Basic facts about Jilling Estate: a roughly 100 acre property a few kilometres from Bhimtal. The estate's woods, and the general area around it, are pristine. The estate has only 4 cottages that are let out for a rent. The closest road is about 2km down the mountain slope, and it's a roughly 45-60 min steep hike up to the property.
And now for my opinion: this is my favourite retreat in the mountains of North India. Here's what it allows me to do: spend lots of time with myself, while being reasonably close to civilization, enjoy the mountain forests in their unspoilt condition, and go for great hikes, get a pleasant, comfortable place to stay in, get good, home-cooked food, and all this at a very reasonable price. This is not a place for drinking parties with your friends - this is a place to relish quietness - by yourself and
Been here twice, and plan to go back regularly. Strongly recommend for spending time with oneself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Settled in the middle of nowhere, Jilling Estate has been nurtured by the Lall Family for over half a century. The family has almost single-handedly, with the help of local village-folk, preserved the estate’s nearly 100 acres of forests, farmlands, and orchards in an untouched manner. Over the years, the family has planted a variety of trees and has closely guarded the forests- from wild fires and poachers alike- sometimes risking their own lives, so future generations may cherish what it feels like to be at Jilling. The estate is around a 45-minute moderate trek from the road, with songbirds for company along the way. An astronomer’s calling, a bird-watcher’s paradise, and a haven for dog lovers, the family has 5 dogs, which also double up as watchdogs for the estate. In addition, the estate has its own cattle used for ploughing the terraces, producing fresh milk, and providing organic manure for the fields. Fresh home-cooked meals comprise of estate-grown seasonal vegetables. ... more less