Category: Trips

Quick Review: The Writers Cottage, Ramgarh, Uttarakhand

Main Building

With spectacular views, the Writers Cottage is a delight and a must visit for those looking for a quiet, peaceful holiday.

Writers Cottage Room

Writers Cottage Balcony

The Writers Cottage by VResorts is not your typical hustle bustle holiday destination. Hinged on a hill, in the small town of Ramgarh in Uttarakhand, this humble, poignant cottage is a treat for those looking to enjoy serene, quiet surroundings of a hill station.

While the resort has four rooms overall, the Writers Cottage is by far, the best room/ cottage to stay in. The Cottage has one very large room and an attached bathroom. It’s set aside from the other building in the resort which has three rooms, a dining area and a patio which is quite nice too but my vote goes to the Writers Cottage which is quite spacious and offers undisturbed quality time to chill out and enjoy the landscape.

Dining area in main building

Main Building

Pic of another room in main building

Rabindranath Tagore

Seating area in main building

View from balcony Writers Cottage

In addition to the spacious room, the Writers Cottage has an unparalleled view of the mountain range from its balcony. It’s a view to die for and will make you want to stay in the balcony all day long. In the night, the blinking lights of the local town will make you feel like you are walking among the stars – what an amazing feeling. The silence of the night will echo in your mind, mildly interrupted by jungle crickets making noise ever so often. Just perfect.

It’s fair enough to say that the resort folks are also committed to you enjoying your space and me time. Service and food is excellent (veg & non-veg) and only provided when you ring the bell to ask for it. Not the modern, electronic jarring bell, just the simple hand bell that you find in temples and monasteries which you ring from the balcony of your room and the resort guy comes sprinting around. Loved the bell concept – a minor detail but so appreciated. Meals at the resort are in main dining hall (of the other building) but tea/ coffee is served in rooms if required. The resort folks also happily make an exception if you are traveling with someone who needs extra care.

Although the cottage and its views are good enough to hold you captive all day long, you can also choose to take a stroll around the resort. The resort has its own plum and apricot orchard and you can pick a few to carry home. You might also bump into a few monkeys on the trees but they are interested in the plums, so no need to worry. Of course, the Cottage has a nice big television but these holidays are best spent without any electronic interference.

Apart from its spectacular views, which you will see in the pictures below, the Writers Cottage holds yet another golden feather in its cap – the Cottage is a heritage cottage and a living tribute to Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Laureate and India’s most famous Poet. Apparently, Gurudev, as he was widely known, used to stay in the Cottage often and also penned lines for his poem “Shishu” here. (Shishu means baby). Close by to the resort, is also the spot, where he spent hours in the company of nature and wrote his poems. Wow and not sure why I hadn’t heard of it before.

PS: For those not too familiar with India’s literary heritage, Guru Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941) was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore or Gurudev as he was widely known, was most famous as a poet and penned many popular poems such as Manasi, Sonar Tari and Gitanjali among others. Besides these, he wrote musical dramas, dance dramas, essays, travel diaries, and two autobiographies, one in his middle years and the other shortly before his death in 1941. Tagore also left numerous drawings and paintings, and songs for which he wrote the music himself.

Overall, the stay at the Cottage was great and I recommend it highly to everyone who wants to do the solo kind of holiday or with a partner /spouse. You can also come and stay with the family but I suggest it as a perfect destination for me-time. The Writer’s Cottage stay is INR 9000 per night inclusive of all meals. Tea and snacks are extra but not too expensive. You can book the Cottage in advance at Vresorts website (www.vresorts.in). The resort chain has a fabulous range of over 50+ properties across 12 cities, so you may want to check out other properties when you have the time.  Twitter handle: @Vresortschain

Finally, the most important bit – the travel part. You can drive to the resort/Ramgarh in your own car or in a taxi (6.5 hours from Delhi via Nainital and Bhimtal) or take a train to Kathgodam, near Nainital and take a taxi to the resort. GPS works great and is pretty accurate. You can visit the resort website and see directions as well.

I’ve included quite a few pics, hope you enjoy them and do share your feedback :)

Keep traveling!

Cheers
Megha

Silverbrooks Homestay, Madekri, Coorg ~ Karnataka’s No 1 Homestay lives upto its reputation.

It’s not often that you would think of a small town of Madekri or a Homestay like Silverbrooks as the perfect destination for your next vacation. After all, we are the more phoren (foreign) bound guys, packing our bags to head to the Alps or Thailand or the U.S but it won’t be a bad idea at all for us to look “inside” and explore some of the amazing lesser known destinations in India…..

Silverbrooks Homestay

I have to admit that I pretty much didn’t think of Silverbrooks or Coorg either till my tour operator at Makemytrip suggested I should go and I would LOVE the place and the Homestay. Couple of clicks on trip advisor and reviews were encouraging enough to take the leap of faith. Next day, 3 hour flight and a 5 hour drive later, we were at Silverbrooks Homestay in Madekri, Coorg. Here we are.

Before talking about the Homestay, it’s great to share the interesting trivia about the city of Madekri. This little town, also known as “Mercara” is nicknamed the Scotland of India for its lovely weather and amazing natural beauty. The etymology of the town is that it was formerly known as Muddu raja keri, which means Mudduraja’s town, named after the prominent king, Mudduraja who ruled Kodagu (Coorg) from 1633 to 1687. Madekri is small by town standards with roughly a population of 47,000 people but houses an amazing number of historic sites such as Madekri Fort, Omkareshwara temple, Raja seat and other touristy places like Abbey Falls, coffee plantations and nice little local markets where you can buy locally made organic food items & cosmetic products. So the little town is pretty packed and spending your time is quite easy.

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