These 7 resorts In offbeat hill stations in India are the best bets if If you want to escape the maddening tourist hoardes and relax in some obscure corner of nature’s vast wilderness. Take your pick and be ready for a pampered holiday:
Sirmour Retreat, Nahan
At a distance of about 13 km from the pretty hill station of Nahan, Sirmour Retreat is a haven of tranquility, specially for those who are looking for some pocket-friendly peace. The resort offers an exciting range of accommodation options, ranging from sprawling cottages to luxury tents.
The USP of Sirmour Retreat, however, is the rooftop restaurant, which not only serves finger-licking food, but also provides eye-soothing, gorgeous 360-degree views of greenery laden mountains.
Address: Jamta Sirmour Retreat, Renuka Road, Nahan
Tariff: INR 4,200 onwards
Ambrina Resort, Devala, Ooty
Sitting prettily on the old mining hills of Devala, about 72 km from Ooty, is this picturesque colonial resort, surrounded by nothing but the sprawling tea estates and pristine forests.
Tastefully done up in the contemporary British style, the rooms offer comforts and complete relaxation. Being the very tiny place that it is, nonetheless, services are top of the line, and you will put up with less than 20 people when here! Book a cab when you want to go for sightseeing in and around Ooty.
Address: JA Tea Estate, ATK Road, Devala, Ooty
Tariff: INR 4,000 onwards
The Himalayan Village, Kasol
A perfect mix of nature, comfort and style, The Himalayan Village is where the modern luxury and traditional Himalayan architecture blend seamlessly to create a memorable holiday experience for the guests. Kasol, the place all about creams and cafes–plays the perfect host, adding a dash of charm to your vacation.
Surrounded by majestic Deodar forests, the very orchestra of nature is your wake up call for the morning and the days stretch on lazily, sprinkled with awesome food, leisurely walks, rejuvenating massages, thrilling adventure sports, and drinks flowing endlessly in the evenings.
Address: Kailash Nagar, Doonkhara, Parvati Valley, Kasol
Tariff: INR 8,800 for cottages, INR 11,800 for Machaans
Banasura Island Resort, Varambetta, Wayanad
A visit to this resort is like a trip to a fairytale world, no less! Situated amidst a sprawling 15 acres of virgin natural beauty, the cloud-cloaked Banasura Island Resort is nothing less than the stuff dreams are made of.
Nice accommodation choices, lovely staff and a plethora of world-class amenities, what more can you ask for?
Address: Kuttiyamvayal, Varambetta, Wayanad, Kerala
Tariff: INR 5,500 onwards
Sourenee Tea Estate, Mirik
How about a plantation stay on your next vacation? Well, Sourenee Tea Estate in the picturesque Mirik will be your best bet with unmatched views, impeccable hospitality and world class amenities.
Enjoy the thick green forests, walk through tea plantations, go for trekking, leisure walks or just contemplate the scenic beauty– whatever you do, you won’t have a single dull moment at the resort.
Address: P.O. – Soureni Bazar, Mirik, Darjeeling
Tariff: INR 5,000 onwards
The Apple Orchard, Lachen
Located amidst the beautiful landscape of Lachen, this village resort is synonymous with luxury and comfort. Wake up to the gorgeous views of Lachen from picture windows of any of the 11 deluxe rooms at the resort.
Lachen is one of the hidden gems in Sikkim and a vacation at this place is surely going to rejuvenate you! Managed and owned by Karma & Chopel, the resort promises you a memorable and enjoyable stay. You can head for sightseeing or trek around the place, but that said, there is not much to do at the resort as it is intended only for relaxation. Get here along a good book and your sports shoes, and you’re set for a good time!
Address: Lachen, Sikkim
Telephone: +91- 94748-37640
Tariff: INR 7,500 onwards
Oakwood Hamlet, Shoghi
If you are a strong supporter of ecotourism and keen on spending some in nature’s company, head to Oakwood Hamlet in Shoghi, one of the still unexplored hill stations in India. Accommodation at the Oakwood Hamlet comes in the form of mud cottages, luxury tents and bamboo huts.
The cuisine served here is inspired by the local foods of Himachal and freshly made with in-house greens and local market items. The resort also offers excellent avenues for bird watching, trekking, river crossing, and camping in the middle of the woods.
Address: Oakwood Hamlet (A Village Resort), Near Kathlighat, Shoghi Shimla
Tariff:INR 15,000 onwards
Let’s hope the above list of wonderful resorts at offbeat hill stations in India will make you pack your bags and head to any of these ports of call for complete relaxation and rejuvenation!
Photo credits: from official website and Facebook pages of Oakwood Hamlet, Sourenee Tea Estate, Banasura Island Resort, The Himalayan Village, Ambrina Resort and Sirmour Retreat.
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Jigyasha loves to read and travel, in that order!