Parvada Bungalows- An abode of love, warmth and serenity

Parvada Bungalows, a boutique luxury property, in the lap of the viridescent South Gola range of Kumaon, was my home away from home for a couple of days and here are my thoughts on this punctilious property and its people.

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As our train entered Kathgodam railway station, there was an anticipation in the air; of eagerness to disembark and kickstart my debut trip to the Kumaon region of Devbhoomi. Uttarakhand is fondly and rightfully called so by its local people owing to the influence of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in the everyday living of the populace as well as the region’s tryst with ancient history. Though I’ve been to the Garhwal region many times and have indulged in exploring Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar at leisure, this was my debut in Kumaon.

Parvada Bungalows

You may read my write-up on Parvada, written for Architectural Digest here 

Parvada Bungalows: An abode of love, warmth and serenity

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
Panoramic view of the South Gola range from Parvada Bungalows

My very first tryst with Kumaon

During our approximately 180 minutes of drive from Kathogodam to the nondescript Parvada village, the landscape changed drastically from the very mundane to pristine. I realized that a trip to nature’s bounty like Kumaon is highly recommended for travellers who are green panthers like me!

Upon reaching the bosky Parvada Bungalows, a sherbet made of Rhododendron blooms turned out to be a great refresher as a welcome drink. I had tasted rhododendron chutney before while in Himachal, but the claret drink out of these Himalayan blooms was my maiden indulgence.

Rhododendron juice

 

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
The Facade

The chambers of Parvada

Wild Fig North

Post a quick chat with the owner and orientation around the property, I was ushered to my aesthetically and thoughtfully done-up room named ‘Wild Fig North’. Rightly named so, as it had a wild-fig tree growing in-front-of its porch. With floor-to-roof glass windows that allow ample natural light to flow in and wooden flooring to keep one warm, the room was a treat to the senses. The chic and simple decor that made for a minimalistic interior rendered a clutter-free look to my space.

The attic had additional beds with its own attached restrooms. Going by the size and facilities, both the Wild Fig North and South rooms can easily accommodate a family of four, while also providing each of them their own private space.

With no distractions in the form of television or Wifi, I was unknowingly on a detox-getaway from a toxic city called Delhi. The other cottages were equally pleasing and comfortable while also being wheel-chair friendly.

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
My den at Parvada
Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
The charming attic
Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
Look out for exotic Himalayan birds
Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
As the first sun’s ray hits the facade…orangeyyy

A Culinary haven called Parvada Bungalows

The most integral part of any comfortable holiday apart from stay option has to be the victuals. Parvada Bungalows scores high on this aspect, as guests are treated with fresh and organically prepared dishes, chutneys, accompaniments and beverages. Parvada Bungalows bakes its own bread, sources organic honey from self-help groups run by the locals, while almost all the organic assemblages in their fruit platter are seasonal and locally grown fruits, and, most often plucked from their own orchards!

The twilight saw us either venturing on immersive guided walks or a lazy stroll across the hamlet of Parvada during our sojourn. With blooming fruit orchards and vegetable farms grown on terraced fields, the village of Parvada perennially looks bountiful. Once, a sudden nip in the air made us scurry to the comfort of the dining hall back at the Parvada Bungalows, to be treated to some much needed Pahari-Chai accompanied with pakoras(fritters), freshly baked cookies and chocolates. Oh Ya! and, on the first day, we gorged on the Katori chaat of the region, that looked very similar to the basket chaat of Lucknow.

The management at Parvada Bungalows not only believes in providing wholesome food to its guests but also makes sure they are up-close with Kumaoni cuisine. So, look forward to degust their lip-smacking Kumaoni thali for lunch, as well as, attend their special in-house culinary class on Kumaoni cuisine during your stay.

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
Katori chat

 

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
A culinary class in progress

 

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
Kumaon thaali

A day at Parvada Bungalows

Thankfully, our days at Parvada Bungalows always started with insightful Yoga sessions under the tutelage of an experienced Patanjali Yoga guru. The sessions were invigorating and got us closer to understanding the strengths and weaknesses of our body much better.

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
Yoga session in progress

Tip: Do get in touch with Parvada Bungalows to know more about their exciting Yoga Packages.

These sessions were followed by a quick shower, satiating our taste-buds with some freshly prepared breakfast and another round of the lip-smacking Chai.

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
A piping hot cuppa…

Things to do in and around Parvada

On most of the days we went sight-seeing, post our filling breakfast. There are ample things to see and experience in and around Parvada. Parvada Bungalows is ideally located wherein Mukteshwar, Jaageshwar dhaam, Almora et al could be covered on a day-trip.

If you just want to indulge in the luxury of nothingness, then spend your time in the well-stocked Victor lounge that has traditional board games and a well-stocked library.

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
If only all resorts have this library!

Interested in long walks? Well, then I would suggest you go for a short relaxed stroll to the Baalughat waterfalls that are nearby Parvada. The trail is breathtaking, soothes the senses with its calmness and serenity and is pleasing to the eyes.

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
The jungle trail

 

 

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
Surrounded by the rhododendron blooms

 

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
Path to the cascade

 

Else, like me, venture towards the other side of the Parvada village, at the brink of cockcrow. The much needed morning saunter led me to explore the sylvan South Gola range landscape. With gurgling streams, blossoming flowers of the apple orchards, moos of the morning cows accompanied by the bawls of chirpy calves, fluttering butterflies and home to exotic Himalayan birds, the village of Parvada comes alive at dawn.

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
The road less taken

 

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
Apple blooms

 

The days of ours usually ended with star-gazing, exchange of thoughts, animated discussions and enjoying the idea of ‘lollygagging’; while on many occasions, the affable and hospitable Ms.Vasudha Sodhi (owner of Parvada Bungalows) was kind enough to share anecdotes around their boutique home that has since then transformed into a trusted resort and a hub for running her welfare programmes. From scouting for the perfect land to creating the blueprint, we discussed everything around the property and under the sun while at the dinner table as both Vasudha and Caron(estate manager) are great deipnosophists!

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
Just another splendid view from Parvada Bungalows

On one of the days, the local village band enthralled us with their folk songs and stories at the campfire. Listening to the rustic melodies, understanding the lyrics of the soulful songs and hearing to the stories, one cannot but accept the fact that these mountain people are the richest amongst all of us- living close to nature, respecting and protecting it and our culture in spite of facing hurdles. Sometimes, I feel we are living such a mediocre life amidst all the available luxury at the expense of the mountain people- cutting down their trees, consuming their share of water, polluting their air and thus damaging their very existence! Think…

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
Bonfire extravaganza

Thoughtful gestures by the management of Parvada Bungalows that left an indelible impression

  • Message cards accompanied by home-made chocolates placed in rooms.
  • The estate manager and staff accompanying guests on village walks and on short trails.
  • A keen and smiling staff who are always on their toes and ever ready to help the guests.
  • Organic food, placement of umbrellas in rooms and little birdhouses in and around the property and orchard.
  • It is a pet-friendly place apart from being wheel-chair friendly. You can find bird feeds as well on various trees around the estate. The peeps at Parvada Bungalows have been thoughtful in planting and growing trees like silver berry, hisalu and kaaphal which attract the most beautiful bird species, thus helping in pollination without disturbing the eco-system.
  • The Victor lounge with a well-stocked library of books.
Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
Vibrant umbrellas adorn the colourful wall
Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
Cutiee birdhouse
Parvada Bungalows and its social ventures for community welfare

The kind ones at Parvada Bungalows have taken upon themselves the task of sustainable development and responsible tourism in the village. The social initiative of ‘Seakho’ is helping the womenfolk of the village to become skilled and economically independent by teaching them crochet and knitting. So, why not buy a few knitwears while on a trip to Parvada? Check with the manager at Parvada Bungalows to know the availability and cost of the wares during your stay.

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
community learning
Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
The cone shawl!

Apart from being the best stay option in Parvada, I consider it the ideal place to spend your vacation even when visiting Mukteshwar. Not convinced? Well, do have a look at the map and see for yourself how conveniently located is the property of Parvada Bungalows!

Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of Parvada Bungalows as much as I revelled in my stay at this abode. Plan your next getaway with Parvada and do feel free to get in touch with me or the folks at Parvada Bungalows in case of any queries. We shall be more than happy to guide you 🙂 Happy holidays…

Parvada Bungalows - One of the best stay options near Mukteshwar
Rolling mountains or clouds?

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Disclaimer: I was hosted by  Parvada Bungalows on a familiarization trip to the place. However, the views expressed in this review are my own and have not been influenced by the hosts.

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15 Comments

  1. Omg hearing a nature’s lullaby is the best thing one can do at Parvada ..what a lovely little place in Kumaon . I loved the way you have described the place gives me a serious itch to go to this place for my rejuvenation . I was actually looking for a place like that to go and rest for a while . Definitely will look upto it more .

  2. Yukti Agrawal says:

    Your stay at Parvada bungalows is truly serene with beautiful views of green hills of Uttarakhand. I love such places. Your rustic wooden cottage of wild north fig is truly tempting and it is good you detoxified from TV and Wifi away from the daily routine life of Delhi. Victor Lounge would be my favorite to chill out due to many books and board games.

  3. Cat Lin says:

    Purvada Bungalows feels homey and their food looks delicious too! It must be lovely just staying there surrounded by spectacular views. It appears there are so many activities to do too and many places to explore. I’ll definitely have a great time there.

  4. Oh my gosh, the Wild Fig looks so adorable! And I love the forced technology detox! And the Parvada bungalow yoga studio looks like an incredible meditative experience.

  5. The Parvada Bungalows have some incredible views and their welcome drink, wow, I’d never heard of a drink being made from Rhodendron blooms. It’s so nice they use organic food for their guests, I bet the organic honey is tasty. The cooking class there must have been fun too! I’d be out there hiking and seeing what the lovely countryside has to offer!

  6. Sinjana Ghosh says:

    This is the perfect boutique I was looking for. The kachori looks delicious! What a beautiful abode in the lap of nature! The rooms are so earthly and luxurious at the same time.

  7. Such a wonderful stay experience in Uttarakhand that is! Parvada Bungalows are really helping create memories. I loved how you described the room, the time spent there, the activities, and special mention to that delicious food you were served there. I would surely keep Parvada Bungalows in mind when exploring Uttarakhand.

  8. Parvada Bungalows is definitely a resort that I would stay at on a trip to India! As you mentioned, the resort is so beautifully decorated that it’s hard not to feel like a very special guest. I also love that the resort has a library. I would curl up with a good book on the deck and just relax for an afternoon. The excursions that you embarked on were also exciting. I would love to visit the waterfalls and also see what other natural beauties are located around the resort. I love that they also support local tourism!

  9. Wow, this looks like a fabulous place to stay. The drink made of rhododendron flowers sounds delightful and very refreshing. I think these small family-run hotels are the best places to stay in and you always get such wonderful food.

  10. Your pictures are SO beautiful!

    1. Thanks, Tammy 🙂

  11. Wow!! What a lovely place! I would certainly like to visit this quaint place for a vacation. The locale, room, food everything sounds so tempting! You’ve taken some great pictures of the location. I liked the idea that this place promotes local crafts and flavors. A lovely coverage of an idyllic retreat in the hills!

    1. Thank you so much, Kala. It is a beautifully done up homestay. As I said before, you would definitely like this place 🙂

  12. This place looks so amazing. That room is beautiful. And I am drooling over all that food. Wish you could send me some of that Katori chaat.

    1. Haha….sure, Soumya. I absolutely loved this much-needed getaway to the salubrious Parvada!

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