Monday, August 9, 2010

The Shaheen Bagh,Dehradun

A post that has been put off for a long time due to the difficulty in sorting images and finding the best ones. A resort which we visited some months back in dehradun and had a nice and wonderful vacation. Hope this refreshes all my readers minds and enjoy the monsoons ...

Dehradun, in the foothills of Himalayas, is always a welcome escape from Delhi, especially in the summer when the capital's temperature soars above 45 degrees. Shaheen Bagh stands out as a great escapade to the Delhities.

Last summer we had a quick escape to the foot hills of the Himalayas, an idyllic retreat. The Shaheen Bagh is a Boutique resort in all sorts and the present owners are Mr Arun Gupta and Ms Sandhya Gupta. The interiors have not been changed by them and it remains the same as the past owners had maintained it.

Arun is an avid wild life photographer and spends hours chasing "the perfect" photo of the various birds that flock the area. I spent hours discussing and learning the finer points of photography from him. Sandhya, the beautiful and perfect hostess, makes sure that you are comfortable and holds classes for small children in the locality in the afternoon. She spent time playing with our daughter, Gayatri, while my husband and I prowled the grounds for photos.

Shaheen Bagh was previously owned by Alpana Khare and Bikran Grewal, both involved in the international publishing world having lived in London and having travelled regularly to Europe on business. Grewal is a passionate gardener and ornithologist and Alpana trained as a graphic designer and is a decorative painter, both are inveterate collectors of antiques.

They have travelled from the streets and bylanes of Fort Kochi to Spain, France, England and Afghanistan for the collection of the antiques. Their travels have helped them in a remarkable assemblage of furniture and botanical prints. The botanical prints framed shows the couples love for nature. They named their English styled cottage 'The Shaheen Bagh'' - Falcon's garden.

There is a vast living hall at double height and a huge library on the gallery that runs round three sides of the hall.Lovely hall and the sit outs and the huge bedrooms and pools and the gardens beckons me once more to be there...

View of the garden from the verandahplants welcome you on the steps leading to the entranceon to the side of the steps you can relax here in the gardenfront view of the entrance ,
the verandah has got lot of seating options,amongst plants and antiquesantique wooden phoenixa beautiful swing and the shadows welcome you in the morninga tea there was a blissRelax here ..beautiful grill and patterns and plants hangingcandles,antique vessels and lotus floating are all in the verandahas you enter form the verandah in to the main hall,on to the sides are the two beautiful rooms.
the blue room adorned in blue
the green room in shades of greena view of the main hallthe antique seaterthe dining areathe kitchen has tiles collected personally by alpana and grewal from different places of the world and wooden work areadining area,subtle light enchants me botanical prints and mirrors everywhere
sit out portion and grills
outside the main hall,facing the hills you have various seating options,to warm your senses and have teadoesnt this mesmerize you?the shadows?
the stairs coming down to the swimming pool area
the swimming pool where we had quality timeif you are not swimming,pl relax ,put your feet high and bask in the warm glorythe garden area,where i took umpteen shots,but its difficult to showcase all the images..just the walk areathe master suite where we stayed,the sofas were plush and cosy
shadows on the centre table

botanical prints on the walls,orchidsthe fire area in the master suite
the master bedroom with afghanistan kilms,srilankan boxes,big four poster bead and amazing shadows

the head board in the master suitethe lovely bath area,with green marbled area and ducks all around and some flowers,look atthe pool outside ,its fish pond..

these ducks accompany you while you take your bath
Do visit here and enjoy your time as we did...
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Hope these images brought you into a different world,if so please comment and let me know...

All images clicked by Lakshmi Arvind ,except the overview of the resort and where not mentioned in the photograph are all images of the site shaheen bagh
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  1. That looks absolute wow ... I wonder if they are pet friendly ... all that old world charm ... is calling me ... :)

  2. Wow..what a gorgeous place! Hope I can go there someday.

  3. Wonderful pictures. I have to say the bed board was my very favorite. If i ever return to India I will visit there if possible. It a lovely place, almost a fantasy! (at least MY fantasy!)

  4. Hi Lakshmi....Thanks for visiting my blog..I am new to the blogging and glad you visited...I love the post... all the pictures are amazing the walk way in the garden is worth visiting!!!

  5. Stunning and elegant interiors.. Wow... every picture is inspiring!! You have captured the beauty so well!!!Awesome!!

  6. Such a beautiful resort/home! Gorgeous. thanks for sharing laksmi!

  7. loved th place...must have been exotic

  8. i love the four poster bed with the lattice top, and the kitchen look so colorful! lovely place!

  9. This looks beyond lovely.. so so gorgeous.. Laksh.. You click the most amazing pics.. and make the most ordinary things so admirable.. Wish I lived near by.. I'd come for some classes on photography..

    Loved your post.. it was like virtually living there... feeling the air.. and the warmth.. wow!! thanks for this one.. Made my morning special!

  10. Wow, what an absolutely amazing place. Fantastic photos, Laksh.

  11. Wow its really amazing place. i love this. nice pics also. i must say that nice click. thank you for sharing this post to us.
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