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Shivpuri Village Opp Petrol Pump Rishikesh-Badrinath Road, Shivpuri 249192 India
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Bull's Retreat, is named after its mentor Col. Narinder 'Bull' Kumar, one of India's most celebrated mountain climbers. The resort welcomes adventurers and pilgrims alike. Nestled amidst a lush forest and landscaped gardens on the Badrinath yatra route, it's just a 30 min drive from Rishikesh. Rafting and trekking for the adventurous, or yoga and mediation on the beach by the Ganga river just a 10 minute walk away, for the introspective - take your pick.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Badminton
Bicycle rental
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's playground
Street parking
Public wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Special diet menus
Canoeing
Hiking
Water sport equipment rentals
Bicycle tours
Entertainment staff
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Children's television networks
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Newspaper
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Seating area
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Iron
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
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If you really want to stay in the lap of nature, fresh air this is the right place. The entire team is very supportive and well groomed. Food is very testy. Overall it is an mesmerizing experience. Thank you Bull's Retreat !
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First things first...It is not a regular hotel or resort. It doesn't have room service or minibar in the rooms. Good thing is, it is prominently mentioned in the website at the time of booking. Frankly that's a good thing as you can saunter down to the dining hall through the well manicured garden & spend some time at the museum on the floor above. The positive vibes as soon as you enter are very welcoming. We were a family of 4 traveling with our pet. We booked into the forest hut but on arriving we found it a tad congested. Mr. Arif, who was supervising, immediately upgraded us to the super deluxe suites located on the first floor which were delightfully decorated. We stayed in Nanda devi & Sagar mantha which have a nice balcony overlooking the gardens & adjoining forest. The rooms had wrought iron beds & comfy mattresses, blessing for our tired spines after the inordinately long drive owing to the traffic jams & work going on for the badrinath highway widening project. There is provision for hot water which is sourced by solar power. Power backup is thankfully efficient as there are lot of power cuts in the area. Coming to food...the chef prepares sumptuous homely stuff with minimal spices & salt. The absolute must have is the kurkure bhindi! The morning buffet is perfect & well organized. There is morning & evening tea served with biscuits in the garden area. The play area is good enough for the tiny tots or furry friends to be happily engaged. There are hammocks by the side where the parents can keep a discerning eye whilst reading a book or sipping a cool lemonade. There are other physically challenging activities such as rock climbing & Burma bridge. A badminton cum basketball court amidst the jungle treeline is an added bonus. The walking trail to the riverbanks didn't happen coz of the high water level but instead a guided tour took us to another bigger riverbank a couple of kilometres away. That place is magical & serene where you can easily spend quality time esp for the shutterbugs! The place comes alive after dusk with the lights taking effect & the jungle sounds becoming more pervasive. The Downside of this property is that parking is limited & is outside the gates, so with all the construction activity on the road the cars end up in bad shape by the morning. Another area of improvement would be the plaster peeling off the walls & the bathroom fittings. If your objective is to be one with nature and to have a family bonding time, this retreat should be right up there with the best! Kudos to the warm staff and management for making Google, our golden retriever feel so much at home! Looking forward to a winter rendezvous!!
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Response from Akshay K, Owner at Bull's Retreat
Responded Jun 27, 2019
Dear Sir, Thank you so much for taking out the time to write a detailed review - truly appreciate it! I'm glad Arif took the decision to immediately upgrade you - the rooms you stayed in, Nanda Devi and Sagarmatha are both mountains scaled by our MD Col. Bull Kumar. In fact, every room at Bull's Retreat is named after a mountain or river scaled or rafted by the Col. himself:-). Your point regarding the minor repairs required is duly noted and we usually carry out our repairs during the off-season in July and August. The highway expansion project alongside our property continues all the way to Badrinath - but thankfully, the portion outside our property has been completed. So we won;t be facing the dust issues any longer. Look forward to hosting you again in the winters - truly a lovely time to be there! Regards Akshay
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This small but beautiful resort is hands down the best place to unwind yourself. Rooms are clean, staff are very helpful. Food is fine, they can however surely bring a bit more variety for the buffet spread. The best part is, it is pet-friendly. Do meet two lovely puppies named as Tango and ASHA.
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I visited this place on 31 January with friends.It has amazing service where people showed great hospitality even though we visited in off season. The food was super tasty.You can go to the river Ganga with 10 min walk.Rooms were clean.I would highly recommend this place if you are looking for a place with full of nature and peace.You can spend entire day at the resort chilling.There is a lot to do in the resort itself.
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Nice, quaint place at Rishikesh...its owned by Col Bull Kumar, an ex army man... A great man! U can read all about him on the net. The rooms r nice and well kept. The food is tasty... A-la-carte can be ordered.. The best part about the place is the kuchcha road that goes down to the Ganges... In the summer, u can bathe in the cold water... Theres a lovely collection of books too. The resort also offers adventure activities like rafting, at a price. The best part is the place is right on the highway, but not noisy... This could b a good place to break ur journey while on an expedition.
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Response from Akshay K, Owner at Bull's Retreat
Responded Jan 29, 2020
Dear Mr Karthik Thank you for your glowing review. We are glad that you had a good stay. We look forward to welcoming you back at MHE for our other camps and expeditions. TEAM MHE
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PRICE RANGE
$44 - $69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Aaranyya by the Ganges
LOCATION
IndiaUttarakhandTehri Garhwal DistrictShivpuri
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bull's Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Bull's Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Scorpion Handicrafts (3.6 miles), Shiv Gauri Pashmina World (3.3 miles), and Sivananda Ashram (4.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Bull's Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Bull's Retreat?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Bull's Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Bull's Retreat?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bull's Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ira's kitchen & Tea Room, The Delight Cafe, and Cafe Amrit Ganga.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bull's Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Is Bull's Retreat located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Shivpuri.
Are pets allowed at Bull's Retreat?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bull's Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to Bull's Retreat?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Beatles Ashram (4.9 miles).