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.
Standard Single 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
* Brahma Kund
* 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.
Type of Rooms
No of Rooms
Standard Single Room
|Double Room One side room on the first floor
Rooms on the ground floor
|2||5500 Double / 4500 Single|
|Deluxe Double Room
2 rooms on the first floor with best views
|2||6500 Double / 5500 Single|
Taxes are extra 18%
THE PACKAGE IS INCLUSIVE OF:
• Accommodation per night
• Children up to 5 years are free on the respective package without extra bed sharing parent's room
• Anyone above 5 years is charged @ Rs 1500 with extra bed