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Himachal Pradesh, meaning ‘Snow-Laden Province’ or ‘Lap of Ice’, is a North Indian state. Situated in the Western Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is also known as ‘Devbhoomi’ or the ‘Land of Gods and Goddess’. Tourism is a major contributor to the state’s economy and growth. The Himalayas attracts tourists from all over the world. Hill stations like Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Chamba, Khajjiar, Kullu and Kasauli are popular destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists. The state has some of the best hill station hotels and resorts that are present in India. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 5 star hotels in Himachal Pradesh.
10. Royal Tulip, Shimla
Royal Tulip Shimla, Kufri Kufri is located in Shimla at a approx distance of 9 kilometres from the Mall Road. The 58 guest rooms and suites offer panaromic views of the valley. Promenade is an all-day dining restaurant, Peaks focuses on North Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Western cuisines and Cedar has a classic wood decor. An indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a spa and sauna and a fitness centre are available at the hotel.
Website: Royal Tulip, Shimla
9. Radisson Jass, Shimla
Sitting at the foot of the North-West Himalayas, Radisson Jass Shimla boasts a convenient location near the historic city centre and offers views of the surrounding cedar forests and mountains. The 67 guest rooms and suites offer mountain views. Café Valley Vue offers Indian specialities, Asian dishes and Continental favourites. The bar offers expertly crafted cocktails. The hotel offers business centre, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a spa and a gym.
Website: Radisson Jass, Shimla
8. Larisa Resort, Manali
Larisa Resort is located at a approx distance of 15 kilometres from Manali. The hotel offers 22 accommodations with fireplaces. All the guest rooms offer either garden or mountain views. Naivedam is a multi-cuisine restaurant that offers both indoor and outdoor seating options while Madhushala is a bar. Guests can enjoy cycling and hiking around the property. Other facilities include a Spa, sauna, a games room and an outdoor swimming pool.
Website: Larisa Resort, Manali
7. Fortune Park, Dalhousie
Fortune Park Dalhousie overlooks the picturesque Pir-Panjal range and is located near Mall Road. The hotel consists of 57 guest rooms and suites, mostly overlooking the pristine valley. Zodiac is the all day-dining restaurant offering Indian, Chinese and continental cuisine while Neptune Bar is a eclectic bar and lounge that offers cocktails and finger food. A temperature controlled indoor swimming pool with infinite view, a fitness centre and a spa are present at the property.
Website: Fortune Park, Dalhousie
6. Fortune Select Forest Hill, Kasauli
Perched above the pine trees that decorate the Mahiya valley, bursting with fairytale charm, stands the picturesque property – Fortune Select Forest Hill, Mahiya, near Kasauli. The hotel features 49 guest rooms and suites. All the rooms at the property offer mountain views. Zodiac has amazing Victorian inspired setting that offers multi-national food, Fortune Deli is a contemporary outlet serving freshly baked and oven fresh cakes, pastries, chocolates and breads and Neptune Bar offers a selection of spirits, wines and beers. Facilities include a business centre, gymnasium/yoga room, an outdoor swimming pool and a game room.
Website: Fortune Select Forest Hill, Kasauli
5. The Oberoi Wildflower Hall, Shimla
The former residence of Lord Kitchener, erstwhile commander in chief of the British army, The Oberoi Wildflower Hall is located in the Chharabra region in Shimla. Guests can choose from the 83 rooms and suites present at the hotel that offer either garden or mountain views. Enjoy Pan-Asian and European dishes at the hotel’s restaurant, which has an open-air terrace offering panoramic views over the mountains. Indian cuisine is served at Lutyens Restaurant while The Coffee Shop features an international menu. A full range of wines and spirits are available at The Cavalry Bar. Tijori Boutique, Beauty Parlor, the Oberoi Spa, a fitness centre and heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools are available at the hotel.
Website: The Oberoi Wildflower Hall, Shimla
4. The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
Oberoi Cecil Shimla, located in Chaura Maidan, was the exclusive 5-star hotel in Shimla in the British Raj times. The Oberoi Cecil is a heritage Grand hotel that has 75 guest rooms and suites ranging from the base category deluxe rooms to the Luxury suites. The Restaurant serves international, pan-Indian and local Himachali dishes and still imbibes all the ambience of the fashionable ballroom it once was. The Lounge and Bar offers English style high tea, freshly brewed coffees, premium alcoholic beverages and snacks. Facilities include The Oberoi Spa, an indoor heated swimming pool, children’s activity centre, a fitness centre.
Website: The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
3. Hyatt Regency, Dharamshala
Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort is spread across 6.5 acres, situated in the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Outer Himalayas. The hotel consists of 80 guest accommodations including 4 private villas, 3 suites and 17 club rooms. The accommodations offer either lush garden views or magnificent mountain views. Thym is an all-day dining restaurant that specialises in locally sourced farm-fresh food, serving Indian and global cuisine. 2082 Bar offers a wide selection of premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, light snacks and afternoon tea while McLeod & Co. Bakery and Shop is the hotel’s signature bakery. An indoor heated swimming pool, Shanti Spa, a 24/7 fitness centre, sauna and garden are present at the hotel.
Website: Hyatt Regency, Dharamshala
2. Taj Theog Resort and Spa, Shimla
Located at a 75 minutes drive from Shimla, Taj Theog Resort and Spa is surrounded by the mesmerising skylines of the Himalayan range. The hotel offers stunning 180 degree views of the Churdhar, the highest peak in the outer Himalayas. Taj Theog has 99 guest rooms and suites offering a outdoor balcony with views of the surrounding mountains. Guests can choose from 3 dining venues – Tragopan is an all-day dining restaurant offering global cuisine with some relished local Himalayan meals, Peony is an Orietal restaurant and Theog Junction is a bar. Jiva Spa, a fitness centre, an indoor swimming pool, garden and a kids club are present at the hotel.
Website: Taj Theog Resort and Spa, Shimla
1. WelcomHotel by ITC Hotels, Shimla
WelcomHotel by ITC Hotels Shimla, located approximately 10 kilometres from Shimla, sits in quiet splendour, nestled among the evergreen forests of the lower Himalayas. Situated amidst the tranquil valley of Mashobra, the hotel consists of 47 guest rooms and suites. All the rooms come with outdoor balconies offering gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains. WelcomCafe Cedar is a multi-cuisine all day-dining restaurant offering indoor and outdoor seating options while Swizzle is a bar offering beverages and finger-food. Facilities present at the hotel include a fitness centre, a spa, garden and a game room. Archery and guided nature walks can be arranged by the tour desk of the hotel.
Website: WelcomHotel by ITC Hotels, Shimla
If you think that I have missed any of the hotels present in Himachal Pradesh that you think should be included in the list, let me know in the comments section below.
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