I have been travelling in Uttarakhand for the last 10 years now – Junoon in the Hills is by far one of the best properties to visit in more than one ways.
Just that I do not miss out on anything I am dividing my views under important heads.
Way to Junoon in the Hills
You Need to take Left turn right after Krishna Restaurant, Garampani. The turn is easy to miss but thanks to Amitabh's crisp email, we were well prepared. After honking few horns, things did not change and we got down, had a few people to move their tempos - we crossed an old iron motorbridge.
That got us to other hill and the actual journey to the Junoon begins. As luck would have it nature started gearing up for rains and it was just completely awesome. Every second turn provided opportunity for photo shooting and it kept getting better and better.
You need to take a u-turn around 5 km ahead where milestone reads Kafulta - 15 kms. It is a steady climb upwards and road condition is ok for a normal car. You just need to keep your car in the middle of the road as due to some development work, they have dug on the side towards the hill. I have personally traveled a lot on the hills - believe me, this will not be troublesome at all :)
6-8 Turns and you catch glimpse of the bunglow they call Junoon in the Hills. Since, it was raining everything enroute was wonderful and you keep looking around for more lovely views :)
The Actual Place
We were greeted at the gate by Narayan & Raju – Caretakers with proper uniforms and pleasing manners and a small driveway takes you to the entrance. We were shown the rooms with lovely view courtesy large bay window and the Living Room.
We met Jojo & Google – two dogs and Google the little one was very playful.
Living Room is furnished nicely and luxuriously – the owners intent, global exposure and extent to which they want to make you feel comfortable is reflected here.
Anything, pool table, tv system, computer, lounge Furniture, Fixtures audio system, massager cushions etc. are top of the line stuff :)
And it opens on to a deck which gives you breathtaking views of the Himalayas (if you are luck, meaning no rains and good visibility). First Day it rained hard and we got some lovely views nevertheless minus Himalayas.
They have electricity points practically everywhere so your gadget will not run out of charge.
Sitting on the deck, listening to your favorite songs with/without drinks is something everyone will cherish for sometime.
They have sundecks as well.
The Garden & the Gym
Beautifully done up garden with rich, variety of flowers and proper landscaping which is a rarity in the hills. It is really nice on your foot and you can walk around even in slippers gazing at flower varieties each lovelier than the other. You have an open sit out covered with mesh at the end of garden to enjoy tea/drinks in the open. Yeah - Tea would be good. Drinks could be risky there after a while as it sits on an edge:)
They have a good gym as well for fitness freaks, again top of the class equipment.
Simple, Homely and we particularly asked for less spicy and were served just that. You order and they make & serve and agreed time. Our gang was Chicken/Mutton & ‘Phulkas’ (Roti) lover and the ladies in the kitchen did a real good job of whipping out rotis at a good pace. We ate plenty to our satisfaction. Salads/Snacks in the evening were nice as well.
You spend sometime with them and plan menu for the day and they will take care of the rest. They also go beyond the appointed time to serve food to you in the night which is very nice.
Rains had stopped and we asked them to arrange a bon fire for us which they did in a jiffy. Junoon in the Hills is one of the very few places I have seen which has a totally covered, full fledged rack for the woods. You may just run short of liquor but they will not run short of woods for bonfire. Again compliments to the owner Amitabh.
Peace & Himalayan Views
You will not find any vehicle movement for hours giving you ample time to your thoughts or just, no thoughts gazing blankly in the hills. I liked this anything as I am not very fond of concrete jungle type resorts/hotel where you have no space except balcony to call your own :)
We did get Himalayan Views briefly next morning from our windows itself but due to bad weather (viewing wise), that vanished in couple of hours.
We walked out of our hotel and surprised to find terrace farming over the hill with a small, very beautiful village. We will trek down to that village next time around.
Junoon in the Hills request you to treat them as your house and surely succeeds in that – full credit to the owner and I wish him Good Luck to maintain and retain the charm of this place.
We will be coming back here soon
All rooms are good :)
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