Cool and Calm Holiday at Woodsmoke, Shoghi, Shimla

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Photo of Cool and Calm Holiday at Woodsmoke, Shoghi, Shimla by Chander Malhotra
Photo of Cool and Calm Holiday at Woodsmoke, Shoghi, Shimla by Chander Malhotra
Photo of Cool and Calm Holiday at Woodsmoke, Shoghi, Shimla by Chander Malhotra
Photo of Cool and Calm Holiday at Woodsmoke, Shoghi, Shimla by Chander Malhotra
Photo of Cool and Calm Holiday at Woodsmoke, Shoghi, Shimla by Chander Malhotra

Woodsmoke, Shogi is thirteen kilometers from Shimla the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is a beautiful holiday resort.

Looking at the resort I wondered at the amount of effort, time and dedication that must have gone into converting a raw hill into a prime and desirable vacation resort. My conclusion is that a Gargantuan effort was made into creating this place; a great piece of entrepreneurship. What could be better than creating a hospitality infrastructure for future generation out of thin air or rather a barren rocky hill.

We have to turn right from Shogi onto a steep road towards Anandpur to reach Woodsmoke. The journey is pleasant on new roads and it is made easier by two bye- passes avoiding the bottlenecks of Kalka and Solan.

Arriving at the pleasantly landscaped resort, we were helped by a parking attendant in selecting a proper niche on the sloped parking. A number of attendants whisked our baggage away to our allotted rooms on the ledge of the hill. The resort is placed neatly on the side of a hill. Stone steps give access to various levels of the hotel.

We discovered a beautifully equipped spa; a pool table and a ping pong table. Right above our two rooms was a leisure area designated as The Attic. It had a tiny library for children, a carrom board and a chess board. There was a guitar too but it seems somebody had broken three strings. Next time I will carry my own strings.

Our room had a patio where we could admire the scenic view and have tea and chat. One side of our room had a wide glass window with a cinemascope and panaromic view of the hills.

We were bowled over by the superb service of the polite staff.

The restaurant which was a number of steps below our ledge served as a location for a sumptuous breakfast. We had a great choice from both Indian and Continental cuisine. At dinner time the meat platter was excellent and it was combined ably with a paneer dish for vegetarians. 

Woodsmoke is definitely a place to go to again and again.

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