I am writing few lines about Kalatop Forest Rest House sitting on the lawn in front of the room. It is around 7.30 pm and the sun is going down. Cold wind is blowing and kissing my face. I will carry this feeling for the rest of my life and I am enjoying each and every moments of the evening. It is the last day of my trip to Kalatop. The silence of this place with occasional humming of unknown birds makes this place one of the most romantic places on the earth.
Let me get into the details of this place for those who are interested to visit KALATOP after reading few lines about my experience there. One moment, there is a small interruption. One butterfly is moving in front of my note book. Must be looking for a place to sit and talk to me. Each and every moment in Kalatop is laced with unique experience and feels like continue to write till I am here. That is the beauty of this place. Endless new experience with nature for each and every moment you are here.
Let me make some justice to the readers and get into the details.
The entire Kalatop Forest House spread in 2/3 acres of land on a hill top surrounded by pine trees. The temperature of this place is normally 4/5 degree centigrade lower than Dalhousie/Khajjier. The property comprises of two huts and one bungalow made woods and rocks. These were constructed by the British during 1925.
There are total 5 rooms for tourist and two rooms reserved for VIPs. The bungalow comprises with two bed rooms, one dining room and one sitting room is used for VIP and government officials. Sometimes it is also given to the tourist. This section is named as Forest Rest House (FRH) and located 20 meters from the entry point. Once you entered you will first came across the FRH. It is certainly the most beautiful section. The bungalow is surrounded by large a lawn. We are fortunate enough to stay in one of the room for two days out of three days trip. The wall of the rooms covered with pine woods and fill with old furniture of British era. There is a fire place in each room. Staying here is like going back to the old days.
There are two huts comprises of five bed rooms and this section is named as Tourist Huts. These huts are 20/30 meters away from the FRH section in the same compound. Rooms are made of wooden floors and ceiling and furnished with old furniture. There is also a fire place in each room and the beauties of these rooms are no less than that of the FRH section. All the 7 rooms have attached bathrooms with modern amenities, well maintained, clean. There are two private canteen provide basic foods. But some time they provide special dishes on request. Once we had chicken curry made by Mr. Hemraj (one of the owner of canteen). It was one of the best dishes I have ever had and named it as Kalatop Chicken.
Best thing to do in Kalatop is to enjoy the nature by sitting in the lawn or take a walk around the property. Early morning walk is certainly enjoyable and one can see number birds of rare species. There are number of trekking routes starts from Kalatop like route to Khajjier (14 KM), Joth (15KM). Trained and approved guides are available in the rest house. Trekking in Himalaya is always exciting and we went for a trek of 6 KM around the rest house in the forest. It was early morning walk and we saw some beautiful birds. Our trekking guide Mr. Suraj took us to some spots like forest watch tower, Kali Temple to name a few.
I think I have written a few extra lines than I have promised at the beginning, but the place deserve many more. Hope to go back soon to Kalatop and will write few more lines next time. Till than whoever visit Kalatop Forest Rest House, please try to preserve the natural beauty of this place by all means.