The monsoon is pretty much everyone’s favourite season. Grey, gloomy skies, cosy weather, the sound of heavy downpour and the smell of wet mud, what’s not to love? With the weather so lovely and the outdoors a sight to behold, a weekend getaway is the best way to spend a cosy couple of days indoors, but with a view! If you’re looking for a change in scenery, here are some of the choicest getaways that have a scenery to die for.
Nine Palms, Alibaug – amã Stays & Trails
Nothing but lush greenery surrounds this beautiful colonial-style bungalow. Nine Palms takes you right out of the city and into the country, with nature all around you. The enormous bungalow sits in the middle of acres of green lawns, trees and groves, which during the monsoons can be the most heavenly view. The bungalow itself is spacious, with 5 bedrooms, all of which will give you an amazing view of the rain-drenched lawns. Guests can indulge in authentic Maharashtrian and Konkan delicacies from lip-smacking vada pav to traditional seafood and delicious grills.
Span Resort & Spa – Manali
A chic cottage on the outskirts of Manali, Span Resort & Spa is a beautiful but isolated hotel, located at an altitude of 4,750 ft. Spread over 12 acres of lush green walnut orchards, the hotel is set against a striking backdrop of deodar and pine forests, backed by pristine mountains. Aside from forests and mountains, the hotel is also set by a river, on the banks of the mighty Beas. Serving organic delicacies, the hotel has two restaurants, one indoor and one by the river. Both restaurants cater to Indian and international cuisines.
Taj Bekal Resort & Spa, Kerala
Located in the small town of Bekal, Taj Bekal Resort is a lavish property surrounded by 26 acres of natural beauty. The individually designed villas are elegantly designed and spaced out perfectly giving each resident their privacy and space. The accommodations are said to be inspired by the Ketuvallam houseboats, painted in neutral tones of cream and brown. Most of the villas come with their own private terraces, balconies or courtyards, while some of the more luxurious ones are equipped with fountains, swings and hammocks. The view from most of the villas stretches to the Arabian sea, with plenty of palm trees in hindsight. While the hotel offers multi-cuisine menus, the Keralite cuisine is a culinary masterpiece and a definite must-try.
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
Situated in the charming little town of Gulmarg, Kashmir, The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa provides unparalleled luxury at 8,825 ft. above sea level, in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. The hotel itself is built in true Kashmiri architectural style, with locally sourced pine and slate with a colonial setting. The interiors of the hotel mirror the exterior in a colonial setting with walnut timber and traditional Kashmiri silk furnishings that feel like absolute royalty. While the hotel is a heavy sight in the winters, the monsoon brings out the colour, with the many green acres, pine trees and forests. From pizzas and grills to pastas and dim sums, the hotel serves multiple cuisines from all across the world. The best part about the restaurants at Khyber are that they all come with a view, by the river, facing the Ganges or on the terrace overlooking the Himalayas.
Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg
Apart from its tea and coffee plantations, Coorg’s pristine hills and rainforests are a popular tourist attraction. The Madikeri Resort sits right in the middle of natural beauty, surrounded by 180 acres of rainforest, with hills peppered with over 200 plantations including rudraksha trees, cardamom, coffee, wild jasmine and eucalyptus. The hotel uses traditional Kodagu architecture with sloping roofs, tall pillars and a central courtyard. Every inch of this stunning hotel was built with awe, with enchanting interiors and striking decor. Dark hardwood floors and cream walls create the perfect contrast that complements the cool weather of Coorg. The hotel’s renowned spa is an all-year-round treat but especially relaxing during the lazy monsoon weather.
Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand
Located about 30 kilometres away from the world’s yoga capital, Rishikesh, Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa is a luxury hideaway by the river Ganga, and is placed right in the foothills of the Himalayas in a quaint village called Singthali. The resort presents a nest of utter calm, where you can hit pause to your chaotic lifestyle and indulge in meditation and other holistic well-being activities. The resort is surrounded by the mighty Shivalik Range and boasts of a 20,000 sq. ft. large wellness sanctuary, comprising the Jiva Spa and a yoga pavilion.
The Savoy, Mussoorie – Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels
Mussoorie by itself is one of the best cities to be in during the monsoon. The Savoy, one of India’s prominent historic hotels, was built back in 1895. Capturing the beauty of Mussoorie, the bungalow is a mix of old-world charm and English gothic architecture. The view from the hotel? Stunning green lawns and the snow-capped Himalayas on the farther end. Luxurious, spacious and grand, the hotel is characterised by hardwood floors, wooden ceilings, and colonial decor. While the hotel offers a multi-cuisine experience, one of its restaurants The Royal Afghan celebrates India’s North-western Frontier food.
WelcomHeritage Fernhills Royale Palace, Ooty
Ooty is another city that is known for its stunning greenscapes. Fernhills Royale Palace is one of the many hotels in the city that showcase the best of Ooty, standing tall against the beautiful Nilgiri Hills, enveloped with tea gardens and cardamom plantations. Designed to resemble a traditional Swiss chalet, the bungalow is painted in bold colours and decorated with teak furniture and artefacts from the past. On any regular day, the hotel offers guests a host of things to do like horse riding, trekking etc. However, indulging in the pristine views of the outdoors is one of the best things to do at the hotel, during the rains. The main restaurant at the hotel specialises in traditional Anglo-Indian cuisine.