The season of colors is here. And as the dark and gloomy winter months gave way to the brightest and most colorful Spring months, travelers from all across the world descend on Uttarakhand to enjoy its vivid colors. The nip of winter, the colors of spring, the severity of summer, the glorious-grey of the monsoon and the bareness of autumn all acquire a different dimension when experienced from the Chestnut House of Jilling Terraces, an 80 year old colonial cottage standing tall amidst the South Gola range of Himalayas in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.
The trees which are endemic to the region and typically grows wild, makes this mountain retreat come alive every March with its delicate reds and pinks. Every spring, Jilling Terraces transforms into a floral landscape, as the rhododendron trees come into bloom in shades of pink, white, and red. The forest bursting with outsized blossoms draw an unending stream of songbirds and butterflies, filling the air with music and floral scents.
Ensconced in the uphills of Matial Village, and inspired by the beautiful flowers and mouthwatering berries of the region, the Chestnut House of Jilling Terraces gracefully blends a contemporary look juxtaposed with modern-day luxuries. Watching the traces of spring taking its form in Jilling , can’t trigger any emotion but happiness. No matter with what mood to step into this Himalayan wonder, it will welcome you in all its glory making its own statement , carpeting your way to tranquility and calmness.
Let the luxurious colonial ambiance of the Chestnut House embrace you. Surrounded by sprawling flora , the magnificence of the balcony, is the ideal place to relax and unwind.
Enjoy the privacy of its luxury rooms and suites, in the main building , constructed in the early 90s and later refurbished with choicest furnishings and warm lightnings. Savor the delicately crafted cuisine , typical of the region, concocted by the chefs with the fresh and local produce of the region. Relax at the tastefully upholstered dining hall , pick a book of your choice, play the board games or just sit and let the blissful feeling of living amidst the Himalayas sink in.
Once you visit Jilling, it stays with you forever.
*Sukriti Khandelwal is a lifestyle blogger, with a demonstrated history of working in the arts and travel industry. Her interest lies in reading, writing and watching films. Find more of her writings here.