Every time, I am bogged down with the routine, I try to escape to fetch a change of scenery. That’s exactly what this trip was. In addition to celebrating our second wedding anniversary, we got our change of scenery with Neemrana’s Ramgarh bunglows in Kumaon hills. If anything defines old world charm restored with a touch of rustic elegance, in hospitality than that’s Neemrana chain of Hotels They also call it non-hotels in tiny italics.
Ramgargh bunglows are located in a higher regions of Uttrakhand called Talla Ramgarh (also called lower part of Ramgarh). Ramgarh in itself a small hill station, that falls between Nainital and Mukhteshwar. Ramgarh is still not very touristy, as main footfall happens in Nainital or heads out to Mukhteshwar, hence it’s got its unspoilt charm.
Ramgarh bunglows, are a series of bungalows located on tiny hilltops in close vicinity to each other. Almost all of them have an excellent view of the Himalayan range. This region is plush with verdant orchards and guests are allowed to pluck and eat ripened fruits of apricots, peach, pear, apples, plums etc. depending upon the season. I was fortunate to get my share of peach.
We stayed in Writer’s Bunglow with two rooms themed and named bird and butterfly. Both the rooms as beautifully set up with posters of assorted birds and butterflies images. Writer’s bungalow has a bit of restricted view of Himalayas because of foliage. One can climb uphill 300 meters through orchards to reach Ashok Vatika and lounge under the trees with your lover & beer, while the sun sets in front behind the Himalayan range. What a view!
Hospitalty: 4.5/5: they serve you hot tea whenever you ask for it (yes whenever)
Property: 5/5: old world charm of the old hilly bungalows restored while keeping their integrity intact.
Scenery: 4/5: it’s subtle, beautiful with a dollop of wild rustic charm.
Food: 3/5: I somehow never find food to be a very strong point for Neemrana. Breakfast buffet for average, however, they are spot on with live cooking by a chef, be it Dosa, Pancakes or Omlettes. I always appreciate & relish it.
5/5: Relish & marmalades: Talking of relish, the thing I indulged in the most was their assortment of homemade jams, preserves & chutneys made from ingredients grown in their own orchards. If you don’t happen to travel to Ramgarh you can also enjoy them at Neemrana fort on Delhi-Jaipur Highway.
Will let the pictures do rest of the talking.
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