The Oberoi Wildflower Hall

The Oberoi Wildflower Hall, a Mountain Palace in the Himalayan Wilderness

Geologists tell that several eons of time ago, the Himalaya Mountains were raised up by the subcontinent of India smashing into the continent of Asia. The Himalayas are still rising taller, as the centuries go by, and meanwhile, in the north of India, we have the benefit of viewing some of the most glorious skyscraping peaks in the history of the planet. The foothills of the Himalayas are filled with beautiful dark forests, and in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, just ten or so miles from the capital city of Shimla, at the highest peak of the Shimla Reserve Forest sanctuary, there stands a grand hotel fit for a king, known as the Oberoi Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas.

The Hall was once the home of Lord Kitchener and served as a summer palace for the colonial rulers until independence. Today the building perches above the city of Shimla, and its five stories of rooms offer some of the most exhilarating views of the peaks of the Himalayan approaches. Built in a Tudor style that admits of Indian influence, Wildflower Hall is a large operation, and it offers some of the best luxury services in India. Your concierge will be glad to arrange bespoke tours and activities for you, and the lobby offers guests a fine library, while tennis courts are available outside for sports lovers. The hotel also offers a 64-foot-long indoor heated swimming pool, as well as an outdoor infinity whirlpool, both offering splendid views of the surrounding mountains. The grounds of the hotel cover about twenty-three acres, all located at 8250 feet above sea level, and are filled with gardens and cedar forest that beg for exploration.

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