Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas an Oberoi Resort

Shimla, India

At a Glance

  • Run by The Oberoi group with superb standards of service

  • The views are simply to die for and even better in January when it snows

  • Characterful bar that has almost a Scottish country retreat feel about it, and a snooker room

  • Wonderful spa offering a range of treatments

  • Easy access to Shimla, a 45-minute drive away, before retreating back to the hotel at night

  • A range of outdoor activities from hiking, mountain biking and white water rafting

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Best time to Visit

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Shimla's salubrious climate helps make it a year-round destination. Though Shimla has pleasant climate throughout the year, it experiences cold winters. The temperatures can drop to sub-zero conditions during the peak winter season. The best time to visit Shimla would be October to November and from March to May. It is advisable not to visit Shimla during monsoons as the place has a history of having landslides every now and then.

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Insider's View

The freshly caught Kullu trout is always one to look out for on the menu,

Try out their cookery course, it amazing to see how food boils differently at altitude!

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas an Oberoi Resort or take a look at our itineraries to Himalaya

Description

Wildflower Hall was once the estate of Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, and is located about 13kms from the hill station of Shimla on top of a knoll overlooking a backdrop of high Himalaya and rolling foothills. A perfect mountain retreat.

Wildflower Hall is nestled at an altitude of 8250ft above sea level set in 23 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar.

From the elegant suites and rooms every guest has spectacular views over the cedar forests and mountain ranges. Every room has a spacious marble bathroom with separate shower and walk-in closets and personalized butler service. Three Deluxe Suites feature a separate living room with a fireplace. In addition, the very grand Lord Kitchener Suite has a four-poster bed in the master suite and a second bedroom. Guest rooms are appointed with teak floors, hand-knotted rugs and rich furnishings which reflecting the colonial heritage of the hotel and respect the traditional skills of local craftsmen. All rooms feature a personal bar, satellite television and DVD player and direct dial telephones with dataport. Three interconnecting sets of rooms are available at the resort. 24 hours in-room dining, same day laundry and dry cleaning and 24 hour butler service all add to the exceptional standard of services guests enjoy at Wildflower Hall.

The two restaurants offer the choice of fine international cuisine and traditional Indian cooking, or simply relax with a quiet drink in the timeless elegance of The Cavalry Bar.

You'll also find a world class Oberoi Spa at Wildflower Hall which offers holistic treatments based on Ayurvedic, Asian and Western therapies to relax, rejuvenate and inspire. With tranquil views through lush green cedar and pine forests, the Spa Pavilions offer stressed out guests a peaceful haven in which to revitalise themselves, both inside and out.

There is a multitude of opportunities to enjoy the natural surroundings. You could take day treks through the mountains, raft over the surging River Sutlej, mountain bike along Himalayan paths or take a horse ride at a more leisurely pace.

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Accommodation

Wildflower Hall offers 83 rooms and suites with spectacular views over the cedar forests and mountain ranges. Every room has a spacious marble bathroom with separate shower and walk-in closets and personalized butler service. Amenities include a personal bar, satellite television, DVD player and WiFi.

Childcare

Wildflower Hall is located in mountainous terrain. For reasons of safety, it is not suitable for children below 10 years old. Therefore, the hotel as a policy, does not accept reservations for families traveling with children below the age of 10 years.

Facilities

Facilities at the hotel include 24 hour in-room dining, business center, beauty salon, laundry and valet service, indoor heated swimming pool, steam & sauna room, Spa and fitness center. The Restaurant offers Pan Asian and Continental dishes, Lutyens offers specialty Indian cuisine and the Cavalry Bar offers a full range of wines and spirits.

Activities

The hotel offers complimentary activities including swimming, use of the fitness center and guided walks. Activities charged at an additional cost include rafting, mountain biking and horse riding.

Reviews

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Daniel Smith (Staff)

I have now visited Wildflower Hall twice, and each time, I love it more and more. It is about 40 minutes from Shimla (some 4-5 hours drive from Chandigarh) and I feel its worth the extra travel. It feels so intimate and inviting, and I find the staff here some of the best from any Oberoi Hotel. It has a little bit of a Scottish retreat feel about it, with a touch of the colonial and a dash of indulgent luxury. The Spa, for instance, is superb. There are many walks which you can do, and you can also wander down into Shimla when you want. Make sure you spend at least three days here, but I could quite easily escape for a week. We do understand there will be some amazing new developments at Wildflower Hall launching in 2011..

Experiences

  • Colonial Heritage Tour

    This walk offers a glimpse of Shimla’s faded but glorious history and takes in lots of old colonial architecture.

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Location & directions

Shimla, India

Located at an altitude of 2,500 meters (8,250 feet), Wildflower Hall is a picturesque 45-minute drive over a 13 km distance through forested hills from Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh.

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