Near Rinn Mokhsha Temple, 32 Km From Almora | Jageshwar, District - Almora, Uttarakhand, India
Forest Lodge / Resort
About Van Sarai - Forest Lodge
A grueling four 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.
Hotel Van Serai, Almora, blends with the beautiful natural surroundings. Nestled amidst the pristine forests and green landscapes, the eco-friendly accommodation is the perfect destination to enjoy a peaceful stay. Large rooms with large windows and verandas give a warm welcome to patrons.
Hotel Van Sarai is placed next to Rinn Moksh temple Jageshwar. Major tourist attractions like Jageshwar Museum (Approx. 0.5km), and Mrityunjaya Temple (Approx. 0.1km) are situated near the hotel. Dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva, Jageshwar is believed to be the site of first of the twelve Jyotirlingas, Nageshvara Jyotirlinga. Other tourist hotspots include Deer Park, Kalimath and Kasar Devi Temple.
Distance from Pantnagar Airport: 156 km (approx.)
Distance from Kathgodam Railway Station: 125 km (approx.)
The hotel offers an array of services for a memorable stay. Basic services include room service, front desk, travel desk, parking, concierge and security. Take a stroll down the hotel for bird watching or a leisure walk amidst the thick deodar trees.
Spacious room with vintage styled furniture lend a warm ambience. Deluxe single room, deluxe double room and superior room are the types of accommodation available at the hotel. The large windows provide beautiful views of the snow-covered pine trees.
Hotel Van Sarai Almora Rooms
Superior Double Room
Deluxe Double Room
Best Time to Visit
Situated in the mountains, Jageshwar can be visited anytime. Summers are cool, winters get quite cold and it may snow. Being a sacred site, crowds throng the place during important religious festivals.
Experience 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.
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.
Birding & Nature Walks
The deodars forests at the lower altitude and the pine cover further up, are the perfect habitat for many rare bird species. Van Serai's in-house birding expert 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.
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.
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.
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.
Most of the sculptures and idols found in the Jageshwar temple complex have been housed in the Archaeological museum just outside the main temple complex. In all, it houses around 174 sculptures, each of them beautiful beyond words. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside the museum, and photographs of the sculptures are not available either.
Other Places of interests
Jata Ganga, the river that flows through the town
The temple of Golu Devata at Chitai.
Other temples such as Sri Kuber Temple and the Batuk Bhairav Temple.
Abbott Mount, Jhaltola, Binsar, Pangot, Sat Tal, Nainital, Ranikhet, Chakori, Munsyari and Mukteshwar are other beautiful destinations nearby which can be combined with your trip to Jageshwar.
Though crowded with devotees, it is an experience in itself to see Jageshwar transform from a sleepy hamlet to a bustling venue full of religious fervour. Some key festivals celebrated here are:
The Jageshwar Monsoon Festival is held between 15 July to 15 August
Annual Maha Shivratri Mela takes place during March or April
The famous Pooram Festival (April/May) is celebrated at the Vaddakkunnath
Temple with nightlong fireworks and a magnificent elephant procession.
Onam, the harvest festival falls during August or September.
Summers - Day 26 degree Celsius, Night 15 degree Celsius
Winters - Day 15 degree Celsius, Night 01 degree Celsius