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Traversing the foothills of the Himalayas and plummeting towards the mainland, Uttarakhand is home to some varied topography. Known as “The Land of the Gods” it is famed for its religious pilgrimage sights and attracts thousands of domestic and foreign visitors each year. Our pick of the best places to stay in Uttarakhand are wide ranging and there is something for couples, families - in fact all holiday makers.
Flocking to Uttarakhand for a bounty of reasons, Uttarakhand’s concentration of holy cities gives it an authentically spiritual feel, which many foreign tourists find both intoxicating and enlightening. Whether in Haridwar or Rishikesh, experience an evening aarti, a fire ritual on the banks of the river Ganges, honouring Lord Shiva. Uttarakhand also boasts some of the best spas and yoga schools in the world.
Others go for the fresh air, great outdoors and mountain landscapes. On a clear day Almora has views across to the snow capped Himalayas and the Annapurnas, whilst Nainital and Mussourie are the perfect options for complete relaxation and tranquillity amongst the verdant hills.
Wildlife enthusiasts will love Corbett National Park, which received its title in memory of its namesake Jim Corbett, the famed hunter turned conservationist. Whilst you will be lucky to spot one of the ‘man eaters of Kumaon’ today, there are plenty of other animals to be seen from leopards to wild elephants, crocodiles and sloth bears.
There are good train links throughout most of Uttarakhand in comparison to the rest of the country so, especially in the mountainous areas were road travel can feel like an endless slalom, it can be the best way to get around.
Uttarakhand lies where the Himalayas begin. Enjoying a more temperate climate than the plains of India the hill stations in particular are an excellent option to visit in the summer months. Although the low-lying plains of Corbett National Park can reach the 40s.
The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Uttarakhand is wide ranging: from wildlife to spa breaks there are plenty of options to suit all tastes and budgets.
A favourite amongst yogis around the world, Uttarakhand is home to some of the best spas in the country.
The place for wildlife in Uttarakhand is Corbett National Park. Our top picks would have to include:
With mountains and rivers and plenty of outdoor pursuits Uttarakhand has always been a favourite amongst families.
So many romantic retreats to choose from couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the best places to stay in Uttarakhand for romance.
Many of Uttarakhand’s hill stations gained popularity during the time of the Raj and their colonial edifices still stand.
There are some admirable eco stays here, committed to sustainable tourism and conserving the state's wildlife and environment. Some in a most luxurious manner.
Whether generation old family properties or colonial bungalows turned heritage hotels, Uttarakhand boasts some delightful boutique stays.
Some people shy away from the ‘homestay’ but in Uttrakhand there are some excellent options – where you will feel at home as soon as soon as you arrive.
The mountains are calling you, for some ultimate downtime. Uttrakhand has some great relaxing breaks, many with the added bonus of limited phone connectivity!
Still not sure which to book? From family friendly to total relaxation browse through our list of the best places to stay in Uttarakhand to start to plan your trip. Or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Almora (District Almora, Uttarakhand.)
Small but perfectly formed this three bed guesthouse is a home away from home. Providing 360° views of Hawalbagh and the surrounding valley and forests. Food is fresh, home-cooked and delicious. Whilst rooms are simple the relaxing atmosphere and charming hosts make Innisfree a delightful stay.
With views of either mountain or river this traditional hotel, built from local stone, provides a comfortable and great value for money stay. Rooms are spacious with large beds, parquet flooring and soft mauve hues. There is plenty to keep yourself and the young ones entertained on site.
Far from the chaos & crowds, in the gorgeous Kumoan belt, sit 6 charming colonial cottages dating back to 1830. The rooms offered in each building vary but all are cosy & traditional & full of character. Surrounded by orchards, on the edge of a cliff with wonderful views, this is a magical hideaway.
AquaForest provides comfortable accommodation on the banks of the Ganges in six air conditioned tents. More than just a place to rest your head, staff will go out of their way to organise your trip in Rishikesh. Breakfast and dinner are served and included in the price. Book or you'll miss out!
Retreat to this charming 19th century colonial bungalow, which has been in the Smetacek family for decades. Owner Paddy knows the way to any guest's heart: through their stomach. The food is sublime. Rooms have barely changed since the 1950s and are filled with antiques. Leave the city life behind.
A hidden gem, a rural idyll: call it what you will this property is unique. A hairpin bend off the Nainital road, once in The Cottage's verdant embrace you will forget the outside world. Large rooms with views are awash with antiques and vibrant prints. Meals are delicious Indian home-cooking.
Almora (Kasar Devi)
Idyllic, intimate getaway location in the Himalayas. Warm, friendly, personalised service. Wood-panelled, inviting rooms with awe-inspiring views onto the stunning mountains. Authentic dining in the restaurant which looks out onto the carefully landscaped garden patio. Balconies and outdoor terrace.
Sankar, Merchula,, Uttarakhand
Contemporary yet no less authentic wilderness retreat (the lack of internet access take care of that). Smart rooms with mod cons enjoy jungle views. There is a large outdoor pool and restaurant serving regional cuisine. A comfortable stay in an off the beaten track location.
This modern manor house has fragrant landscaped gardens and much entertainment. Rooms are large and feature exposed wood floors and ornate upholstering. Some have private terraces. Cuisine is European and Asian and there are plenty of al-fresco dining areas plus the inviting Courtyard Bar.
Comfortable, chic, contemporary accommodation on the outskirts of Corbett National Park. Great for families there are plenty of on site activities and a large outdoor pool - even the dog is welcome! Multinational cuisine is served plus there is a relaxing spa. Everything you'd want!
Relax in 22 acres of riverside calm, in the foothills of the famous Himalayas. The exterior mimics a English village and the rooms showcase high ceilings that mirror the great outdoors. Between the pool, the riverside sun deck and the pagoda you can feast on multi cuisines. A fantastic spot.
Cosy, colonial stone bungalow located in a secluded setting surrounded by hills and lakes. Interiors feature curiosities such taxidermy butterflies, hunting trophies and plenty of books on the local wildlife. Bedrooms are colourful and comfortable. No internet means it is a complete escape.
Dehradun (Guniyal Goan)
This iconic home-stay owes its success to the sheer love that everything is done with: from the meals, to the decor, to the service. A colonial style bungalow the interiors hark back to the days of the Raj with intricate four posters and ceramics. There's an outdoor pool and stunning gardens.
Fantastic location in the pilgrimage city of Haridwar, located directly on the Ganges with private bathing access. Charming and spacious interiors with detailed arabesques and carved-wood furniture. Rooftop terrace offers incredible views over the river. Spa, massages, yoga and esoteric activities.
District Nainital, Dhanachuli,, Uttarakhand
Romantic hill station hideaway, ideal for couples. Colonial bungalow turned boutique hotel rooms are filled with the antiques from the owner's personal collection. Continental and regional dishes are served at The Oaks restaurant whilst Cafe Flashback dishes up comfort food. The perfect retreat.
Rishikesh (Tehri Garwhal)
A design property and a perfect blend of active and pamper break. Boasting a spa with floor to ceiling windows and a bounty of excursions, there is something to suit every tempo. Rooms benefit from private balconies and are decorated in locally sourced woods and rich colours, with modern bathrooms.
Nestled on the banks of the Ramganga River surrounded by mountains and forests, this spa resort offers a well-heeled, tranquil, and rural haven. Find modern and light colour-schemed rooms, two restaurants and many nature-based activities. It's got it all: luxury, wildlife, adventure and style.
This quaint property, built from local traditional stone, enjoys stunning views across Nainital Lake. It features four dining options and an atmospheric bar. Rooms are clad in pine and have an antique, colonial feel including classic fabrics. A homely stay with a plethora of outdoor activities.
This charming hilltop hotel offers accommodation with stunning mountain views and a calm, quiet garden. The restaurant serves classic Indian curries and continental cuisine - enjoy meals on the peaceful outdoor deck. Bedrooms have an English heritage feel with hard wood floors and large windows.
With 180° Himalayan views and plenty of pine panelling there is something 'ski-lodge' about Soulitude - especially under a blanket of snow! Rooms include wood burners, living areas, stunning vistas and are decorated in pop colours. There is a small a la carte menu. A relaxing hill station retreat.
A simply charming and very zen mountain escape. The architecture applauds the surrounding beauty with large windows whilst rooms embrace traditional decors. Bathrooms feature natural woods and stone. Meals are served in the Dhaba restaurant and many of the ingredients come from the property's farm.
Corbett National Park's top luxury eco escape. From solar energy and recycled water to organic veggies and their Mahavan Project, Jim's Jungle Retreat is committed to sustainable tourism. Private cottages feature four posters and private terraces. There is a pool, spa and delicious al fresco dining.
Part of the Claridges hotel chain providing old school service (a little rusty at times!) and colonial interiors. Great for families, there are plenty of on site facilities such as tennis, basketball plus a gym and spa. The Pavilion restaurant and Victorian Bar serve up Asian and Western dishes.
Luxurious, spacious rooms are set amidst gardens, a pool and waterfalls. Four restaurants to choose from. Close to Jim Corbett National Park a range of nature filled activities are at your fingertips. Whether it is the great outdoors or a relaxed break, The Corbett Hideaway is the perfect place.
An inviting and refined hotel with views over the Naini valley. Steeped in nature yet with all modern conveniences, the hotel features a spa, gym, kids' area and three dining options. Rooms are well-appointed and tasteful, while suites offer a taste of more opulent living.
Wellness retreat hidden away in the Kumaoni Hills. Ten unique cottages allow ultimate privacy and mountain views. The emphasis is on wellbeing with a personalised vegetarian menu and wellness programme courtesy of the in house Ayurvedic specialist. Yoga and meditation also available. Unwind..
This eco-friendly haven rests amidst the forest with plenty opportunities to see India's vast range of animals. Both the detached villas and suites boast all the mod-cons of a 5 star resort, with the charm of an intimate getaway. Outdoor lovers, city dwellers and children will all find peace in here
This spa and fitness resort in the heart of Jim Corbett goes above and beyond for business facilities. Bedrooms are modern, light and spacious. The multi-cuisine restaurant is highly recommended, as are the activities and the proximity to the famous national park. Come to combine work with pleasure.
Another of Neemrana's faultless heritage hotels. With an enviable location on the banks of the River Ganges, nestled amid a mango orchard, Glasshouse boasts vintage decor and friendly service. Rooms are bespoke design, making the most of the views and filled with antiques. For true escapists!
A unique retreat to experience secluded mountain living. Room design inspired by the flora of the mountains, with harmoniously coordinated furnishings and whitewashed stone walls. Peaceful and homely shared and private spaces create a sense of community and tranquillity.
Built in 1902 this Gothic style property is a grandiose structure. Rooms are decorated in a classic style with pastel blues and yellows. There are vast lawns where guests can enjoy a game of badminton or cricket. A breakfast spread is included in the price whilst meals are served at Fortune Deli.
Rokeby Manor is a charming Himalayan hotel retreat with a quiet spa and outdoor hot tub. The hotel offers guests a number of suites and cosy bedrooms, including a three bedroom cottage. The restaurant has a homely feel and serves Indian and continental dishes. Enjoy peaceful evenings by the bonfire.
Haridwar (Near Rajaji National Park)
Sprawling luxury hotel on the banks of the Ganges. Spa, sauna, infinity pool, meditation, yoga and massage for those who want to relax. Adventure sports and exploration for active holidaymakers. Private villas, family suites and tastefully furnished bedrooms. Onsite restaurant.
Where leisure, activities and serenity meet. Chic, modern mountain hideaway ideal for families and outdoor lovers. Comprised of 22 private cottages with iPod docks but no TVs, private terraces and Ganga views. Comfort food is served in the cosy White Water Cafe. An award winning hotel.
Located 90 minutes from Mussoorie this property is prime hill station territory. Boasting contemporary rooms with exposed brick walls, fire places and private terraces benefitting from mountain views. Surrounded by flowery gardens there is a small spa, kids activities and multi-national dishes.
A luxury retreat in the heart of the Indian Himalayas. Spacious modern bedrooms, a large entertainment centre with expansive spa and fitness suite. Offers guests an elegant restaurant and conference space with stunning mountain views. A beautiful spot with plenty of activities for all the family.
Two bedroom village house with charming vintage interiors. Plenty of exposed brick, thick rugs, colourful cushions, roaring fires and luxurious bathrooms make this an inviting stay. Meals are cooked with vegetables cooked from the kitchen garden and staff are effortlessly friendly and helpful.
Utterly charming 19th century homestay. This family run affair offers you as warm a welcome as the crackling fire does in your room. Cosy cottages provide guests with mountain views, sitting rooms, antique furnishings and total seclusion. Delicious meals and cooking classes are available.
Former palace turned luxury spa retreat. Rooms are decorated in natural palettes of creams and greens, all have balconies. The restaurant serves healthy cuisine and there is daily afternoon tea with sugar-free options. There is a pool, award winning Ayurvedic spa and fitness centre.
To call Vana a spa or retreat does not cover it; it is a philosophy. Combining ancient Indian and Tibetan traditions be transported into a realm of peace and tranquility. Rooms have natural decor and colour palettes and include private balconies. Cuisine is health conscious. Minimum five night stay.
Simply stunning, award winning wilderness retreat. Architects have combined locally sourced stone and timbers to create a modern design whilst traditional textiles and furnishings induce chic interiors. Staff are tirelessly helpful and food is delicious. There is a three night minimum stay.