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Itmenaan Lodges

near Almora, Uttarakhand

A 6-hour drive northeast (in the general direction of Nepal) from Delhi will bring you to Kathgodam, from where a further 2-3 hours along impossibly beautiful mountain roads will bring you to Itmenaan.

Ask for Chalnichhina on your way here since it is well known, and coming in via Almora is longer. Mobile services work well here, so you could easily navigate via GPS, but call the manager to confirm exactly where the turnoff from the main road is.

Chalnichhina village is (thankfully) far away from urban distractions and offers something that is becoming increasingly rare – a truly rural experience. The main village is quite literally a few shops long, so there isn’t much to do in terms of entertainment. But being off the beaten track ensures that the peace, flora and fauna stay untouched. And ensure an experience that will touch you and remain long after you’ve left.

How to get there:

By air:
The airport at Pantnagar is supposed to be operational but is unreliable. We recommend flying in to Delhi for cheaper and more plentiful options onward.

By rail:
Kathgodam is the closest railhead from Delhi. Regular day and night trains run to and fro.

By bus:
Buses come from Delhi to Nainital and Haldwani, from where you can take local buses or cabs. Or have the hotel pick you up.


Distances & travel times:

Delhi: 380km / 9 hrs approx.

railway stations: 
Kathgodam: 90km / 4 hrs approx.

Book Itmenaan Lodges

Rates from USD$ 74.51

When to go:

There are different reasons to visit in different seasons.

April to June is the best time to escape the Indian summer.

The end of December through January is perfect to experience the beauty of snowfall.

October to December is the best time for bird watching/birding.


Getting around:

Walking is not only the best way to see the place, but pretty much the only way. Remember to pack good shoes.

Cars will come in handy if you want to visit the temples in the area or drop in at Almora.


Type Boutique hotel
Rooms 7
Children Yes
Closed Never