Located about 20 KM from our place is a temple dedicated to Aedi Raja Barsi Gaja (ऐड़ी राजा बरसी गाजा), a demigod who appears in local folk tales. Villagers name the temple simply ‘Aedi Devta Temple’ (also spelled Ari, Aeri, Aidi). The temple is on a hilltop with valleys all around.Continue reading Aedi Devta Temple
Winters are blessed with snow. The landscape starts to transform into a winter wonderland with frost. Once the snow falls, the transformation gets completed. Everything looks pretty, covered in fresh white snow.Continue reading Snow – The White Miracle
These usually hidden away lifeform is rarely discussed. We work with these magical beings all the time. They help us in our gardening, improve our health and fight diseases, maintain the soil structure, and do a thousand other wonders.Continue reading Magical Fungi
The Trinetra Mahadeva Temples are located on a side of a cascading mountain stream. It is a wonderful place to spend some time. It’s about 37 KM from our place.Continue reading Mountain Stream near Trinetra Mahadeva
Just about 36 KM from our place is a small group of ancient temples. They are known as Trinetreshwara and Ekadash Rudra Mahadeva Temples. Local populations simply call them Trinetra Mahadeva Temples.Continue reading Trinetra Mahadeva Temples
From late spring to autumn, our region is blessed with a bounty of fruits. Wild Fruits can be found all around. From road-sides to deep inside forests. Apart from these delicious wild fruits, we maintain a fruit orchard too. Every day, we harvest these fruits. Fresh from the farm to the plate!Continue reading Fruit Orchard at Maini’s Hill Cottages
We strongly believe in keeping the nature as it is. This is what Wilding the garden is all about. By letting nature take control of things, we now have a mini forest close to us. A heaven for various plants, insects, birds, and animals.Continue reading Wilding the Garden
Just about 50 KM from our cottages are the famous temples of Jageshwar Dham. These temples were built between the 7th and 12th centuries, by the Katyuri dynasty and later Chand dynasty kings. These temples therefore show different architectural styles. The temples are clustered in two large groups.Continue reading Jageshwar Dham
Every place turns beautiful with colorful sunsets. However, when it comes to Natadol, the place simply turns magical.Continue reading Sunsets at Natadol
What is it that makes us want to sit out at night? What is so exciting standing out at night, with all the lights dimmed or switched off?
Terrace farming or step-farming is a way of life in the hills. In the region around our cottages, agriculture is the main occupation. Villagers toil hard to produce some of the tastiest fruits and vegetables in the region.
If you have not trekked along a creek, you have not trekked at all. At least, that’s what the old village folk say, here in Natadol.
How do we ensure that our family, friends, and guests keep praising our food? What invites them back to us again and again, even in seasons when people don’t visit the hills?
Walking is man’s best medicine – Hippocrates.
Fancy your daily dose of 10,000 steps? How about that in the lap of nature? Read on and learn why we love our walks in the forests.
Do you really believe in the fallacy that man has been able to improve upon what nature has provided us with?
Did you know that there exists a temple in India, where no one has ever seen the deity? A highly revered place, where either the deity remains covered or the worshippers have to cover their eyes!
Nestled in the Kumaon Hills is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Locals call it “Pracheen Vishnu Mandir”. From Kumaon folklores to ancient Hindu scripture “Skandpuran”, there are many mythological links to this ancient temple.
Natadol is an unexplored region when it comes to birding. Dense forests, some amount of agricultural activities, fruit trees, and scattered natural water springs, makes this an ideal location for the birds to thrive.
Have you seen how beautifully the fruit trees blossom in the spring season? This a sight to behold and treasure. No photographs can do justice to what can be seen in reality during the flowering time.
With the onset of autumn or fall, as it is lovingly called, the trees all around us start to play with colors. The leaves turn yellow and go through various shades of reds and brown before falling on the ground.
With the onset of monsoons, the rainy season, Kumaon hills get dotted with small cascades and waterfalls. The gurgling clear water flowing over the rocks is a sight to enjoy.
White Dutch Clover is a wonderful cover crop that we use in our orchard. Apart from making the ground look green and beautiful, it has its benefits. Ladybirds, which are also some of the most beautiful insects in nature also love to make these clover patches their homes. Various other insects also love these patches of white clover.
Once you have had these fruits, you’ll always want to have them, again and again, year after year.Continue reading Wild Fruits
Summers brings with itself all the colors of mother nature. Leaves cover the trees, fruits start to form. The flowers start to blossom everywhere. Every nook and corner has different types of flowers peeking out.
Does the idea of driving on hill roads excite you? Are you still not confident in the driving skills required?
With the onset of winters, frost starts to set in. Every night, the temperature goes below zero and on the following mornings, nature shows itself in a wonderful way.Continue reading Frost
The Himalayas consist of various ranges. Students of geography divide them into three major ranges. The lowest range is the one that is present in the Kumaon region. For many others, Himalayas is synonymous with snow-covered peaks of the other two ranges in the north. On a clear day, these snow-covered peaks can be viewed from our cottages itself.
A short walk away from the cottages, there is a small temple. Nested on a hilltop, the temple is dedicated to Saim Devta. Worshiped as one of the guardians of the village, Saim Devta provides prosperity. Some of the local folk consider Saim to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is highly revered and is said to have been initially established by Saim Devta himself.
How pure is the air around our cottages? Is it really as clean as we expect it to be on the hills? This is how we know about it –