In the high mountains of Kumaon about an hour’s drive from Almora is the Binsar Sanctuary, a celebrated haven for Himalayan wildlife and birds.
A twenty minute drive from the Ayarpani Gate ( the main entrance to the sanctuary )a little beyond the famously ramshackle KVMN bungalow, just below the zero point lies Mary Budden Estate. Thickly wooded, virtually an extension of the Binsar forests is the five acre estate that belongs to Serena and Dr. Ashwani Chopra. The estate has two charming cottages – the Mary Budden Cottage and the Rhododendron Cottage that together offer 7 exquisitely furnished rooms with generous sit-out and outdoor spaces. Each cottage has its own dining room as well as living room and verandah hence ideal for friends and families travelling together who can book the cottages for a restful retreat in the hills.