Only midway through the week, but can't stop thinking of the weekend? Get your planner, call up distant cousins or school friends and get your squad together, for Friday is almost here and the heat is still looming ominously. A short distance away from all the chaotic metros, these four holiday homes in the hills are perfect getaways if you are seeking some peace and quiet this weekend.
This boutique stay in Mcleod Ganj, doused in Tibetan refinery is the perfect getaway from the bustle of Delhi. A chapter of the Norbulingka Institute, that is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture, this hotel was brought to life by a British architect, David Porter who aimed to build a structure that would melt into the idyllic environment of the Kangra Valley. Almost the entire landscape encompassing the building is interspersed with pine and cedar trees, imparting a lush, green backdrop to the stay. The property houses 11 rooms, all equipped with modern amenities and each of them is styled with a unique Tibetan theme.
Perfect for: Travellers looking for a taste of the traditional, Tibetan way of life
Space: The boutique stay has 11 private rooms. Each room is meant for two people, but if desired, a bed for an extra guest can be arranged at an additional cost
Where: Located near the Thekchen Chöling Temple, adjacent to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s residence
How to reach: The most convenient method of transport is by bus. The nearest bus stop is in McLeod Ganj, at a distance of 750m. The nearest railway station is in Kangra at a distance of 27km. The Dharamshala Airport in Gaggal is a little over 17km from the property.
Picture a cottage sitting on the lush green Nilgiris, festooned with pink bougainvillaea bushes and red wildflowers. Well, it exists and is waiting for you in the small hill station of Pothamedu, in Munnar. Surrounded with paved paths that are bordered by prismatic flowerbeds, the cottage emanates a romantic atmosphere. The rooms have been styled according to a spring theme, keeping in mind the terrace gardens, tropical groves and dense foliage enveloping the place. All the bedrooms are well-furnished, with redwood décor and an attached balcony. The cottage also has a dining area on the terrace.
Perfect for: Couples or honeymooners seeking a romantic hideaway in the midst of Munnar's rolling hills
Space: The cottage is comfortable for upto three guests
Where: In Pothamedu, a hill station in Munnar, Kerala
How to reach: Most convenient method of transport is by bus. The nearest bus stop is in Munnar, at a distance of 3.6km. The nearest railway station is Ernakulam Junction South at a distance of 128km. The Cochin International Airport is at a distance of 110km from the property.
This lavish property in Gangtok, spanning across 3 acres, is the perfect summer retreat for travellers looking to escape the heat. The boutique stay boasts of sprawling green lawns, a decadent spa, a ritzy gym, an in-house restaurant and bar. The entire home has a very minimalistic approach to styling the rooms and the exteriors. Also to do away with the chills after sundown, you could have a bonfire night in the lawn and engage in light banter with fellow travellers over umpteen cups of Darjeeling tea.
Perfect for: Vacationers looking to get away from the humdrum of city life
Space: Every room can fit upto three guests
Where: Rongay, Gangtok, Sikkim
How to reach: The nearest airport is in Bagdogra at a distance of 154km. The nearest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri at a distance of 116km from the property.
Transporting you to bygone days, this villa in the Sangolda Village of northern Goa, is encompassed by an endless stretch of farmlands and palm trees. Decked with gable roofs and ivory walls, many lazy afternoons can be spent just lounging in the raftered veranda or with a chilled beer by the swimming pool. Fringed by manicured lawns, the villa that is meant for 12 guests, is well-equipped with colourful cushioned benches and garden chairs for the balcony. The living room is spruced up with a plush sofa set, a couple of arm chairs and a coffee table. And the charming kitchen area is well-stocked with basic utensils, a cooktop, a microwave and a refrigerator to satiate those midnight cravings or when you are in the mood for a homemade meal. Also, the villa is near Candolim, and the surrounding Calangute and Baga Beaches.
Perfect for: The villa is the perfect location for that big family get-together or a fun college reunion
Space: The home has four bedrooms, four beds and en suite washrooms
Where: 4km from Candolim Beach, the villa is located in Sangolda, North Goa
How to reach: The nearest bus stand is in Mapusa, at a distance of approximately 5km. The nearest railway station is in Thivim Village, at a distance of 14km. The Goa International Airport is 32km away from the property.