The Tourist Rest House at Gangolihat, Uttarakhand is run by KMVN (Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam) and when I visited Gangolihat, it seemed like the best place to stay in Gangolihat.
Even though from the outside, this sprawling rest house seemed a little in disarray and needing repair, the room itself was quite decent and large.
For Rs. 900 the room that I got, was not only large, airy and full of sunlight, it commanded a great view of the valley.
Yes, there was no power backup in case of power outage and there were some obvious signs of dampness in the wall and the paint needing a fresh coat due to it. However, the washroom was clean and large with a geyser as well.
The room service was okish at best, though a little slow. Food options were limited, but the food itself was tasty and well-priced. Of course watching the clouds float by while sipping tea and eating pakodas was something out of this world, made all the more special for me, since this was the first time I was doing that.
I had to pay Rs. 900 for the above room and for that price; the room seemed like a pretty good bargain. Though since I was traveling in offseason, tariff was a little low and during season the rest house would likely be filled to the brim, due to pilgrims visiting Haat Kalika Temple in Gangolihat and Patal Bhubaneswar, which is located nearby.
However, for the off-season, it seemed like a quaint place to spend your mornings and evening watching the sunrise and the sunset, while relaxing and introspecting or meditating. And I loved it for that.