We decided to stay at Ramgarh bungalows by Neemrana as a detour to our vacation in Nainital. And while we had read the reviews before, we were not really prepared for the experience.
Ramgarh bungalows are 6 separate bungalows spread across a small village (around 1km length). To that extent this is not one contiguous property. We stayed in Ramkumar room in the CLIFF house, which is the first bungalow (and recently build - though made to appear look old). Perfect view of the valley/hills across. Great room. was delighted to note that unlike my previous experience at neemrana (Glasshouse in Rishikesh) - they have moved to good mattresses and white linen - which I had thought was a big negative earlier.
Every piece of furniture/light/paintings/decoration object had a character and it all added up so well. Dining hall is almost a km downhill (walking back is a problem!) however dinner and breakfast is served in your bungalow itself. lunch is the only constraint - but usually they will arrange a drop if there is a taxi available.
Each bungalow has 2-3 staff attached. Very helpful, courteous
as a place, its for chilling out. walk into the orchards, climb trees, pluck fruits and eat fresh fruits straight from the tree! peaches, apricots, plums, apples, pears, pomegrenets. read a book, sip wine (carry yours! - nearest booze shop is 20km away in hills with limited transport in that area), watch hills/stars.... perfect place to chill out
I have only two suggestions. there is a bell in the room to call help. The locals employed in service/housekeeping have to run uphill/downhill everytime the bell is pressed to even take orders(they live in a room a little away). I thought that was unreasonable and exploitation of poor locals. It can be avoided by having phones in the rooms. I know the experience that is being created might be compromised a little - but then aren't we already supplying electricity and hot water etc!!!
secondly bungalows require lots of maintenance. Curtains and other upholstery needs to be washed more frequently. in places i saw dust deposits.
rest was outstanding
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Own up the Himalayas from colonial British bungalows with bay windows, verandahs and terraced gardens. In the foothills of the Himalayas, The Old Bungalow (1830) and The Writers’ Bungalow (1860) are located in the fruit basket of the Kumaon region. These heritage structures once housed the British – and later the Indian officers as well as their wives – who travelled on horseback and palanquins. The Ashok Vatika was a guest house for outsiders as visitors weren’t received at home, while the Cliff House is a designer’s delight. Vista Villa offers breathtaking views of the valley and Rose Cottage with its private terrace is ideal for a cosy hideaway. Neemrana’s six cottages in Ramgarh offer their own views of the sunrise and sunset, or both – and a new look on life too ! In season, the orchards adjacent to these bungalows, hang with apricots, plums, peaches, pears and apples throughout the summer. Natural Neemrana jams are made here – without preservatives – so that they preserve your health too. Enjoy the company of birdlife and butterflies in the fruit basket of the Kumaon. Sleep that deep slumber which irons out all stress. Live on a peak, or by a cliff or simply in the middle of an orchard. Fireplaces tingling with pine cones in winter. Snow flakes around the New Year. Short strolls to reconnect your legs to your planet. Or longer walks with a picnic basket. Heave your chest, muscle your calves, take all the oxygen back in your lungs. Return when it runs out again. ... more less
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