Birds and More, Sha­heen­bagh

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI - By Re­wati Rau

The only sounds you hear at this get­away are the birds chirp­ing, leaves rustling, wa­ter gur­gling and the clocks tick­ing. Tucked away in Doon Val­ley, Sha­heen­bagh is a pretty hide­out, lo­cated 30 min­utes from Dehradun. The five- hour drive from Delhi may leave you ex­hausted but the fa­tigue van­ishes as soon as you step into this bou­tique re­sort. De­signed like a colo­nial home, there are four rooms done up in dif­fer­ent themes. You could choose to stay in the Blue Room, ob­vi­ously done up with blue up­hol­stery and san­i­tary ware, or go green in the Green Room. If a touch of op­u­lence is what you’re look­ing for, then choose the Mas­ter Suite, which has a huge liv­ing room, a stately bed­room and a grand bath­room. For us, the piece- de- re­sis­tance of the house was the liv­ing- cum- din­ing room. This charm­ing room with its high ceil­ing is the cen­tre of the house. Over­look­ing the ver­dant sur­round­ings, the large room is where you can laze around the en­tire day. We curled up in the so­fas over­look­ing the fire­place and read to our heart’s con­tent. This is also where you will be served yummy homecooked food. While they of­fer Con­ti­nen­tal and Chi­nese meals too, we sug­gest stick­ing to homestyle dal, sabji, roti and mut­ton— the best you could get away from home. Our host Arun Gupta let us pick a DVD from his huge col­lec­tion of classics, which took care of the next few hours. Tar­iff Rs 7,000 on­wards Get­ting there A five- hour drive from Delhi via Roor­kee Where 18, Begh Vil­lage, Shi­galy School Road, Dehradun

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