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Five mountain getaways to beat the heat

As summer in India approaches with a scorching sun, the time has come to look to the hills and mountains for a chilled out retreat. As temperatures soar in the plains, there’s no better escape than seeking refuge amidst the cool, refreshing air and breathtaking landscapes of the subcontinents high altitude resorts.

From the towering peaks of the Himalayas to the serene valleys of Bhutan, these mountain getaways offer a sanctuary from the sweltering heat and a chance to reconnect with nature. Whether you’re craving a luxurious retreat or a transformative experience, these destinations promise to whisk you away to cooler climes and unforgettable adventures.

The Kumaon, Uttarakhand

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A transformative luxury retreat tucked away in Kasar Devi region of Uttarakhand. It is surrounded by the spectacular undulating hills and rich biodiversity with unparalleled views of the mighty Himalayan range.The retreat is spread across 2 acres of verdant greens with 10 magnificent chalets nestled in pairs and named after different villages of the Kumaoni region. All the chalets are north-facing with Incredible views of the mighty Nanda Devi range. The overall experiential journey at The Kumaon is immersed in nature, deeply rooted in the distinctly diverse flora and fauna of the surrounding region which is a haven for diverse species. One can explore the rich biodiversity and unchartered landscapes with The Kumaon as a base camp. A varied selection of tailor-made nature walks and trails allow guests to connect with the cultural history and natural heritage of the Kumaoni region. From surreal village walks or treks through the lush forests to neighbouring local temples, and trips to the Binsar wildlife sanctuary in the vicinity, each excursion unfolds a new dimension of the place.

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Pemako Punakha, Bhutan

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For the thoughtful traveler driven by the desire for novelty and absolute escapism, Pemako Punakha is a haven for an introspective and transformative stay experience. An earthly paradise, waiting to be discovered! The hotel allows one to disconnect from the quotidian life offering transcendent experiences that stimulate the senses, and restore body and soul. One can enrol in a mindful meditation session led by the resident Buddhist monk, or indulge in a foundational yoga session amidst the refreshing landscapes. Each of the 21 luxury tented villas  are opulently designed, with a private temperature-controlled pool – the first hotel in the country to offer this, accompanied by a sprawling outdoor deck, breath-taking valley views and curated artisanal souvenirs placed across the room, sharing deep insights into the lively culture of Bhutan. One can also opt for an exquisite wellness session at The Lotus Realm Spa which offers treatments that embrace age-old Bhutanese practices with a skilled touch of Dungtshos, traditional medicine doctors. Fresh organic, local produce and traditional delights are at the forefront of Pemako Punakha’s unique culinary experience – discover authentic Bhutanese cuisine at Alchemy House, savor international delicacies at cozy indoor spaces, or treat your tastebuds at the outdoor riverside venue – Soma, the all-day dining restaurant. One can also choose to spend the evening enjoying a range of handcrafted cocktails at the Five Nectars Bar.  

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Dolkhar, Ladakh

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Dolkhar, a sanctuary nestled in Ladakh, celebrates the region’s ethos of sustainability and community. Its seven villas are meticulously crafted using locally sourced materials and traditional techniques, reflecting Ladakh’s rich cultural heritage. Guests can indulge in bespoke experiences tailored by a dedicated travel desk, from immersive spa treatments to terrace activities like meditation. Each villa harmonises with the landscape, boasting Ladakhi balconies and private patios for unwinding amidst nature’s splendor. Inside, rooms showcase local craftsmanship with handwoven rugs and eco-friendly amenities sourced from community-driven initiatives. With its blend of luxury and authenticity, Dolkhar invites guests to immerse themselves in Ladakh’s culture and landscapes.

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 The Nabha Residence by The Claridges Collection, Mussoorie 

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Nestled amidst the cedar and oak forests of Mussoorie, The Nabha Residence by The Claridges Collection beckons travellers to immerse themselves in the opulence of a bygone era. Once the summer retreat of the Maharaja of Nabha, this heritage hotel sprawls across 14 acres of lush land, with 3.5 acres dedicated to well-preserved gardens. The property, steeped in royal history, offers 22 elegantly designed rooms, each a sanctuary of comfort, blending modern luxury with timeless charm. From Deluxe to The Claridges rooms, guests are treated to panoramic vistas of mist-kissed mountains and verdant valleys, promising an unforgettable escape into the serene hills. The Nabha Residence offers a plethora of experiences, including bespoke spa treatments, yoga sessions, guided hikes, and curated picnic setups, allowing guests to forge a deeper connection with Mussoorie’s natural beauty. Whether seeking luxury, history, or tranquility, The Nabha Residence, Mussoorie, promises an unparalleled retreat amidst pristine natural surroundings.

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The Postcard Dewa, Bhutan

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Nestled within the tranquil forest on the outskirts of Bhutan’s capital, The Postcard Dewa offers an escape from the city bustle while still providing glimpses of Thimphu’s charm. With only 15 lavish rooms, including two luxurious suites, the hotel offers spacious accommodations with private sit-outs boasting stunning views of the Khasadrapchu valley and Wang Chhu River. Guests can immerse themselves in the serene ambiance, whether it’s through leisurely hikes to ancient temples or exploring Thimphu’s vibrant markets. For those seeking relaxation, the hotel offers yoga, meditation, and spa treatments inspired by traditional Bhutanese practices like hot stone baths. Culinary delights await with a menu showcasing Bhutan’s rich gastronomic heritage, featuring local delicacies such as Ema Datshi and Maru, ensuring a truly immersive experience in Bhutanese culture at The Postcard Dewa.

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Zara Flavia Dmello


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