One for the soul
- Waking up to chirping birds and walking through the foggy pine forest trails— Himalayan Height Resort is sure to kinder your soul.
Jun 25, 2015-Deviating from the road to Pharping, the off road is a bit strenuous to drive on especially with its never-ending sharp turns through its serpentine trail. But just when the ride was getting too tiring, the resort's main gate appeared on the horizon. The entrance to the resort perched on pine sheathed hills is modest but once inside HHR takes you by surprise. The 180 degree stellar view of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur district is just one of the many. Come night, the city dazzles with lights making it look like a night sky turned upside down.
Rooms with a view
Well manicured grass, flower pots and plenty of pine trees blend seamlessly with neat red roofed cottages that house the rooms. Apart from four rooms, all other rooms have either individual balconies or front porches from where the view stretches to the city and the distant rolling hills. Standard, deluxe and a suite, there's a room for your preference. The deluxe rooms have LED TVs and coffee and tea makers while the suite has a kitchen, mini fridge, mini wine cabinet, a living room and a spacious bedroom and a closet room.
Eats and drinks
Serving delectable dishes is the resort's restaurant, which surprisingly doesn’t have a name. The menu though is limited but has little bit of everything from Indian to Continental while the Nepali thali is the most favoured by guests. On the ground floor of the restaurant is a reading room and a coffee station by Kar.ma Coffee. The al-fresco seating is a great place to enjoy a meal or a few drinks overlooking the city in the evening. Adjacent to the restaurant is the newly opened, but this time named, Tingba Bar. Tingba, which means clouds in Tibetan, is a great place to knock back a drink or two and share stories with other guests.
Head over to the newly added meditation room and meditate, unwind at the steam or sauna, find a quiet spot (there are plenty) and catch up on your reading, or just order your favourite drink and enjoy the view, the birdsongs and the fresh air. For those who love pampering, in a month's time, the resort's Therapy Room will be up and running with exotic massage and treatments on the menu. If you love hiking, then a hike to Champadevi, which is one and half hour away from the resort, is a must, but if you don’t have the time or the energy to go that far the surrounding pine forest is great place to go for a stroll. We did visit the forest and guess what we saw? A leopard! The beautiful beast stopped in its tracks upon seeing us but before we could take our camera, it disappeared into the woods.
Draped in pine forest, bird songs and crickets chirp impregnating the crisp fresh air with an amazing view of the city¸ at HHR, one of the first mountain resorts in the country, the only thing you wouldn’t like is the part where you leave to go back home (sigh).
Bed and Breakfast @ Rs 5,000 plus taxes on twin sharing basis;
Get 20 percent off on bar menu and 15 percent off on food menu;
Complimentary use of steam and sauna
Published: 25-06-2015 13:47