“A cluster of cottages on the hills in a quaint little town in Himachal – all I wanted from here was peace and some time for self. Aamod granted my wish without any frowns.” – Says TS writer Rakhi Jerly
First Impressions: An eco-friendly resort built on virgin forest land, Aamod is perched on a mountain ridge with breathtaking views of the Pir Panjal range and untouched Cedar woods. There was an unparalleled earthiness to the property – the wooden floors, sweet spring water and natural trails. If it rains, the weather could get chilly in summers too and the snow capped mountains could be shrouded in a blanket of snow. Efficient but friendly staff makes you feel at ease from the moment you walk through the doors.
Facilities: 15 Deluxe/Super Deluxe or Family cottages that is a spectacular blend of eco-friendly living and modern comforts. The mud cottages/rooms built without felling a single tree, have clean minimalistic décor with an old world charm. Spacious suites with private sit-outs or balconies offer serene views, any time of the day. The resort does not have a spa but aroma therapy treatments can be enjoyed in the privacy of your room. An adventure zone is available to loosen up those lazy bones and if you find it too easy, forest treks and excursions can be arranged too. A recreation room with indoor games and a mini-library is also available to keep you engaged.
The Colonial: Aamod’s multi-cuisine restaurant is a cozy space with indoor and outdoor seating for hearty meals. The menu is not extensive and innovative, but it is just enough to put together a wholesome breakfast/lunch/dinner. If you are ready to take the culinary experience a step ahead, pick a spot anywhere around the property and a picnic could be arranged for you on nature’s lap. One meal that stands out for me is their breakfast spread of sausages, omlettes and parathas with the blue sky and green hills for company. Put in a special request to the chef for a traditional himachli meal and soak up all the warmth you need from a homely feast.
The experience: A quick getaway from the hot summers in the plains, Aamod at Dalhousie is a little slice of heaven. Unwind, de-stress and breathe-in the fresh Cedar scented air, curl up with a book and a cup of coffee on the sit-out, wake up to the chirping of birds and warm sunshine, star gaze or just get lost in thought – a few days of tranquility is on offer among the hills. Early morning walks into the woods double up as good exercise as well as sightseeing. And when you return, you leave with a lot more than just peace.
Verdict: An ideal summer vacation home for families, senior citizens and creative souls.