“Great things are done when men and mountains meet ”
– William Blake
The word Firdaus comes from Pairidaeza or Paradise, which is the highest garden in the heaven. At Firdaus, you leave time behind as you arrive to this warm, inviting and comfortable stay, to gaze at the lake from every room, door, window.
Take a train to Kathgodam and drive another 40 minutes, or choose the convenient 7-hour drive all the way from Delhi, to the comfort of a hill-home where you can do so much, or nothing!
Firdaus welcomes you with three cozy and comfortable, fully-furnished bedrooms along with attached bathrooms with hot running water facilities. The bay windows from each room overlook Naukuchiatal, the lake of nine corners. The lower floor houses the living room, a small powder room, one big bedroom, a well equipped- fully functional kitchen and a service area. The upper floor has a common lobby, two bedrooms and two terraces.
The kitchen is a separate unit, fully functional and well equipped with the facilities of refrigerator, microwave oven, electric mixers etc. The full-time care-taker can help you arrange for your meals.
It is the time to indulge, spend time with yourself!
“A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable”
– William Wordsworth
Naukuchiatal is the lake of nine corners, situated in the Bhimtal region, near Nainital in Uttarakhand. It is at a distance of 4 km from Bhimtal, and 26 km from Nainital, 320 km from Delhi.
A small temple of Lord Brahma is located on one of the corners, by whose blessings this lake came in to the being. Hence, as per the local belief, a parikrama (a revolution around the periphery, on foot) of the lake calls for Brahmaji’s blessings. Mythology also says that whoever is able to see all the nine corners of the lake in one glance, will attain Nirvana.
Things to do
Naukuchiatal has something to offer to everyone. The largest attraction is the lake, with its pristine waters and green forest backdrop, it promises a great time boating, kayaking, swimming, fishing (with prior permit) and indulging into water sports. A walk from Firdaus to the lake is a short, ten-minute trek through the forest. Lazy, peaceful walks is the calling for a lot of nature lovers. The flora and fauna around the lake is abundant with life.
Several adventure activities are arranged in Naukuchiatal region, Paragliding being the biggest attraction amongst those looking for adventure. One can also hire mountain bikes and go for a cycling trip. Water zorbing is also an option on the lake itself. Short treks cum picnics to the nearby villages are great day-activity options.
Naukuchiatal is one of the best regions in Kumaon for birding and wildlife siting. One can spot various species of the wild seraw (deer), Sāmbhar (deer), yellow throated martin, leopard cat! We can arrange for birding day-tours and connect you to local NGOs who initiate and inspire with keen enthusiasm.