Deep Kalra, founder and chief executive officer of travel portal MakeMyTrip.com, prefers to spend Diwali in his Gurgaon home with family and friends but, for those who seek peace and quiet on the night of lights, he has these recommendations.
Nighlaat Village Resort, Bhowali
Set beside a gurgling mountain stream and spread over 5 acres of beautiful hillside, the Nighlaat Village Resort near Bhowali — around an hour from
Kathgodam — is an eco-friendly paradise. With immaculate gardens and exotic flowers, amazing home-cooked food and snug accommodation in a restored ivy-covered village home complete with modern facilities and warm hospitality, this place makes for an ideal family break. I go there at least once in two years.
Deep Kalra loves adventure sport. Harikrishna Katragadda / Mint
Log on to www.gardenvalleyresort.com or call 05942-220071 for details.
Kalmatia Sangam, Almora
If you’re looking to breathe crisp Himalayan mountain air, Kalmatia Sangam, near Almora and about 3 hours away from Kathgodam, is ideal. We love the hospitality offered by Dieter and Geeta Reeb, who run the Kalmatia Sangam Himalaya Resort here. They have quaint, colonial-style mountain cottages named after birds such as Goldfinch and Himalayan Magpie. The best part, though, are the outdoors — you can see 300km of the Himalayan range from here. A perfect hideaway from noisy Diwalis.
Log on to www.kalmatia-sangam.com for details.
Déjà Vu Cottage, Naukuchiatal
Located ahead of Nainital and Bhimtal, in the Himalayan foothills, Naukuchiatal can seem a bit commercialized, but the Déjà Vu Cottage is a true “home away from home”. You can only hire the whole cottage, with two bedrooms and a living room, so it’s perfect for a family holiday. It comes with a cook and a caretaker, so the experience is of having your private house in the hills with spectacular views across the shimmering lake and the music of birdcalls in the surrounding rhododendron and oak forests.
Log on to www.naukuchiatal.com or call 011-42828232 for details.