I am still under the Shoghi-Sunrise Villa spell. In simple terms the Shogi-Sunrise Villa hangover is still not over. It would take us a week to get over it. Retuned last night from Shogi very reluctantly to a hell called Delhi. It would require poetic talent to pen down our Shogi experience. I wish I had that in me. But I would still try my best to do so.
My request to all, if you want to visit Shimla especially Dilliwallas, do by all means but don’t stay in Shimla. It’s just too crowded. Instead stay in this sleepy, calm small town/village called Shogi very close to Shimla. And no points for guessing where to stay, it has to be Sunrise Villa owned by the very decent, cultured & un-business like Aggarwals. But again a request to Dilliwallas if you choose to stay at Sunrise Villa, please leave behind in Delhi your typical attitude. Because at Sunrise you will encounter a lot of simplicity from the people who run the nice hill top villa. And this simplicity is genuine as the Aggarwals are like that ionly as are their employees.
It’s heavenly to stay at Sunrise, if you love simple people, serenity, silence & natural beauty at pocket friendly budget, then this is the place for you. The charges are very reasonable. The Villa is surrounded by hills carpeted with lush green grass & trees. From the front side balconies one can see the toy trains to & from Shimla passing all through the day. The beauty of the surroundings of Sunrise Villa is the fact that there are very few dwelling units around the villa that gives you a feeling that you are on the lap of nature…. I am at a loss of words to explain the feeling but if you want to know how it is then please plan a trip to Shogi & stay at Sunrise..
Sunrise offers big spacious rooms including family suites that we booked along with very clean bathrooms. Comfortable beds, big balconies all facing the hills. The salient feature of Sunrise is that though it isn’t a hotel, but the service & upkeep can give any budget or even two star hotel a run for their money. Cleanliness & hygiene are top class. I am personally very fussy about that. So full marks on that.
Coming to the food, it’s a simple “vegetarian only” affair. I would strongly suggest that one has the b.fast & dinner in-house only if you want to protect your stomach. The charges again are peanuts. Good food is always an issue on the hills. Here I must mention the guys who manage the kitchen, the sweet & hard working Shyam Lal & Narayan.. Not only they feed & serve you the way we are used to at home in the dining room, they run around a lot as bell boys, room service too. My suggestion - please tip these fellows when you leave Sunrise after your “memorable” stay as they too contribute significantly in making your stay that way. They do everything with a big smile on their face all the time without any expectation & they are not your “robotic waiters/stewards” of “hotels” that we encounter so often who have a plastic smile that turns real only when you tip them substantially out of compulsion (izzat ka sawal hai na bhai!)
Now a word about the Aggarwal family that runs the Sunrise….
The senior Mr & Mrs. Aggarwal, give you a feeling that you have come to your grand parent’s place. One can seat with the Aggarwals especially Sr. Mrs. Aggarwal in the evening in the courtyard & chat. They treated us & the kids with Plums grown in their garden. Complimentary!
Munish their son & his wife now manage the villa. Very soft spoken & accommodative people. In fact when it rained one of the days when we were there I requested the Kitchen if we could have “pakoras”, to our astonishment the Junior Mrs. Aggarwal (Munish’s wife) prepared it for us as their second cook was on leave & the ones available where busy preparing for dinner.
Go there and experience it all for yourself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you are looking for a good hotel / resort stay in Shimla, visit Sunrise Villa, a mini resort for affordable, economical, homely yet luxurious stay in Shimla in the lap of nature away from the congested city. Facilities include: drive-in-parking, lush green lawns, fruit trees, flower beds, peaceful surroundings with neat and clean environment and rooms, home-made hygienically prepared buffet vegetarian meals served across the dining table in the dining room. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sunrise Villa Hotel Shimla
- Sunrise Hotel Shimla
- Sunrise Villa Shimla, Himachal Pradesh