The Misty Mountains Retreat - Jhaltola
The Misty Mountains is ideal for an extended family vacation. Its the perfect place and a complete destination if you are looking to park yourself at one place without needing to travel around. You can be among friends and family without distractions and routine.
This family vacation place in kumaon is an offbeat destination far- far away from everywhere. Its a retreat nestled in a 1000 acres of solitude and offers a unique experience to the discerning traveler.It has something to offer everyone. You can indulge in birding, bird, macro and landscape photography, nature walks, making friends with like minded guests, soft adventure activities, or just spending quality time with your loved ones. It can be a perfect place for all of this.
The rooms, suites and cottages are designed to cater to your unique need – be it privacy or shared spaces. We have family cottages with multiple bedrooms and spacious living rooms for family and friends traveling together. We have suites for couples traveling with kids. Simple rooms for couples or travel partners. And an independent cottage for those who want more privacy.
The Misty Mountains is an unexplored birding destination in kumaon. This offbeat destination is blessed with an untouched 1000 acres of forests around it. The terrain varies from 1700 meters to 2600 meters within 3 square kilometers. There are 3 water bodies nearby(Ramganga, Saryu, Baans Pathan). All this combine to make a diverse and dense avi-fauna population.
Over the last one and a half years, we have photographed and identified over 130 bird species and sub species out of which 90% are within the core area of 3 sq. kilometers and 10% in the periphery. Experienced birders have estimated the presence of close to 300 species in the vicinity.
Within the campus of 5 acres itself, you can spot over 30 species right outside your cottage. These include – Khalij Pheasant, Hill Partridge, Oriental Turtle and Spotted Doves, Himalayan Griffons, Black Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black Headed Jays, Grey Bush Chats, Russet Sparrows, Blue Winged Siva (blue winged minla), Bar Throated Siva (Chestnut Tailed Minla), Green Backed Tits, Black Throated Tits, Black Lored Tits, Yellow Breasted Green Finches, Common Rosefinches, Streaked Laughing Thrush, White Throated Laughing Thrush, Blue Whistling Thrush, Rusty Cheeked Scmitar Babbler, Black Chinned Babbler, Grey Headed Woodpecker, Brown Fronted Woodpecker, Lesser Yellow Nape, Large Billed Crow, Himalayan Bulbuls, Black Bulbuls, Verditer Flycatcher, Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher, Grey Hooded Warbler, Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher, Rufous Sibia, Whiskered Yuhina etc.
Within the area of 3 sq.kms that can be reached on foot you can spot over a 100 species. And another 50 odd within driving distance of an hour including a nearby river side.
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Activities
1) Active inaction – This is only for advanced level vacationers who have mastered the art of doing nothing. You can practice here rigorously by pursuing various well designed inactivities. This includes day dreaming on hammocks and garden chairs; holding on to a book with a genuine intention of reading it while chasing some butterfly wings with your gaze; roaming around in circles with your expensive camera strapped to your neck; having monosyllabic conversation with rank strangers and well meaning intruders; and staring into the distance with a satiated smile.

2) Inactive action – For those who have a justified compulsive desire to actually do something with their time, we recommend these activities – birding, photography, reading (books you are carrying or any from our esoteric personal collection shared fearlessly in the common library), nature walks, picnics, bonfires, and chatting – with each other/ neighbors/ trees/ bees/ bushes/ thrushes or the hosts while being inquisitive about why we built this place and how (this is our favorite part where we can spend a day chit-chatting and sleep well with a deep sense of achievement about a day well spent.

3) Semi-active action – This is for the travelers. The sensible and sensitive sub-species of travelers who want to see the place, observe the setting, meet the people, visit the temples, and encourage the locals. Semi-active activities include sight-seeing (details towards the end of this page), village-walks, night-forest walks, hikes to fabulous view points, river side picnics etc.

4) Pure Action – For the youth-enthused souls and adrenalin junkies, we organize adventure activities (Rock climbing, Rappelling, Tyrolean Traverse, Burma bridge etc.), full day treks to nearby places, Rafting (seasonally), outdoor games etc.


Birding at Misty.
The Misty Mountains is an unexplored birding destination in kumaon. This offbeat destination is blessed with an untouched 1000 acres of forests around it. The terrain varies from 1700 meters to 2600 meters within 3 square kilometers. There are 3 water bodies nearby(Ramganga, Saryu, Baans Pathan). All this combine to make a diverse and dense avi-fauna population.

Over the last one and a half years, we have photographed and identified over 130 bird species and sub species out of which 90% are within the core area of 3 sq. kilometers and 10% in the periphery. Experienced birders have estimated the presence of close to 300 species in the vicinity.

Within the campus of 5 acres itself, you can spot over 30 species right outside your cottage. These include – Khalij Pheasant, Hill Partridge, Oriental Turtle and Spotted Doves, Himalayan Griffons, Black Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black Headed Jays, Grey Bush Chats, Russet Sparrows, Blue Winged Siva (blue winged minla), Bar Throated Siva (Chestnut Tailed Minla), Green Backed Tits, Black Throated Tits, Black Lored Tits, Yellow Breasted Green Finches, Common Rosefinches, Streaked Laughing Thrush, White Throated Laughing Thrush, Blue Whistling Thrush, Rusty Cheeked Scmitar Babbler, Black Chinned Babbler, Grey Headed Woodpecker, Brown Fronted Woodpecker, Lesser Yellow Nape, Large Billed Crow, Himalayan Bulbuls, Black Bulbuls, Verditer Flycatcher, Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher, Grey Hooded Warbler, Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher, Rufous Sibia, Whiskered Yuhina etc.
Within the area of 3 sq.kms that can be reached on foot you can spot over a 100 species. And another 50 odd within driving distance of an hour including a nearby river side.

Treks to places of interest around the site include the following
Lamkeshwar – an old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva sits atop a mountain which is a 3 km uphill climb from the retreat. It also offers fabulous 360 degree views and on clear days, one could spend an entire day tirelessly taking pictures and still not be satiated. This is a four hour trek including return.

Ramganga River – this river is one of the major rivers of Kumaon and is known for its splendor. The trek is a good 12 kms one way and takes a whole day including return. One can also go to the river by road in which case it is a two hour drive from the retreat where you can meet the same river closer to the main road at Thal.

Patal Bhuvaneshwar – one of most important shrines of Lord Shiva, is a major tourist attraction. The return trek is about 16 kilometers and takes about 8 hours, including about two hours spent in the underground caves. The place is also accessible by a motor road and is a forty five minutes drive from the retreat.
How to reach

From Delhi

Option one – train + road travel
1. Delhi to Kathgodam by train. Details of trains at the end of this page.
2. 190 kms/ 7 hours by cab. We can arrange a cab for you on request. Option two – by road
1. 500kms/ 14 hours – Delhi – Hapur – Gajrola – Moradabad bypass – Rampur – Haldwani – Kathgodam – Bhimtal – Bhowali – Khairna – Almora – Chitai Temple – Barechina- Dhaulchina – Raiagar – Ram Mandir/ Jhaltola.
Address :
The Misty Mountains Retreat
Jhaltola Village, P.o. Jadapani
Tehsil Gangolihat
District Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

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