Every person is different, what they take away from the same scene is different and their expectations are different too!
We were a group of 12 travel bloggers who spent three magnificent days at The Terraces in Kanatal, Dehradun. At the end of the third day, during our conversations, I realized each one of us had a different experience stuck in our head and hence to give you just one lopsided story of mine wouldn’t be fair.
Ankita from ‘Trail Stained Fingers’:
Wherever I travel, I look for those moments of silence and solitude when I can pause to sense the true flavor of the place and allow it to offer insights I’d never known I possessed. At Kanatal, I had one such moment at twilight in the resort’s garden, when the cool wind and the warm bonfire offered a beautiful contrast, just like the darkness of the foliage etched against the unfurling colors of a mellow dusk.
The second such instance was early in the morning when I went for a birding walk all alone and negotiated with thick curtains of mist to let me have a memorable avian glimpse or two. The third moment of travel epiphany occurred at Satyun River when I went for a walk on the cliff over the waterfall, with endless pastoral beauty stretched out before me. I had experienced such unblemished serenity at Saur Village as well; walking amidst the golden fields and cabbage patches, I felt like none of all the angst we’re exposed to day in and day out, matters.
All that matters is the warmth of the sun on our faces and the playful ruffle of a passing wind. That’s what I learnt at The Terraces, Kanatal, and that’s what I loved the most.
Shubhendu Parth from ‘Governance Now‘:
It was not a heritage property, but what it offered was the incredible piece of traditional Indian warmth that reflected in everything around you – from the smiling faces that were ready to help at every step to the well-decorated, cozy cottage with the best of the amenities and quality toiletries, fully loaded mini bar and the spa to relax your nerves.
And last, but not the least, Mohan da Dhaba that not just offers variety of pakodas and the Maggi-variant noodle with tea in kullahr, but also the most exquisite view of the Nanda Devi as you lie lazy in the hammock amidst the perfectly manicured lawn with riot of colour and the chirp. At night, lie down on the charpoi near the dhaba or slide into one of the garden chairs at the Machan and enjoy one of the most star-lit sky. That is The Terraces!
If I have to describe my experience in one word it would be “unforgettable”. For a person like me who is impressed by people more and bricks and mortar less this stay was one of the best stays I have had till now. Being located amid lush green forests and mighty Himalayas this resort is a perfect way to spend your holidays. An apt location to unwind and rejuvenate and getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Umang Trivedi from ‘Travelmax‘