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Likhai wood carving at The Cottage Jeolikot

Published on December 4, 2019

Likhai – the intricate wood-carving tradition of the Kumaon Himalayan region, is embedded in the doors, window frames and pillars of mountain dwellings – a unique blend of aesthetics and functionality.

Sadly, the tradition is disappearing fast.

The Raj-era Cottage Jeolikot near Nainital, has one of the most inspiring collections of this art form, incorporated into its architecture – like the lounge window in the picture. Many of these carvings are centuries old, priceless antiques.

The Cottage Jeolikot is a painstakingly restored heritage structure, that was once a part of the Vergomont Estate in colonial times, a pit-stop for travelers on the way to the hill station of Nainital. Located just off the Kathgodam – Nainital state highway, the cottage is easily accessible.

Worth a visit anytime, for slipping back to another  era. Or just to marvel the Likhai collection.

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