This 19th Century Boutique Homestay In Shimla Was Once The Home Of A Princess

by Sanjana Shenoy
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How’d you like to stay in a fairytale-like cottage surrounded by lofty pine trees, bathed in fresh white snow? Well, you don’t have to travel all the way to Europe for a book-like adventure. Just head to Shimla’s Jungle House. Nestled 7700 feet on Jakhu Hill, this wooden cottage carries a regal history that goes back to the 19th century. Jungle House was once the home of HH Princess Kusum of Bharatpur and it has stood the test of time. Read on to know why you must stay here.

Shimla’s Jungle House Was Once Home To A Princess

The one-of-a-kind boutique homestay, Jungle House blends history, luxury and comfort. The wood and stone cottage has witnessed the British Raj era, India’s Independence and the origin of Himachal Pradesh. It housed a local shepherd, an English settler and then went into the hands of royalty, Princess Kusum of Bharatpur. The cottage during the winter looks nothing less than a fairytale as it’s covered in snow. It boasts of colonial architecture, a sprawling rose garden perfect for picnics and a quiet reading area for bibliophiles.

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The Rooms Offer Blend Of Colonial Architecture & Modernity

When it comes to the rooms, the Jungle House has two stunning suites that has the perfect amalgamation of the modern colonial architecture style. While the estate has been renovated to bring in modernity and an extra dose of comfort to guests, its old-world charm has been retained. You’re assured of utter privacy, luxury and a chance to visit the past. The rooms come with unparalleled views of pine trees, a lush green garden and the deep jungles. The cosy wooden interiors, intricately woven carpets and the warm yellow lighting give the rooms an extra special feeling. You can book this cottage for two starting from ₹20,500 onwards, this includes breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner.

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Enjoy Afternoon High-Tea With Assorted Cakes, Sandwiches & More

If you’re staying in an abode that once housed a princess, you’d better expect hospitality that befits royalty. A personal butler at Jungle House will tend to all your needs. The house that once organised lavish dinner parties and afternoon tea will cater to your culinary cravings. Expect dishes made of family-secret recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For afternoon high tea, savour a lovely selection of tea, perfectly complemented by an assortment of tea cakes, sandwiches with homemade jam and more. In fact, you can also ask the kitchen staff to pack you an English picnic hamper for your excursions in the woods. So, lovely travel enthusiasts, do visit Jungle House in Shimla to live out your fairy tale fantasies.


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