Wildflower Hall-The old Viceregal Retreat, tucked away in a forgotten green corner, far away from the touristy cacophony of Shimla is the ideal gateway resort.
Wildflower hall is a colonial building turned resort that’s spread over twenty-two acres in Chharaba, Shilma, up at 8,350 feets above sea level. If the charming Raj style bungalow in past was residence of Lord Kichener, Commander in Chief of the British Army, then in present it is a retreat for the President of India. Up a long, steep driveway, the beautiful building with its trademark turrets came up when the old structure was burnt down some decades ago. Under the Oberoi management the Hall has been done up beautifully and sensitively to ensure that guests get to savor the old world feel and yet donot miss out on modern luxuries. The spa pavilions, opening out to the greens, and warm Jacuzzi pools, opening up to mountains, are rejuvenating enough to cloy away urban stress.
The food is excellent with all ingredients sourced fresh so much so that the fish is sourced fresh from the river. Dinner on terrace with vintage wines from the wine cellar and fire blazing in center can match any fairytale setting. At leisure one can go horse riding through the mountains, drive down to the hot spring at Tattapani, indulge in game of tennis at the well-appointed tennis court, go river rafting and also ice staking in winters. However nature walks with in house naturalists is the best way to explore the forests and enjoy ancient cedars near the Strawberry Trails.
To sum up, it can be said that history and luxury in equal measure define Wildflower Hall. With helicopter service on call and it being on map of Indian railways, including toy train form Kalka, travel to Wildflower Hall is worth planning.