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Uttarakhand, formerly known as Uttaranchal, is a state in North India. Uttarakhand is often referred to as ‘Devabhumi’ due to the numerous Hindu temples and Pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. It consists of a total of 13 districts that are divided in two divisions, Garhwal and Kumaon, with Dehradun being the largest of them. Uttarakhand has many tourist spots due to its location in the Himalayas. There are many ancient temples, forest reserves, national parks, hill stations, and mountain peaks that draw large number of tourists. The state has 12 National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, which cover 13.8 percent of the total area of the state. While the hotel industry here is a little less developed compared to other Indian states, Uttarakhand still has a number of 5 star hotels. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 5 star hotels in Uttarakhand.
10. Larisa Resort, Mussoorie
Larisa Resort Mussoorie is nestled amongst the lush green pine trees and with a spectacular view of the Doon valley. The resort is a 2 hour drive from Jolly Grant Airport. Larisa Mussoorie features a total of 11 guest accommodations. The Nest is an all-day dining restaurant serving Pan Asian, Continental and Indian cuisine. A sun terrace is present at the hotel for the guests. Cycling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near the hotel.
Website: Larisa Resort Mussoorie
9. Radisson Blu Hotel, Haridwar
Radisson Blu Hotel Haridwar is conveniently located in the business district near the iconic Har Ki Pauri. It consists of 129 guest rooms and suites. Next 2 serves International and Asian dishes, The Kebabry offers a unique dining experience which serves unlimited portions of Indian favorites and After 11 offers a global selection of cocktails and an extensive wine list in a chic setting. A spa, a business centre and an outdoor swimming pool are available.
Website: Radisson Blu Hotel, Haridwar
8. Sterling Palm Bliss, Rishikesh
Sterling Palm Bliss is located in Rishikesh with Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, being approximately 35 kilometres away from the hotel. It features a total of 35 guest rooms and suites. Some rooms also offer views of the Ganga river. Aroma by Taste offers global cuisine, Sky House, which has a wood fired oven, serves Italian specialities and Health Café – Aveda is a coffee shop. Facilities include a gym, a spa and a meditation hall.
Website: Sterling Palm Bliss, Rishikesh
7. Ananda in the Himalayas, Tehri-Garhwal
Located in Narendranagar, Ananda in the Himalayas is a 45-minutes drive from Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. 78 guest accommodations are present at the hotel featuring palace or valley views. The Restaurant offers Indian and international menu, Ananda Gourmet cuisine offers meals customised to suit the specific body type, Tea Lounge offers afternoon tea and light snacks and By the Pool offers beverages and garden-fresh vegetables and organic greens. The hotel offers an outdoor temperature controlled swimming pool, a award-winning spa and a fitness centre.
6. The Kumaon, Almora
The Kumaon is located in Kasar Devi, a ridge above the historical city of Almora, in Uttarakhand. The hotel has 10 suites, nestled in pairs one atop the other, winding down a hillside. Lower suites are built of locally-quarried stone mirroring Kumaoni village homes, while upper suites are built using fly-ash bricks clad with bamboo sticks and copper wire. Suites have floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to views of the valleys below and mountains ahead. Upper suites have large outdoor terraces and lower suites have outdoor sitting areas. There is only one dining area serves a mix of Kumaoni and international cuisine and offers unmitigated views of the Himalayas. There is a spa offering various treatments using locally-sourced cold-pressed oils. The Kumaon also offers full-day excursions and nearby explorations programs.
Website: The Kumaon, Almora
5. The Roseate Ganges, Rishikesh
The Roseate Ganges Rishikesh is a 45 minutes drive from Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. The hotel features just 16 villas that have been designed with classic elegance in natural colour palettes complementing the natural surroundings. Chidya Ghar is a chic contemporary dining space with views of the mountains offering an exclusive handpicked menu with organic offerings and fresh produce from the farm accompanied by glitzy concoction of cocktails and spirits while Roasted by Roseate at the poolside serves the finest selection of teas and delicatessen from the boulangerie and patisserie. Facilities include an outdoor temperature swimming pool and a fitness centre. The hotel also offers river rafting, Ganga Aarti and visits to nearby places.
Website: The Roseate Ganges, Rishikesh
4. Taj Corbett Resort and Spa, Uttarakhand
Taj Corbett Resort and Spa, spread across 10 acres of land on the banks of river Kosi, is located approximately 12 kilometres away from Jim Corbett National Park. It is inspired by the rich landscape of the Himalayan forests. The resort consists of 61 contemporary guest rooms and suites under the shade of imperial deodar and sal trees that have either garden or river views. Treetop serves North Indian specialities along with European and Asian cuisine while Jim’s Grill offers European, Asian, Indian and International grilled delicacies with mesmerising beats of the live Indian folk music. Tusker Bar serves beverages along with finger food. Guests can go on safari tours or nature walks at the Corbett National Park. Activities such as river rafting, rock climbing and rappelling are also available. Taj Corbett Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand has a souvenir shop and a library. A fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool, a library and Jiva Spa are present.
3. WelcomHotel by ITC Hotels, The Savoy, Mussoorie
Built in English Gothic architecture style, Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels, The Savoy, Mussoorie is located in Gandhi Chowk. The century old hotel offers a wonderful mix of old-world charm and new-age conveniences. The hotel consists of 70 guest rooms and suites that come with a balcony. Grand Dining Hall is a multi-cuisine restaurant that features ambience that is infused with history while The Writer’s Bar features an enviable collection of luxury beverages along with finger food. The bar has colonial interiors and magnificent mountain views. A fitness centre, a business centre, a travel desk and a spa are available at the hotel.
2. Taj Rishikesh Resort and Spa, Uttarakhand
Taj Rishikesh Resort and Spa, located at a distance of 30 kilometres from Rishikesh, is spread across 12.5 acres of eco-friendly habitat. Guests can choose from one of the 79 accommodations present at the hotel. Riverside is the specialty restaurant that serves Himalayan cuisine and local classics from the provinces of Kashmir, Himachal, Garhwal, Kumaon and Nepal while Rock Flour is an all-day dining restaurant serving local classics, Indian and Global cuisine along with a dedicated wellness menu. Panorama Bar is where guests can enjoy a drink with wide-angle views. It also has a library. Pebble Beach – Open Air Pizza Bar is a pizza and salad bar facing the gurgling Ganges a few hundred feet away. An outdoor swimming pool, Jiva Spa and a fitness centre are present at the hotel.
1. JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa
JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa is located on Kempty Fall Road in the Charleville region in Mussoorie. The hotel consists of 115 guest rooms including suites that come with either garden or valley views. The all-day dining restaurant, JW Cafe is multi-cuisine, Teppan serves Asian while Wisteria Deck serves Italian. Trout House Grill and Bar serves grilled delights while Perch is a tea lounge. Refreshing beverages are served at the poolside bar. Facilities include a fitness centre, a temperature controlled indoor swimming pool, Cedar Spa by L’Occitane, a sauna, a massage parlor, a game room featuring bowling and billiards, a 12,000 square feet kid’s club/entertainment area, an amphitheater for showcasing cultural activities and hosting karaoke nights, hilltop-outdoor adventure activity area, a green house and a souvenir shop.
Featured image by JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa
If you think that I have missed any of the hotels present in Uttarakhand that you think should be included in the list, let me know in the comments section below.