This grand mansion of Landour was built in 1840, when Captain G.N. Cauthy had purchased a 2-acre patch in the quiet hills of Landour. He had named it after a book-length poem of Sir Walter Scott which described the heroic battles fought near the Rokeby castle in England-
“I saw his melancholy smile,
When, full opposed in front, he knew,
Where Rokeby’s kindred banner flew..”
As Ruskin Bond said, it is truly a great place to meet old friends, for some time or the other they all end up at Rokeby Manor.
So if the pandemic has taken too much of a toll on you, Rokeby Manor is a destination you can surely consider escaping to, for a holiday. And when the crisp mountain winds touch your head, you might come back with a livelier breath and a much-needed relief.
Even better, they have maintained the best social distancing norms that one could ever think of based on industry standards.
Rokeby Manor is in a green zone - Since Rokeby Manor is in Mussoorie which is a green zone, all cafes and restaurants are open around for dine in. The feeling of moving away from a red zone city like Mumbai to Mussoorie was heavenly. I felt like life had breathed back to me again.
There is a COVID emergency team at the Rokeby Manor - Every room has an information board stuck on it, signed by the General Manager. It informs everyone about COVID safety norms at the property and also has numbers of an emergency response team specially for COVID. Knowing that the property was maintaining social distancing norms made me feel much safer.
The property takes special care of the staff - One thing I love about Rokeby Manor is that they treat the staff at the property just like family. At Rokeby Manor, they place special disposable bags on the dining table so that the staff does not come in contact with used tissues. This was a truly unique measure to protect the staff. The property does not only go an extra mile in caring about their guests, but also about their staff.
Everyone at the property maintains social distancing - The staff at thr property stays in a special staff quarter which is isolated. It makes everyone feel much safer at the property because the staff is not coming in contact with anyone else. Social distancing was maintained at the property as per government regulations.
Despite being a green zone, everyone is wearing masks - Interestingly, though the property is located in a green zone, with no COVID cases around at all, everyone still wears masks and maintains social distancing.
Overall, the Rokeby Manor is where you need to be if you want to spend a nice, stress free weekend. You will feel like you are a part of a fiction book. There is so much more that is happening in this world. Not in the Red Zones. Life hasn’t changed much in the hills, except people wearing masks. Go to the hills to feel alive again.