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Aaroham Resorts, Dalhousie

Aaroham Resorts Review

Posted By : Sumit Singh Jamwal/ 308 0

Stay at Machaan Shaped Cottages Overlooking the Valley and Snow-Clad Mountains

 

Aaroham derives its name from a Sanskrit word Aarohanam. The words ‘aarohanam’ and ‘avarohanam’ are used in classical music to describe the musical scales. Rohanam’ or ‘roham’ means to climb (a hill). The machaan shaped cottages at one of the best resorts in Himachal Pradesh Aaroham Resort, Dalhousie are a sight to the city eyes. Packed with all modern comforts, each cottage has a private sit-out area that opens to breath-taking views of the valley with the snow-clad Pir Panjal mountain range as its beautiful backdrop.

The resort offers a mix of deluxe and super-deluxe cottages that have been aesthetically designed on a mountain in a thick cover of oaks and rhododendrons offering you an opportunity to get one with nature. The strong fragrance of rhododendrons and the chirping of birds is pretty delightful making it the best place to stay in Dalhousie.

Aaroham Resorts Dalhousie - Resorts & Cottages in Dalhousie

The cottages offer king-size bed with spring mattress often overlooking the valley right from your bed-side view. There are all modern comforts like cotton bed sheets, duvets and pillows, LED TV with satellite channels, DVD player, bluetooth speaker, tea / coffee maker, sofa cum bed (offering extra bed space), weighing machine etc.

Rooms at Aaroham Resorts, Dalhousie
Rooms at Aaroham Resorts, Dalhousie

All cottages have well-equipped attached washrooms offering hairdryer, toiletries, thick bath and hand towels, intercom facility, 24 hours hot and cold water and room heaters to keep you warm even in biting cold. Such facilities with warm hospitality makes Aaroham Resorts one of the best luxury hotels in Dalhousie.

Adding to the already rich cuisine of Himachal Pradesh, the Back Woods restaurant at Aaroham Resort Dalhousie offers a multi-cuisine palete. The chefs at Back Woods restaurant offer sumptuous and healthy meal options and can customise your meals as per your preferences. Within a short span of time, the restaurant has earned great reviews from guests from varied regionalities. The restaurant offers a-la-carte as well as buffet meal options. While the inside seating area is delightful, the alfresco dining as you gorge over some delicious food and the breath-taking views with your special someone is an experience not to be missed.

Restaurant at Aaroham Resorts, Dalhousie
The Back Woods Restaurant

There are a number of things to do in and around the property. The resort team offers indoor games and guided activities inside the property, however, it makes more sense to take their help in exploring the beautiful town of Dalhousie.

While you book your stay at the best cottages in Dalhousie, Escape Route recommends a picnic lunch at any of the beautiful picnic spots like Dainkund top, Satdhara waterfall, Panjpulla waterfall etc. A day-out to Khajjiar is a great option too.  A walk across the mall road, window shopping through the himachali woollens, shawls, Tibetan artefacts and souvenirs, bargaining over wooden handicrafts are some of the authentic moments of Dalhousie experience. One can visit any of the churches built during the British era and get a glimpse of how life was under the British raj as some of the important buildings date back to the 18th century. Choose your pick between walking or riding a bicycle and there is a lot in the lanes of Dalhousie that screams for attention.

There are a number of stories waiting to be heard, a lot of moments waiting to be created in this beautiful part of Dalhousie. Aaroham Resort, Dalhousie gives you the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate in their cottages engulfed with nature. The beautiful setting sets-up the mood and charts the way for what you want to do next. The resort has been set-up by three partners Anuj Chandok and Pranay Raturi (both are experienced professionals in the Hospitality sector) along with Vishal Lamba (a seasoned businessman) and they are leaving no stone-unturned to make your experience at their resort a pleasant one.

 

To know more about the property and to book your stay at the property, you can visit aarohamresorts.com or talk to our team for the best deals available.

 

This property has been reviewed by Sumit Singh Jamwal on invitation by the management of Aaroham Resorts. You can also watch a video of the property at the following link.

About AuthorSumit Singh Jamwal reviewed this property on behalf of Escape Route. Sumit is the MD of Escape Route, an experiential travel company, loves to explore off-beat places and share Escape stories with the world through Escape Route.

Follow him at www.instagram.com/jamwal_saaaab/ on instagram and Escape Route at https://www.instagram.com/escaperoute.co.in/. You can also watch Escape Route videos at https://www.youtube.com/c/escaperoutein

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Alwar Bagh by Aamod Review and Photos

AlwarBagh by Aamod, Sariska

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An ideal Weekend Getaway near Delhi

The National Capital Region extends from Bharatpur in Rajasthan to Meerut in UP and Karnal in Haryana covering an area of approx. 55000 square kms.

Alwar by definition is a part of NCR yet miles away from the concretization and hassles of modern life. Just a couple of hours drive from Gurgaon transports you to the lap of Aravallis where we have the magnificent and palatial “Alwar Bagh resort by Aamod”, one of the best Holiday resorts near Delhi.

With Aravalli hills as its backdrop, Alwar Bagh by Aamod is conveniently located between Sariska Tiger Reserve and Alwar city. Spread over 7 acres, this 50 room resort in Sariska dons a heritage look yet offers all the modern amenities and provides perfect setting for a perfect escape from monotony.

Alwar Bagh by Aamod Review and outside PhotosThis is the closest you can get to experience Rajasthani flavors without having to venture really far. Spread over 880 square kms, Sariska Tiger Reserve and its green cover offers a breath of fresh air in the region making it one of the preferred weekend getaways near Delhi.

Alwar Bagh by Aamod offer spacious Deluxe and Super-deluxe rooms spread over 4 sections in the property. There are three lawns in the property offering you enough open spaces to soak-in the sun and walk on the grass. While one lawn is adjacent to a swimming pool, the biggest lawn features an adventure rope-course ideal for guests looking for soft-adventure activities.

Alwar Bagh by Aamod Rooms Review and PhotosThis resort offers a great option of stargazing near Delhi as Aamod Resorts recently tied-up with Stargate to set-up a full-fledged night-sky observatory in its premises offering the much-needed boost to Astro tourism close to Delhi. The observatory offers views of galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, planets, and Moon.

Stargazing near Delhi The resort follows a philosophy of ‘you find a spot and we will set-up a table for you”. This warm and indomitable hospitality is followed by a wide range of local traditional delicacies with Indian, continental and Chinese dishes cooked in the resort’s best restaurant in Alwar. The lavish dinner with specials from the Rajasthani cuisine is the best of Rajasthan you can get during your weekend escape from city-life. What more, the resort also grows its own vegetables offering the best farm to table option to its guests.

Weekend getaway in or near NCR, Alwar Bagh by AamodThe palatial look, open spaces in the property exuding opulence with the Aravalli hills magically forming its backdrop, Alwar Bagh by Aamod has come to known as a great option for Destination Weddings in NCR. The resort has won many accolades in the past few years and is a first choice for many to celebrate their big day. The resort offers end-to-end wedding services ranging from management, catering, décor, stay and services etc.

Destination Weddings in or Near NCRThere are a lot of activities to choose from inside and outside the property. While the swimming pool is a big hit among guests in summers, there are lot of games like cricket, football, paintball, shooting, remote car racing, soft adventure etc. In the mornings, guests can walk right up to the foothills of Aravallis and enjoy their cup of tea in the midst of sightings of peacocks and spotted deer. There are a number of tourist attractions close-by such as the Siliserh Lake, Alwar fort, markets of Alwar, jeep safari in the Sariska National Park and much more. Upon request, the resort can arrange guided sight-seeing and picnic lunches for guests and large groups.

Swimming Pool for weekend getaway in Alwar Bagh by AamodPeacock Sighting at Sariska National Park

In hindsight, AlwarBagh by Aamod, Sariska is a complete holiday package offering the best of sight-seeing, activities, amalgamation of different cuisines, soft-adventure, wildlife safari at Sarika Tiger Reserve, fresh air, clear skies, weekend break, an escape from monotony and much more at just a couple of hours drive from Gurgaon.

About AuthorSumit Singh Jamwal reviewed this property on behalf of Escape Route. Sumit is the MD of Escape Route, an experiential travel company, loves to explore off-beat places and share Escape stories with the world through Escape Route.

Follow him at www.instagram.com/jamwal_saaaab/ on instagram and Escape Route at https://www.instagram.com/escaperoute.co.in/. You can also watch Escape Route videos at https://www.youtube.com/c/escaperoutein

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Aamod Mud Fort Kuchesar Property Review by Escape Route

Aamod Mud-Fort Kuchesar

Posted By : Sumit Singh Jamwal/ 275 0

A quick escape down the historic lane

At a distance of 80kms from Delhi, Kuchesar is a princely estate in Bulandshahar district, state of Uttar Pradesh. The rulers of Kuchesar built Mud-fort in 1734. Mud-fort of Kuchesar tells of the history of Jats who acquired the estate to fill the vacuum created by the decline of the Mughal empire. The acquisition was not that easy though, it is an interesting part of history marked by wars and can easily make for a movie with Mughal Era, East India Company, Marathas, Jats, Rohillas and others playing important roles over a period of its three century-old history.

Restaurant area of Aamod Mud Fort KuchesarMud-Fort Kuchesar is divided into 2 sections amongst the heirs. One section has been reinstated as a heritage resort with 19 rooms open to public and is being managed by Aamod Resorts. An hour’s drive from the National Capital Region transports you into this interesting part of history that reveals itself from different pictures, artefacts, architecture at the property and stories from the locals who have been around for generations.

Aamod Mud Fort KuchesarIt is an obvious choice for a short break from Delhi – NCR as the region offers clean air, clear skies, plantations of mustard, sugarcane, mango across acres of land which is a sight to behold for the sore city eyes. Aamod Mud-Fort Kuchesar in particular has a lot to offer an escape from monotony.

Aamod Mud Fort Kuchesar RoomsLet us take a look in and outside the property:

If you are a luxury child and only count expensive-indulgences as part of your experiences, you may not want to have this as your only option. However, if you care about the experience more than just the finest-things in life, this place has a lot to offer. The 19 rooms open to guests offer a distinct character and style, though the over-arching architecture keeps the overall experience same. Each of the rooms has been named after the royalty that dwelled at the property at some point of time. There are photographs from the past that talk about the history and the marvels on the activities of the royalty. Locals claim that over 360 villages came under the purview of Mud-Fort royalty and sought their support in being safe from intruders both wild and greedy.

Courtyard Area of Aamod Mud Fort KuchesarThe courtyard of the property gives it a spacious and historic look that allows you to get-over most of the fine-dining restaurants you have visited. Aamod Resorts with its philosophy of “you find a spot and we will set-up a table for you” makes it special for everyone looking a customised experience.

Courtyard area of Aamod Mud Fort Kuchesar- Review and PhotosWith close proximity to river Ganga, the swimming pool at the property is filled with Ganga water and is a real treat in the summers.

The Shikar lounge of the property has a pool table, table tennis, carom and chess, card-games etc. Group activities are arranged by resort staff on request. For those who want fresh air, one can choose between badminton, cricket, football etc. There are a number of other activities one can choose from ranging from pottery-making with local artisans to village walk to tractor-rides, farm-lunches etc

Mango festivals and farm-lunches are common with guests at the property. With a number of mango, sugarcane farms under its reign, Aamod Mud-Fort Kuchesar allows its guests to have a unique experience of riding a tractor through the country-side and enjoying a delicious meal under the shade of mango tress throughout the year. The village-walks and experiences are unique and enjoyable as some of the village houses are still built out of mud, saving it from eclipse of concretisation. The walk through nearby Baghbala and Kuchesar villages is an inimitable and a humble experience and much recommended by Escape Route.

Mango Orchard at Aamod Mud Fort KuchesarOverall perspective:

Architecture: Built in 1734, the architecture of the place really sends you on a walk down the history lane and is both unmatched and refreshing for city dwellers. What more, the place is being sought after for shoots by Bollywood and Netflixes of the world.

Food: The a’ la carte food is simple yet authentic and has a distinct local flavour. Not much experimentation with the food to show it off as extravagant has kept the basics intact and everyone loves the food at this place. Talk to the chefs for their specials and you will be surprised on what all you can get here. The vegetables are grown in the farms making it an excellent farm-to-table dining option.

Food Review at Aamod Mud Fort KuchesarActivities: Lot to do in and around the property with indoor games, outdoor games, village walks, tractor rides etc.

Nature: Undoubtedly an exciting add-on with trees, crops and fruit orchards engulfing the heritage property, clear-skies and starry nights are a real treat to the sore city eyes.

Sugarcane field visit at Aamod Mud Fort KuchesarHospitality: Wherever you think the décor and luxury is trimming corners, the resort makes-up for the same with its warm and indomitable hospitality.

Hospitality at Aamod Mud Fort KuchesarValue-for-money – You can own a piece of this history and royalty at prices for a Deluxe-room starting at INR 6000 (additional discount on portals), pretty much affordable for what it offers and what you can do in and around the property.

 

About Author: Sumit Singh Jamwal reviewed this property on behalf of Escape Route. Sumit is the MD of Escape Route, an experiential travel company, loves to explore off-beat places and share Escape stories with the world through Escape Route.

Follow him at www.instagram.com/jamwal_saaaab/ on instagram and Escape Route at https://www.instagram.com/escaperoute.co.in/. You can also watch Escape Route videos at https://www.youtube.com/c/escaperoutein

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The White Peaks – Property Review

Posted By : Aarti K Singh/ 681 0

ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Well, a headline like that could be misleading. The White Peaks is not really that high in altitude to make one feel on top of the world. But in terms of holiday experiences, it is quite there. This quaint homestay in Gagar, Uttarakhand is a place that will make you feel absolutely at home for as long as you stay there – whether it is the cozy fireplace, or within-reach-from-your-bedside bookshelf or the endless cups of amazing adrak chai that the ever-smiling caretaker-cum-cook, Mohan will produce like ambrosia every now and then. Situated amidst glistening silver oak forests on all three sides, it is a charming little private cottage making it an ideal place to enjoy the simple pleasures of life away from the city noises. The only sounds you will hear are the chirping of birds, chanting of cicadas and the gentle mountain breeze.

The cottage itself has just two rooms – the Magpie Room and the Woodpecker Room and can accommodate a maximum of four adults. The two rooms in the cottage are cozy, intimate and exude a subtle elegance.  The two rooms in the cottage are cozy, intimate and exude a subtle elegance. As you step onto the courtyard, be prepared to be hypnotized by nature’s embrace around you. For yoga aficionados there is a small, private balcony overlooking the valley which could be used as a yoga space and for all those who want to be one with Nature there are endless walking trails in the adjoining oak forests which will inspire even the laziest of souls to stay outdoors.

Food and the way it is cooked form an integral and sacred part of the cottage. You will love the home cooked food at this cottage as the ingredients used are fresh and organic and sourced locally. Do try the local version of a vegetable soup that has a wasabi-like flavour to it. The local yellow dal, cooked in mustard oil is also a must try.

The resident staff is quite helpful and can arrange for a walk to the nearby market in Ramgarh, which was once home to the legendary poet Rabindranath Tagore. In fact, The White Peaks can be a peaceful base camp for you to explore the more touristy parts of Kumaon. Quite a few day trips can be planned from here.

You could explore the walking trails in the forest – trailing bird songs, sitting still, admiring the woods, feeling the wind in our faces. Or you could head to Ramgarh – which is a nice hour-long walk. Ramgarh was also the residence of Rabindranath Tagore for a while and has a buzzing market full of history and you must sample the samosas and pakoras here. The neighboring towns of Mukteshwar, Sitla and Nathuakhan offer a lot of opportunity to try and grab a view of the elusive leopard. Mukteshwar, about 25 kilometres from The White Peaks, is surrounded by thick pine forests, known for its fruit orchards. The 350-year-old Shiva temple in Mukteshwar is an attraction, and so is the spot where Jim Corbett shot the infamous man-eating tiger of this region. Mukteshwar also offers splendid views of the valley and some of the major Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Panchachuli and Trishul. Do stop by at one of the many kiosks selling local produce – litchi honey, apple jelly, pear jam, hand-knitted goodies, and of course the fresh herbs that will elevate the status of your culinary delights.

Nainital is a 45-minute drive from the cottage. For lovers of the Himalayas, Binsar, at an altitude of 8000 ft, offers unobstructed and virginal views of the greater Himalayas including the snow clad peaks of Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nandadevi, Nandakot and Panchachuli.

If you are lucky, you could also spot the barking deer or even leopards and civets. You could also plan trips to Almora, Ranikhet and Kilbury.

All seasons can be enjoyed at the White Peaks irrespective of the time you choose to be there. Spring is a riot of colours at Gagar with the cottage surrounded with Rhododendron blooms in bright bursts of red whilst peach and apple blossoms flaunt hues of pink and white. Summers are breezy and pleasant, just perfect for exploring the numerous walking trails in the forest. Monsoons are misty with the clouds serenading the mountains while winters are special here with the little village of Gagar covered in a sheet of snow.

  • The cottage has a good collection of books for those who love to read.
  • Carry good walking shoes to make your trekking expeditions comfortable.
  • Packed breakfast or packed lunches can be provided, on request, free of charge.
  • Carry adequate woolens, in every season – after all, this is the Himalayas.
  • An umbrella will make sure you are not caught unawares.

To make your reservations, write in to contactwhitepeaks@gmail.com, call at (+91)98100-50514 / (+91)9810053380.

Website: www.thewhitepeaks.com