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Kumaon Traditions

At Paatlidun Luxury Safari Lodge we have adopted a strong local flavor to recreate the treasures and traditions of Kumaon.

The cottage-suites have traditional Kumaoni motifs- woodwork, stone masonry, private courtyards, a verandah with a tulsi chabootara, and trademark, black slate tiles on the roof. The unique, red-oxide cement flooring adds an earthy appeal to the atmospheric décor.  Interestingly, it has been prepared using a local technique involving raw eggs to give it a smooth finish and enhance its natural cooling properties.

The cottages are named after the months of the Hindu lunar calendar while the two divisions of the estate, Kosi Bakhai and Ramganga Bakhai (‘bakhai’ is settlement) are named after local rivers. The central recreational area is called Thulkudi or Big house, while the names of the restaurant and lounge- Risya and Chakh respectively- are taken from their Kumaoni counterparts.

Kumaoni furniture, handicrafts and showpieces lend a personal touch and at the same time preserve and encourage local art forms. The cottages feature Aipan paintings on glass partitions and colourful Garhwali carvings on entrance doors.

Local craftsmen have helped to build a traditional building, which is used as a museum to house antiques found across Corbett and in other parts of Kumaon. We also employ locals on the property so they don’t have to relocate to cities in search of work.

The food prepared in our kitchen will give you a flavour of Kumaon as well, right from the humble dal-bhat to more elaborate dishes.

Our traditional offerings do not come to a halt here: Paatlidun has its own tea shop run by locals to give it an authentic touch. Here you can sip on milky-sweet cha and munch on Kumaoni snacks as you soak in the tranquil surroundings.

To help us keep traditions alive we have managed to give employment to the locals in their very own state than having them leave their families behind and venture out into the metropolitan cities seeking for jobs. The craftsmen have helped build ethnic building in the premises such as our own museum which houses antiques found across Corbett and in other parts of Kumaon. Not only have they included the ancient frames we have found after extensive search, they have also helped us construct in the typically Kumaoni manner. This has lent a rustic beauty. The tiled roofs and the cool rooms could not have been possible without the help of these hard working hands that know their craft well.

The food prepared in our kitchen for you would have the flavour of Kumaon as well, truly blessing you with finger licking moments and satisfying the inner foodie!

Our offerings do not come to a halt here, to give an edge, Patlidun has a private tea stall which is put up by the locals within our premises. You will find yourself sipping on a specially prepared tea and munching on kumaoni snacks while you take in the serene views and calmness of the surrounding.

In our hope to give you a taste of the Kumaoni lifestyle, we have been able to create employment for the locals which we are very proud of and hope you would help us build special moments for yourself!

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