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Published on: July 26, 2021, 1:21 p.m.
For a pine-scented holiday
  • Radisson Blu Resort is a premium Himalayan destination resort

By Suman Tarafdar

The most alluring destination of Kangra, Dharamshala, is now firmly on the tourism map of the state. Among its by-products are gentrification and mass tourism, especially in the summer months. This also means the entry of branded hotels, the latest of which is Radisson Blu Resort.

Spread over nine acres, the resort offers a range of adventure, recreational and entertainment options. “Radisson Blu Resort is a premium Himalayan destination resort offering an immersive stay experience for the discerning travellers,” says Vikas Sharma, general manager, Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala. “The property is of substantial significance for both the Radisson Hotel group (RHG) and tourism in Himachal Pradesh in general”.

Sharma is confident of the destination’s potential. “Dharamshala is going to be the next destination hotspot for high-profile leisure, religious and adventure tourism,” he asserts. “We also foresee an increase in the niche MICE segment in the market in the near future. We are confident that the leisure segment will see a healthy traction in the second half of 2021. We are already experiencing exciting pent-up demand in the market, for leisure FIT’s, social groups and boutique destination weddings.”

Of cricket and trails

Offering breath-taking valley views, especially of pine forests, the property is owned by Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), whose famous stadium is six km away. Unusually for a hotel in the hills, the resort has a large 120 room inventory spread across standard, superior, deluxe, suite, presidential suite categories. Guests can expect modern amenities, with mesmerising views of Dharamshala as a bonus, with a balcony attached to every room.

The resort has a number of dining options including The Edge, a global cuisine all day dining restaurant; Italian Crust, a specialty pizzeria; and All Out, the Lounge Bar, serving a selection of wine and spirits, along with innovative small eats. D’Sweet Spot tea lounge offers fresh brews and delicious bakes for those much-needed tea breaks.

The Recreation Zone offers a number of alternatives for an engaging family time, including a well-stocked library, a card room, outdoor kids play area and also a meditation room. Health and wellness facilities include a contemporary Fitness Studio and the spa, offering a handpicked selection of natural, holistic and beauty treatments with steam and sauna for rejuvenating oneself. A temperature-controlled infinity pool overlooks the valley. For meetings and events, the resort has three banquet halls with capacity of 80 to 100 persons. 

Of course, the main attraction is outdoors, and picnic spots along pine trails are a great way to explore them. While Dharamshala has no railhead, the property can be accessed from Khaniyara road, which is connected to National Highway 503, while Gaggal Airport is 16 kilometres away. As with other hill destinations, check weather advisories during monsoons.

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