When I want to take a break from my riotous routine, I check for some place that would not only inspire me to explore but also provide me with a home away from home that would pamper me endless and all within my budget.
I found exactly that at Mukteshwar this time, Mukteshwar is a pleasing destination in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Mukteshwar sits high in the Kumaon Hills at an altitude of 2286 meters, 51 Km from Nainital and 343 Km from Delhi. It is famous for its scenic view and peaceful atmosphere. As we were heading upwards we could see glistening mountains and stellar view left me gasping. After reading reviews on Trip Advisor we had booked CASA DREAM, The Resort much in advance.
The very first view of our resort, CASA DREAM is just WOW. The hotel is nestled amidst stunning snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas which elevated my spirits and gave me a sense of serenity.
The lobby is cozy and gives you the feel of a luxurious English colonial house. My eyes wandered around to soak in the beauty of every inch as I sipped my welcome drink. I was amazed to see the hand-painted ceiling of the lobby exhibiting the galaxy theme which is done by the owner Mr. Umesh Chopra himself disclosing the secret of how this resort has been aesthetically designed. My expectations rose as I tagged behind the hotel boy who carried my luggage.
I was pleasantly surprised to see an elevator at this height, installed for the convenience of Senior citizens and wheelchair-bound guests which displays the considerate and caring attitude of the resort concerning their guest.
The room was quite big, simple, and luxurious enough for me to feel pampered with all the amenities like a king sized bed, free bottled water, coffee/tea maker, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV with all my favorite channel. The room had two large windows giving us a clear view of a lush green garden and breathtaking valley with the Himalayas as the backdrop. Curled up on a chair, sipping my first tea in the balcony with this incredible view, a feeling of tranquility flows into my body.
There are three types of rooms in this resort. The Mud Deluxe Double room which can accommodate three people, The Deluxe Double room which can house two adults and two children, and The Deluxe Duplex which is the biggest and can accommodate six people including two children providing the guest with the lot of options to choose from. Bathrooms are smart and stylish providing us free organic toiletries which is my weakness. All the rooms in this resort have balconies so that no occupant is deprived of the beauty of this heaven.
The resort had arranged bonfire at one corner of the garden in the evening with light recorded music which further enhanced the beauty of the surrounding and relaxed us more. Hotel staffs were pleased to serve us our favorite drinks and snacks and were very observant of our needs. The resort is very thoughtful of each and everyone needs and so lots of indoor games have been arranged for the kids and the kids were thrilled to find an entire area explicitly for them which kept them engaged and occupied.
The dining hall was so spacious and beautifully decorated and could accommodate over a hundred people. I really loved the cute piano bar which serves classic cocktails, wines and various international labels, which can be savored with the overlooking garden and listening to live piano.
La Rose, a classic furnished restaurant within the hotel premises specializes in Indian and international cuisine, sports a drink bar and a separate kids’ menu for the comfort of the parents. Reservation can be done to enjoy a table and you can also avail room service within limited hours to enjoy your meal in the coziness of your room.
The resort manager invited us to try yoga classes in the morning. So, we all got up at sunrise and this quaint spot gave us a fabulous view of the valley, the first gorgeous sunlight on the snow-capped mountains and the cool breeze assured me of a rejuvenating stay and lot of surprises ahead.
After a quick yoga, we were asked if we were interested to trek up about 300 meters and see the table top mountain portion of their land. We were all very excited and I am a person who loves trekking as it uplifts my mood and gives me a sense of adventure. After 10-15 minutes’ walk, we reached a local residence, almost 100 years old made of mud but very neat and clean, making me feel as I have found a treasure after my adventure trail.
We were served tea and home-made cookies. It was interesting and very informative for us to interact with the locals, explore their kitchen, and discover ancient and scientific versions of houses in cold regions, especially during snow.
We continued our trekking and after a 5-minute walk, we reached a flat piece of land which gave us a complete 360-degree breathtaking view of Mukteshwar. Hotel staff informed us that they are preparing this area for a helipad which will be ready by 2019.
On our way back to resort, we were shown a small farming area where hotel staff grows their own organic vegetable and herbs for delicacies cooked in their kitchen revealing the secret of their mouthwatering dishes. It was time for breakfast and started trekking back to our resort still overwhelmed with all our experiences and I knew that best is yet to come.
We enjoyed our breakfast, got ready and set out to explore Mukteshwar. On our way to chauli ki Jali which is a famous tourist spot, we met a group of bikers, chatted with them about their experiences with a cup of tea in an authentic Indian cup(kullarh) at a local dhaba. They told us that they are on a 6days trip and taking a one night break in Mukteshwar in camps.
We reached Chauli ki Jali which is a paradise for all the adventurers and rock cliffs make this place ideal for activities like rock climbing, rappelling etc.
The hanging cliff makes it a spectacular location to view the great Himalayan range and Kumaon valley.
Our next location was Bhaalugaad waterfall, situated amidst of Mukteshwar forestand a beautiful trek of 3-4 km goes through the dense forest, mountain streams and rocks are to be covered to reach there. As it was a weekend we found a lot of rush there with people bathing, swimming and enjoying beautiful waterfall with crystal clear pond. We could actually go underneath waterfall which is bliss for nature lovers.
We stopped for lunch at a small local dhaba cum restaurant for lunch which we did not enjoy much and found a better alternative, our all-time favorite Maggie masala. We reached our resort and after taking a small nap, we decided to play cricket with kids which we seldom do because of our hectic schedules in the city. Hotel staff also joined us and it was a big competitive fight. We lost three balls as balls used to fly off into the valley and it was a difficult task not to hit a ball when you have so much space to enjoy. The night was rocking as the hotel had organized a DJ party for all the guests and after a long day, we all let our hair down and enjoyed the great music and dance till we were dead tired.
Next day we packed our bags and were ready to leave. We took plenty of family photographs to seize beautiful resort and magnificent Himalayan ranges to keep these lovely moments fresh with us until our next exciting trip.
On our way back we stopped at Bhimtal, a must stopover, enjoyed boating with kids, had snacks and tea at a nice local restaurant and a final nonstop drive to our home.
As the destinations, you visit matters a lot, same way a nice, comfortable and beautiful hotel makes your trips more pleasurable and unforgetful.
See you next time till a find another cozy and plush place to stay!!!