” There are no shortcuts to any place worth going”

-Beverly Sills

The above saying rightly explains the plight of trekking up to a place not accessible by any vehicle but your feet. For example take this stunningly beautiful 80 year old cottage Chestnut House, located at a height of 7000 ft in a lesser known, beautiful part of the Kumaon Himalayas. Reaching to this oasis of wellness invites along a steep trek of an hour and half hugged by breathtaking vistas of the forests adorned with bountiful birds, blooming flowers, rich and plump berries and the friendly fauna here and there to say a hello.

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Matial Village – The starting point of the Trek. Porter carrying the luggage.

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Sindhu – the Horse

 

The trek begins from Matial village where your car is parked safely and where the porters and Sindhu – the resident chestnut-hued horse meet to greet you, and ferry you to the property. Before you make your way uphill, your luggage is swiftly loaded onto Sindhu. One guide will share the walk with you carrying along with himself the freshly made nimbu pani to keep you hydrated as you will huff and puff your way up to the winding path. Its a tough trek but the perspective you will have of this magnificent natural wonder will more than make up for it.

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Way to Jilling

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Sun playing Peek-a-boo through the Hills

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Scenic Mountain Views

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Chestnut House, Jilling Terraces

” When everything feels like an uphill struggle , just think of the view from the top.”

-Anonymous

 

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‘ How much time more’ – In an hour, you will began shooting this question to the guide walking along with you and each time you pop the question you will get the same reply   ” Bas aa gaye mam, 15 min aur “.  His fitting reply will keep you going in a hope that the next turn will be your final destination and in some time you will witness the Chestnut House – the stone cottages at Jilling, peeking out from behind the mist and trees.

Some Tips for the Trek

  1. Carry as little as possible but choose that little with care.
  2. Don’t tease animals if you encounter any, they are living in their natural habitat. Think about in this way: Would you like if they come to your house and start doing random stuff??
  3. Wear clothes that will keep you camouflaged. The weather here turns unpredictable at times. You will think of a pleasant sunny morning but the rain showers may come to surprise you.
  4. If you happen to visit the property during monsoons , make sure to stretch your socks over your pants to prevent the entry of leeches. Leech bites are almost painless, and accompanied by secretion of an anticoagulant, so the first clue to their presence may be an expanding red stain in your socks or clothing, or the squelch of blood in your boots.
  5. Don’t give up if you are exhausted, push through it and train your body to adjust to nature. A positive outlook can help you stay focused and enjoy the experience.

       “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark

“Out of the city and over the hill,
Into the spaces where Time stands still. “

                                                               – Ruskin Bond

Detox your soul from the urban chaos and experience the thrill of cruising the mountain roads from New Delhi to Nainital. There is something about the view of from a window seat that makes your heart soar. The wind in your hair, the road blurring under the wheel, the ever- changing horizon , the varied colors of the sky and the song playing in your car.The buttery smooth drive will merge with the many wonders of this magical little town to offer an enriching experience.

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Whether its a special occasion, or a quiet sojourn with a loved one, a perfect setting with the therapeutic thrills of nature is all you need to rejuvenate. Come , soak in the priceless experiences combined with signature treatments at Jilling Terraces, a Himalayan retreat that let you reconnect with yourself.

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Sitting on the verandah of the stunning 80 year old Colonial cottage at Jilling Terraces, you can soak up the breathtaking surroundings as the warm breeze brings the sweet smell of blooming flowers. The atmosphere here is so tranquil and calm. The moment you will put your first foot here, after an hour long trek, you will instantly know it is special. Light-filled interiors and bright pops of color complement the rooms of the Chestnut House. The junior suites provide breathtaking views of the snow clad mountains , additional sitting areas, handcrafted furnishings, warm lightnings, and ample natural light.

Wrapped in the arms of nature, blessed with enchanting beauty , lush green valleys, dancing waterfalls, crystal clear rivers and graced by lofty mountains , Jilling Terraces is a store house of natural wealth.

The snow capped peaks of the Himalayas are gleaming , the fragrant forests are standing silent, the bonfires are crackling. Immerse yourself in the local culture of Kumaon, experience and discover the joy of the carefully crafted mountain retreat that you will remember for a lifetime. Don’t let your age, size, fitness level or skill stop you from discovering the power of travel.

 

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. 

-Rainer Maria Rilke

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.

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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.

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Photo Credit – Vaibhavi Rana

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Photo Credit – Sai Vivek

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Photo Credit – Sai Vivek

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Photo Credit – Sai Vivek

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.

 

 

 

Black Lored Tit

Black Lored Tit

Black headed Jay

Black Headed Jay

Chestnut bellied Rock Thrush - Male

Chestnut Bellied Rock Thrush

Chestnut bellied Rock Thrush Juvenile

Chestnut Bellied Rock Thrush Juvenile

Brown Fronted Woodpecker

Brown Fronted Woodpecker

Grey Headed Canary Fly Catcher

Grey Headed Canary Fly Catcher

Grey Treepie

Grey Treepie

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 between hiking and bird watching.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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