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Aamod Resort Shoghi: Unwind in the lap of nature

Waking up to the birds chirping, in the private cottage dotted with pine and oak trees, sipping morning tea & handcrafted cookies with sunrise at the cliff, strolling aimlessly among the tranquil trails, spotting Kalka Shimla toy train from various tunnels, mountain climbing, rappelling and endless conversation with staff of Aamod Resort Shoghi are some of the beautiful memories that have etched in our heart forever.

Entrance to Aamod Resort Shoghi

About Aamod Resort Shoghi

The Aamod Resort Shoghi is a Luxurious eco-friendly retreat tucked in between several feet tall pine and oak trees on NH 22. The resort is 16 kilometers before the hustle bustle of Shimla, completely amidst nature.

Aamod Resort Shoghi

We did this trip, along with our winter expedition to Spiti Valley in January 2018. We were invited by escape Route and hosted by the Aamod Shoghi Resort.

Welcome

As we crossed Dharampur in Himachal, we saw the valley view’s getting widened, the fresh air opening our blocked senses and the roads getting dotted with pine and oak trees. The sky was deep blue with some haze on the mountains, but the sun was ready to say goodbye in an hour or two. After an hour’s drive, we reached the resort and were greeted “Namaste” with folded hands by the staff at the parking.

The staff unloaded our luggage into their private vehicle and took us through the narrow lanes to the resort entrance.

Aamod Resort Shoghi, Entrance

As soon as we stepped down, the first impression was: nicely blended work in the woods, mud layering from outside and dark paneling from inside giving a perfectly traditional and modern feel. The hanging pots outside the open cafe and the use of local elements added a charm to the whole place. The big glass windows inside the restaurant – Colonial were beautifully framed to get the complete view of the jungle around and to bring enough light to the dark furnishings.

Inside Colonial Restaurant: Aamod Resort Shoghi

The check-in formalities were done in seconds while sharing a hot cup of Kahwa with Mr. Harish (General Manager) and from there promptly we were guided to our super deluxe cottage 101.

Aamod Resort

The resort has in total 20 cottages spread on the mountain slopes and tops, without disturbing the forest land. They are categorized into deluxe (11), super deluxe (6), family (2) and family deluxe cottage (1).

The narrow, jungle trails shaded by several feet tall trees, curl up and down in the whole property taking you to the adventure zone, spa, private couple Jacuzzi, Glade (the conference room) and open terrace.

The Cottage

The cottages have been handcrafted well; keeping in mind the comfort, luxury and perfect synchronization with nature. We were put in deluxe cottage 101. It was quite spacious with bespoke furniture and a large patio that overlooked the valley, mountains and a running toy train track underneath.

Super Deluxe Cottage nestled in the woods - Aamod Resort Shoghi

As soon as you enter the cottage, there is a foldable recliner on one end, a king sized bed on other and a wooden closet leading you to the separate toilet and bathroom.

Luxurious Super Deluxe Room at Aamod Resort Shoghi
Super Deluxe Room at Aamod Resort Shoghi

The room is perfectly equipped with all the modern amenities ranging from the bar, hot water kettle, heater, workstation and electric bed warmers etc.

Food

If food is something that keeps your wanderlust awake, then Aamod Resort Shoghi will prove to be the delectable treat for you. They offer lavish buffets in the breakfast, lunch, and dinner or one can order ala-carte too. The buffets specialize from continental, oriental, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Chinese & traditional Himachali cuisines.

Live Kitchen at Aamod Resort Shoghi

We believe that when in Himachal one must feast on the local cuisines. So, do try their Himachali cuisines – in particular, the Mal puddas with Khatti kadu Chatni and Siddus. The aroma of freshly used spices and ingredients, in the cuisines, is enough to tickle your taste buds and further aggravate your hunger.

Mal Purra with Khatti Kadu Chutney: Aamod Resort Shoghi

Aamod Shoghi has a separate bakery section and we loved their Variety. The kiwi crush, marble and chocolate cake goes to our favorite list. The Jam donuts too is another recommendation and a must try too.

Before Dinner Scenes - Aamod Resort Shoghi

Dining & Bar

The food and drinks can be enjoyed in the indoor and outdoor dining area “Colonial” with a bonfire. They serve the variety of spirits and handcrafted cocktails. We recommend you to try their newly introduced: Gin based Lodge cocktails.

The Colonial; open restaurant at Aamod Resort Shoghi
The Colonial Restaurant

Apart from this, if you wish to enjoy food with valley views from your balcony then you can order ala- carte. The kitchen is open till 11 pm.

Activities at Aamod Resort Shoghi

If there is a widespread patio in front of cottages to unwind, relax and enjoy nature, then there are a plethora of activities to get some adrenaline rush, sweat and detoxify you.

There is a recreational room, adventure activity zone, mountain cycling, nature walks and spa to cool down, & rejuvenate. The private Jacuzzi at the cliff followed by some romantic dinner is for some romantic moments together.

Recreation Room:

The recreation room lies next to the reception area and has a variety of indoor games like monopoly, scrabble, Ludo, Carrom, Table Tennis etc. There is a collection of books and DVD’s to enjoy some classics.

Recreation Room- Aamod Resort Shoghi
Recreation Room

Adventurous Zone:

There is a 9 step extensive rope course in the adventure zone of Aamod Resort Shoghi. The activities involve from Burma Bridge crossing to fox flying, rope bridge walk, commando net, tire riding and many more.

And if you want to have some more thrills like us, try mountain climbing and rappelling from a 40 feet high mountain rock face.  It is rarely scary if you look down but it’s equally fun, after taking the first step. Imagine, I did it twice after the horror of the first one.

All these adventurous activities are carried only after making one wear safety wear with belay and under the supervision of a trained supervisor. So, it’s really safe for adults as well kids.

Tyre Crossing - Adventure activities at Aamod resort Shoghi
Tyre Crossing

Nature Walks:

If you like walking aimlessly with your spouse in the jungle or want to give a wood experience to your family and children while listening to the birds chirping, then do plan a nature walk with Aamod Resort Shoghi. There are several walking trails near the property for nature walk which lasts from 1 hour to half day.

One of the walks we did was along the UNESCO world heritage Kalka Shimla railway track. It was purely a heritage walk taking us back to the Britishers time, history was all around and the cool breeze from the valleys and mountains was enough to dry our sweat.

I never knew catching the 🚂 on tracks of 1898; built by britishers can be that much fun…. yes! I am talking about the toy train which runs from kalka Shimla. It has 107 tunnels and 864 bridged & is added by UNESCO on world heritage list to the mountain railways 🚃 of 🇮🇳. We are exploring tracks around tunnel 81 with @aamod.resorts………………#aamod #aamodshoghi #train #track #kalkashimlarailway #railways #india #incredibleindia #instapic #india_ig #himachal #himachalpradesh #himachalpradeshtourism #instahimachal #indianrailways #green #sunrise #travellers #wanderers #explorer #wanderlust #travelbug #traveldeeper #travelblog #allgudthings #travelmore #unesco #worldheritage #indiatravel #indiatourism

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While spotting toy train we too experienced the rich flora and fauna. We tried Baboon and Tung Datoon (Datton is a substitute of toothbrush & toothpaste which locals use for cleaning teeth) during our walk and the staff surprised us with hot tea and cookies on the midway of the hike. We must say it was an experience to cherish for!

Spa & Open air Jacuzzi: Sublime Area

The Sublime area on the mountain cliff houses both spa rooms and Jacuzzi for individuals as well couples. The rooms overlook the mountains and have huge glass windows to be well lit and warm during the sessions. We recommend taking Spa and Jacuzzi session during sunrise and sunset. At that time, the sky is lit in hues ranging from blue to orange and the whole place looks totally serene.

Couple Spa Rooms at Aamod Resort Shoghi
Couple Spa Rooms

We opted for evening Spa and Jacuzzi session. It started with the Ayurvedic massage with hot oil. The total kneading and pressuring continued for 1 hour from toe to head, leaving us completely relaxed. Further, at the end, we were handed the bathrobes and directed to the hot water couple Jacuzzi. We were stunned to see the sun was already at the climax and had painted the sky well.

Couple Jacuzzi with Sunset view at Aamod Resort Shoghi

Spa Sessions can vary from 30 to 90 minutes whereas Jacuzzi sessions are for 35 minutes.

Toy Train Ride & Train Spotting

The other activity to enjoy here is Kalka Shimla toy train ride. But, instead of taking a ride we opted for catching the train at various tunnels and stations. It was pure fun and adventure. Train Spotting needs a separate post. For timings, please enjoy this video.

Private Romantic Dinner on the Ridge

The private romantic dinner set up on the cliff left us completely in awe. The sky was glowing and the cutlery, candles, flowers, wine glasses everything was perfectly arranged for us to go on a romantic date. Steward was on our table end to make us special throughout. I wish there was some romantic music to side bye to make it look like a movie scene.

Watch Sunrise & Sunset from the ridge

The Sunrise & Sunset in mountains is every photographer’s delight and the Aamod resort Shoghi provides a true spot to capture glittering sky. While clicking, staff can serve you tea/ coffee with cookies at the ridge.

Morning tea with sunrise at ridge: Aamod Resort Shoghi
Morning tea with sunrise at Ridge
Sunset from The ridge at Aamod Resort Shoghi
Pic Credits: Ankur Gupta

Camping

For camp lovers, there is an ideal spot at the ridge to camp overnight and learn about the jungle survival. Aamod resort charges a minimum amount for this experience.

Camping At Aamod Resort Shoghi

In addition to all the activities mentioned above, the Aamod resort Shoghi also arranges for yoga, meditation sessions, village tours, mountain cycling, storytelling by locals and team building activities; but only on prior information.

Sight-Seeing

Shimla lies just 16 kilometers from the resort. So, one can go & explore the colonial town and other nearby towns like Fagu, Mashobra, Chail, Barog etc.

Overall

The Aamod Resort Shoghi truly lives to the name of being an eco-tourism resort. They have impeccable services, nature love, scrumptious food, spa and Jacuzzi with valley views and one of the best adventure services. In short, if you are looking some good time in the woods, away from city jungle, then this is the place for you.

Aamod Resort Shoghi

Additional Information

Route: Delhi – Ambala – Zirakpur – Dharampur – Shoghi

Total time to Reach: 7-8 hours

Roads: Excellent graveled roads, Highway but few bad patches after Jabli because of the road widening project.

How to Reach: The eco-friendly Aamod resort at Shoghi can be reached by car, train or by air.

Train: There are no direct trains between Delhi & Shoghi. So, one can reach by taking Shatabadi Express till Kalka and further Kalka Shimla Himalayan Toy Train till Sanklaghat (on the way to Shimla). From there, call up Mr. Kamal to pick you up.

Air: Take a flight from Delhi to Shimla. From Shimla, you can either hire a private cab or ride by Himalayan toy train till Sanklaghat.

We thank Mr. Sumit for arranging and Mr. Harish and Mr. Kamal for giving us wonderful, handcrafted, memorable experiences here.



27 thoughts on “Aamod Resort Shoghi: Unwind in the lap of nature”

  • Sounds like a perfect haven for a relaxing mini vacay! I love the fact that you can combine adventurous activities with a sublime spa session. I’d love to go climbing and rappelling – and try that ayurvedic massage afterwards!

  • I really do like the looks of this place. Especially inside, so rustic. I could so easily see me here relaxing in this resort. I think top of the list would be morning tea at sunrise. Now that really does look amazing.

  • This sounds perfect for both Darcee & I! We would love the mix of relaxation and outdoor adventure activities! Plus Darcee would be in heaven every time she saw the train. I love the rooms & the food at the restaurant looks amazing. Going to definitely need to add Aamod Resort Shoghi to my India return trip. Great find. Thank you

  • Looking at the chaotic Shimla, this may as well be the perfect spot on the laps of Himachal. The location within easy walk to the train tracks would be my primary reason 🙂 Yes the very Old Colonial looking restaurant only adds to the charm. I am sure the icing on the cake is the Spa and Jacuzzi 🙂

  • Aamod Resort Shoghi, looks like the perfect place to relax but with a balance of lovely things to do and see. The cabins look lovely and I can just imagine a love break staying there.

  • I remember being enamoured by similar pictures of Aamod Shoghi and we almost went to a year back, but the trip got cancelled at the last minute. Himachali food sounds very interesting, and I would love to try some of those dishes. Did you go to any nearby places too?

  • Fir a small boutique their food spread seems to be quite extensive. I would also prefer to eat local Himachali food but it’s good to know the usual comfort food is also there. Toy train is such a joy to ride as well as to watch.

  • Wow What a comfy place, I would never want to come back. The train video was too good.
    I have a special fascination for train rides, hope to get in to this some day.

  • Having stayed in one of Aamod Resort in Dharamshala, I can very well relate to the kind of facilities offered, the luxurious rooms and the yummy food. This resort is definitely on my radar for my next trip, as I get the best of both worlds, staying in a luxurious rooms and in a tent, all while enjoying a hot cup of chai, overlooking the panoramic view.

  • For an handcrafted resort, I think Aamod Resort Shoghi deserves a medal. It’s the perfect escape from the hustles and bustles of the city. One would ever hear nature speak on those cabin. What more, there enough facilities to cater for an individual needs and many activities one can engage in. I can imagine staying here with my family, so nice.

  • Seems like that perfect long weekend getaways with all that nature and comfortable rooms. I like the range of activities too – the ropeway in particular catches my fancy. I can see that you too, had a lot of fun on that. Well done on covering the resort . Cheers

  • Aamod Resort Shoghi looks like a great place for a rejuvenating and relaxing stay. The fact that it is at a distance from Shimla adds to the allure as nowadays Shimla tends to get too crowded, especially during the holiday season. What I love about the resort is that its decor is so seamlessly integrated with the environment, the cottages look so cute too

  • I like the part of jacuzzi where you can have some extra private moments together. We always look into this kind of special kind of space when traveling together. Aamod resort looks like a very calming place and love the idea of a wooden closet and a king size bed which is always preferable. Such an eco-tourism resort and peaceful.

  • Wow! Seems like you had an incredible moments here in Aamod Resort Shoghi. I love to stay in a cottage on the mountain slopes to find some tranquility and to breath fresh air everyday. Aamod Resort Shoghi would be my ideal getaway nest because there are so many activities to do, my fave are the train and nature walk. Oh! and of course the spa session while sun is setting. So beautiful! 😀

  • Great property. I rarely explore these areas around Shimla. Vintange looks and wooden cottages were delightful as expected. But the part was the trainspotting. Due to my love for trains, I tend to get biased about such things. Also loved the photo pf the track adn the tunnel.

  • The cottage looked lovely from the outside and I was shocked how modern it was inside. I’m sure you had a comfortable stay in that lovely room. The food looks good as does the view, that must of been so nice in the morning and evening.

  • I loved all your photos, so beautiful! The cottages look amazing, nestled perfectly in nature! Coupling that with a view of the valley and mountains and it is just postcard perfect! The food also looks absolutely divine.

  • I love staying in such mountain cottages too! On a nice long weekend from Delhi, I’d love to take my family here and we can stay for a few days, doing fun activities like rappelling, or simply enjoying a spa treatment or chill in the jacuzzi. Thanks for this suggestion, it’s perfect for time away from a busy and chaotic Delhi.

  • The inside of your wooden cabin looks so cozy. And with electric bed warmers I would just want to curl up with a book and never leave. On the other hand, the aromas of the Himachali cuisine from the Aamod Resort Shoghi will probably chase me out of bed sooner rather than later. I will need the energy to go for a walk along the UNESCO world heritage Kalka Shimla railway track.

  • Aamod Resort Shoghi sounds wonderful – we’re big nature enthusiasts so enjoy seeking out eco lodges when we travel, and this experience sounds awesome! The property definitely blends into the woods well; and you can definitely see the colonial influence. The cottages look really cozy, and it’s so cool that there’s an onsite adventure zone! Places we stay always seem to have playgrounds for kids, but nothing for adults / the young at heart – I like to play too!

  • Aamod Resort Shoghi sounds like pretty relaxing place to stay in. I like the room set-up. The amenities of the cottage is pretty modern and at the same time very homey. The earth tones is really great and blends well with the over-all ambiance of the resort. So great to know that they have several activities for guests to enjoy including the adventure activity zone, mountain cycling and nature walks.

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