The White Peaks, Uttarakhand
With Delhi witnessing heavy smog and the surety of more sound and light with Diwali weekend coming up, this may just be the best time for humans with pets to take a clean, green break. Here are six stays where our feathered and furry family can enjoy the season’s festivities too.
Pet-friendly getaways from Delhi
The Den Corbett Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand
Sprawled over 13 acres of reserve forest, The Den Corbett Reserve Forest welcomes pets with an off-leash play area, a river-facing cafe with a special pet menu and the option of a suite with a designated pet area. Most of the 53 suites have an operational fireplace and private balcony or sitout. Book the treehouse for a chance to spot animals and birds, and pick the den villa with a private pool for more privacy. The superior suites are cottages that come with a designated area for your pooch, and star-gazing beds to take in the night skies. The restaurant and cafe menus are ovo-vegetarian, and include a Kumaoni thali. Doubles from Rs4,500 per night; complimentary pet beds available on request. Website.
MeenaBagh Ratnari, Himachal Pradesh
A third-generation apple orchard cocoons the wood-panelled, mud-plastered bungalow of MeenaBagh Ratnari. The typical Himachali build underlines the green focus, which extends to rainwater harvesting and recycling water, upcycled furniture and an organic garden that fuels the kitchens. Pets are welcome, and animal lovers will appreciate the house cats, dog, chickens and sheep. While MeenaBagh Ratnari lies 85km from Shimla, the sister property in the city (doubles from Rs4,000) comes with a terrace where pooches can run around. Doubles from Rs6,900 per night. Website.
Emerald Trail, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand
Nine cottages with orchard and mountain views are spread across four acres, each with private lawns that are fenced to ensure neighbourly relations between pets. The rooms come with bowls and beds for pets, and their meals are home-cooked and can be customised. Plus, there’s a local vet on hand. Solar-powered electricity, water conservation and local construction all add to the property’s eco cred. Emerald Trail is about a half-hour from Bhimtal Lake, a hub for resident and migratory birds, and the outdoorsy can go trekking, boating and fishing. There’s lots to do at the property too, from indoor and outdoor games and farm experiences (cows, dogs, hens and rabbits keep company) to stargazing. Doubles are Rs3,500 per night. Website.
Tree of Life Jaipur, Rajasthan
A 30-minute drive from Jaipur city and nestled in the Aravallis, Tree of Life Jaipur offers 13 villas spread across seven acres. Made of sandstone and lime, the villas feature private lawns with an outdoor sunken tub or pool. Dine poolside or at the restaurant, which serves local and international fare. There’s a special pooch area with a bed and food and water bowls. The Pawsome menu features combinations of meats and veggies, and the minibar is stocked with special treats and grooming items. The Pawsome Holidays package includes a two-night stay and pet meals from Rs19,900; blackout dates apply, more here. Website.
The White Peaks, Uttarakhand
A two-bedroom mountain cottage ensconced in silver oak forests, The White Peaks is just the retreat for creatives, birdwatchers and pet owners. Home-cooked meals are available for two-legged and four-legged guests. Cosy up with one of the books from the house library or settle beside the fireplace or out in the courtyard to soak in the serene, snowy Himalayan views. For the outdoorsy, there are walking trails, forest hikes and day trips to nearby lakes, waterfalls and temples. Rs4,000 per guest per night with all meals included, or Rs8,000 for the cottage with meals. Homemade meals for the pet are Rs700 per day. Website.
Himachal Heritage Village, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
Wood-and-stone cottages look out onto the Dhauladhar Range at Himachal Heritage Village in Palampur. Pets are welcome as long as they aren’t aggressive to guests or the house lawns and don’t share the bed. Make the most of the outdoors: the property has spacious lawns and offers archery, air-rifle shooting and badminton, and is close to Bir-Billing. Enjoy Himachali food, and for a special occasion, order the Kangri Dham, which is prepared in brass and copper vessels on a wood fire. Doubles from Rs3,500 per night. Website.