Delhi – the capital and by far the most fascinating city for any Indian, is packed with a plethora of opportunities and is home to some of the most incredible success stories one comes across which make it seem all the more promising. But apart from being successful, the inhabitants of these cities are hardworking and STRESSED! Stressed is the first and foremost word that aptly describes the population of these cities and RESPITE is something they need once in every two months. Wondering how? Just get away! This time I bring to you the five most luxurious getaways near Delhi for rejuvenation, respite and recreation.
THE LALIT, MANGAR
Set amidst the scenic Mangar Bani Valley and home to 6 lac trees spread across 677 acres of land, The Lalit; a five star luxury hotel; is a part of the Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. Having successfully set up 12 hotels across the country and one in London, this hospitality group aims at incarnating opulence through the services and provisions that one can avail at their hotels. An hour’s drive away from the capital, it is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway and a utopia for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The lavishly comfortable suites and time reversal spas ensure to relieve all the tension and stress built up within, owing to the urban lifestyle. The rammed Earth architecture is a singular feature of the place. House farms that produce chemical-free ingredients of organic food also are worth a visit that also tops every gourmand’s list. An old world’s charm and a rustic appeal adds to the serenity of the place and render it a superb blend of tradition and technology, and an impeccable amalgam of the country and the city. Lastly, adventure activities like rock climbing, cycling, rappelling and zip lining consummate the holiday and proves to be a psychedelic experience that make it a “must visit” for all.
CHAPSLEE – Shimla
Erected as a house by Dr.Blake of the East India Company, Chapslee was earlier called “Secretary Lodge” and it was only later that it came to be known by it’s present name, “Chapslee”. Being bought and sold many times and serving as a place of accommodation to many British bureaucrats, it was finally bought by Hon. Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala who refurbished it into the 8th heritage hotel of India. Carved out in the local “Dhajji” style using mud, grit, wood, surkhi and lime plaster, Chapslee’s exquisite design takes one down the memory lane and one finds oneself reminiscing 20th century England. Five suites that are namely: The luxury suite, The deluxe suite, Yellow room, Pink room and the Red room along with the hall, the sundowner, the tennis court, croquet playing ground and the terrace garden are extremely beautiful and comfortable. A cozy library cum card room, a dining room with a 14 seater English “oak table” and a 6 seater round table, an afternoon tea room, bed time tea and fire places with charcoal bear testimony to the Old World’s Charm associated with the place. Not only serenity but culinary masterpieces are also intrinsic to the heritage hotel, dishes like Aam ka Pulao, Awadh ka Korma, Lehsun ki kheer are some among the exotic delicacies served. Anglo-Indian cuisines and continental food are also something to look out for. Chapslee thus offers you the much needed vacation.
JW MARRIOTT, MUSSOORIE
Luxurious is the epitome of the five star mountain resort set in Uttarakhand. Surrounded by 4 acres of lush green lawns, and only 6 kilometers away from the Kempty falls, JW Marriott is quite a treat for nature lovers and the right spot for a family adventure. Arranging a hiking tour and a variety of fun outdoor activities are some of the services provided by the hotel. In addition to it, a spa, 4 restaurants, a play area for kids as well as adults, a fitness centre, swimming pool, free high speed internet and an entertainment centre are some other attractions of the resort. Executive and Studio are the two categories of suites that are available and define finesse. The on-site restaurants offer a range of delicacies and outdoor seating arrangements like The Perch and The Perch tea lounge, make dining worthwhile. The JW Café that comprises of the Trout House and Grill & Bar Deck is yet another icing on the cake. The place is a microcosm of opulence that is not worth missing. Also, one can visit nearby places like Kempty falls and enjoy the view of the spellbinding Himalayas. Your search for extravagance ends here!
A nominee for the Aga Khan award and the perfect weekend getaway spot, Neemrana Fort is a 15th century heritage hotel with a seven winged palace constructed over 14 layers tiered into a hill, spreading across 6 acres of land. Hanging gardens, two swimming pools, an Ayurvedic spa, vintage car rides, multimedia tour, 5 track aerial zip lining by flying fox and camel rides are some other features and services that are provided. The Neemrana eco farms and a step well descending 7 floors deep into the Earth do call for a visit at this amazing and economic place!
HILL FORT, KESROLI
The hill fort of Kesroli is a 16th century Fort built by Yaduvanshi Rajputs in the city of Alwar. Having 21 unique rooms and being famous for its ramparts, turrets and arched verandahs, it is a seven turreted hotel that displays phenomenal beauty and elegance. Rooms with garden views are yet another beautifying element of the place. Garden barbeques and special game rooms for kids are the special features of the place. Nearby places that are a “must visit” include Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Sarska Tiger Sanctuary and the Bhangarh Fort for some adrenaline rush!
So, this weekend get away from the hustle bustle of the capital and escape into the world of nature, luxury and adventure with these wonderful destinations!