Soulitude in Blogs
The hills are no longer just a getaway. We find out how people are making it possible to live and manage a career out of these areas. Multiple excel spreadsheets open, fingers taut on the keyboard in readiness and eyes darting from diary notes to the computer screen.
A roaring fireplace, warm quilts, and perhaps a sprinkling of snow—if this is your idea of a magical winter getaway, we have you covered. Lose the bustle of the city in these boutique hotels where peace and quiet reign supreme.
There are a lot of hotels which are very good but very few which end up leaving a lasting impression after we’ve left. Soulitude was one of the latter. As a hotel it does not boast of 5 star amenities, or of long lost heritage mid 17th century palaces. It is simply what its name suggests, a place to get some solitude for your soul.
Manish Chandra is a small-time hotelier. He runs two hotels with 17 rooms. He addresses all the pre-booking calls himself — at times up to 50 calls a day. He may be small-time, but he is not a garden lodge operator catering to backpackers. For starters, Chandra’s properties are deep in Uttarakhand, one overlooks the majestic Himalayan range, and the other is by the serene Kalsa river.
The hills are alive with all sorts of places you can stay at. Soulitude in the Himalayas is featured in the list of Condé Nast Traveler’s top 20 luxury resorts to stay in Uttarakhand.
Unwind in the fresh mountain breeze and take it the majestic view of the hills in all its splendour at ‘Soulitude by the Mountains’. It was an old house, now restored to a wonderful homestay and is located at Gagar, an idyllic hamlet located at 2,100 meters near Nainital. The place offers a stunning 180 degree view of the Kumaon Himalayas.