Shimla also known as the Queen of the Hills, is by far one of the most popular hill stations in India. Every summer, thousands of tourists flock to the British summer capital of India for a few days of cool mountain air and breathtaking views.
Amidst this busy hill station, perched on top of a hill behind the famous church, is a small and charming cottage, perfectly hidden away from the maddening crowds, making it ideal for those wanting to explore a quiet, more quaint side of the otherwise popular hill stations.
ABOUT THE STAY
Owned by Karandip and Nawaz Sandhu, a sweet couple from Chandigarh, the cottage is a beautiful space full of flowering gardens, lush greenery, warm and cosy rooms and breathtaking views of the church and the snow clad Himalayas.
The location of the house is just perfect, far enough from the maddening crowds, but also close enough for short walks through the famous mall road and the ridge. The house is ideally located above the church, making it a quiet haven of peace amidst the otherwise loud and chaotic streets of the summer capital.
The cottage has 4 rooms and 1 family suite. Each room is beautifully decorated with a very charming and aesthetically pleasing feel. Wooden floors and ceilings, massive glass windows, subtle lighting and balconies offering lovely views of the church peeping through the tall pine trees.
The carefully designed rooms offer travellers comfortable beds and sitting areas, stylish and warm interiors, beautiful balconies and sit-outs, making it an ideal space for those looking to sit back and relax in the mountains.
The house has four excellent crew members, all working towards ensuring your stay is comfortable and relaxing. The team includes the head chef Maya, the manager Prem, the gardener who everyone calls Maali Bhaiya and the Prakash who helps with everything.
While Maya cooks up some delicious food for you, prakash, prem and Maali Bhaiya ensure you have everything you need. They work hard to ensure that all is kept clean and tidy and that the gardens remain full of flowers and lush greenery for you!
THINGS TO KNOW
The Stone House is located in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
7 hours from Delhi.
Nearest station is Kalka, 2.5 hrs away.
Nearest airport is in Chandigarh, 3 hrs away.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Spring, Summer and monsoon are the best seasons to visit Shimla.
BEST SUITED FOR
Couples, Small families and groups of friends
Rs. 6,500 per room per night inclusive of breakfast for 2 adults.
The Stone House is an ideal place for slow travellers as well as adventure junkies and activity seekers.
For the ones who like to stay in and relax, this is a great place to read and write. The charming indoor and outdoor spaces act as inspiring corners. For travellers who practice yoga, the flower-filled lawns are ideal for some yoga and meditation.
There are various nature trails that one can embark on to explore the surrounding forests. You could hike to Tara Devi Temple located on a hill top offering stunning views of Shimla and the lush green mountains.
For travellers seeking more activity, you could walk to the famous Mall Road and Ridge located behind the cottage and explore nearby places like Chail and Kufri.
INSPIRED TO WANDER?
TO PLAN YOUR JOURNEY TO THE STONE HOUSE IN SHIMLA OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN HIMACHAL, CONTACT ME AT KRITIKA@WANDERBUG.IN
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