May 6, 2018

Jilling Sanctuary- The Perfect Getaway that Rejuvenates Body, Soul and Spirit

Jilling View
Jilling View
Jilling Sanctuary, Jilling, Bhimtal, Nainital, is one of the most visited place in Uttarakhand. The Peace of the remote Himalayas, with perfect comforts of a five star lodge, Jilling Sanctuary is the perfect getaway that rejuvenates your body, soul and spirit in the environment of a luxury resort set in the natural raw beauty of the Himalayas.

Jilling Trek to Temple
Jilling Trek to Temple
Encircled by a thick layer of greenery is the Jilling Sanctuary, nestled atop 6000 feet up in the mountains that makes it's way through the verdant terrace farms and oak jungles in Bhimtal town of Uttarakhand. The bosky backwoods of the land are engulfed by natural beauty that throws you off merrily into nature's arms. The views on one side of the property stretches down to the plains, through the foot hills and on the other side, are the iced peaks of the Himalayas, the Nanda Devi range looks up close on a clear day.

Jilling -The Glass House
Jilling -The Glass House
The resort comprises of the original stone bungalow. The rooms are simple yet luxurious with all the modern day facilities one can think of. Authentic Indian as well as continental delicacies are prepared with the ingredients sourced from their very own green houses. The conservatory is a glass building and includes an exterior viewing deck and fireplace that looks out into the hills, books and journals, state of the art home theatre system and a dining area.  There is a glass enclosed solar heated swimming pool.

Solar Heated Indoor Swimming Pool
Solar Heated Indoor Swimming Pool
Your days can be spent bird watching, trekking the different private routes inside the property, riding ponies, picnicking in the hills, swimming in the heated pool and more. Additionally you can visit the Jim Corbett Sanctuary in Nainital or the Sattal Lakes.

The Sanctuary experience is guaranteed to be one that you would cherish and remember forever.

May 4, 2018

Hatu Peak, Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh | Offbeat Hillstation

Photos of Hatu Peak, Narkanda
This photo of Hatu Peak is courtesy of TripAdvisor

NARKANDA, situated at an attitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan Tibet road (NH - 22), Narkanda offers a spectacular view of snow ranges. An ideal retreat for the tourists who seek seclusion in mountains. You see unique view of the eternal snow line, the inviting apple orchards and dense forests. Narkanda is famous for Skiing & Winter sports. During these days the slopes come alive with skiers. The skiing at Narkanda was started in 1980 and since then HPTDC is conducting skiing courses every year. Narkanda is a gateway to apple country of Himachal Pradesh.

We were in shimla and planned a weekend getaway to narkanda. It was a 3hr drive with lot of fresh cherries and apples on our way. You get a box of cherries for Rs100 and they taste real yum.

We reached HPTDC, HOTEL HATU NARKANDA, this tourist guest house which is ideally located offering spectacular views of snow clad ranges. The lawn for breakfast and lunch was very enjoyable and food was really good just felt like home made food.According to me this place is the best for stay at narkanda. People are very hospitable and service is excellent.

The area has forests of fir and spruce, with a smattering of maple, aspen and cedar trees. The skiing slopes are close by. A wooded trek route takes you to Hatu Peak unfolding a magnificient vista of undulating meadows, snow peaks and valleys. Ahead lie the Greater Himalaya and a number of peaks - the Kinner Kailash, the Srikhand and the Kullu ranges. Hatu's flank hold stretches of apple orchards and acres of wild flowers.

Note: Hatu HPTDC Guest House Address
ADDRESS : The Hatu, Narkanda, Dist. Shimla (H.P.) -171213. Tel: (01782) - 242430, 242509 
Check availability and book The Hatu

Narkanda is a destination for a quiet holiday in the heart of nature.In winter, the temperature can hover around freezing point when heavy woolens are required. During summer, the climate is pleasant and cottons / light woolens are suggested. Narkanda receives heavy snowfall in winters. 

Well the hotel manager asked us to explore hatu peak (3300m) : 8 km from Narkanda. And we agreed, we drove through pine and spruce trees. On top of the hill, ancient Hatu Mata temple is located. The peak offers spectacular view of the entire Himalayan ranges, snow clad mountains and in depths are the dense forests, green fields and apple orchards. Hiking is recommended to reach the peak.

This place was just awesome and we really enjoyed our time watching clear blue skies.
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Seetalvan Orchard , Kotgarh, Thanedar
Seetalvan Orchard , Kotgarh, Thanedar
If you have time you can also explore KOTGARH AND THANEDHAR.

KOTGARH AND THANEDHAR (1830m) : 17 km link road bifurcating from Narkanda takes you to the Himachal's Horticultural heartland, Kotgarh and Thanedhar, renown for apple orchards. The famous Stokes Farm is located at Thanedhar. Stokes came to India on a trip and while on a summer visit to Shimla, fell in love with its environments, which included the charming hill folk and settled down in Kotgarh. He started the apple farm which soon became renown with its Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Royal Delicious,apples. Enjoy this small quiet place and dont forget to eat bhuttas and local shop teas and matris.
Also you can explore local market for hand knit woollen clothes and shoes which are pretty cheap.

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