The Hammock Bhimtal - Pura Stays
We drove to The Hammock, a Pura Stays property in Bhimtal for the 15th August weekend. To bring in my 25th birthday, I thought of steering clear from a cliched loud birthday party in Delhi, and bring in my quarter life crisis in the hills. We started from Delhi around 4.30am and drove for about 7-7.5 hours with 3-4 breaks in between. Once you reach Bhimtal, the drive to the holiday stay makes you feel like you're heading into nothing - but the wait is worth it!
Cut to the part when you realise here's where you park the vehicle - seems like a small little patch of beauty in the middle of nowhere. You then walk right into the property and BOY IT IS BEAUTIFUL! The rooms are very homely, decently equipped and the surroundings are very, very green. There is a nice lush lawn where you can bask in the sunshine and treat yourself to a great book with a big mug of coffee. For the photo diggers, this lawn also has a very pretty swing that makes for a beautiful frame for pictures. There is a little place for a bonfire alongside the dining area where they serve all meals (more on the food, later!) We booked the biggest villa with 3 rooms (2 baths), a big balcony and a huge drawing room as well. They have a big kitchen stocked up with basics - a fridge, a hot kettle, tea/coffee/sugar and water bottles! You can book this if you are in a group of 5 or more. Up to 8-9 people can live here very comfortably. The balcony has a family size dining table on one end and a small 2 sofas + centre table setup on the other end. Basically, alfresco meals in the beautiful weather, leading to some inebriated nights on the other end of the balcony. The amenities in the room were satisfactory, and we had some great room service as well. The staff is really helpful, and their food quality is great too! Our buffet meals were excellent and we totally gorged on the masala peanuts and chilly chicken with our drinks every night. :D In fact, Pura Stays was cute enough to get me a really nice chocolate cake at 12am as well!
There is nothing much to do in the vicinity, to be quite honest - carry a bunch of card games, jenga, UNO, taboo and alcohol! They do have a few options for adventure lovers, which are a few minutes' drive from the property. There is also a jungle walk that we didn't end up doing - sounded like fun though, an option one could try out. Other than that, you can easily drive to Sattal, Nainital to see the sights and sounds (and buy chips, snacks, alcohol etc from the markets) Don't miss "Sakley's" in Nainital and the much-hyped "I Heart Cafe" as well.
All in all, if you're looking to spend some time away from the noise and chaos of everyday city life, and breathe some delicious non-polluted air, THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO BE!Thank you Team Pura Stays!