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A luxury stay in the lap of mountains sounds like a dream at the moment. After the kind of year we have all had, it is crucial to make of wishlist of places to visit soon. One that tops our list for 2021 is Araiya Palampur – A Norwood Heights Resort.

Araiya Palampur

If I had a nickel for every time someone mentioned beautiful getaways in Himachal Pradesh, I’d be buying a house and living there forever. With more and more boutique stays opening here, the draw of spending some quiet time here gets stronger. One such place is Palampur. Nestled in the Kangra Valley, Palampur gets a fleeting visit from backpackers and tourists on their detour from McLeodganj and Dharamshala. However, it is quietly becoming the upcoming getaway destination in the hills, perfect for a long weekend from Delhi-NCR, thanks to the Araiya Palampur – A Norwood Heights Resorts.

Almost 10 hours by road from India’s capital city is this quaint destination set against the Dhauladhar range. Araiya Palampur, is designed for discerning, modern-day travellers who wish to stay in style, soak in the sun, dine with a view, and explore the best of the Valley.

Araiya Palampur
Duplex master bedroom

The indulging starts as soon as you arrive, with Himachali hospitality setting the pace for your stay here. Spread across 2.7 acres, all of Araiya’s Deluxe Rooms, Deluxe Suites, Executive Suites, and Duplex Suites offer gorgeous views, and come equipped with wi-fi access, a mini-bar, satellite television, and more. Take a rejuvenating nap and head out to explore. Opt for the Jeep Safari, choose a pottery class, or if you want, go for a trek to enjoy your surrounds (we recommend the private trail from the resort). Looking for more exhilaration? There’s paragliding or speed off on a biking trail to discover the hamlet.

Araiya Palampur has a range of supreme spa services, and you can choose from a range of Western, Oriental, and Ayurvedic treatments in a state-of-the-art facility for a relaxing experience like no other. Although if you don’t fancy your time at the spa, opt for their pool and gym services instead.

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Deluxe Suite living room

Dining at the Araiya Palampur is an affair to remember. Going beyond the food and drinks, they offer experiences that will not just thrill your taste buds but excite all the senses. With a delicious buffet breakfast and an à la carte menu for lunch and dinner, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The all-day dining serves international favourites and comfort foods, along with Kangri delicacies. The Old Fox is their go-to tranquil lounge overlooking the pool and the mountains, different from the outdoor dining where grills under a starry night sky await your presence.

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The Old Fox bar

Palampur in the Kangra Valley is not only an adventurous getaway for thrill-seekers; it can also be a spiritual odyssey for those in search of solace. The local monasteries and temples promise to make your stay rich, while treks to the local fort and museums add to the charm. If you’re an artist, you’re in for a treat. Head to the renowned Andretta Village, an artists’ colony where you can try your hand at pottery and meet with fellow artists from around the world.

Araiya Palampur – A Norwood Heights Resorts is not merely a getaway from the chaos of the big city but a wholesome experience in itself that will demand more than one visit.

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Harleen Kalsi
Harleen feeds off her nomadic spirit and incessant shenanigans on the road to stay alive. When not writing, she is busy searching for a good read/art/act.