Who’s dreaming of the serene and cool mountains in the midst of this hot sultry weather? We definitely are. Thus, it’s time to plan an exciting getaway (or two) for the long summer ahead – think breathtaking views, quality time with close ones and respite from the blazing heat. Blissful, indeed.
Located on the foothills of the Himalayas in the land of the white orchids, this property is the first international 4-star deluxe resort in this region, offering world-class service standards. All rooms are designed using a blend of modern and local influences. The rooms offer breathtaking views of the valley of mountains and lush woodlands. Indulge in various activities such as trekking to Eagles Crag, white river rafting on the Teesta, a holy visit to the Ambootia Shiv Mandir and the Gidhapahar Mandir, a trip to Salamander Lake and Sonada Monastery, and tea tours at Makaibari & Ambootia, two of the oldest tea gardens producing the Champagne of Teas (Darjeeling Tea).
This charming stay lies in the heart of the Kumaon Himalayas at 6200 ft, in the midst of verdant valleys and mountains clad in forests of oak, rhododendron, deodar and pine. Right in the middle of a fruit orchard are five stone and wood cottages that offer a unique experience. The many terraced gardens, with an abundance of flowers, are perfect to just hang around and unwind, with large open spaces for kids to run freely. The bedrooms are inviting and comfortable with all modern amenities. There’s a common lounge and dining area, and a deck that faces the Himalayas.
Waking up in the morning to have the first glimpse of those divine Himalayan peaks is pure joy, which you can experience with ease at this boutique spa resort. Pine forests, deodar trees, apple orchards and the terrace farms are waiting to enrapture you with their idyllic charms. The property is a mountain lover’s home in Kanatal, a small hamlet in Uttarakhand. Simply slip into the benignity of the mountains in any of the finely done-up 20 rooms or the suite. While you get to escape the toils of your ‘urban’ life and slow down in the Himalayas, the resort ensures that you have all the modern comforts and enjoy the best of both the worlds. So, do bring along lots of ‘laziness’ with you to just lounge around. You can also indulge in their customized spa treatments, the joy of which is heightened by stunning natural surroundings.
Originally established as a health resort, this charming, fairytale-like cottage was, till independence, run as a hotel by a Scottish lady and her daughter. Apart from savoring, experiencing and exploring the plentiful attractions of the immediate surroundings, you could use the cottage as a base camp to visit several areas of the Kumaon Himalayas. For everything there is a season, the sylvan serenity and this lovely cottage await you
This heritage cottage is one of the older surviving residences of Shimla. It is also considered to be extraordinary in terms of architecture and decor. Its design is an adaptation from an English architectural book by R.A. Briggs (still present in the house), constructed with the traditional local “Dhajji” methodology. Opened to guests in 2011 to enable the property to pay for its upkeep and maintenance, the estate is thus an attempt at conservation and not a business venture. The house continues to be “in its original state”. It is in essence a family home that welcomes like-minded travellers.
This serene villa is situated at an altitude of 1950 ft above sea level in the captivating Dharampur hills. Dharampur is a small hill town full of quaint relics of the British Raj. It is situated almost midway between the major cities, Chandigarh and Shimla. The villa has a rich history spanning over hundred years, it was once upon a time the only school in Dharampur. They have three rooms, all of which are meticulously decorated. The main lawn provides a panoramic view of the Shivalik range. There is a chef with a fixed menu onsite, guests have a choice to either order from the menu or make their own requests. However, like other home stays, the kitchen isn’t open for guests to use. The basic amenities of a hotel are provided for.
Summer plans sorted!