Relax in a pool overlooking mountains or go birdwatching in misty woods—Fortune Hotels offers multiple properties to beat the heat. By Sushmita Srivastav

It is that time of the year when the sun shines generously on the plains and you find yourself longing for crisp mountain air, verdant orchards, and misty meadows. Fortune Hotels, a member of ITC’s hotel group, offers many comfortable getaways in the hills, through 52 pan-India alliances.

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Outdoor pool at Fortune Park Moksha in McLeod Ganj.

Close to the capital, Fortune Select Forest Hill in Mahiya near Kasauli dons a fairytale charm. With 62 tastefully done rooms and suites in contemporary architectural style, an outdoor swimming pool, two restaurants, and a fully-stacked bar, the quaint resort is where you should head to for respite from the blistering sun.

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Fortune Select Cedar Trail in Mashobra has plush rooms and suites.

Fortune Select Cedar Trail in Mashobra, Shimla, is surrounded by apple orchards, gushing streams, and legions of oaks, cedars, and pines. Other than 47 rooms and suites—with either mountain or valley view—the resort also has number of fun activities like river rafting at Tattapani, rappelling and quad biking, and birdwatching in Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary.

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Selbourne’s Bar at Fortune Resort Sullivan Court in Ooty.

With the snowcapped Dhauladhar range in the backdrop and the pristine Dharamshala valley around, Fortune Park Moksha in McLeod Ganj is an ideal retreat for those looking for a blend of leisure and quiet. The 59 well-appointed rooms are divided into three blocks White Mountain, Riflehorn, and Christmas. There’s a kid’s pool and recreation zone for young travellers, while the adults can unwind at the bar, pool, or spa.

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The ornate Zodiac restaurant at Fortune Select Forest Hill near Kasauli.

Set on the slopes of Ooty, in the heart of the Nilgiris, Fortune Resort Sullivan Court is speckled with green lawns and a manicured garden. An elegant colonial design aesthetic runs through all the 67 rooms and suites offering stunning views of the rolling hills. Enjoy lunch buffet at the multi-cuisine restaurant Pavilion, unwind with your favourite drink at Selbourne’s Bar, and later in the evening, have fun with friends and family with barbeque and bonfire at the outdoor party lawn.

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