Soulitude by the Riverside
Chanfi, Naina Range, Uttarakhand, India
Soulitude by the Riverside

Kumaon in Uttarakhand is dotted with lakes and forests, valleys and rivers – a nature lover's haven, a birders paradise, a trekker's dream and an accessible getaway for vacation seekers from the plains. A whiff away from the tourist tangle that is Nainital are beautiful abodes – arty, quiet and organic, calling out to the beleaguered city dweller to breakaway and just chill. Even the ubiquitous mobile phone is a distant ring away and the Internet can be completely avoided, should you so wish. Soulitude by the Riverside, is perfectly ‘RARE’ not to mention its unique location and 'soul-stirring' stories that surround it – truly a place to discover oneself by the Kalsa river close to the village of Chanfi.

Perfectly Rare

Living by the riverside with the gurgling water’s perennial background score is not limited to books and movies. It’s all true at Soulitude by the Riverside – a serene property by the rushing Kalsa that is made for looking inwards.

Know Your Host

Soulitude was built by Manish and Ratna as their personal hideaway, whenever the urge to leave the bustle of Delhi took over. It was a place where friends and family could reconnect and reboot. Soulitude is run with the perfect blend of professionalism and homeliness, that makes one want to stay just...

Soulitude by the Riverside is a small seven suite (to call them rooms would be unfair) boutique getaway set amidst an organic farm and carefully planted vegetation of flowering and fruiting trees. Just under an hour's drive from the railhead in Kathgodam, be prepared for a dramatic entry to Soulitude by the Riverside! Your car can take you only as far as an ancient bridge near Chanfi village, all steel arches and ropes and suspended floors, a relic of the British design, save for an etching of the year it was put there if you look closely enough. And even while you are excitedly checking it out, walking on and around the bridge, your luggage will be collected and you will follow the welcome team on a thirty minute walk along Kalsa river, till you reach the quaint wooden gates of Soulitude. The river pervades as a gentle murmur or a loud hush...depending on the season and the river's flow.

The Lounge and Cottages were designed as polygonal structures and as a result, they blend with the contours of the land. The 1930s built Village Home was sensitively restored and an old unused building in the guest area was meticulously deconstructed and relocated to re-build as staff quarters.


The times you seek your room only because you can barely keep your eyes open, you will be welcomed to elegant and spacious rooms with interesting furniture and features, small details that will make you smile – a bird head here or a feature cushion there, may be a bed reminiscent of a swing, a balcony in some of them. The ensuite bathroom has one fabulous feature besides the shower that is invitingly hot with heating towel rails which is quite a rarity in boutique hotels of this size and then amenities custom made for Soulitude viz aromatic soaps, cleansers and creams.


The dining room serves epicurean delights of a simplistic order sourced straight from the farms around, sometimes cooked out in the open in front of you over wood fired stoves or served piping hot inside the dining room. On the menu are local Kumaoni curries and lentils, North Indian dishes and a smattering of popular world cuisine.

There are two places at the Riverside you are likely to spend most of your time, only when you are not walking upstream along the river with a book to read and a snack in your ruck sack. The Dhaba is right by the river, with picnic tables to sit at and endless cups of ‘chai’ at a moment’s notice. The second is the circular lounge, lit by natural light and fed by endless fresh mountain air. Large glass windows and skylights with a ‘twist’ afford views of the river, while you can lounge forever on inviting couches, splashes of colour, books and games around you. And when the night falls…the sound of the river and the mountain sky create magic!

There are many niches and nooks at Riverside, made as shacks with a slight canopy against the elements and outdoor loungers where you can sit by yourself, read a book, stretch to asanas, meditate or watch out for birds. Things to do around Riverside include short treks to Pari Tal and small villages around, longer treks include a trek to the top of the ridge and several other picturesque trails waiting to be discovered. The thatched yoga shack at Soulitude by the Riverside provides a spectacular setting for morning wellness, overlooking the cascading waterfall into the emerald green rock pool.

The signature experience is the hike to the Mystical Lake. Fed by a glacial stream that descends

as a waterfall, the lake has a mesmerising effect on its viewer. Accessible only through Soulitude’s private estate, it is a secluded luxury for all guests here and accessible from both the hotels.

Perfect for

Families, couples & solo travellers to pull the breaks on city life. Travellers who want a slice of outdoors and nature. Soulitude is the perfect base to start that book you always wanted to write. It offers reflective time and ambience for self-discovery.

Operational Status

Soulitudes by the Riverside is open all year.

“Conscious Luxury is to use just what one may need,
Anything more is just greed.
– Manish Chandra


  • Integral part of Soulitude’s ethos is an eye on nature conservation, preserving local culture and providing economic support to the local community.
  • Designed as polygonal structures to blend with the land.
  • Village home restored with traditional methods of vernacular architecture.
  • Dry stack stone walls plastered with mud and husk.
  • Low ventilator windows in the lounge open up to allow the entry of the cool river breeze.
  • Organic kitchen garden provides a farm-to-table experience.
  • Multi-disciplinary training for locals to work as staff.
  • Light footprint activities such as village walks enables interaction with the local community and support given to local crafts.
  • Passive cooling and heating design of buildings.
  • Solar hot water system in place.
  • Rain water is harvested, purification filter for drinking water is used instead of RO to avoid waste water being created.
  • Single use plastic avoided with dispensers for bathroom amentities, no plastic water bottles served and biodegradable crockery and cutlery used for picnics.
  • Paper consumption reduced with digital pre-check procedures and billing practices.

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No Single Use Plastic Safe Garbage Disposal Local Community Engagement Light  Footprint Tourism Sensitive Destination Discovery Heritage Preservation The Human Touch
Things to do around Riverside, include short treks to Pari Tal and small villages around. Spread out your Yoga mat for a sublime session of Yoga by the humming Kalsa river.
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Reviews and Location
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

One of the best vacation
by rgshah65 on 06/12/2024

Awesome place..we had a great vacation.. Rooms are quite comfortable with is well maintained..staff is very courteous is like home-made..staff served everything on our...

Precious holiday at Soulitude!
by Annie_Verma on 06/10/2024

A beautiful property nestled by a riverside! We loved the trek to the property. That’s the best part- it’s not accessible to all . Feels like a private property! I was there to celebrate my birthday...

Resort of peace.
by Satish S on 05/25/2024

One of the best memories I had in my lifetime. I spent time there in my anniversary. Lovely special arrangement for dinner as complimentary. Lovely greenery organic farm, spring water, river all...

Nearest Airport : Pant Nagar
Nearest Railway Station : Kathgodam
Nearest Bus Station : Nainital

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  • 25% Retention on Booking amount before check in if cancelled – prior to 30 days.
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  • 100% Retention on Booking amount before check in if cancelled – prior to 7 days.
  • 100% Retention on Booking amount on No Show
  • Cancellations of Credit card and online payments will be charged 5% extra.
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