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Trail on the Mountain

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THE ECO – FRIENDLY GREEN RESORT Mountain Trail, situated at 2300 m (8000 ft. ) ASL, is an idyllic spot where you would love to spend a relaxing holiday in the lap of nature. Set on a gentle hill slope, facing the Himalayas, deep valleys and the sunrise, spread out amidst a 2-1/2 acre of lush green fruit orchard with over a 100 fruit trees, wild and ornamental flower beds with over 70 variety of flowers, Mountain Trail is truly a round the year resort. In summer it has the ideal climate for a getaway, with pleasant days & cool nights. During monsoon months it is lush green, as far as your eyes can see. Autumn brings splashes of rust and vermillion hues to the trees while winter covers the sleepy little hamlet in a blanket of snow.

Though Mountain Trail is the ONLY classified resort in Mukteshwar ( by Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India), it does not boast of Luxury. It however assures of all basic amenities, comfort, cleanliness, hygiene, delicious homelike food & courteous services.

ACCOMMODATION
The architecture is designed to blend with nature. This idyllic small resort is built entirely in the hill cottage style. The TEN 14′ X 14′ DBL- Bedrooms have a very decent size attached western toilet with a verandah or glazed sit out. In addition it has TWO detached well furnished quadruple rooms, which have a quiet and private environment with mini lawns to themselves.

FACILITIES
The resort has a cozy multicuisine restaurant serving North Indian Cuisine, Kumaoni cuisine & select Chinese & Continental dishes. It has a Conference cum Club Hall equipped with a mini home theatre system, a gift shop with table tennis & Carrom, a well stocked library, a gift shop selling handicrafts & local NGO products, doctor on call, travel helpdesk, Hot/Cold running water minimum 6 hours a days, stand by generators, separate Driver Accomodation at reasonable charges. To maintain serenity and ambience we have no TVS in rooms.

ACTIVITIES
Picnics/Dayouts to unexplored beautiful spots, rivulets, waterfalls, birdwatching, soft trekking, bonfires, jungle walks with guided, NGO/Village interactions. Folk dances, Lake tours, Yoga and Rock Climbing/Rapelling etc for groups with prior bookings.

ECO POLICY
The resort is the first in Mukteshwar which brought the destination on the tourism map, thus uplifting the local community. It employs 100% local labour & services. Some of the current employees have worked as labourers with the project & are with us for the last 18 Years. Housekeeping is instructed strictly to switch the ‘room mains’ off as soon as guests leaves/departs. To save energy 90% of the bulbs used are CFL that too mostly of 8-11 watts range. Water is from a Natural spring source & collected by harvesting rain water. Water usage guidelines are displayed in each room. Towels / Linen suggested not to wash everyday.

  Image             Cisterns are set at water saving levels The architecture is absolutely vernacular & blends with the village surroundings. These are ground level cottages only & has minimal impact on the natural surroundings. Mostly Traditional building methods and local craftsman builders are used. Waste is segregated as WET & DRY. Wet is used for manure in our orchard & Dry is transported to municipal dumps for recycling. No chemicals or inorganic fertilizers are used only natural manure. Eco Soap/Shampoo is purely herbal to avoid chemical discharge. Dos/Don’ts to protect environment are displayed on two ‘Information Boards’ at the reception itself. This makes guests aware of Hotel environmental programmes & learn to respect local people culture & traditions. Only paper bags are used in our gift shop. There are no TVS in the rooms. Old sheets & towels are cut to create cleaning rags. 75% of our promotion is done through websites / e-mails rather that leaflets to save paper. The gray water from the bathroom is filtered through natural soil & then used to water our garden. Employees are given annual paid leaves. Local guides are used to enhance the experience & provide an income to the hosts. An organic wild life garden has been created with a mix of Fruit Trees, wild flowers, Shrubs, ornamental flowers, local plants, vines, grass etc. to attract all sorts of birds, butterflies, bees, caterpillars, snails, amphibians, reptiles, insects, small mammals, organisms in the soil etc. Bird Houses, Bird baths been placed all over the resort to attract various species of birds. All House keeping cleansing products are environment . Fire wood used is only procured from reafforestation projects/ dead trees allotted & then transported to our . Seasonal vegetable is procured from local sources only. Furniture is all made within the district only. Compared to when we took over the 2-1/2 acres land to build a resort the greenery is now atleast 3 folds with almost over 100 fruit trees. (Click for ‘Display’ at resort).

RECOGNITIONS
Mountain Trail is the Only Classified resort (by Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India) at Mukteshwar. It has also been approved as an Eco lodge by various International Eco societies/associations. It is a member of FHRAI, NHRA, HRAI, HRANI. Only those who love & care for nature and environment and who agree with the our ECO-POLICY should opt for this holiday. Click for “DECIDE FOR YOURSELF’Questionnaire”

ADDITIONAL USP
Mountain Trail is the only resort with its own Chocolate factory making Hand Made Centre Filled European Chocolates using imported equipment, accessories and 100% imported raw materials. Something you must carry back home for your loved ones. Click www.choco-house.com