So where is Jilling Estate? This is a place 30kms from Nainital lake.This is a resort with a crossover of a homestay….or the other way round. Whichever way, you look at it – it is a good experience. It fulfills your need to be left alone or stay connected, together. It fulfils your need to trek or be saddled on a horse, to reach the destination. It fulfils your need to listen to electronic music or the music of nature. It fulfils your need to be in luxury or simplicity. So go ahead and take your pick.
You could reference the details below should you plan to visit the place.
The Route :
- New Delhi –
- Hapur –
- There is a McDonalds/Domino stop at Salarpur.
- It is at 60kms mark after you cross Hapur.
- Note for ladies: :There are few clean wash rooms ahead in the journey, so plan well.
- The next proper washroom could be in Haldwani.
- Rampur (turn left off National Highway) –
- Bad stretch of road : Sedan /low ground clearance vehicle drivers be extremely careful.
- Average speed goes down to 20kmph.
- This is almost a 25kms stretch of big potholed road
- Traffic of nearby villages adds to the woes.
- However, this is better than the alternative stretch which is almost un-motorable!
- Rudrapur –
- Haldwani –
- Expect congested city traffic.
- You can stop at Udipiwala – great vegetarian ( south Indian) food place.
- There is a Lavazza next door as well.
- This could be your luch stop if you plan
- The steep hill climb starts from this point onwards.
- Kathgodam –
- Ranibagh (turn right) to Bhimtal –
- Khutani (turn right at tri-junction) –
- Chanfi –
- Padampuri Bridge
|From||Depart||To||Distance||Time taken||Arrive||Location||Pit Stop Time||Remarks|
|Gurgaon||04:30||Hapur||92.9||2 hours||06:30||Reach Hapur||15 mins.||There is a good|
|Hapur||06:45||Moradabad||105||1 hour 45 mins||08:30||Reach Moradabad|
|Moradabad||08:30||Rampur||31.1||45 mins.||09:15||Reach Rampur||15 mins.||
|Rampur||09:30||Haldwani||77.4||2h hour 30 mins||12:00||Reach Haldwani||45 mins||
|Ranibag||13:10||Bhimtal||17.6||45 mins.||14:00||Reach Bhimtal||20 mins||
|Bhimtal Liquor Store||14:20||Padampuri Bridge||15.2||45 mins.||15:00||Reach Padampuri Bridge||
|Padampuri Bridge||15:00||The Silent Trail||3.5||1 hour 30 mins.||17:00||Reach Silent Trail.||Whew!|
|Total||352kms||9 hours||1 hour 35 mins.|
On reaching Padampuri.:
Tip : if you are not a trekked – stick to the horse. Remember to carry at least 2 water bottles.
On reaching Silent Trail :
Your first view is of the nursery on your left and the dining terrace in front. Once you enter the main hall, it seems like a large living room , with a dinning table on the far side overlooking the hills through the glass panels. There is a good home theater with some nice classical music being played and a television : which is muted.! Its only demand that the volume is turned on.
There is flowing water , cold water at all times.This is a solar heated facility, so youve got to let the water run for about 5 or 10 mins before the hot water starts to flow in.
Do not get freaked out by the occasional spider – remember this is a dense forest area.
considering it is on a higher ground and you can see the mountain sitting in the pool. So remember to get your swimming trunks.
is the only option. Remember to check your data roaming option open.
There is largely a vegetarian affair for lunches and a mix of non-vegetarian during dinners. It is not a typical rich ,oily-greasy food.It is more like a simple home cooked meal cooked in front of you
while the hostess over sees the preparations.Yes, children could get pasta’s and mashed potatoes as well. This flavour of food will appeal to those who prefer a non-spicy diet.However, spice can be added
on request. Most of the vegetables are procured from their farm which houses a greenhouse to grow vegetables. Quality of veges are quite good.note the tang in the onion! Good indian pickles and chutney
are available as well. Breakfast : cereals,parathas and puri-subzi – are common along with yoghurt or milk or tea. Various egg preprations are available on request.
where you could get a nice view and get your barbecue done there.
in the vicinity.It is a dense forest area so there will be wild animals.However, if you are inside there should not be a problem other than the Langoor playtime during
the mornings on top of the dinning area. They have 3 dogs who alert if an unwated visitor is in the vicinity.
before they actually ask.Quite intuitive and very warm and friendly.There is a lot of personalized care she takes for all the guests in cooking preferences, narrating experiences
or simply listening to all the tales people share on a vacation.
My asks and expectations would vary accordingly.So if you plan your trip as a luxury resort then you will be surprised to see a home stay like feel, and if you only plan a
homestay vacation then you are likely to be surprised as well.
Food Options : again if homestay is the standard – then its pretty much okay – if luxury is the standard then there needs to be lot many more options.
There needs to be a lot more meat options in continental preparations. Perhaps a bit of Chinese options as most Indians prefer “Chinese food” as a prefered
alternative.Likewise, deserts could have a wider variety.
a public holiday or something similar) they might provide you with some limited alcohol. There is an option to send someone from the property to the base camp or Bhimtaal to get some alcohol – but it
is a bit impractical and too time consuming. So please check before you arrive and get your own.
But they can provide starters or munchies if you wish to have with your drink. Like I would prefer a wine selection , considering the location and the ambience
is tailor fit to sip a bordeaux while you watch the stars.