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Reviewed March 3, 2018

Let me get the cons put of the way first. The only con is that it is an arduous 90 minute trek up a mountain path. But once you get there the fun starts.

The cottage is set back in a clearing in the middle of the forest without any trace of civilisation on the immediate vicinity. The rooms are tastefully done. The hall is quaint with its fireplace and its huge library . The team is amazing and dish up wonderful meals on demand. They also tended to each and every request of ours with a smile.

Amazingly data/network connectivity is not a problem here and you could be in touch with your regular stream of information from the outside world

Room tip: Try the larger rooms on the lower level
Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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2  Thank rram_n
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Reviewed January 18, 2018

A mind-blowing experience. After "a little over an hour" trek, you are greeted by the most amazing views. Its actually like staying in the middle of nowhere.
The rooms were quite big, great views, interestingly-themed bathrooms, of-course no TVs, the idea to disconnect yourself from everything outside was definitely welcome.
We were surprised that they had heated-mattresses in the room, something you don't see that frequently at even the fanciest of places.
Hospitality is the key here!! Everyone out there was so helpful and made sure they took case of all our needs. In fact, we met the owners and their family as well, really sweet bunch of people.
Would definitely visit again.

Date of stay: December 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Akshayyyy
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Reviewed October 26, 2017

It is an arduous climb from Matial to the Terrace. No kidding. It isn't 45 minutes unless your regular cardio routine has kept you in such fine fettle that you run 6 miles a day like it's munching nachos. It's steep, it's uneven slabs of stone and it's relentless. You must be in climbing boots, not sneakers. And you should reach Matial at least two hours before sunset else the climb can be dark and dreary. My gym-fit wife took an hour, I took 75 minutes. But, like many other reviewers have said, it's absolutely worth it.

The coolth in the air, the clear skies, the majestic Nanda Devi looking at you with disdain from a distance, the foliage all around, the symphony of warbling and chirping as birds urge you to get out of bed every morning, the inviting smell of firewood as the crew cooks up something that you fancy.

We stayed in Padam on the upper floor. Modest size, good for two adults and a child. As is usually the case, it appears big on their website, but is actually not quite – see picture accompanying this review. Stone walls, planked floor and roof. Large king bed. Oil heater for cold nights. Cotton curtains for you to part and take in views from the North and the East. The room doesn't have a closed cupboard, so you will have to manage storing your clothes and UGs between an open shelf and your bags. Oh, by the way, plan on bringing small duffle bags and strolleys - a pony gets them up the climb and large suitcases make it difficult. Large bathroom with hot water supplied from a central system. Get your own toiletries - shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, body lotion and the works. They provide locally bought shampoo sachets and medicated soaps which may not be to your liking. They ought to upgrade these because their tariffs are at the luxe end. The room could do with better upkeep - carpets and curtains a tad dirty, lamps fitted with oversized CFLs that glare into your eyes, sofa cover a bit grimy. There are several little things that the facility could do with.

We enjoyed the food. Crisp pakoras and masala tea in the evenings. Parathas, savoury dalia (cracked wheat porridge) or masala omelette and toast for brekky. Besides the usual milk & cereals and fruits. Our first dinner was rajma (kidney bean), crispy okra, mustard greens, paneer curry (cottage cheese), chicken gravy. Home style cooking with less oil, yet nice on the taste buds. Lunch next day was aloo gobi, black lentils and a local vegetable. River caught trout at night - a few pieces batter-fried, the rest in an onion-tomato gravy. Besides yellow lentils and a bhajji. You get the drift. Hemraj was our chef for the stay. He can bake cakes.

The dining room double hats as their lounge with a large portrait of Dali overseeing matters. They have hundreds of books and magazines and board games that you can choose from, though it's an outside chance you actually get all the pieces and cards. Okayish glassware if you want pour yourself a glass of Malbec or fix a drink of Napue. Suggest you check the glass before use. Several floor lamps and roof lights to fiddle with.

The friendliest of staff, all slim (must be the climbing), busy tending to all your needs, making you familiar with local things like kaku, a yellow fruit, or nevla, a mongoose. They really make you feel at home with their warmth and personal touches. We met some families who come here every now and then. You might end up as another of the ilk.

Room tip: Buransh is the best room if you want space
Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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5  Thank Cacofonix99
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Reviewed September 14, 2017

I had travelled to Jilling with my husband for a birthday weekend, and we loved the place so much that we ended up extending our stay here!

Service: Absolutely excellent. It felt like I was spending a long weekend at home. The food was tasty and well-cooked. Not like the hotel mush - it gave the perfect semblance of a home-cooked meal.
Room: I read the reviews online, and saw that Kafal had great reviews for the view. It was a lovely room, great view. Since we were the only people on the property, we were at ease, and privacy was never a concern. The floorboards creak a bit though, but it wasn't really a problem
Location and Amenities: The trek up to the place was invigorating. We took 1.5 hours to reach there, and it was quite hot when we started. But the view, the greenery just seemed to make up for every tired, aching bone. In terms of amenities, the rustic air is part of the charm of this place

All in all, I had been longing to visit this place for quite a few months now, and I wasn't the least bit disappointed. I had gone there expecting a quiet romantic getaway, and this place lived up to the promise. On one day, I just sat in the dining room trying to solve the 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. On the other, I just sat around the place curled up with a book and a hot cup of tea - by the armchair near the poster of Dali, on the porch. Looks like I'll be making a repeat visit to this place very soon.

Room tip: Each room has its own charm
Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Neha J
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Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

So Jilling warned us that there's gonna be an hour's worth of climbing to reach it... however we didn't realise that it could be a serious back breaker for non gymming people like us! Though we reached the top in about an hour and a half... on our way up I probably cursed everyone on trip advisor who had previously reviewed this place and had said the walk was easy!
But let me tell you something, the moment you reach the top and breathe in the air of calm and silence and realise this is all just for you to enjoy some solitude... you begin to feel your tiredness walk away... Vimala Aunty, the caretaker is a mother that would pamper you like a child and will be ready to feed you goodies all day long!!!
The rooms are tastefully done and the view is not really of the Himalayas but there's just something about the peace and quiet here... that just doesn't let you hold on to any sort of stress... Thank you Dilip Ji and Vimala Aunty for a wonderful stay!

Date of stay: November 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Sur82
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