Romancing the hills
The din of the city can rob the sheen off your love life. These hilly getaways can light the fire again
WILDFLOWER HALL CHHARABRA, SHIMLA
Perched at 8,350 ft, Wildflower Hall, Shimla, in the Himalayas, is an Oberoi Hotels resort amidst thick forests of cedar and pine.
Go for its natural beauty, the romantic walks in forests and super luxury. Room tariffs are from Rs 21,500 to Rs 60,500 per night.
Enjoy the billiards room, spas, library, restaurant and the cavalry bar. See the sun go down while soaking in the outdoor whirlpool. There’s river rafting, horse riding, mountain bicycling and ice skating to add to the fun.
THE DESTINATION, KALKA-SHIMLA NATIONAL HIGHWAY, KANDAGHAT
Hidden away by lush forests, with the Himalayan range visible on all sides, the Destination resort is a treat. This 14-acre property is full of tulips and verdant lawns.
Take a stroll with your love, or order a drink under a gazebo, and enjoy the panoramic view. The retreat has 48 rooms, at Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000 a night. Enjoy a romantic evening at their charming restaurant.
SURIYAVILAS, KAMARHATTI-NAHAN ROAD, GANDHIGRAM, SOLAN
Desirous of an indulgent getaway? Suriyavilas, a luxury resort and spa, is your answer. There are 36 rooms, each for Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 a night.
They have two luxury suites with private indoor pools. Shared facilities include an infinity pool overlooking the mountains, a Jacuzzi, an exclusive French spa, a children’s playroom, a mini movie theatre with popcorn and soda, a gourmet multi-cuisine restaurant, in-house bakery and gym.
BAIKUNTH RESORTS, CHABBAL, KASAULI
This season is the perfect time to leave the heat behind and experience the monsoon magic at this quaint resort.
Watch the rains while sipping coffee in their ‘jungle café’ or sharing wine in the glasshouse bar. The resort has 35 rooms, out of which 17 are individual cottages with fireplaces.
Room tariffs range from Rs 4,500 to Rs 6,000 per night. Call 0179-2272480/ 81.
FLYING TIGER HOME STAY DAGSHAI, SOLAN
Dagshai, a quiet hill station, is perfect to escape the urban chaos. Soothe your senses here, against the background sounds of crickets humming and the breeze rustling through the trees.
The property, set up in 1851, was turned into a bed and breakfast in 2006 with six rooms, for Rs 2,200 (including breakfast and tea) per night, and 10 dome tents. Have simple meals, of rajma chawal and daal and chicken, or enjoy a barbecue outdoors.