Jageshwar

Van Serai – The Wellness Lodge

Driving into Jageshwar is in itself an experience. Driving from Kathgodam or Almora, the entire Kumaoni hillside is spotted with houses. As you drive along, at the turn off at Artola, the road is slowly engulfed by the Deodar trees and before you know it, the mist combined with the thick forest give the feeling of entering a whole new world.

Just at the entrance of the sleepy town of Jageshwar, jutting out inconspicuously from a hilltop is the enchanting lodge of Van Serai. While close enough to be able to easily walk to the temple cluster of Jageshwar, Van Serai is far enough to be able to enjoy the tranquility of Jageshwar. Adding to the charm of the pristine setting, is the rivulet Surabhi, winding its way towards the temples to pay homage to the Great Lord Shiva.

A grueling six years in the making, Van Serai has truly been a labour of love. Attention to every detail has resulted in a unique stay option that has ensured the lodge fits into the local surroundings seamlessly.

The architectural inspiration of Van Serai comes from the traditional Kumaoni style of construction. All the rooms and common areas have been designed keeping in tune with the local architectural feel. Big verandas in the front and back have been specially created to let the guests enjoy the greenery and make the most of the warm sunshine bathing the lodge.

Van Serai is an eco friendly lodge where we try to reuse, reduce and recycle thus giving back what we can to this natural paradise.

Staying at Van Serai

Driving into Jageshwar is in itself an experience. Driving from Kathgodam or Almora, the entire Kumaoni hillside is spotted with houses. As you drive along, at the turn off at Artola, the road is slowly engulfed by the Deodar trees and before you know it, the mist combined with the thick forest give the feeling of entering a whole new world.

Just at the entrance of the sleepy town of Jageshwar, jutting out inconspicuously from a hilltop is the enchanting lodge of Van Serai.

While close enough to be able to easily walk to the temple cluster of Jageshwar, Van Serai is far enough to be able to enjoy the tranquility of Jageshwar. Adding to the charm of the pristine setting, is the rivulet Surabhi, winding its way towards the temples to pay homage to the Great Lord Shiva.

A grueling six years in the making, Van Serai has truly been a labour of love. Attention to every detail has resulted in a unique stay option that has ensured the lodge fits into the local surroundings seamlessly.

The architectural inspiration of Van Serai comes from the traditional Kumaoni style of construction. All the rooms and common areas have been designed keeping in tune with the local architectural feel. Big verandas in the front and back have been specially created to let the guests enjoy the greenery and make the most of the warm sunshine bathing the lodge.

Van Serai is an eco friendly lodge where we try to reuse, reduce and recycle thus giving back what we can to this natural paradise.

Kumaon Kitchen

Jageshwar being a pilgrimage site, we respect religious sentiments and serve only vegetarian food. Using fresh spices and vegetables from the village, our local cooks add that extra zest to the flavours and aroma, churning out scrumptious traditional homemade dishes. Most food is pranic in nature. Catering to most palates, we try and provide a varied selection of Kumaoni and north Indian cuisine in our buffets that also caters to non-resident guests. Specific dietary needs can be accommodated on prior requests.

Interacting with other guests in the dining area and enjoying the beautiful views, you wouldn't miss room service. If you like any particular dish or are keen to learn signature Kumaoni dishes, we can try and arrange a cooking lesson for you too. Feel free to exchange recipes with our cooks and make yourself feel at home.

Picnic Tiffin

For guests wanting to go on long nature walks, birding or to explore the local village, we are happy to provide a picnic hamper. Customized to your taste, it gives you the freedom to enjoy your excursion at your own pace without time constraints. Walking through the beautiful surroundings, enjoying the solitude, you can nibble to regain energy or enjoy a warm drink and snack at a perfect spot sitting by the gurgling stream.

Experiences at Jageshwar

Van Serai is perfect for a peaceful holiday. It is ideally located for those wanting to introspect, meditate or take a break from their stressful lives. However, for those who like a little action, there is plenty to do in and around Jageshwar.

Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation – Our Wellness Programme

The tranquility and divinity of the area lend themselves beautifully for the one-ness of the body and mind. With pure nature around you, doing yoga, asanas, pranayams or meditation feels like second nature. The pure mountain air with the soft sun showering you with warmth, the chirping of birds and calm gurgling of the stream nearby provide the best possible environment for a yoga session. Whether you are a novice or a regular practitioner of yoga, our yoga gurus can help you completely relax and rejuvenate your body and mind.

For further relaxation, one can opt for Ayurvedic massages from our inhouse masseur. Refer to our wellness section.

Temple Visit

A visit to the famous temples is almost mandatory. Reminding you of the stone balanced structures straight out of a Flintstones comic or Stonehenge, these temples have been here since centuries and are a wonder in themselves. The little legends and tales around the temples are part of the folklore and intrigues which our local guides would be happy to share with you. Visit www.jageshwar.in & Recommended Tours.

Birding and Nature Walks

The deodars forests at the lower altitude and the pine cover further up, are the perfect habitat for many rare bird species. Asian Adventures' birding experts will be happy to initiate you into the world of bird watching. If you are already into birding, he would be an interesting source of information on species specific to this region. You can also choose to explore the beautiful forests at your own pace, maybe carry a picnic hamper for a longer trek and make the most of the natural beauty around you.

Trekking

At Van Serai, along with usual treks, we have a unique Village trekking experience in store for you. Our concept of the Village Trek provides an insight into the lives and daily routine of the Kumaoni villager. On the trek, we take you through thick deodar forests and quaint Kumaoni villages. The highlight is being able to stay at one of these village houses.
Along with seeing some unforgettable views of the magnificient snow-capped mountain ranges, sighting endemic birds and local fauna, you get the opportunity to admire and reside in the traditional old Kumaoni houses with carved wooden doors and windows. We start the trek at Binsar from where we leave early morning making our way to Jageshwar. Overnight stay in the village houses gives you a chance to experience their warm and genuine hospitality. The accommodation is rustic but clean and has all the basic amenities. The village houses have been partially renovated and toilets and bathrooms added without compromising on the ambience. Traditional food is cooked by the villagers ensuring good hygiene standards. Mineral water is also provided.

This trek can be done as a full day trek (7-8 hours) or split into 2 days with the option of staying in a village house and one night in a tent, based on availability.

Since its mostly downhill, it is a relatively easy trek suitable for everyone.

Picnics

Nothing like a packed lunch under the Deodar trees while sitting on a large rock by the rivulet. From having grown up in the area, our staff knows the undiscovered spots with the best rocks. Make paper boats or simply watch the small fish swim around. For the more adventurous, wash your feet in the chilled water.

Village Visits

You can take a walk around the local villages, admiring the traditional old houses with carved wooden doors and windows. Watch how time has stood still in some places and modernity has engulfed some others.

A visit to Jageshwar is incomplete without an interaction with a local family accompanied with a local Kumaoni meal. Sit around the bonfire hearing the local folklore and haunting Kumaoni music and songs. Feel the warm hearted welcome and make a friend for life. Let our staff know if you're interested and we will help put it together for you.

Exploring Caves

The cave structures in and around Jageshwar are absolutely enticing. From small holes in the walls to large caves which were probably used for Tantric congregations.
The entire countryside around the area is dotted with caves, each one with its own story. The most famous amongst these are the Airavat Cave and the Pataal Bhuvaneshwar caves, in case you are feeling adventurous enough to explore them.

Starry Nights

The nights at Jageshwar are absolutely magical. Simply sit around the logs enjoying the sounds of the fire and after the fire dies, do some stargazing. Listen to the silence and enjoy the beautiful smell of the forest.

About Us

Asian Adventures is a well-established nature travel house in India founded by Mohit Aggarwal. With over 20 years of experience in nature centric tours in India, Nepal and Bhutan, the travel company specializes in wildlife, birding cultural & wellness trips.

Mohit's love for nature, conservation and Kumaon is very evident in his eco-friendly lodges. Promoting and sustaining natural habitats and encouraging income generation opportunities in backward areas with minimal environmental harm are his passion. With an eye for detail and love for old world charm, he blends his lodges into the scenery using naturally available materials and authentic architectural design of that area.

A labour of love, his quaint eco-lodges are a true haven of comfort and emnate a home feel which makes it a truly rich experience. With excellent hospitality and an eagerness to help you make the most of your stay, the lodges are a perfect choice to explore the beautiful locations.

Our drive to educate and clean up Jageshwar will commence October 2015. If you wish to lend a hand, we would be most happy to associate with you. Chintan Environmental group is putting a plan together to arrive at some permanent solutions to save this eco-system from the wrath of non-biodegradables.

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Our Team

Our team comprises of local folk.

The people from the region are our greatest support and we believe in the philosophy of the benefits going to the local populace. Our wellness experts are largely the team from Evolution.

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INR 35000

Duration
X Days & Y Nights

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