It was a quick short getaway for a much needed break to The Glasshouse on the Ganges – a Neemrana property. Nestled in couple of acres, it is situated right on the banks of gushing river Ganges.
It is a comparatively modern property amongst the Neemrana stable and the huge glass windows bring in the river right into the rooms.
The rooms are aptly named after various rivers of India, with high ceilings, canopied beds and with most of the rooms having their own terrace or sitout.
Huge bamboo trees, litchi and mango orchards, various other trees and shrubs create a luxury of lush greenery making this an oasis of peace and tranquillity. The main building was a hunting lodge of Maharajas of Tehri-Garhwal and the trees are said to be originally planted by them.
Waking to the chirping of birds, the sounds of Ganga rushing from the hills to the valley, and the twice daily arati in the small temple within the property complex makes the day move slowly. The nights bring in cacophony of various insects against the background of sounds of flowing water from the brooks and the river.
The food is simple with local flavours made with local ingredients, the spread limited but freshly cooked. The dal and mutton curry I had was absolutely delicious made in local style. As also was the freshly baked multi grain bread to be had with locally sourced cheese and jams produced in Kumaon region. They brew a special coffee infused with ginger and lemongrass and it’s must have for its delicious aroma that leaves you refreshed.
The best part of the property is a small river bed of fine white sand, following a small trail down one can wade into the really cold river water, take a dip or just sit on the rocks and dip your feet in the Ganges and contemplate. The flow of river is still quite strong here and the waves come with small force to this beach, but the surrounding greens moutains all around where your eyes can reach make this the perfect holiday lazing spot.
And to cap the whole experience, just check out the Forest Essentials spa within to soothe the tiring muscles.
The amenities are basis so one needs to carry your own toothbrush and slippers though the toiletries provided are of Forest Essentials.
The summers are hot and humid so not a great time to visit this place. The monsoon season cause lot of small and big landslides thus making the hilly road a little treacherous.
The autumn and winters would be perfect weather so that one can sit in the verandas facing the river and listen to the sounds of nature. With a cup of masala chai (or coffee) and a book for company.
All in all, it is a great place for a short drive from Delhi-NCR to rejuvenate the body and the mind.