Mountain Quail Lodge - Pangot
Set amidst Oak, Rhododendron and Deodar forests, and overlooking the snow-clad Himalaya, this is an ideal getaway for those who wish to explore pristine mountain wilderness.
Nestled in Reserve forests, close to the hamlet of Pangot, Mountain Quail Lodge is situated at an altitude of 6500 feet (amsl). Dense Oak and Rhododendron forest cover the slopes directly behind and to each side; in front there is a range of jungle clad hills through which can be glimpsed the high Himalayas.. Looking west the land falls away to the plains providing a dramatic backdrop for the setting sun.
The Lodge itself sits at the highest point of our property and commands panoramic views of the the hills. Adjoining the estate is a forest that is full of birds and wildlife and in spring this woodland is a mass of red as Rhododendron trees come into flower.
Accommodation in the Lodge consists of four comfortable ‘cottage style’ suites. Each suite has a bedroom and bathroom, common sitting area as well as large outdoor patios. In addition to the Lodge we have three Mountain Log Cabins with attics and verandahs overlooking the forest, as well a few Safari Tents with attached baths.
The dining room is on top of a small rise with excellent views all round. There are shaded sit outs in which to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Our menu is designed to give guests a selection of Indian and Continental cuisine, including some special dishes by local Kumaoni chefs. Drinking water is piped from a mountain spring and filtered. Meals are included in the tariff.
Apart from the views, which are spectacular, there is much for the visitor to do. For Birdwatchers or those who wish to explore, the forests contain a variety of flora and fauna; animals include Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Yellow Throated Marten, Red Fox, Sambhar, Kakar (Barking Deer), Leopard Cat and Ghoral (Mountain Goat). There are also many birds such as Kaleeje, Chir and Koklas Pheasants, Minivets, Orioles, Redbilled Blue Magpie, Whitecrested Laughing Thrush, and Spotted Forktail. Birds of Prey include the majestic Golden Eagle as well as the Himalayan Griffon and Lammergeier…..to name a few.
Several interesting Treks ranging from one to seven days can be undertaken from the Lodge. The trails are through thick forests and along high ridges which provide panoramic views of the Himalayas.
We can also arrange longer treks to the glaciers in Kumaon as well as overland exploration in Uttarakhand , Ladakh and Nepal.
Wake up to the song of the Whistling Thrush…..walk along quiet jungle trails or just soak in the sun……..
Our basic three day trek, through thick forests and along ridges with panoramic views of the Himalayas….. is outlined below.
How to get to Mountain Quail Lodge (Pangot)...
By road from Delhi the distance to Pangot is approximately 300 kms. Via Hapur (bypass) Moradabad (bypass), take a left straight after the bypass towards Corbett and then right after 10 kms. to Tanda, Bazpur, Kaladhungi (Corbett Museum)- take left towards Nainital. At Bara Pathar before Nainital take a left along the Kilbury Forest road. Mountain Quail is situated on the left side about 12kms. from Baara Pathar and half a km. short of Pangot village. (This way one does not enter the town of Nainital and this route is shorter).