The mountains beckon those looking for a relaxing getaway after battling the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Picturesque vistas, lush green trails and pleasant weather, the hill stations in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand make for ideal vacation destinations in the monsoon months. Pamper yourself by indulging in wellness rituals or exploring nature’s marvels with outdoor activities.
Ananda in the Himalayas- Tehri, Uttarakhand
An award-winning spa resort nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is the perfect getaway to recover from COVID stress. There are a wide range of Ayurvedic treatments available here. Experience holistic wellbeing with early morning meditation and yoga sessions as well as Vedanta and other spiritual practices. The resort is spread out across 100 acres, surrounded by Sal forests, overlooking the Ganges river valley, which makes for stunning views.
Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort – Dharamshala
The newest and only five-star property in Dharamshala is Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort. It is spread across 6.5 acres, situated on the foothills of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Outer Himalayas. Dharamshala is famous among followers of Buddhism and is dotted with multiple monasteries and stupas. With stunning views of the Kangra Valley, the resort provides various experiences such as Nature Walks, Tibetan Guided Tours, Farm To Table meals and private dining experiences. If you plan to pay a visit to the monasteries in Dharamshala, book your stay at this resort.
JW Marriott Walnut Grove Resort & Spa- Mussoorie
Located in ‘The Queen of the Hills’, JW Marriott Walnut Grove Resort & Spa is one of the most luxurious properties in the hills of North India. The state-of-the-art rooms provide scenic views of the valley, and the misty monsoon clouds only add to the allure of the lush green foliage that surrounds the property. Sign up for nature trails and short hikes to explore the beauty of the hills. Pamper yourself at Cedar Spa by L’Occitane, and indulge in delicious and authentic North Indian fare at the property’s restaurants.
Span Resort & Spa – Manali
Located at an altitude of 4750 ft., on the outskirts of Manali is the Span Resort & Spa. The resort is famous for having featured in Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Bollywood movie ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. It features a variety of rooms and cottages, spread out over 12 acres of lush green walnut orchards, amidst the backdrop of deodar and pine forests surrounded by mountains. The selling point of this resort is probably the fact that it is a riverside resort, located on the banks of the mighty Beas river. Upon special request, the resort organises private meals by the banks of the river. Escape from the hustle of city life, and nourish the soul by reconnecting with nature at this stunning property.
Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa- Uttarakhand
Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa is a luxury hideaway by the river Ganges, located about 30 kilometres away from the world’s yoga capital, Rishikesh, in a quaint village called Singthali. The resort presents a nest of utter calm, where you can hit pause to your chaotic lifestyle and indulge in meditation and other holistic wellbeing activities. The resort is surrounded by the mighty Shivalik Range, and boasts of a 20,000 sq. ft. large wellness sanctuary, comprising the Jiva Spa and a yoga pavilion. The resort offers a host of activities such as Ganga Aarti, Pebble Beach Walk as well as a Birding Trek.
Taj Theog Resort & Spa – Shimla
Situated in the charming town of Theog, just an hour’s drive from Shimla is the Taj Theog Resort & Spa. A quintessentially luxurious experience in the mountains, Taj Theog stands almost coniferous surrounded by the mesmerizing skylines of the Himalayan range. A brand new property in this region, the resort oozes style and contemporary excellence. You can participate in activities such as rafting and skiing, or forest trails and apple picking in the orchards. Surrounded by Deodar forests and apple orchards along with Taj’s renowned hospitality, this resort is truly your home away from home in the mountains.
The Himalayan Village- Kasol
Situated at the foothills of Malana village, just 10 kilometers away from Kasol in the Parvati Valley lies The Himalayan Village. The resort is a perfect blend of luxury, tradition, and style, featuring quaint, rustic-style cottages in the lap of the Himalayas. The only five-star property in the area, The Himalayan Village offers breathtaking views of alpine forests that surround it. One can also participate in various activities such as Mountain Biking, Rafting, Trekking and Paragliding. For those interested in holistic wellbeing, the resort also offers wellness packages. If you want to explore an offbeat destination, this resort should be your pick.
The Himalayan- Manali
At first glance, the property seems straight out of a Harry Potter movie. The Victorian gothic castle-style architecture of the resort and the imposing facade of The Himalayan Resort in Manali will leave you awestruck. The castle and cottages are situated in the midst of apple and cherry orchards, at an elevation of 2003 metres. Experience nature at its best, with magnificent views of snow-capped mountains and waterfalls plunging down rock faces. The antiquity adds to the charm of the property, and its central location makes it easily accessible.
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa- Gulmarg
Situated in the charming little town of Gulmarg, The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa provides unparalleled luxury at 8825 feet above sea level, in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. A skiers’ paradise in the winter months, it’s equally charming in the monsoon months, with lush greenery surrounding the property. You can indulge in restorative treatments in Spa La Vie by L’Occitane, trek, and picnic through unspoiled forests, taste authentic Kashmiri cuisine, or golf on the world’s highest golf course- there’s plenty to do here!
Wildflower Hall, An Oberoi Resort, Shimla
Located in the summer capital of British India, is Oberoi’s Wildflower Hall, the former residence of Lord Kitchener, erstwhile commander in chief of the British army. Situated 8250 ft. above sea level, the property exudes a colonial charm. There are many activities to partake in, a colonial tour, private dining experiences, mountain biking, and even private yoga sessions. The property is famous for it’s whirlpool located amidst the coniferous trees.