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Sirmour Himachal Pradesh – An Offbeat Weekend Getaway from Delhi
Last few months have been really hectic for both of us. While Vishu was busy in the office with his umpteen assignments, Saumya, on the other hand, had loads of tasks to complete post her trips to South India and Ladakh. As work was taking its toll on both of us, we decided to sneak out of Delhi for a quick weekend getaway in the mountains. One thing that we like the most about staying in NCR is that we can easily get to the mountains on an overnight journey. Both Uttarakhand and Himachal surround us really well. This time we picked up Himachal Pradesh and headed to a small village in Sirmour district known as Kanera. Kanera is a lesser explored, sparsely populated and a beautiful village in the Sirmour Himachal Pradesh. Exploring Kanera Village – An itinerary blog of a peaceful weekend getaway will give you all the things you want to know about this serene piece of land. Carnoustie Himalayan Eco Resort in the Kanera village is one of the best stay options there.
About Sirmour Himachal Pradesh:
Sirmour is a district in Himachal Pradesh near Rajgarh. Kanera, a very small village in the Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh has apple orchards all around. Sirmour Himachal Pradesh is known for the Churdhar Trek which is very famous among the hikers. The trek takes usually 8-10 hours from Kanera depending on the individual. The locals here are simple Himachali inhabitants who believe in simple living. They are very helpful and often treat the guests with love.
How to reach Sirmour Himachal Pradesh:
Sirmour Himachal Pradesh can be reached from Chandigarh via private taxis and transport buses. These are also easily available from Solan which is a popular town in Himachal Pradesh. The distance from Chandigarh takes almost 5 hours whereas Solan is only at a distance of 60kms from here and can be easily reached in 3 hours. Any buses plying from Chandigarh to Shimla goes via Solan so one can easily opt for that. You can also opt for a direct cab from Chandigarh to Sirmour which may cost around 4000-5000INR depending on the type of the cab.
Self Drive is also a good option if you wish to drive all the way to Sirmour. The roads are smooth till Solan and are single lane from Solan to Sirmour. The roads are very driveable, less populated and provide a very scenic drive with tomato and flower farms on the sides.
- Board the Howrah-Kalka Mail from Delhi to Chandigarh (Train No.: 12311)
- Reach Chandigarh by 3 am and proceed for Sirmour by cab
- Reach Sirmour by 10 am and check-in to Carnoustie Himalayan EcoResort.
- Spend the day at leisure and enjoy a bonfire with good meals.
- Start the day with early breakfast.
- Go on a nature walk to the neighboring village.
- Enjoy tea and Maggi in the forest over a stream.
- Enjoy sumptuous Himachali lunch when back to base.
- Relax at Oorja, the in-house spa at Carnoustie Himalayan EcoResort.
- Spend the evening at bonfire followed by dinner.
- Get up late and enjoy breakfast by 10 am
- Watch the cultural performances by local kids.
- Start your return journey to catch Shatabdi from Chandigarh to Delhi.
Where to stay in Sirmour Himachal Pradesh :
Kanera being a small village does not have many stay options. However, the Carnoustie Himalayan Ecoresort is just the perfect place to make your stay a beautiful one. This resort is located right in the heart of the village and offers food, lodging, and other recreational activities in a well-organized setup.
The resort has 3 cottages and 4 dome-shaped rooms, each well equipped with all the latest amenities. The rooms and washrooms are very well maintained by the staff at the Carnoustie Himalayan Eco Resort. During our 3 days stay at the resort we explored the resort as well as the surrounding areas. Here’s a detailed itinerary of the short and peaceful weekend getaway.
We reached the resort around 10 in the morning. The drive from Chandigarh to the Himalayan Eco Resort is very scenic and takes more than 4 hours. However, the flower farms on the way with yellow and white flowers keep you hooked on to the natural beauty. After reaching the resort and post breakfast we took a tour of the property. The property was artistically done with an in-house restaurant, a recreation center, a guest house, and an in-house spa. There is something for everyone in the Himalayan Eco Resort. Post the tour, it was time for a well-spread lunch followed by some rest. We decided to take it easy that day post an overnight journey.
Evenings are enjoyable at the Himalayan Eco Resort as they arrange a warm bonfire, cook some delicious snacks on the same and also play some soulful numbers. After spending a good 3 hours at the bonfire, chatting with the other guests, sharing our travel stories, we called it a day post dinner.
The second day started on a relaxed note. We enjoyed the breakfast with the perfect setting in the garden and the sun shining brightly. Post the breakfast we all headed for a trek in the Kanera Village. We met a few locals during the trek and they were equally excited to see us. After walking for almost an hour, crossing some rocky and green patches, we reached our destination. The destination was an area full of big rocks set on a stream of water flowing beneath it. The staff at the Himalayan Eco Resort had named it as the Chai-Maggi Point.
The name Chai Maggi Point comes from the fact that they prepare tea and Maggi by using the wood from the jungles, lighting a fire, setting up a stove and preparing food. The overall experience of having chai and Maggi at that point is simply breathtaking.
After a round of tea, we started back for our resort. As we reached the resort after clicking pictures on the way, a delicious spread of Himachali cuisine was waiting for us. We had Siddu, a Himachali bread is made in the form of a stuffed ball, and Mash Dal along with Mutton. The best part of Himalayan Eco Resort is that the food served here is very hygienic, organic and prepared like home.
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Post lunch and rest for some time we went to Oorja, the in-house spa at the resort. The spa offers massage services by trained professionals and is a must post the trek. The evening again followed the same ritual followed by dinner.
This was our last day at the resort and we had to start our journey back home post lunch. We wanted to make the most of the half day we had here and spent a good time enjoying breakfast. Post the breakfast we enjoyed the cultural performances by the local kids. They presented some very nice song and dance performances that made our day. The staff at the Himalayan Eco Resort is mostly local but they are always keen to make their guests comfortable. Special thanks to Anita Ji for managing the property so well. After good two days of recharging ourselves, it was time to head back home.
The 3 days spent at the Himalayan Eco Resort were a much-needed break for us. We lived in the valley, enjoyed the beauty of the mountains, had some good homemade food and talked to each other like never before. As the resort did not have any network connectivity for most of the service providers it was a break from the social media and internet as well. Recharged and rejuvenated, we are back to work now!
Carnoustie Himalayan EcoResort offers Dome-shaped Rooms and Cottages each at 7000INR/night including all meals.
The Dome-shaped rooms are very warm and cozy while the cottages are facing the valley.
Carnoustie Himalayan Eco Resort also offers a complete Guest House for the family which has 3 rooms on a twin sharing basis. The two rooms are very spacious along with an attached washroom and the third room is very cozy. The guest house has a living cum dining area and can be a perfect fit for a private family stay. The tariff for the guest house is 10000INR/night including all meals.
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