Nothing says summer getaway better than sylvan sublimity and unpeopled landscapes set against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas. It’s just the pick-me-up people look forward to away from the searing heat of the cities. Realising the urgent need for local travel after a long year of ‘cabin fever’, Welcomhotel Tavleen Chail has now opened its doors to visitors that want to embrace a luxe forest therapy.
It is the second ITC Welcomhotel in Himachal Pradesh, followed by Welcomhotel Shimla, which was inaugurated about six months ago. Though only 37 km away from Shimla, Chail is a quieter option for those looking to pack their bags for a staycation or a workation. Overlooking the stunning valley of Sutlej, the hotel is located near the Chail Cricket Ground, the world’s highest cricket ground, and offers attractions such as Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, Chail Bazaar, Sadhupul Lake, Kali Ka Tibba, and Himalayan Nature Park.
Set amidst a magical oak forest dotted with pine and cedar, the hotel is aesthetically designed to match the glory of the wilderness, where you can also experience the auditory appeal of psithurism, perfecting a rejuvenating retreat in the hills. At Welcomhotel Tavleen Chail, every room has a private balcony that offers enchanting views of the mighty mountains. Its 65 well-appointed guest rooms, 18 fairytale cottages, and a luxury suite are sleek, spacious, contemporary, and fully equipped with modern amenities. However, what one can’t seem to ignore is the much-needed warmth it brings, delivering an ideal ‘cabin in the woods’ vibe.
Blessed with a stunning location, outdoor activities such as paragliding, off-roading and snow driving (in-season), or a short drive around the hotel is highly recommended. Besides that, there are ample activities at the hotel that one can experience. Those who prefer to lounge around the property can head to the in-house library, laze at the temperature-controlled pool or join guided yoga sessions and take a stroll at the on-site trails like the Oak Trail and Pine Trail. They even have a dedicated section for kids, Ollie’s Corner, designed to keep them creatively engaged and entertained.
A classic forest therapy would be incomplete without a wholesome culinary experience, which is taken rather seriously here. The WelcomCafe Monal (named after the bird, Himalayan Monal) serves the best of both worlds — Himachali cuisine and global fare. Although Welcomhotel’s signature Welcomsthalika serves an assortment of regional cuisine if you’re looking to indulge in it. Rightly called Himachali Dham, a feast originally prepared for royalty by Botis (specialised cooks), the platter consists of Madra (white peas cooked with yoghurt), Saag Chana (red chana cooked with local greens) Himachali Rajma (high-altitude Kinnouri kidney beans with local spices), Dham ka Meetha (nuts soaked in local honey and saffron), and more. And if an evening drink is what you crave, The Swizzle bar serves signature cocktails and international wines.
Next, all your chakras will align at Welcomhotel’s signature wellness experience, K by Kaya Kalp. Based on the time-honoured Indian wellness routine, K by Kaya Kalp spa is a must-try for anyone looking to de-stress and unwind.
Welcomhotel Tavleen Chail in Himachal Pradesh beautifully combines the concept of nature, purity, healing, and harmony. And located almost 349 km from Delhi, it is just the destination for a summer getaway that both thrill-seekers and peace crusaders need to embrace.
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