Winding roads, the fresh smell of the mountains, thick pine and oak forests, a long walk on fresh crunchy leaves with unhindered views of the Himalayas – a 3.5 kilometer trek will bring you to our hidden Sanctuary in the Hills. Indulge in a one of a kind luxurious experience in the mountains with unobstructed vistas of the Nanda Devi, the Kamet and the Trishul while you soak in a small but cosy heated pool, enjoy the solitary comfort of a good book in the observatory or simply hang out in your room.
Far from the din of the city life, this is where solace can be found. With style.
Spread over 100 acres, the Sanctuary in the Hills has nine rooms with luxurious furnishings. The stone bungalow was the first one to be made after which the other rooms were built as annexes, all following the local Kumaoni style of architecture – stacking stones one above the other without using any or little cementing material; a roof made of pine logs and sealed with mud; and husk plaster on the walks that provides for insulation.
The views from each room are breathtaking – one side stretches down to the plains and the other side opens out to the iced peaks of the Himalayas. On a clear day, the entire Nanda Devi Range is on display for guests to enjoy.
A farmland at the back is open to guests to use as a private space or to simply gaze at the night sky.
The conservatory is a glass building and includes an exterior viewing deck with a fireplace that looks out into the hills. Books and journals, a home theatre system and a dining area are some conveniences that are housed within the conservatory. There is also a sweet reading room outside for you to read in the solace of the mountains.
The Unhotel comes with a one-of-a-kind solar heated pool in glass enclosure so as to give guests the feeling of bathing in nature.
There are a ton of outdoor activities here including birdwatching, pony riding, trekking and nature trails.
Parking: at Padampuri, 3.5 kilometers below the resort from where it is a moderate trek up to the resort. Make sure you let us know in advance if you need a pony. We won’t be able to fulfill last minute requests.
Guests can enjoy a home-cooked culinary spread here that will include a variety of continental delicacies and some local homely ‘pahadi khaana’ using some of the freshest local produce sourced from the resort’s glasshouse. Chat with our chefs over a cup of masala tea, eat your lunch out on the viewing deck while looking out on the mountains or have a tete-a-tete with a fellow guest over the evening bonfire.
All three meals are included.
The Sanctuary in the Hills is a private space with a huge area for exploration. It is a perfect blend of luxury meets raw nature. It is replete with old mountain tales and stories of the village folk which plays a significant part in the essence of the experience here. Whether you decide to go on a long trek or dive into your favourite book while looking at the Himalayas, it will be an unforgettable experience.
Non-mainstream travellers, explorers, mountain lovers, story seekers or people who just want to take it slow. Fatigued-corporate-warriors looking for a detox vacation. And of course people who always love to be close to nature, understand it and are ready to soak in all it has to offer.
Not suitable for those who are elderly and unfit, disabled or not physically fit since it is a 3.5 kilometer trek to reach the resort. Families with infants may find this difficult as well. Also not for those who would miss their technology.
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