Taragarh Palace Hotel, Himachal Pradesh
Fifteen acres of forested land surrounded by tea gardens houses one
of the most beautiful hotels of the state of Himachal Pradesh,
Taragarh Palace hotel. A heritage hotel, it cradles beautifully in the
Kangra valley in the foot of Dhauladhar Mountains. The snow capped
peaks of Dhauladhar make an impressive picture with the red roofed
palace in the foreground. At 1000 metres above the sea level, it looks
like a lone shining pint amdist the green belt of forests.
Taragarh Palace, was formerly the summer retreat of the King of Bahawalpur, who had built it in 1931 as his summer retreat. It was a European stylish structure then with beautiful features like a glass pavilion and a mosque. He had then named it Alhilal, meaning cresent moon. The palace was later brought by the the royal family of Jammu and Kashmir and Maharani Tara Devi, a dowager resided here for several years. The palace was named after her and a few years ago it was turned into a heritage hotel. The hotel is run by the royal family.
A beautiful red tiled colonial bunglow, it looks very inviting and just the kind of place that offers you a taste of royal splendour. The hotel is also very aptly located with just 75 minute drive from Dharamshala airport.
A Royal Setting
The mood is set for a royal stay in the hills as soon as you enter
the palace. Every where you set your eyes, you will feel as if the
time has stood stil here since the colonial era. The times of royalty
might have ended but as you pass through the dimly lit corridors of
Taragarh Palace, you are introduced to the splendour of royal times
and families of India. Impressive heavy wood period furniture, tiger
skins adorning the walls, elegant teak panelled dining hall, are just
a few of the splendid accomplishments in the hotel. Old photographs
and portraits emphasize the princely palace.
Inspite of all that reminds you of the old times here, the hotel has all the modern amenities you could ask for. The hotel has 16 rooms in all, four single, eight double and four deluxe rooms. The rooms are truly comfortable and are adorned with tasteful furniture. The well appointed rooms with bathrooms have original European fittings.
The palace has a dining hall true to its feel of heritage hotel. Elegant teak panelled Imperial Dining Hall is the pride of Taragarh Palace. The popular cuisines served here are Indian, Chinese, Mughalai, Continental and the traditional Himachali cuisine.
Health and Adventure
Living in such beautiful locales is a recreation in itself. With
forests around and the tea gardens nearby, you can go on to explore
the surroundings as much as you want to. The hotel has recreational
facilities like swimming pool, fitness centre and steam room. Apart
from these, the hotel also offers many sporting activities to exert
your bones in case you are in mood of some real sport. There are
badminton courts, tennis courts and option for horse riding. You can
also go trekking, fishing or hang gliding. Just pick up one which
matches with your mind.
There are also some refreshing fun activities like carrom, bridge table etc. The hotel also has facility of professional ayurvedic massage by trained massueres. The massage centre here is managed by Sansha Health Centre.
Keeping in line with the emerging trends of the hotel industry, Taragarh Hotel has a classy conference room for corporate travellers. The staff is well trained and the state-of-art conference facilities are just perfect to make your business meetings successful. Beautiful location of the hotel is just complimentry.