You can hardly see it, even though it stands bang on the road to the IAS Training Academy, one-and-half km from the now tumbled down town of the once fabled Mussoorie. The tall trees, none less than 150 years old, stand guard and cloak the 120 year old heritage bungalow in a mystique that carries the aroma of aristocracy and class.
I have stayed in many places but none like this. There are many rooms, both at the garden level and on the main floor... but my favourite is Room 10, essentially a suite, with old-world furniture and a... fireplace. But the best part of this room is the coloured glass panel on the door looking out to the garden, from where the first ray of sun at dawn creates a rainbow on the opposite wall.
The next best place is a crescent-shaped corridor, with old pictures on the wall, and you can still see the photographs of the wedding of the original couple who owned this place, Mrs Sham Singh and Late SJ Singh, with guess who? Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel blessing the couple! The floor of the crescent corridor is covered with skins of tigers and a bear rug. The place is best for a quiet drink in the evening, looking at the stars at night.
Outside there is a wonderful garden with a quaint old swing. Birds galore, songs galore... nonstop whiff of plant fragrance. Hmmmm…
Food is excellent... whether you want continental or Indian. And the Indian food is much less oily than any in the many restaurants in town.
And if you happen to meet Mrs Sham Singh, or her son Ajit and daughter-in-law Anu, you will be charmed. But chances are, you will not have to look for them... they'll come to see how you are doing. For them it is all about love.
Clichés about Home Away From Home? Shah! This IS HOME, when you are here, and when you leave, it will be ‘memories of home! Believe me, I have been to that home of mine many times…
My only warning... do not plan to stay for two nights, chances are you would want to stay back... so book for at least three or four nights, or else you'd have to come away unfulfilled .. space at Plaisance is always in demand.