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Bought in 1899 by Ms. Mary Budden herself, and converted into a school for local orphans, the estate lay derelict until nearly a hundred years later when Serena Chopra — a Delhi-based photographer and writer, purchased the property and turned it into her mountain home.
Spread over 5 acres of land, the wooded estate has a cottage sleeping 6 in three rooms and an additional 3 double rooms in the lodge. All accommodation is en-suite, tastefully appointed with logwood fireplaces, stone patios and several open sit-outs. Private drawing and dining rooms, select antique furniture and vast mountain views complete this elegant mountain hideaway.
Almora is a surprise package, and this is not just about its ‘bal mithai’ fudge with roasted khoya and sugar balls. Almora offers so much more than the expected; stunning snow views, dense jungles, idyllic villages, rare temples and clear rivers.
A short uphill drive from the main road to Almora town leads you to the heart of one of Uttarakhand’s best-kept secrets, the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Burrowed on top of the Jhandi Dhar hills and encircled by magnificent forests, Binsar is perched at an altitude of 2,420 meters, with an outstanding panoramic view of the great Himalayan range.
One of the most picturesque destinations in the Kumaon region, Binsar is unspoilt; protected by rolling valleys and mighty mountains. Birds, tall trees and solitude are the best by-products of Binsar. Quaint villages at the fringes and inside the sanctuary have their own stories to tell.
Bundled up in bliss
Add more days to your mountain retreat as you indulge your fondest moments at Mary Budden Estate