I?d love your input on niche place(s) to stay in the mountains, 9- to 10-hours?...

I?d love your input on niche place(s) to stay in the mountains, 9- to 10-hours? drive from Delhi. We are two women who will be driving up in early November. We are nature lovers looking for invigorating mountain air in an unspoilt, fairly luxurious place
Sitla Estate in Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand,

I?d love your input on niche place(s) to stay in the mountains, 9- to 10-hours? drive from Delhi. We are two women who will be driving up in early November. We are nature lovers looking for invigorating mountain air in an unspoilt, fairly luxurious place to stay, curling up with a book, enjoying good food and even better scenery, with a languid walk amidst pine forests.

By: Sonu Daryanani, Kolkata
October 17 , 2016
Less than 1 Min Read

You sound like you want to go to Sitla Estate. It’s a 9- to 10- hour drive up, in Uttarakhand’s Kumaon hills. It’ll give you all the invigorating mountain air your lungs could desire (7,000ft up). It offers both luxurious (in chic wooden-floored rooms) and ‘fairly luxurious’ (in cosy stone-floored rooms) accommodation. There are many quiet spots to curl up—on the stone bench under the old plum tree, in a fat armchair beside the fire-place, on the mattress in the library... The food is outstanding—lunch is served outdoors and features homey Indian; dinner is elaborate and is served in courses at candle-lit tables. Views include a panorama of snow-capped Panchchuli. There’s endless forest walking—the estate is surrounded by reserve forest. Room tariffs are `5,800-10,300, breakfast included; see sitlaestate.net. Or consider Two Chimneys Gethia (from `5,000, including breakfast; twochimneysgethia.com). It’s lovely, but set lower.


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