What our guest says?

Had a really nice and comfortable stay there!  

Had a really nice and comfortable stay there! The view is just astonishing and the food we got was delicious! The surrounding nature is obviously beautiful as well! I hope I can come back one day!

Erik Schulz-Vanheyden   
Joshi cottage is a lovely place!  

Joshi cottage is a lovely place far from the noise and the crowd of the big cities. Our cottage was big and comfortable, very clean and with a beautiful view of the mountains. Santosh and his family are very nice and super welcoming. And the food they offered was delicious! Very enjoyable experience, highly recommended.

Lucia Cerquetella   
One of the best experience of my life.  

You will fell in love with this place and people.This family is so nice, and nature around it will make your holiday blissful.

A very nice place to have a vacations.  

A very nice place to have a vacations. U can see lots of species of birds, animals and mighty Himalayas. Great hospitality by family

Kewal Joshi   
The most beautiful , peaceful happy places  

This was one of the most beautiful , peaceful happy places I have been to. Santosh ji and Prakash our two ornithologist were very sharp in helping us locating birds their specie names etc. We spotted around 30 different species in a day . During the stay we simply loved the fresh food made from ultra fresh vegetables . We look forward to come back again . Staying there was a beautiful experience.

Raveesh M Shrivastava   
Trip to binsar was just amazing ... fully satisfied....  

trip to binsar was just amazing ... fully satisfied....
The hotel " khali estate " --> excellent hotel with super quality food and rooms ....
best part was santosh bro ... my guide .... expert knowledge about birds and wildlife ....bro believe me your birdwatching skill is just fantastic ... fully nature lover place .... thanks to binsar wildlife sanctuary .... and thank you santosh bro for all help .... love you brother .... cheers ...

Thakar Keyur   
Best holidays in our whole lives  

We had one of the best holidays in our whole lives at the Binsar Sanctuary. The guides and the committees were everything we had hoped for. The scenery was unbelievable and we loved the food and the guest houses.

Sally Robertson Smith   
Wonderful time and amazing hospitality!  

We had a wonderful time with BIPIN's guiding and amazing hospitality! The place is located in a beautiful forest and we enjoyed some trips around. Highly recommended!!!

Adi Tauber   
If you wanna go off grid and experience true village style feel.  

If you wanna go off grid and experience true village style feel. You must go here. The views are serene.. Santosh is a great and warm host His knowledge of the wildlife and birds there as a guide is impeccable. Food served at his home is really good and homely. A must visit for every nature lover and a great off beat experience.

shubham srivastava   
Very good  

Very good

Umesh Bhatt   
Beautiful homestay and very warm hosts.  

Beautiful homestay and very warm hosts. A glimpse into the Kumaoni way of life. Santhoshji is an orinthologist and conducts great bird watching experiences too.

Bijal Balsara   
The Joshi Cottage  

I also did not stay in this home stay guest house, but did stay in the village of Dalar and it was just a wonderful location and experience. The village is small, quiet and it has really such lovely views. Santosh guided my group and was very committed to providing a superior guest experience. His English is impeccable and his French is pretty good too. He is passionate about show casing the Binsar Sanctuary and is incredibly knowledgeable. He is a master at spotting birds and animals that I would never have seen and a really good bird photographer. The area is spectacular and anyone visiting this lovely village under Santosh’s skilled care will be very, very happy with their experience.

Debra T   
Highly recommended - and Santosh is an amazing guide  

We haven't actually stayed in Santosh's accommodation, but spent a night in Dalar in the VillageWays guesthouse, also run by Santosh and his family, and were lucky enough to have Santosh as our guide during an eight-day trek in Binsar. What others say here is right: the village is completely charming, the accommodation (we had a look) is simple but comfortable, but most important, Santosh and his family are welcoming and attentive hosts, who also appreciate that guests come for the peace and solitude. Santosh is a truly excellent companion - a real expert on the fauna and flora of the Binsar area, with exceptional English, and a wide network of friends and contacts in the villages. Most important, he is someone with a passionate commitment to the well-being of the Binsar Sanctuary and its various human and non-human inhabitants. It was a genuine pleasure to spend a week in his company.

Heaven on earth  

Heaven on earth

Sripriya Vinod Joshi   
wonderful place  

wonderful place to visit

Harshita Pant   
Best tourist place in India  

This is one of the best tourist place in India

Santosh Joshi   
I really enjoyed That place  

I have been there many times and I really enjoyed That place friend visit there once

Pankaj Kumar   
Very much untouched jungle...  

Very much untouched jungle...
Truly touching.
Viilage trek guided by Santosh at Khali estate .... A must for all

Divyang Patel   
Very nice and homely place  

Very nice and homely place to stay in Binsar. Set among a serene chir forest, the location is awesome. The food is extremely fresh and very tasty. Santosh and his family are impeccable hosts. The broad smile on their faces and their willingness to help you will compensate for all the luxuries of modern life which you might find lacking.

Soumya Kundu   
Mind blowing experience  

Do you want to have a mind blowing experience? Visit here don't think twice!

Arjun Dua   
Best home stay inside Binsar Wildlife Scanturary  

The location of the place is amazing and the hosts are very welcoming and caring.The place is totally secluded from the road and is the best place to relax away from the hectic city life.

Uday M   
Excellent Place For Nature Lovers  

I stayed for two nights at this home-stay with two other guests. We had to trek for 45 mins (2 kms) from the main road to reach the home-stay. However the location was fantastic. Most of the trek was through pine forest. The home-stay was spacious and very clean. We opted for the cottage which had two rooms on two floors (interconnected) and one attached toilet to the entire unit. The rooms and the toilet were very clean.
The food was vegetarian but the meals which were cooked by Santosh's family were very tasty. Ample food and hot beverages were provided during the stay.
The stay was very peaceful and Santosh provided very good guidance.
Santosh and his family runs the homestay. I have known Santosh for quite sometime and I can strongly recommend Santosh as a bird-watching guide or flora-fauna guide. He has a very good eyesight and can spot most of the species around. He is very enthusiastic about his job and makes a very good guide. He is extremely sincere and a good-hearted person. He is very popular with the children too. During our stay at his homestay, he showed us several species of birds and took us on some beautiful hikes.
Highly recommended if you are not looking for all the comforts of a hotel. Santosh and his family are the perfect hosts !!

Stay at Joshi Cottage was a wonderful experience!  

Stay at Joshi Cottage was a wonderful experience as each, from senior most to the junior member of the family,is friendly. Everybody in Joshi family tries to make our stay comfortable and memorable.
Food which they serve with great affection is really tasty .
Ofcourse Binsar is paradise for bird watchers but Joshi Cottages provides all the facilities in such a remote forest area to make our trip memorable.

N Naik   
The location is wonderful & very peaceful  

I stayed with my family for 2 nights in June 2019. the location is wonderful & very peaceful, food was delicious and the manager mr Santosh & his family members were very cooperative and well behaved... Overall I had very good experience & comfortable Stay.

Syed Ehtesham   
An amazing place to stay.  

An amazing place to stay. Santosh ji and his family made us feel at home in the mountains, especially with their delicious food. If you are the sort of person who likes simplicity and solitude, this place will give you that and more. If you go with people who are special, you will create memories to last a lifetime.
Highly recommended!

y j   
Great place I have ever seen on earth!  

Great place I have ever seen on earth! One of the Best place for birds lover's and Walker's!

Santhosh Joshi   
Very lovely and clean place!  

Very lovely and clean place, great starting point for hikes and bird watching. Best is the great hospitality and very warm and personal welcome. Our host also is a great giude for the binsar sanctuary and for bird lovers.
The food was also special!

Kerstin Zwernemann   
Would highly recommend this place to anyone!  

Would highly recommend this place to anyone!
Spent 2 weeks in the Joshi cottage with my partner. Santosh heartwarmingly welcomed us in to his family and made us feel completely at home.

joel brundin   
Quality stay and food is great.  

You will experience a different version of your life .this place is simply beautiful. Quality stay and food is great. The experience you will gain here is priceless .

shubham bhupal   
Beautiful scenic surroundings.  

Beautiful scenic surroundings. Home food. Home grown vegetables. Plan a long stay. Best place for hikers and nature lovers

Vimal Bhatt   
Ultimate place...  

Ultimate place...

bodhmita Sh   
Love this Amazing place  

I have stayed with santosh and his family many times, the cottage is beautiful and has everything that you need. The scenery around the cottage is Pure Heaven, it is a place you can get back to nature and find some peace in yourself. Santosh has a great knowledge of the wildlife of the area, and knows many great walks that you can do, in the forest. He also makes the best rice pudding I have ever tasted. Go and visit this beautiful place it’s truly Amazing

Matt Orme   
Awesome nature  

Awesome nature

Sabhyata Singh   
Nice place  

Nice place to see ..

Tari Takuli   
Best location  

Best location in Kumaon Region

Pankaj Tandon   
I like binsar  

I like binsar my home near binsar back to 5km so i missd

Vijay Kumar   
Beautiful place  

Beautiful place feel like at home with silent and clean atmosphere ........................

Kuldeep Tegta   
Great location, ideal for serious birders.  

Great location, ideal for serious birders. Hosts are very nice people and full of warmth. We saw this place on a trek to the village of our guide and were treated to some home brewed mint tea and Rhododendron juice! Have a good mind to stay there next time..

Ankur Bhattacharya   
Incredibly beautiful  

Incredibly beautiful and peaceful place to visit. A real privilege to get to know Santosh and benefit from his fantastic birdwatching skills.

Julia Lungley   
Awesome place with the best possible hosts.  

Awesome place with the best possible hosts. The accommodation is situated on the lap of mother nature and is definitely the best get away from hectic city life.

Uday Manaktala