Located about 14 Kms from Shimla on the outskirts of Shogi, the little haven known as Oakwood Hamlet rests high above in the Himalayas, miles away from the crowded Shimla. Nestled at an altitude of 5900ft, this lush green property is connected with the main highway and is about 45 minutes ahead of Shimla while driving from Chandigarh.
After an interesting rickety ride down the hill, you enter into the vast premises of this cozy resort. Disguised well by the dark green pine and deodar trees, this is a paradise smudged well by comfort, serenity and wilderness amidst the Himalayas.
The tranquil ambience embraces you the moment you enter the vicinity. If you are looking something off-the-beaten-path with to have an exclusive time with your dear ones engulfed in quietude only to be beckoned by the mountain breeze and euphony of the oak forest, this is definitely the place for you. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the gorgeous mountains, Oakwood hamlet offers you a complete feast to the eye in every direction.
Happily residing on a friendly highland village, the resort on one part, faces dense forested vegetation dotted with quaint mud huts. The other part has been grown into a garden and is filled with mud cottages that are aesthically placed at just the right distance from each other.
The layout of the resort, the sitting area and the restaurant is designed to give marvelous views of the valley across. An unhindered look for miles and the peaks beyond is simply worth experiencing during your stay here. As you relax by the window of your cottage, you also get to see the toy train playing peekaboo with the hills as it makes his way through the unpredictable mountains.
There are 4 options for you to choose from- Family suites, Mud cottage Dix, normal mud cottages and luxury tents. With a mixture of traditional and modernity, the interiors here make you feel a lot like home. Undoubtedly, you are going to forge some really cozy memories in one of its snuggeries.
Luxury tents- (INR 6000 meal plan CP/ INR 7000 meal plan MAP)
mud cottages- (INR 6500 meal plan CP/ INR 7500 meal plan MAP)
Mud cottage Dix- INR 7500 meal plan CP/ INR 8500meal plan MAP)
family suites (3 bedroom)- INR 19,500 meal plan CP/ INR 22,500 meal plan MAP)
Oakwood also offers 2N/3D, 3N/4D for all the suites on CP and MAP basis.
Complimentary activities like trekking, walking and valley crossing are included in these packages.
Oakwood Hamlet has all the modern amenities. Free parking, restaurant, swimming pool, pick-up and drop and a smoking area. It also, includes hot & cold water, a heater in the room as well as a pedestal fan and LCD TV with sat-TV connection.
Breakfast ( as per plan ), Arrival Refreshment, Oakwood Hamlet – Walks & Treks, Organic farming, Complimentary Activities at resort, Swimming pool, Badminton, Cricket, Table Tennis, Snooker, Chess, Carrom-board. Plethora of activities to do inside as well as outside. Indoor activities area is close to the reception.
Oakwood Hamlet is an ideal retreat for a long weekend break away from the city. You can easily plan a stay for more than a couple of days to steadily soak in the warmth of the village and at the same time, enjoy the chill in the air during sunset. We will talk exclusively about the activities that you can enjoy during your stay here in a short while.
The absolute strength of Oakwood Hamlet is it’s staff, comprising Pahadi localites, who are are unobtrusive in nature and happy to help with a genuine eagerness. That’s the thing about folks from the hills, no matter what, they are modest and welcoming to travellers all the time.
The buffets offer basic food but they’re quite flavoursome. Breakfast usually comprises toast, butter and jam, omlette or scrambled eggs, parantha, curd and pickle and tea. Lunch is a veg affair with a choice of veg curries, one dal, rice and chapatis. There is of course salad and pickle offer a decent kick and crunch to your meal. It is topped up with a dessert. For dinner, one of the veg dishes is substituted with a non-veg item. The choice of meals is always in accordance with the requirements of the guests.
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Arriving on the top of a hill after a 2 km uphill trek and passing from one hill to another hill top through village side unpredictable trails can truly fill your senses when you take the opportunity to turn back and gaze at the road you have claimed. The beautiful vistas from up there are simply breathtaking. You would know exactly what we mean if you have been through such an experience.
As you lie back on the green grass and enjoy the serenity which is so uncommon in the cities, you often like to indulge in sweet reveries with nature!
However, the more daring and thrill seekers, you can feel the surge by indulging in nerve wracking activities like rappelling, rock climbing and valley and river crossing on rope bridges! (must try for the adventurous! ) Later, you can calm your nerves ans light up your evenings by spinning to the tunes of the DJ as there are quite a few parties that crop up as the sun goes down.
If you are not much of an explorer though, you can always lie back on the deck chairs, sip on some beers, finish reading your book amidst the charm and serenity of the Himalayas and snug up around the bonfire as you soak in the chill of the hills. Under any circumstances, a stay in the Oakwood is a promised break from the clamorous city buzz.
Oakwood Hamlet is surrounded by famous tourist places near shimla like The Mall, Christ Church, Shimla State Museum, Summer Hill, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Annandale, Tara Devi, Sankat Mochan Temple, Mashobra, Kufri, Junga, Naldehra, Chail, and Arki. Each of these attractions have something for every kind of traveller.
What to bring back from Shogi:
Shogi is a charming little suburb and its folks like to produce delicious fruit products such as juices and jellies, syrups and pickles. Not taking much of your backpack’s space, bring back as many as you can!
Oakwood is simply “unpretentious“. It won’t be a surprise if this place awakens up the artist in you to help you appreciate the marvel that is nature.