Just found this place by chance & planned a trip just to stay at this place. The booking was done over the email, though the replies were not very prompt. An advance of 50% was required for a confirmation & once that was done, off we went. To state that we had gone there with a lot of apprehension would be an understatement as there was practically nil information about the place & was quite pricey also. However there was one phone call from the manager enroute & we were happy to know that the reservation has been done.
The place is located in Upper Dharamkot, about 8 Kms from the Mcleodganj Square. It is located enroute to the trek to Triund & forks off from the Gallu temple. The car can go upto the temple & the drive itself is quite adventurous, We met the representative of the hotel at Dharamkot itself who guided us to Gallu temple. We were greeted by the staff & a horse as the hotel requires a further trek of around 700 metres on foot through dense & beautiful forest. The walk was pretty exciting with the luggage being taken care off by the staff & my kids being taken care off by the horse on its back.
The building is an old Raj era building & what a marvelous construction it is. It is a double storey structure with rooms on both the ground & the first floor. The central space is the dining hall. The hotel is located amongst deodars & a number of Rhododendron trees & is extremely charming. The himalayas are so close that you can literally smell them. From amongst the many places that I have been to in Himachal, this place had the best views of the Himalayas. Rightly so as it was almost mid way on way to Triund & so the views were almost half as good as at Triund. It also has a wonderful view point facing Dharamsala from where it was even possible to view the cricket stadium way down below.
The hotel has both Suites, having 2 bedrooms & rooms. We had booked ourself at the Mughal Suite which was a 2 room affair. The rooms was fairly spacious & well maintained & was very tastefully & elegantly done. The best part was the sit out outside the room towards the mountains having a cosy seating arrangement. The bathroom was also very neat & clean & we had no problems at all inspite of the fact that it got extremely cold. I also had a look at the other rooms & the suites & I have promised myself that the next time I go there I shall book myself into the Dhauladhar Room which was simply fabulous & had astounding views.
Wonderful. The food was homely & very tasty. The vegetable soup, the egg fried rice, the apple custard everything was top notch. The after effects were also very smooth & had no problems whatsoever inspite of the fact that I overate.
Fantastic. The guys at the hotel were extremely efficient & sweet. All of them were local & had that typical pahadi innocence about them. On the night that we were there, it got extremely cold & so we had to wake up the guys at around 3 in the night. They did not complaint & put on the fire place with a smile. Wonderful.
The review would be incomplete without mentioning the hosts. Both Bo & Sheila were extremely friendly & warm & at the same time gave enough space to us. They were there all the time & yet there was no interference & we could enjoy the property as our own. Sheila was very kind & when she saw my wife struggling in the cold she provided her with additional sweaters & shawls. Hats off guys. You are doing a wonderful job.
Value for money & overall experience:
Simply awesome. Mindblowing. Would love to go there again. The Himalayas were so close that you could literally touch them, feel them, smell them. Though some people might find it a little expensive, once you are there, you would appreciate the effort that one has to put in to provide even the basic amenities at such a location & the price would appear reasonable. 10 on 10. Simply bliss.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eagles Nest is a unique resort set in 2sq kilometers of pristine forest landscape in the Himalayas of Himachel Pradesh, India. We are located in a very peaceful spot overlooking McLeodganj and the abode of HH the Dalai Lama. Perfect for fine dining, yoga, trekking, nature walks, mountaineering, badminton, horse riding, croquet, plus splash pool, Massage, all on site. All guest rooms with veranda and luxurious attached marble bathroom are decorated to showcase local cultures. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Eagles Nest Dharamsala, India, Asia