And I am not at all exaggerating. Dinesh ji and his hospitality is something else only. It's a lavish house with a private room on the ground floor and a terrace room on first floor. The food cooked here is deliciously tasty and ridiculously cheap. There are several trails you can go on. All the ingredients are grown in his small farm. Be it lemon, mustard, corrionder. Dinesh ji loves cooking and will surprise you with his dishes every day. He loves experimenting them too. Watching him cook is a delight. And the love he pours in the food can be experienced by the way it tastes. I can talk on and on about the food and the place. But this review is not about that. It's more about what Dinesh ji is trying to do in this small humble village. He's trying to build a community of his own. A community that gives back to the society. A community that believes in making a difference. On my first day here, I met his friend Reggie who is staying with Dinesh ji for the past one month and taking time out to teach the local school kids here. Dinesh ji himself is involved when it comes to educating and empowering these kids. In fact, Reggie was soon going to visit Pilibhit forest and spend some time with the local tribes there to teach in the schools that are facing a tough time finding quality teachers. Dinesh ji is always on the lookout of people from various fields who don't mind spending some time in the woods and teaching kids as the kids mean a lot to him. It's been a life changing experience for me because I come from a city that never sleeps. I have been slogging for almost a decade now and haven't done anything that actually makes a difference. We all travel and the sole purpose of these travels is to have experiences that will move us. Well Dinesh ji will do just that. I am coming back to Forest First again. This time on a holiday with a purpose to spend more time with these kids. Inspire them in ways a school can't and help them lead a better lifestyle. After spending time and having endless conversations with Dinesh ji about how the small villages are suffering and how he's making a small difference to a small number of people, I have decided to dedicate some time from my life to make a difference and give back to the society and nature that has given us so much.”
Sandhya is a quaint village hut in the Himalayas. It was restored from an original structure that is believed to be more more than 60-70 years old. As a result, it has a unique charm about it- little quirks that give us a glimpse how local people lived here and their sensibilities. For example, the door heights are always very low- just above 4 ft- so do mind your heads when you enter! Sandhya offers a chance to experience life in an authentic mountain home.
“The Sandhya homestay is a beautiful place to stay. If you love peace and silence of hill station, the Sandhya homestay at Satkhol is a right choice for you. The stay has a single hut with 1 living room, 1 bed room, 1 kichen and washroom with all the basic amenities. The stay has cook for your anytime need ginger tea or dinner, but they only stay at sandhya till the evening. After that, in the whole ddarkness of night your loved one, silent trees and starry sky are the companion of your wonderful experience of life without digital entertainment. You can cook for your own taste, for this caretaker of the stay will provide you fresh vegetables. But if you dont have vegetarian apetite at all, then you need to struggle for non-veg, as like the other remote hill stations, the place also have less availability of chicken, but you can easily get the breakfast time boiled egg or Egg curray at dinner... The best thing of the stay is mesmerizing view of Himalayas, at footstep, there is dark eye soothing green Pine forest, and parallel to horizon, the snow capped ranges of himalayan peaks started. The major peaks which are easily visible from here are, Mt. Trishul, Mt. Nandadevi, Mt. Panchachuli etc. The outside landscape and architecture of the little hut will definitely attract you to do not leave the place, rather convince you to come another time... .”