There are two types of people in the world; Number one – The beach person and number two – The hills person. I am definitely the later one. Being a hills person I obviously have my favourite hill station i.e Mussoorie. I have very fond memories of visiting Mussoorie specially during my summer vacations. My memories so strong still of the foggy, cold mornings along the hillside, the smell of the moist fungi on the pine trees and the sound of nature, birds (not cars out my window like I’m hearing right now). There’s always been an innate desire within me to connect with nature which as I think about it, is a direct correlation of my up bringing.
Talking about hills we do not really have great stay options unlike the beach sides with plenty of five star options to choose from. But Rokeby Manor an English-style Country Estatehotel nestled in the hills of Landour, 30 minutes from Mussoorie is a little paradise in the hands of luxury. Luckily I got to spend my birthday weekend with my family at this beautiful 18th century luxury hotel, which is also fondly know as the ‘Hamlet in the Hills’.
I stayed there for four days which was such a much needed short and sweet escape for the hustle bustle. They sent us a car to pick us up from the Dehradoon Airport. It is a half an hour drive from the airport. As drove higher the temperature got lower and my spirits got higher.
Staying at Rokeby Manor was such delight, they offered me a Rose Suite which was a beautiful suite decorated on the rose theme. Keeping with the old-world charm of Rokeby Manor, the rooms was decorated with rustic patchwork quilts and floral motifs. They have few yet very exclusive options when it comes to their rooms. Since it is a heritage hotel all the rooms are different from one another and are beautifully dedicated to different themes. The property is very Victorian in decor with fireplaces, rustic brick arches, stone walls and wooden flooring.
Our first day started with Lunch at Emily’s, their very own restaurant inside the property overlooking the Mussoorie ridge line. The weather was as perfect as it could be. Post Lunch we went for stroll to explore the property. Spent our evening chatting in the Tea Garden with hot milk tea, we were in heaven.
Day two came as quickly as day one went. We woke up to a perfect foggy day true gem of a day to come by. We went out of the property for a walk. Starting with the customary chukkar, an old bridle trail circling the three summits of Landour ridge via an old cemetery, churches and Lal Tibba, the highest point. We had coffee on our way back at the famous “Chaar Dukaan” spot which was 5 minutes from our property. Later as it was my birthday eve night, we went to the Stray Dog Ale House, an exclusive pub managed by the Rockeby itself. Being a Saturday it was a karaoke night ! yay ! We sang our throats out with amazing drinks which were to offer
It’s my Birthdayyyy ! 3rd September it is ! YAY ! I couldn’t contain my excitement anyways and to add on to it the warm staff at Rokeby had already planned a perfect day ahead for me. It started with small cake cutting ceremony with my family continued with a relaxing spa at their beautiful spa which was 5 minutes walk from the property. At Rokeby they have plenty of activities to offer and cycling was one of them. We went cycling along the beautiful natures trail while exploring the neighbourhood. The perfect day came to an end with a quite dinner at Emily’s .
It was our last day, still not ready to leave this little part of paradise. Starting my day with the hot tub Jacuzzi experience amidst the clouds on top of the hill. Post the jacuzzi session we went for breakfast at The Landour Bakehouse, which is managed by the Rokeby Property. The red velvet cake and the lemon tart top my list amongst the various mouth watering options available. Before checking out I spent some time at my favourite Wilson Chamber which is situated on the first floor of the property. I have thing for libraries and this vintage little chamber filled with books just took my heart away. On way back to the Dehradoon Airport we stopped by the Clock Tower Cafe for lunch, the quirky decor cafe is managed by the Rokeby property