The Retreat


- Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, India

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Phone #: +91 81 71031968

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Bhimtal's best off-season

Not many know about the charm of spending a relaxing weekend in Bhimtal during the monsoon or the winter. In the monsoon, It's relatively dry, with only a few spells of rain during the day, it's green all around and the weather is cool and pleasant. In the winter, it is clear, sunny and bracing weather. Walks and basking in the sun in the day, and cosying up to a wood-burning stove in the evening, sipping a hot drink, baking a potato or two, or toasting bread, in the stove. Perfect hill-station holiday!


Here are some answers to questions you might have about travelling to Bhimtal in the monsoon.


Is it safe to visit Bhimtal in the monsoon?

The monsoon does not affect Bhimtal and Kumaon too much. It doesn’t rain in Bhimtal as much as in the Garhwal belt. One can expect only a few short spells during the day and there are no torrential showers.Guests who’ve stayed with us this season have had no issues while travelling to and from Bhimtal. The roads were clear, with no landslides, and their stay at The Retreat was very comfortable.


What are the activities one can do in the monsoon and winter?

You can still enjoy most of the summer activities in the monsoon and winter season. Here are some we recommend:

1) One can go for short hikes and drives in the monsoon; long treks and drives in winter.

2) Visit the KumaonLokSangrahalaya (Folk Art and Culture Museum) – a 15-minute drive from The Retreat; the Butterfly Research Centre Museum next door

3) Enjoy a picnic lunch in the woods, hilltop, or by the lake, go paragliding, riding (horses at Naukuchiyatal), bring a mountain bike and whizz off on the many trails and quiet roads.


And if it’s raining, then you can stay indoors and unwind, sip some tea, enjoy some snacks or indulge in some fun workshops. (These are very popular with kids and easy too.)



Paddy is not only a wonderful host but is also accomplished at cooking and baking. She also makes delicious home-made jams! She can teach you how to do it too, just let her know in advance that you'd like to have one of the following workshops:

1) Baking workshop

2) Cooking workshop

3) Jam making workshop – make home-made jams, using fresh seasonal fruits like apples & pears. You can also take them home with you!



Make the most of your weekend


Bhimtal is more serene and quiet compared to its crowded neighbours, Nainital&Mussoorie, and it is only a few hours from Delhi. Spend your weekend here, relax and unwind in the serene hills, enjoy the warm and friendly hospitality and go back just in time to start your work week, all refreshed and recharged! Off-season rates also allow for a longer working holiday for writers, artists, and anyone who can work away from their offices. Contact us for special long-stay rates.


What's more, we are offering you a special monsoon discount: Book a room at The Retreat for just Rs 2,200 per night! (Valid up to 15 September.)

(Not applicable for weekends& public holidays like Independence Day, Janmasthmi, etc.)


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