Indian travel: escape the Summer Heat at this Perfect Monsoon Getaway in Shimla

Situated at 8,250 feet in the magnificent Himalayas, Wildflower Hall is a fairytale luxury resort set in 22 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar. The former residence of Lord Kitchener, rebuilt to a new magnificence, Wildflower Hall recreates the grand style of the colonial era. Wood panelling and original artwork create an aura of old world charm. Teak wood floors, hand knotted rugs and rich furnishings complemented by spectacular views make the rooms very special retreats.

Called Wildflower Hall because of the abundance of natural flora in this part of the mountains, this fairytale resort offers a tranquil home from home in the Himalayas, a favourite respite during the summer months for their cooler climes. The Oberoi spa at the Wildflower resort offers a range of spa treatments based on Ayurveda, Oriental and Western traditions in private suites or pavilions that are set back in a dense cedar forest and offer inspiring views of the majestic snow peaks.

Enjoy panoramas of the mountains and valleys from the restaurants, outdoor Jacuzzi and the heated swimming pool. Take relaxing walks on the trails winding through the fragrant pine forests and enjoy home made picnic hampers to take with you on your explorations. For the energetic, the resort offers trekking, horse riding, white river rafting, mountain biking, archery, billiards, ice skating (in winter) and golf.

Go for the Spirit of Ayurveda, a three and a half hour special (sounds long but it’s only equivalent to a short Hindi movie). Exfoliation by rice, softening by rice, massage by Ayurveda on one of those gorgeous body-on-a-block wooden tables from the deep south. A marma facial follows on with all your energy points being primed, and your worry lines being banished, and a flower bath at the end just in time to kiss the eco-warriors goodnight. And all that spa stuff for the same price as a parking fine in the good borough of Capt. Congestion Ken. No comparison. Justine Hardy

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