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Wildflower Hall Hotel Himachal Pradesh

A great resort located near Shimla, in the region of Chharabra (a small village situated approximately 8250 feet (2514 m) above sea level, 13 km from Shimla, India on National Highway 22 (Hindustan-Tibet Road)), Wildflower Hall is a property of the Oberoi Group (link).
History: The first owner of Wildflower Hall was Mr. G H M Batten, private secretary to Earl Lytton (1876-1880). It was also said to be a favourite retreat of Lord Ripon. The most famous resident of Wildflower Hall (and the 2nd one) was The Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, Lord Kitchener. He spent effort and funds in improving Wildflower Hall, laying out the gardens, planting trees, and flowers. After his return to England, Wildflower Hall in 1909 was sold to Mr. Robert Hotz. After demolishing the old house, Mrs. Hotz erected a fine, three-storey hotel in 1925. After Independence, the hotel was taken over by the Indian Government and the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation ran Hotel Wildflower Hall, till 1993 when the building was completely burnt down due to a short circuit fire. It was after this that the current building took shape, with the Himachal Pradesh Government forming a joint venture with the Oberoi Hotel Group to rebuilt the resort, and start a luxury hotel. The present building is third building of Wild Flower Hall.

Wildflower Hall, Near Shimla, an Oberoi Hotel

Situated at 8,350 feet in the magnificent Himalayas, Wildflower Hall is an equisite luxury resort set in 23 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar. It gives a feeling of the colonial style of architecture combined with high luxury. All guest rooms and public areas overlook the snow-capped mountain ranges and cedar forests, and you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas from here. The building occupies only five percent of the property, allowing guests ample space for walks, privacy and tranquility.

Outdoor activities include trekking, picnics, bird watching, nature walks and riding. River rafting, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding, Trekking, Archery, Ice Skating (in winter) and Golf (at Naldhera) can all be arranged.In Summer, the Resort’s Tennis Court opens. Horses and Ponies are available for hire at the Resort and must be booked in advance. The hotel also has a cards room and a Billiards Room.

Room Details:
Rooms: Each room occupies an area of approximately 42 square meters, and you get all the facilities typically available at a high end resort. There are 81 deluxe rooms. Every room has a spacious marble bathroom with separate shower and walk-in closets and personalised butler service. All rooms feature a personal bar, satellite television and DVD player and direct dial telephones with dataport.
Suites: All suites have an area of approximately 85 square metres. 3 Executive Suites feature a separate living room with a fireplace.
Lord Kitchener Suite: The magnificent Lord Kitchener suite has an area of approximately 110 square metres. This suite has wonderful panoramic views of the Himalayan range. It has a four-poster bed in the master suite and a second bedroom.

Other facilities available at the Resort include: Two restaurants, one serving a range of Pan-Asian and Continental dishes, and an elegant Indian restaurant specialising in traditional Indian cooking (Lutyens). There is a bar called The Cavalry Bar where you can enjoy from 12 noon to 10 PM. The hotel has a great spa (by Banyan Tree), Gym, heated indoor swimming pool, outdoor jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, Yoga. Meetings with complete facilities can be held over here.

The resort is about an hour from Jubbar Hatti Airport at Shimla with regular connections from Delhi. Guests can be met from Chandigarh, Kalka and Shimla railway stations by resort staff in air-conditioned chauffeur driven limousines. Guests arriving by helicopter can land at a helipad which is a three minute drive from the hotel.

Virtual Tour available here (link)
Photos of the hotel and surroundings (link)
More photos from Flickr (link1, Link2, Link3, Link4, Link5, Link6, Link7)

Contact Details:
E-mail address :
Address : Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas,
An Oberoi Resort, Chharabra, Shimla – 171 012,
Himachal Pradesh (India)
Telephone : +91 177 264 8585
Facsimile : +91 177 264 8686

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