We spent the 15 August long weekend at Taradale Cottage(traveling from chandigarh). Had a great time. Truly felt like an old English cottage. Very pleasant and helpful staff. They were great at suggesting things to do in the area. They arranged candle lit dinners for us in the courtyard. Great view from the cottage of the valley & mountain ranges beyond. (will try to share some pics). definitely lives upto the name of a home away from home. Would have also been a great place for a family stay since they are stocked up for board games for kids and an activity room with a television. We stayed in the Attic room that was very cosy, tastefully done and a perfect stay for being in a hill station. We loved the view. the bathroom was clean and little touches like two stools in the bath area made its use more comfortable. on a side note, my wife loved the texture of her hair after using the particular complimentary shampoo that they stock for guests. The food wasn't fancy but made a hearty meal enjoyed after a good hike.
Apparently Rabinedrnath Tagore loved those hills and wrote his gitanjali there. Hiked upto the ruins of his house (not the best season to make that hike every thing was over grown)
A lot of wood peckers and thrush of different kinds were frequent visitors at Taradale. The white eyes loved playing in the bottle brush which made for great pic's... went birding to pangot .. lovely place but might have seen more birds around ramgarh (was cloudy/misty in panot).. Went to nanaital 40 min drive and climbed up tiffen top not a bad hike for being in the middle of so much development. Must say Nanaital was very clean for an Indian hill-station in the rainy season. We'd love to visit again because there was still so much to do around. Taradale was a great option, as it wasn't very far from nainital yet was away from the hustle bustle. Like a hill holiday should be!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WelcomHeritage Taradale Cottage was christened after the illustrious aristocrat & diplomat Major General 'Tara' Singh Bal, and belongs to his daughter in law Indra Bal. A five minutes downhill walk from the road leads you to the property which is reminiscent of the summer houses built during the British Raj. The Boutique Hotel Taradale Cottage is located 325 Kms from Delhi, and lies in the sleepy hamlet of Ramgarh in the north-eastern part of the Kumaon region of the Himalayas. This relatively undiscovered but increasingly popular destination is often termed as the fruit basket of the picturesque Uttarakhand state because of its sprawling peach, plum, apricot, apple & pear orchards. The beauty of Ramgarh and its surrounding majestic mountains, pristine Oak & Rhododendron forests, crisp cool air and vast clear skies attracted several industrial & royal houses to set up their estates here. The peace & tranquility of this place inspired the likes of Rabindranath Tagore who penned parts of his famous Gitanjali here. Narain Swami & Sri Aurobindo also founded Ashrams in the vicinity. The famous wildlife conservationist and writer Jim Corbett stayed here while en-route to bag one of the man-eating Tigers and has mentioned Ramgarh in one of his books. Taradale Cottage is situated in a fairly secluded spot overlooking tree covered slopes and a verdant green valley or 'Dale' from which it derives the latter half of its name. A five minutes easy downhill walk from the road leads you to the property which is reminiscent of the summer houses built during the British Raj. The grey & white stucco facade, slanting tin roofs, bay windows, verandas & balconies replete with delicate Victorian trims lend an old world charm to this home away from home. The cottage is nestled in a small English garden, adjacent to a patch of stately Pine & Deodar trees overlooking the spectacular snow bound Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul & Panchachuli. A quaint Attic room & a Duplex Suite are amongst the 6 well appointed bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and modern comforts. Colonial furniture and tastefully done interiors, wooden ceilings and fireplaces in most rooms welcome you. Personalised and painstakingly done decor complete with old framed prints , family photos and fascinating antique bric-a-brac adorn the foyer, parlour & powder room. The Dining room offers simple but delectable Indian, Continental & Kumaoni cuisine to savour and pamper your taste buds. No drive in available. Five minutes comfortable downhill walk to the porch. ... more less
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