We travelled from Chandigarh by road to kick off kids winter vacation. This place is ~22 km further down from Shimla. 22km is about 60-90 min on hill roads. This turned out to be a touch more than we would have wanted especially as we did want to spend time in Shimla too. The facility itself is quite nice. Great cottages for a family or even options for extended families. A great welcome package that is quite extensive and keeps surprising you for almost the initial hour or so. The welcome drink was quite an amazing concoction. Hot water is always there and that is great. The cottages are spacious and duplex. The attic is extremely nice and bed room is quite cosy tucked in a corner. Fire-place is good but the heating equipment could have been more contemporary. Food was certainly the high point. Breakfast and lunch are included in the charges and both were pretty good. There aren't great alternatives near by, so this was a big relief. They have a nice trek into wilderness area owned by them. There are a few games - pool, TT, chess, carrom and a very small putting green. However, nothing near what I had expected. Strangely, they do not have an arrangement with the Golf course for a driving range or a few holes. This was the big disappointment for me. Kufri isn't very far. There are plenty of monkeys that come on to the property in the day and then disappear into the wild at night. After the initial scare, it was actually fun to watch them as they aren't very aggressive.
Overall, a good experience. It is definitely pretty expensive for the comparable experiences in other places. They should include Golf, spruce up some games and add some conducted tours in the near-by area. However, if anyone is visiting Shimla for the first time, you may want to stay closer to the city unless an hour or two of drive through hills a day is okay with you.
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