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“Nurturing the soul”

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Soulitude in the Himalayas
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Gagar
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 14, 2014

An idyllic labour of love - is what to me best describes Soulitude by the Riverside and Soulitude in the Himalayas!
Ratna and Manish have set an unsurpassable benchmark in the hospitality sector! Their passion is reflected in the minutest detailing in the design of the dwellings, the rooms, the furnishings, the decor- one can go on and on...and on!
Their teams, lead by Prithwi at Ramgarh, and Manoj at the Riverside, have been trained in the finest nuances of care, and provide guests with a level of comfort without parallel.
To say that the food is superlative would be an understatement.
Both properties are superbly maintained and laid out, and the organic vegetable garden at Riverside, as well as the orchards at both destinations are commendable.
Our only lament- we spent just two nights by the Riverside, as opposed to four in the Himalayas.
Trekkers and nature lovers have much on offer, at both places .

Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Soulitude is a place who doesn't want to be publicized n talked abt it's beauty, location n amazing efficient functioning...thus making it all the more impressive in today's world, where people want to take credit without being worth it with false publicity...
This is a place where one can stay for months together & still stay impressed with the scenic views of the sunrise on the Himalayas, the sun kissed Himalayan range sending lovely breeze to your rooms, the amazing views and service to the rooms n cottages, the cozy beds with warmers in winters, the fireplace making u feel cozier by the evenings, the flawless cuisines and sumptuous meals prepared by the Head chef, the glass ceilings making you bond with the starry sky each night, and definitely commendable being the humble n courteous staff, with a special mention to Mr Prithvi (The Manager).
All of this just makes you fall in love with this place and will get you again n again!!

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

We (family of 4) stayed at 'Soulitude...' in Dec 2013 / Jan 2014. No amount of reading reviews on tripadvisor can prepare you for the Soulitude experience.. The place is like your own home in the hills... Ratna and Manish Chandra have put their heart and soul in creating 'Soulitude...' . A special thanks to them. The place is immaculately done up, the rooms are cosy and well furnished, the hospitality is one of the best you will experience, the food is homely and delicious, the views of the Himalayas are simply breathtaking, the music on the iPod Dock is soulful, the walks around the place are great (don't miss the walk to the Ramgarh town, and the Devi Mandir trek). A special mention for the guys managing the show - Prithavi, Bhanu, Dinesh, Suraj, Chef Shyam, Anuj, Narin, Neeraj - you guys were simply outstanding - thanks for pampering us so much and making our stay memorable... Will love to come back and stay at the earliest possible...All in all an excellent place to spend your holidays with family and friends.. A must stay place on your list before you...

Room Tip: All the rooms are different and are really good with amazing views of the snow clad Himalayas. We pr...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Selected this property based on Tripadvisor reviews and the resort website. Don't believe either of them. Visit the place and you will see that both are understated. Wow! Fantastic property!. Spent 7 nights between Soulitude in Himalayas (5 nights) and the Riverside property (2 nights). We definitely understayed in the Riverside property. One should spend atleast 3 nights here. Hospitality - healthy competition between Prithavi in Himalayas and Manoj in Riverside. Felt as though we were home away from home. In fact, my wife and sister-in-law made hot and spicy rasam in their kitchen one night for dinner. Great places to trek - Parital and Devi Mandir to name a couple, courteous and more than ever helpful staff, vibrant and cheerful colors used in rooms which have all comfort for the cold winter .... . The list is long. So don't wait. Go and experience your Soulitude.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

It all began when my husband surprised me with 2 nights package at one of the place untouched by humans- ramgarh. On top of it, a hotel which doesnt have signages on the road which made me think twice to get in there. But the moment we entered the place I was mesmerised with its beauty and minute details.Each corner is decorated with a difference ,love and care credit goes to Mr.Manish Chandra and his wife who picked the best of the world and placed it in this incredible house. Our managers were way too generous and cordial ( they arranged for candle light dinner, got our name written on the stone as a gift for our anniversary and the list goes on). Mr.Prithivi and Mr.Manoj , we are thankful to you for your hospitality. Dont miss their other property 'Soulitude by the riverside'..it is beautiful beyond words. The manager Mr. Manoj is an encyclopedia. The food is awesome. The fire place in the common area is the best place for dinner. No doubt it is one of the best hotel in India as it is nurtured with love and care.Hats off to Mr.Chandra!!! Kudos!

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

I had been to Soulitude in the Himalayas, a few times before it was converted to a luxury home style hotel in the Himalayas. I went back in December 2013, this time, alone, to enjoy the serene environment of and the magnificent views from the place. Ratna and Manish have done a wonderful job of painstakingly creating a home in the Himalayas with all the comforts that one can and would like to ask for. The two cottages, the older and the newer upper one are in tune with the topography and surroundings. The rooms, all of them, are impeccable with carefully chosen furniture and fixtures. The beds are inviting, with bed warmers. The views are stunning. One can see the Panchachuli, Nanda Devi and Trishul massifs clearly from the bed through the bay windows so strategically placed. The views from the deck and the gardens are equally stunning with the Garhwal Himalayas to the left (the majestic Chaukhamba is visible on a clear day) and the Kumaon and Panchachuli peaks in front and to the right.

The people chosen by Manish to manage the property on his behalf, Prithaviraj, Dinesh, Vinod, Suraj, Shyam Singh et al, work diligently towards making the stay comfortable and hassle free. The guests seldom realize how difficult it is to maintain a property in the hills with all the accompanying problems of water, electricity, food etc. The logistics of providing the creature comforts, let alone anything else is tough. That this property provides everything with ease is possible because of such efficient and nice people.

For me, this vacation, was purely a bliss.

Room Tip: For privacy and soulitude, choose the upper cottage, with rooms 8, 9, and 11. The upper cottage is g...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

The hotel is different from anything we had been to before. It combines the best of a home stay and a luxury hotel. The views of the snow clad himalayas could be seen even while lying lazily in bed.Despite the chilly weather - the fire place, electric heater and electrical blankets kept us comfortable. But what really sets this place apart is the hands on approach of the owner and the amazing hospitality of the fantastic team led by Prithavi Raj.They really go the extra mile to make sure enjoy your stay.
We took long walks, sat in front of the crackling fire, gorged on good food and returned feeling good about life and people.

Room Tip: all room have amazing views
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Snow View Point, Gagar | 3km before Ramgarh market, Gagar 263132, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Nainital District > Gagar
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Gagar
Price Range: $125 - $211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Soulitude in the Himalayas 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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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