Just hours away from the cityscapes of Delhi, rolling mountain views of Shimla take over—an ideal road trip destination from the capital city. With travel restrictions easing in Himachal Pradesh, Oberoi Hotels are now ready to welcome guests once again, this time with added sanitisation and safety.
Text by Bayar Jain; Photographs by Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
For over 80 years, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts have placed guests at the forefront of all their activities, and the post-pandemic era will be no different. Like all their properties around the globe, their Shimla-based counterparts—which are gearing to reopen their doors again—are doing the same, too. Besides following precautions as enlisted by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Tourism, the hotels have also partnered with Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services, to validate and review their safety measures. Additionally, their fleet of hotel-owned cars are also being thoroughly sanitised before and after every trip; body temperatures of staff and guests are being recorded regularly; and use of sanitisers, body masks and hand gloves has been mandated. To further these safety precautions, contactless technology via QR codes has also been introduced at all their properties—right from checking in to in-room facilities and dining.
With a guarantee of safety and hygiene, consider these luxurious stays in Shimla for your next rebound road trip.
Outlined by spectacular Himalayan views, this haven of tranquillity is just as charming as its environs. Located 8,250 feet above sea level, the fragrances of cedar forest dances across the accommodation, while wooden floors and Victorian elements make the stay more exquisite. When here, one can indulge in exquisite cuisines at the terrace under starlit skies, or enjoy the warmth of a traditional sigri at the private hillside gazebo. For a more indulgent experience, a handcrafted four-meal course can also be organised under crystal chandeliers at the Lutyens’ Hall—a setting ideal for a romantic night. Private yoga sessions tailored for every need; off-road mountain biking trails; a curated picnic at The Peak (an erstwhile weekend retreat dating to 1863 amid terraced apple orchards) or in a secluded cedar forest; and tennis at the hotel’s private court are just some of the experiences that you can indulge in when here.
The classically designed heritage hotel has been standing tall for over a century, bringing a vintage vibe to the hill town. Within the premises, however, a modern touch resonates. One can opt for a personalised romantic four-course dinner for two in a private dining room, or even get blissfully lost in rhododendron and cedar forests followed by a stream-side picnic.
Valid till November 30, the two hotels are currently offering special room rates, delectable breakfasts and savings on food and beverages for stays of two or more nights. Additionally, members can even avail an additional 10% savings with Oberoi One.