'One of the hottest summers in Delhi' screamed the ToI headlines in June 2012, things got so bad that even the schools extended their vacations for a week. So we did what any brain fried dilliwaala would do - packed our bags, strapped in the kids and drove out for the hills really early on a weekday. 7 hours later we were at 7000 ft above sea level turning into the quiet entrance of Soulitude in Gagar, Ramgarh. My wife actually thought the descent into the cottage was not motorable! It's just a little steep for the usual city driver.
The beauty of the cottage and hillside took our breath away, not to mention the crisp mountain air and moderate temperatures. To enumerate some of the delights of our 4 day stay - good food, barbeque on the deck one evening, wonderfully done up rooms - Master's Touch and Bliss, fresh peaches and plums from the garden, a village walk and the very hospitable staff. You don't need to carry your own books, music or movies, the library is stocked with all kinds of literature and books and magazines on travel, interiors, management, finance and the like. There's a large contemporary DVD collection sitting by the side of Video Cassettes from the old days and an IPod loaded with more songs than you'd care for!
The well decorated theme rooms have magnificent views of the Himalayas, though you do need to be lucky with the mist to get a clear sighting of the peaks. It's a good idea to leave the blinds open in the night, not only can you see the stars very bright and clear, the sunrise in the morning is great as well.
The manager Prithviraj took good care of us, he even assigned one of the young staff members to watch over our toddler as we enjoyed the meals served in the dining area. The Chef is capable and enthusiastic, served us a good range from the old delhi home cooked meal with tasty achaars and chutneys to pastas and sizzlers.
Downside - none, go for it!! We'll probably go again in the winter to experience the snow.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on a quiet hillside in Gagar (near Nainital), Soulitude has just the right ambiance for rest, relaxation and fun. Soulitude is ideal for those looking to get away from the clutter of the city..... to slow down..... rejuvenate..... and simply be! Soulitude offers 9 exquisite rooms with all the luxuries of a fine vacation home. We hope the Soulitude experience will be one that you will cherish and want to come back to for more! ... more less
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