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Thu, 02 Mar – Fri, 03 Mar (1 Night) | 1 Room | 1 Guest
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A short drive from the bustle of Bhimtal lies the verdant hamlet of Jangaliya Gaon quietly but definitely awakening to modern development. One of its highlights is a happy retreat quaintly named Emerald Trail welcoming the seeker of rest and quiet amidst nature. We were a group of eight old friends who took the Shatabdi express from Delhi to Kathgodam and then taxis to cover the final 1.5 hours stretch. The small staff and their menagerie of bhutia dogs and cows welcomed us and helped us to the rooms with our bags. The retreat is spread over three levels on the side of a hill with ample lawns, the top level with two stone cottages, the main chalet - a simple colonial style brick and timber affair with four bedrooms, a living room, dining room with a view of the hills and the kitchen - occupying the middle level and the lower level with a single cottage. The living spaces are cheerfully adorned with paintings, posters and kitschy bric-a-brac and simple, functional furniture. Service is quietly and adequately efficient and the meals tasty and robust. Cellular and data connectivity is sporadic and the in-house wifi keeps pace with the overall unreliability of modern communication. Solar panels provide almost all the electrical power the hot water for bathing is a delight. Lighting after sundown is dim and depressing, the one facility desperately crying for improvement. The best thing to do is to while away the time taking the sun and air on the spacious lawns. Walking a kilometre or so to a truly magnificent pine grove descending to the valley below is the other great pleasure. The intrepid can always risk their lives para-gliding at nearby facilities. In the end Emerald Trail gave us a restful sojourn away from the cares and woes of our city life.
We chose this place because they welcome pets and treat them as guests. No complaints on that front. Doggie was served fresh water, good food, and given a basic mattress. We carried his blanket. they didn't give any blankets for doggie. As far as the Humans are concerned, the place lacks ample facilities, especially during real cold weather. Spell of rain and inadequate sun left us with a freezing room and no hot water from 5 pm in the evening until 12 pm the next day. They rely on solar power.The generator wasn't turned on at night (No light so no heater) and the geyser was not turned on till the last day. We were told there is no geyser. A tad sly, if you ask me. The staff is professional and do their best to make things comfortable. But I am guessing they follow directions. They room given to us was small for 3 adults and a doggie. The washrooms had inadequate lighting. The food served to us was delicious and hearty. Serene environments. Can head for long walks around the property. No real civilization for almost 10 kms. Completely isolated. Strongly advise against traveling in Winters (Dec, Jan, Feb).
I visited ET on the 6th of December 2016. It was our anniversary and I have been looking for a place in the hills which was not too expensive, easy to drive to from Delhi and most important, Dog friendly. I have always had this dream of travelling with my 2 boisterous, ill behaved dogs to a place with open fields and lots of sunshine. Unfortunately, there are not many pet friendly places in India and the ones which are there may have rules which untrained, silly dogs might not pay two hoots to. However, Emerald Trail came as a breath of fresh air. They have fenced cottages which meant I could leave my dogs unleashed without worrying about them running away. The place provided food for my pets. Whatever the diet of your pet is, they will gladly provide it. They also have beds for your pets. The cottages are very clean, bathroom is very clean. You get hot water continuously. The care taker cleans your room everyday and makes your bed. The food is home cooked and is delicious. You can choose between veg and non-veg and between eggs, chicken and mutton or all. We got chicken for lunch, mutton for dinner and eggs for breakfast. Our dogs were given rice and chicken soup with vegetables and roti. The property also is well maintained and very clean. It gets ample sunshine and just 6-8 hours drive from Delhi (depends what time you start) The roads are also well maintained near the property. There are paragliding options near it and some decent cafes about 10 kms drivable distance. Its away from crowded places and general loud populated areas yet close to civilisation in terms of distance from markets and shops. The room had a TV with cable connection. Phone signals were working fine too. The biggest strength of this place is the staff which works very hard to keep you comfortable. They are very courteous and helpful. Its a place near the forest and away from habitation yet they managed to set up a candle light dinner at their gazebo and gave us wild roses (since there isn't any florists available) for our anniversary. The only drawback this place has is that its not wheelchair friendly and may not be suitable for toddlers unless you want to keep a watch on them all the time. Big kids however will enjoy since there is a play area too with swings and slides.
Emerald Trail is among the best places to stay at for people with pets. Pretty views, simple yet lovely rooms, warm and very friendly staff and the food is home cooked and amazing. The resort sits on a turn and has a brilliant view of the valley. We discovered Emerald Trail on the internet and also had this recommended to us by a friend and liked what we read and heard. We spoke with the proprietor and liked what we heard about the property. We have 3 big dogs and a cat hence were recommended the standalone cottage with a fenced off garden. The approach to Bhimtal is mostly great expect for one batch before Rampur(I think) which is quite terrible. The approach to the resort is great and parking is not an issue. The very friendly staff helped us with our luggage, seemed comfortable around our dogs yet were smart enough to check with us if they should handle them, so we knew the staff had experience around dogs. Our cottage was spacious, simple( thank god, so we knew that the dogs wouldn't do any damage) and had a very cosy sit out area with a nice fenced off area attached to cottage. Our dogs loved it plus they can do their business anywhere in the property except for inside the room so you don't have worry about walking the dogs. You can actually walk them when you feel like taking a walk. One of the coolest things was the resorts attitude towards dogs; staff was friendly towards them, there are massive open spaces in case you want your dogs to run or play, they give you great, fresh food for the dogs and ours loved it. The rooms don't have room service, they are clean, nice and warm. We had a great sit out area outsides ours and we pretty much spent most of our 3 days enjoying the view there. The meal timings are fixed and there is a fixed menu however the food is fresh, home cooked, plenty and very well done. We had our meals delivered to our room however they also have these very simple gazebos where you can have your meals. Quite stunning at night when they switch on the fairy lights and during the rain and mist. The resort also has a central cottage and 2 other stand alone cottages which is why it could be a brilliant venue for the great extended Indian family or private functions where you might be the only couple with pets. To summarize we have already planned and booked our next 2 holidays at Emerald Resort and would recommend it to anyone who would like to find a place within driving distance from Delhi where they can go with their pets and/or their entire family.
We visited in march 2016 .. we are 3 couples ... first of all it is very far from Bhimtal too.. it is around 15 to 18 km away you have to move upside ... in nights when you go up from bhimtal there is no signboard to reach there .... it is not recommended at all for night travelers... as you can reach somewhere else as there is no sign board ... ,local people also dont know about so much .. and also who believe in GPS to reach this place will not able to reach there ... Now about place, it is at a great location ... many sports you can play there ... but rooms are small, bathrooms are very very small .. Food is also ok type .. you have to eat that food as there is no alternative there .... if you have a pet especially dog it is highly recommended but if you want to stay at this location and want to go nanital from this place it is not recommended .. as we have done same thing .. we have suffered from this .. around 2 hrs wasted up and down... So only pet lovers can book this . Not for family/couples .
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