Father’s Day is not far away (18th June!), so why not get on with some planning to make this day special for your superhero! How about some quality time with him to relive all those beautiful childhood memories as well as make some new ones? This Father’s Day, take some time out from your busy schedules and surprise your dad with a getaway that both of you are sure to cherish. Mark your calendars, and read on to discover some spectacular properties!
Situated near the Tirthan valley, on one of its tributaries and in the eco zone of the Great Himalayan National Park, this place has much to offer. The valley has quite a reputation for trout fishing and you could try your hand at the beautiful sport of fly-fishing. There are ample trails and treks for those with varying degree of enthusiasm and preparedness. They also have a ceramic art centre and are happy to help you get your hands dirty learning pottery. With over 200 species of birds here, bird watching enthusiasts will find plenty to explore and document, with the brown dipper making a regular appearance and the lammergeier an occasional one. The cottages have been made with local materials like pine wood, stone and slate
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Think rolling hills, winding roads, pine forests and trees laden with apples, oranges and other fruits! The architectural style of this gorgeous property is that of a farmhouse in Tuscany. Tiles and marble imported from Italy adorn the floors of the property while graceful arches and galleries lead you to luxurious guest quarters. Outside, the verandahs and balconies are perfectly positioned to maximize the sweeping vistas of valleys, hills and the majestic Himalayas. The property was created with Italian design sensibilities and made to pamper and charm its guests.
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.
This safari lodge at the Bandhavgarh National Park is a unique experience cradled in luxury and sophistication. Immensely private and remote, it is located in the heart of tiger country, adjacent to the 450 sq kms Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. Bandhavgarh is home to more than 25 species of mammals and more than 250 species of birds along with about 80 types of butterflies and a number of reptiles. Key species you are likely to spot, apart from the tiger, are leopards, spotted deer, sambhar, nilgai, wild pigs, gaur, sloth bear etc. Enjoy gourmet dining at the main restaurant, barbecues around a campfire, a table set for you out in the bushes or long lazy poolside meals!
This getaway’s all about doing nothing and breathing in the sublime mountain air. Itmenaan is a century-old traditional Kumaoni village house, which has been remodeled into a plush estate for travellers to dwell near the benign Kumaon mountains. The estate has been crafted with locally sourced materials, such as traditional stones, pine logs and mud to retain its quintessential village charm. Since the estate is surrounded by forests and orchards, each room has been designed and named to be in tune with nature – Oak room, Kafal room and Deodar cottage. So, the idea is to experience nature at its best, listen to the birds sing, bathe in the mild sunshine and just slow down.
This dreamlike place is designed for travellers seeking offbeat experiences. But, there is more to it. It’s not just an abode for nature lovers. Yes, you will hear the birds singing every once in a while and a butterfly or two prancing around. However, you will also get to enjoy a fair bit of ‘flamboyance’ that comes as a part of heritage of the resort. The rooms have a classy and subtle décor. Each room is distinct and has lots of character. And, you are always close to the resonance of the river. The resort also has its own private sand beach, which entices you for those ‘lazy-do-nothing’ hours. Besides, you have lots to explore about Rishikesh – its enigmatic temples and a bunch of adventure activities. So, get mesmerized by the Ganges.
Make this Father’s Day a memorable one!