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Wed, 26 Sep – Thu, 27 Sep (1 Night) | 1 Room | 1 Guest
Sanctuary, Jilling Estate, Padampuri, Bhimtal , 263136 | Show on Map
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Silent Trail is a small but exquisite resort located in the quite and pristine oak forest of Jilling near Padampuri in Uttrakhand, only 25 km away from Nainital. Nestled 6000 feet up in the mountains, one has to essentially reach the lodge by foot or by pony, through terrace farms and oak jungles , distance from the base point is 3.5 km ( approx).
The resort comprises of the original stone bungalow and the annexes which include a glass enclosed solar heated swimming pool. The views on one side of the property stretches down to the plains, through the foot hills and on the other side, are the iced peaks of the Himalayas, the Nanda Devi range looks up close on a clear day.
The rooms are simple yet luxurious with modern day facilities. Great food is prepared by our chefs, the 100% organic ingredients sourced from our very own green houses. The conservatory is a glass building and includes an exterior viewing deck and fireplace that looks out into the hills, books and journals, state of the art home theatre system and a dining area.
The place is a bird watchers haven, and an ideal place to just throw back ones hair and relax.
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by SBahl on July 26, 2018
Silent Trail is unequivocally my favourite retreat in the mountains now. It's on the Jilling Estate/ mountain, which ensures that it is secluded and not easily accessible (be prepared for a 20-30 min walk up the mountain to get there), it's set up very tastefully and beautifully (the deck and living area in particular), serves great food, and has extremely amiable and helpful staff. But what makes it very special is the host, Radhika, and her wonderful daughters. They make you feel welcome, and go out of their way to do make you comfortable. Sample this - I felt like cake, and the younger daughter made me one of the most delicious chocolate cakes I've ever eaten, and then even packed one for me on way back. The rooms are simple, clean, and comfortable, and the entire experience is totally value-for-money. I've been here a couple of times now, and know that I will be going back here often. Can't recommend this enough. PS They have the best book collection I have ever seen in a resort/ hotel, passed on down the ages.
by S_Nambudiri on May 27, 2018
We've just returned from the most wonderful 5 days in Jilling. This is not the type of holiday we usually take - as a family, our holidays tend to be very active and the up-and-about kinds, so we were not quite sure what to expect when we booked our stay here. The start was testing - we took a very late night flight into Delhi and after a few sleepless hours in Delhi took the Shatabdi to Kathgodam. The drive up from Kathgodam is much longer than what Google suggests - took us 2 hrs 15 mins at least. It's after this that the climb up to the property confronted my wife, my 18 yr old, my 12 yr old, and me. That's when the magic started. A taxing trek was made interesting with the guidance and gentle coaxing of Puran-ji. Our tiredness fell away as different parts of the property revealed themselves, ivy-clad walls, colourful flowers everywhere, the sights and sounds of mountain magpies and several other birds, a stunning view of the pine forest and the valley below from the deck and a sunlit welcoming conservatory adorned with the largest and most eclectic book collection I have seen in my life. Even at 3.30 pm, a hot lunch was waiting for us. 2 of the rooms below and behind the conservatory (Bunker and Birdbath) were made available to us as soon as they were ready. We then spent the next 4 & 1/2 days doing nothing - and we sure did a lot of it. We read the books in the conservatory. We took walks around the hilltop, up to the temple, out towards the ridge at the back, and a long eventful walk into the pine forest with Chandravallabh-ji that gave us the chance to collect pine cones, see langur and wildfowl, and sample dozens of Ka Fal (Bay Berry) plucked fresh from the tree. We sat on a bed of pine needles and saw a vibrant yet stunningly peaceful sunset. We swam in the heated pool till we got spooked by the curious attention of a family of rhesus monkeys. We made friends with the other guests - something that we never ever do - but the place made us be that way. Our kids formed beautiful bonds with the kids of the other guests and especially with Radhika-ji's own 2 daughters. We all played massive rounds of "Bluff" with nearly 25 people in the circle. The kids sang an entire playlist of songs for us one evening. They then got together and decided to bake a chocolate cake and took over the kitchen to do it. The food was good and never in short supply - Muthra-ji was always in the kitchen, ready to entertain timely and untimely requests for tea, coffee, and snacks. The meals were simple, fuss-free, lovingly prepared, and delicious always. The location is inadequately served by the major mobile networks - and neither us nor the kids missed being connected to the world even the slightest. The most stunning experience for me personally was waking up to the impossible sight of barking deer foraging right outside our room window on 2 separate mornings and to add to that an amazing sighting of a family of 3 Barasingha even as we just sat at the famous "Bench". Holding it all together at Silent Trail is the wonderful hospitality of Radhika-ji. This is clearly her home, and we were made to feel that we were visiting a dear friend rather than checking into a hotel. She related nuggets of the history of the place to us and her passion for the hills and their conservation comes shining through in each conversation. I cannot recommend the property enough - go there if you want a memorable hill experience that will stay with you for the ages.
by Trudite on April 4, 2018
We booked a stay in this fancy homestay basis the reviews from past guests, but on the very first night, it became obvious to us that wed made a mistake for, even at 10 PM, the snacks were not ready yet, there were no soft drinks/ juices/ chips/ nibbles etc. for our kids, & there was no sign of the hostess either. She was struck down below at Padampuri, leaving us in the extremely incapable hands of Mathura ji a 23-year veteran of such shoddy service.. when we did get some snacks, 1 pc. Per person is all hed prepared!.... and dinner was subsequently served at 11 PM.. yellow daal, baigan, rice & roti not exactly the menu youd look forward to on your holiday! The story was not very different on day 2 unhelpful & unhappy staff all around and just 6 of them at that to look after 11 guest rooms, a filthy solar-heated pool, & cobwebs in the shower area! Avoid this place if you can. Sadly, most of the reviews do not add up to the reality we saw when we visited!
by MiniR89 on January 31, 2018
We visited Silent Trail in January 2018 with family. its surrounding of forest and top of the hill is perfect location for stay with family. Ms. Radhika, the hostess of this place is very generous and caring. Silent Trail is like heaven on earth.
by Abhik D on October 28, 2017
Let me start by saying that this is not a review of the place. Because The Sanctuary at Jilling is not a place. Its an experience. And you don't review an experience. You just savour it. How else can I define the uniqueness of The Sanctuary? Imagine a mountain lodge which has a living room with glass panels all around with crocodile leather settees occupying a pride of place, a library with a collection of books that will make a Marquez drool, a wooden deck with glass railings and an open fireplace overlooking a valley with a horse chestnut tree dangling its branches daintily over you. Imagine such a place has a solar heated glass panelled swimming pool and another bigger one further up. Imagine that you have a private forest all to yourself, where you can go for your rambling walks without encountering a human soul. Imagine a place so full of birds that even Belinda Wright, the well known wild life photographer and wildlife conservationist, described it as "magical and bird-filled!" (a personal note in a book of birds that I found in the library). Imagine a private temple further up the hill, where you can spend quiet moments in solitude. Then imagine that such a place is only accessible by a 2km uphill walk through a forest trail (most of it owned by The Sanctuary) with another longer route that is 4-1/2kms. Ofcourse, there are horses and Palkis (palanquins) available for those who can't make the walk. Finally, imagine that there's the indomitable owner of this place, Radhika Bhati & her staff looking after you constantly with hospitality standards that need to be benchmarked. Imagine that you are finally coming home. Don't come here if you don't like solitude or nature or if the constant sound of crickets and birds bothers you. Don't come here if 'uninterrupted' wifi and mobile connection is non negotiable for you. I came here with my wife and twins aged 5 years. The kids walked up and down forest trails, breathed fresh mountain air, drew trees and mountains in their drawing books, knew a magpie from a crow, slept early every night and woke up early to chase the birds. If thats something that you and your family seek, then Sanctuary is the place for you.
by Abhik D on October 28, 2017
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