The phrase ‘mountains are calling’ seems to be tailor-made for Himachal Pradesh. With lockdowns starting to ease, and tourists given the ‘go-ahead’ to trod to these hills, here are some boutique hotels you should consider booking for your rebound trip here. By Bayar Jain

Boutique Hotels in Himachal Pradesh

According to the Himachal Tourism official website, those who wish to visit the state must first register for a tourist pass at least 48 hours prior to their visit. They must also carry a negative RT-PCR test certificate issued by a certified laboratory. Downloading the Aarogya Setu app before crossing borders is also mandatory, along with a confirmed booking of a minimum five days at any registered tourism unit of Himachal Pradesh. As per previously released guidelines by the state’s National Health Mission, all inter-state travellers have to mandatorily undergo a 14-day quarantine, unless they are visiting for less than 48 hours.

If you’ve got all your negative reports, passes, and dates in hand, then consider booking your stay at these lovely boutique properties of Himachal Pradesh and prepare for your mountain sojourn.

1. Chapslee, Shimla


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Located in the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, this erstwhile 190-year-old summer home of the late Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala has amped up to pamper its guests with the same royal treatment. Evocative of a bygone era, this heritage boutique hotel offers five elegantly appointed suites, each radiating with familiar comfort. Often described as an extravagant and gracious home, a finesse whiffs through every inch of this property. Known for their uncompromising standards of service, this hotel is the ideal break you need after months of lockdown.

2. Larisa Resort, Manali


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Celebrating the endless waves of apple trees of the state, Larisa Resort hosts orchards aplenty. When here, you’ll find beds of exotic flowers surrounding you and greens galore in the form of vegetables and herbs. Tucked away in the mountains, this retreat offers the most paradisiacal landscape possible. If you’re looking for a cosy escapade, there’s nothing better than this quaint resort, thanks to its typical cottages built in stone and wood, embellished with stellar hospitality.

3. Norwood Green, Palampur Valley


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Nestled in the relatively untouched region of Palampur Valley, Norwood Green’s charming aristocratic architecture will transport you to a different era, without compromising on the comfort of modern-day luxuries. From charming interiors to sweeping panoramic views of the mountainside, every moment at this boutique resort is sure to be delightful. Each villa here overlooks the might Dhauladhar mountain ranges, and peak into luscious green tea estates.

4. WoodSmoke Resort & Spa, Shoghi


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Picture a place where butterflies dance up from the valley, rhododendrons line the winding trails, and the air is fragrant with heather and pine. Situated atop a forested ridge, WoodSmoke Resort & Spa has 22 rooms, each dressed in a classy demeanour. When here, you’ll find yourself surrounded by an interesting mix of stone walls, raftered ceilings and wooden floors. Owing to its altitudinal height of  6,200 feet, daily visits by misty mornings and a vibrant setting sun bidding you goodbye every evening will make your vacation even more memorable.

5. The Himalayan, Manali


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Built in the Victorian Gothic Revival style, The Himalayan is set amid apple and cherry orchards and overlooks snow-capped mountain peaks and waterfalls. Bringing together a blend of unique yet classy eccentricity, the castle houses antique furnishings and artistic showpieces. Adding to this vintage vibe is a fireplace and an antique four-poster bed in each room. They even have a quintessential spiral staircase leading up to these guest chambers and the subterranean dungeon bar!

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