Nainital is 45 mins mountain drive from the resort. Nainital was Jim Corbetts home for many years. Set amidst the towering peaks of the Kumaon Himalaya, this lake city surrounded by pine and sal trees has a charm of its own.
Kainchi Dham Temple (inspired founder of Apple Steve Jobs, Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg)
Kainchi Dham temple (Neem Kirori Baba) - 30 min drive from Resort ,this temple has achieved recognition owing to the ashram of famous Sri Neem karoli Baba who inspired founder of APPLE Steve Jobs. Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg revealed that when FB was going through a rough patch, Steve Jobs advised him to visit this temple and rest is history for FB.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that when his company was going through a tough patch, Steve Jobs advised him to visit a temple in India, where the Apple co-founder had also experienced life-changing spiritual reflection.
"He told me that in order to reconnect with what I believed as the mission of the company, I should visit this temple that he had gone to in India, early on in his evolution of thinking about what he wanted Apple and his vision of the future to be, the month-long trip reinforced for me the importance of what we were doing," Zuckerberg said. Deeply influenced by the Indian spiritualism in 70s, Steve Jobs visited Kainchi Dham Ashram, in Nainital, in the state of Uttarakhand (the Ashram of Baba Neem Karoli or Baba Neeb Karori, considered a reincarnation of Lord Hanuman); and he is believed to have got the vision at this place to create Apple.
Here are some interesting facts to know about Kainchi Dham Ashram:
1- Kainchi is a mountain ashram located in the Kumoan Hills in Uttarakand, approximately 30 min drive from Resort.
2- The first temple of Lord Hanuman was inaugurated in June 15, 1964.
3- In 1962, Maharajji (Baba Neem Karoli) built a chabootara (platform) around a place where two spiritual gurus Sadhu Premi Baba and Sombari Maharaj had performed Yagyas in Kainchi village.
4- The Hanuman temple was later built over the platform thus establishing the Kainchi Ashram.
5- Baba Neem Karoli died on September 10, 1973. A temple for him was subsequently built at the Ashram. His statue was consecrated on June 15, 1976.
6- Neem Karoli Baba left his home in 1958 when his youngest daughter was 11 years old. He wandered throughout northern India as a sadhu and was known by many names.
7- Karoli Baba has temples in several places including Lucknow and an Ashram in Texas, US. According to his website, Maharajji established at least 108 temples.
8- Anyone who wants to visit the Ashram in Kainchi village needs to request prior permission. After a reference from one of the older devotees, one can stay for three days. The ashram is closed for a large portion of the year as it becomes very cold there.
9- A lot of foreigners visit the Ashram. Spiritual leaders Ma Jaya, Ram Dass, musicians Jai Uttal and Krishna Das, humanitarian Larry Brilliant, scholar and writer Yvette Rosser and Daniel Goleman are among his devotees.
10- Apple founder Steve Jobs visited the Ashram to meet Neem Karoli Baba with his friend Dan Kottke. However, he could not meet Baba who had died before his arrival.
A Must Visit
Nepal (Mahendra Nagar)
Nepal (Mahendra Nagar) it's only about 2 hrs drive through dense forest along Nanak Matta Dam (well known sikh shrine), river Sharda. Mahendra Nagar is shopper's paradise and boasts of casinos and high spirits. Mahendranagar is the starting point for tours to the Royal Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve. Other places of interest are Mahakali River and Tanakpur Barrage and the places are worth visiting. Other places Brahmadev Mandir, Suspension bridge outside Mahendranagar, Local Shopping Center, Casino
You will be amazed with the great waterfalls that lies within 5-7kms radius of the resort through thick forest. The casual observer sees trees laden with a tangle of mosses, ferns, orchids and other climbing plants, seemingly burdening the branches to the breaking point.
The careful observer may spy a sedentary sloth, a tamarin monkey or other mammal scurrying through the undergrowth or running down a branch. Butterflies and their Lepidopteran cousins are here by the hundreds, exciting any hardcore butterfly or moth enthusiast.
Botanists will be thrilled by the sheer number of species, many in bloom year-round, hanging over the trail. The main attraction is of course, the birds. A good pair of binoculars and a camera would complete your experience for this outstanding trail designed for the entire family!