If you’ve been looking for an excuse to take a break, let these resorts in the hills offer further incentive. By Harini Sriram
The quaint hill station of Kalimpong in West Bengal beckons with its Colonial-era buildings set against panoramic Himalayan views. Tapping the best of what this little town has to offer is this sprawling resort, which was formerly the over-a-century-old Himalayan Hotel. The past still lives on here, especially in heritage rooms that have hosted the likes of Edmund Hillary and Jawaharlal Nehru, to name a few. Stories abound in every corner of this resort and the David’s Museum Library (named after the founder, David MacDonald) is a good place to get yourself acquainted with the town’s rich history. Unwind at the spa, or chill with a drink at John’s Tavern; the possibilities are endless.
This rustic resort set in the lush green Cherrapunji valley offers spellbinding views of the Seven Sister Waterfalls and is close to the top attractions in the region. With a variety of rooms ranging from a log cabin with plunge pool to cottages with private walk-in balconies, the resort is sure to appeal to every kind of traveller. It also offers some fun activities such as zip-lining, cycling, cave visits, birdwatching, treks to the living root bridges and a slice of local Khasi lifestyle.
The Kohima Camp promises luxurious accommodation amid verdant forests and mountain brooks. With four-poster beds and a personalised butler service to boot, these tents make glamping an exciting experience. The camp itself comes equipped with a well-stocked library and has an excursion specialist to help you plan your day. It coincides with the 10-day Hornbill Festival that takes place just 20 minutes away; soak in Naga culture, walk to villages in the vicinity, feast on local cuisine and wind down with campfires and camaraderie.