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About Aamod at Shoghi (Shimla)

Shoghi, a tiny piece of paradise tucked away on NH 22, is thirteen kilometres short of Shimla. As the car stops, you’ll find yourself on a gentle hill slope, under a thick cover of oak and pine trees. Welcome to Aamod at Shoghi, the finest resort of Shimla.

Aamod at Shoghi is an Ecotourism resort set in pristine virgin forest, on a land provided by Himachal Pradesh Forest Department under its new Ecotourism policy. As you walk towards your cottage, you’ll notice a certain design philosophy. Anything man-made at Aamod perfectly blends in with nature. The cottages are all pre-fabricated structures in-line with the strict norms of Ecotourism so as to retain the original character and ruggedness of the forest cover.

A day at Aamod is never without action. Open your windows early morning for a majestic view and fresh air. And with this begins your day full of surprises. Have team breakfast in our sprawling lawns or play interesting team building games with the help of our multitude of facilities. You can have Business retreats in our spacious conference rooms. While your team is busy at team building activities you can plan your next leadership retreat over a game of golf on our professionally maintained chipping and putting greens! With facilities for both day and residential conferences up till 40 participants, and separate rooms for break-up work team building activities, Aamod becomes a perfect place for both work and play.

Aamod which means 'joy' in Sanskrit lives up to its name. The resort is primarily spread across mountain slope and mountain tops. Accommodation is in cute little cottages, both single and double with enough privacy around. While traveling in groups, you also have the option of staying in cottage clusters.

This unique concept in accommodation in Shimla is targeted at those who are exhausted with concrete jungles in cities and love to stay closer to nature without compromising on quality and comfort. Pioneering a tradition in hospitality Aamod at Shoghi offers the best of stay that has locational advantages as well as services. Our cottages near Shimla are set amidst a dense forest of oak and pine trees. Interior furnishings exude a warm and jungle ambience – simple yet stylish and elegant.

There are little things that'll delight you besides the rustic ambience of your cottage. The sun set atop the mountain, the view from the spa, the starts in the night and the sun peeping through the trees into your windows. When you really need to get away, this is the perfect furlough. At night, you are bound to sleep well listening to the sounds of the forest.

Deluxe Mud Finished Cottage 

The 11 pre-fabricated Deluxe mud-finished cottages in Shimla (approximately 280-350 sq ft each, including a large private sit-out and en-suite), have a mud finished exterior combined with a simple yet elegant interior. Elegant chatai ceiling with bedside hanging lights complete the look. Besides its layout, the aesthetically designed Sheesham wood furniture provides luxury and comfort. The Sofa-cum-bed in each cottage converts into a large single bed (4 feet width) in 5 rooms and double-bed in 6 rooms, if required.

Super Deluxe Pine Cottage

Set amid the stunning beauty of oak and pine forest scenery, our accommodation in Shimla includes 6 Super Deluxe Pine Cottages (approximately 350 sq ft each, including a large private sit-out and en-suite) which are designed with a pleasing ambience to redefine the art of fine living. Comfort and Luxury come together in perfect balance with nature. The cottages feature Sheesham wood furniture, silk furnishings & cotton linen to create a warm ambience. The gracious elegance of the decor combined with the personalized service makes for a memorable experience.Sofa-cum-bedm bed in 5 room converts into a large single bed (4 feet width) and double bed in 1 room, if required.

Mud Finished Family Cottages

Overlooking the forest & the resort, are 2 pre-fabricated Mud finished Family cottages (approximately 550 sq ft each, including 2 large private sit-outs each and en-suites) each a combination of two bedrooms with an interconnecting door in between, where each room has separate en-suite facilities and a large private sit-out, on a wooden deck surrounded by trees, where you can enjoy a private moment with nature. One bedroom has a king size double bed and the other has twin beds. Family cottage in Shimla can accommodate 4 adults and do not currently have provision of extra beds. Once inside, sink into a comfortable bed or choose to relax at a cozy sitting area.

Mud Finished Deluxe Family Suite

Situated close to the top of the hill is the Deluxe Family suite (approximately 900 sq ft, including a 150 sq ft private sit-out deck and en-suites) comprising of two large bedrooms with separate en-suite facilities and a living room in between. Both the bedrooms have King size double bed and double sofa bed as well. This Shimla cottage has large private sit outs on both the sides where you can relax and enjoy your private moments.

Cottage Amenities in our Shimla accommodation:

• King-size bed with Spring Mattress
• LCD TV with D2H Service
• DVD player (on request)
• Electronic Safe
• Tea Coffee maker
• Private sit-out with forest views
• Sofa bed (either single or double; except in Family cottage)
• Washroom with shower cubicle
• Bathroom amenities and hairdryer (on request)
• Thick Bath towels & Hand Towels
• Cotton bed sheets, duvets and pillows
• Intercom Facility
• Fridge and mini bar
• Hot and Cold water


To enhance the old world feeling, the resort has a multi-cuisine restaurant and bar called "The Colonial" where you can indulge in Indian and local Himachali delights. In a short span of time "The Colonial" has gained its reputation and found place in "Eating Out in India, 101 Favourite Restaurants" – A Times of India Publication. The Colonial today has become one of the best restaurants in Shimla.

Who would want to be trapped indoors when in serene environs of a thick forest? Guests can choose from an extensive selection of aperitifs, spirits, and specially crafted cocktails along with a fine selection of Scotch and whiskeys and carry them straight into the jungle with a bonfire!

Another of our best kept secrets at Aamod Shoghi is our bakery. The aroma of freshly baked goodies will entice you every waking hour. We won't be surprised if you ask us to pack a few assortments to carry back home. We are humbled to be nominated as "the best bakers" amongst all of Shimla restaurants.

From spaghetti bolognese to subz biryani, pamper your taste buds reveling in your surroundings. Spark your personal life and experiment with us to dine under the star sprinkled sky or on the edge of the mountain. At Aamod, you find a place, we'll serve you there. We pride in our hospitality and our team will do their absolute best to make you happy. So you don't have to take eyes off your favorite view even for a minute.


Holidays are also about exploring. At Aamod, our exhaustive options of exploration will tire you but never disappoint you.

We at Aamod provide the best trekking in Shimla. From wholesome experience of trekking to safety, we excel at everything we undertake. Your safety is of utmost importance to us. Our expert guide with over 20 years of experience in the field is trained in Advanced Mountaineering and Rescue Operations courses and is also a member of National Adventure Foundation and Rescue Organisation (Himachal Pradesh) leading several expeditions to various peaks.

Trekking at Aamod is combined with your choice of accompaniments for food and beverages to make it even more fun – packed lunches, hot meals, snacks – you decide, give us some advance notice and we will set it up for you, along the trails, on a meadow in the forest (sorry, can't help it we are incorrigible foodies.)

Afterall, "Chotti Chotti Khushian" – that's our motto.

"Good Times " – Our Recreation Centre: Find the recreation cottage nestled next to the Reception to discover a host of indoor activities, video games and board games (Monopoly, Scrabble, Life, Cluedo, Paying Cards, Chess, Ludo, Chinese Checkers ….) to choose from. Or if it is Carom, Archery, Table Tennis or even Basket Ball, we have it for you. Find a book from the collection in our well stocked library. Or rent a DVD and DVD player from the Reception to enjoy an old classic. Try your singing skills with our Karaoke system or play Tambola and other games organised by our team from time to time or on request. Contact our Front Desk for more details.

Adventure Course: The most extensive leisure rope course you will find in Himachal and perhaps in Northern India

Try your hand at no-sweat adventures on our on-site Adventure Course. Burma Bridge, Rope Bridge Walk, Commando Net are some of the hurdles on the course. Or you can fly high from the trees across the activity course hanging on a pulley. A double safety sling system with Belay keeps you securely pinned to the anchor rope as you navigate the course. Our trained activity team will demonstrate the safety procedures and accompany you on the course. Do this solo, as a family or in a group. Clock the time across the course and compete with other teams.

Rock-climbing and Rappelling: Experience the exhilaration as you gently rappel down a 40 ft. natural rock face, secured by a rope or climb up a natural rock face with the help of a rope. Experience the thrill of looking down a sheer fall and then racing down gracefully down the mountain face. Our activity instructors will be there to guide you through the process and make it a thrilling experience.

Nature Trails: We want to revive the simple joys of walking in the woods with families – things we all used to do as kids with our parents and grandparents, but have seem to lost them along the way with our busy modern urban lives. Nothing grand – just simple nature walks, spotting several species of flora and fauna (birds, barking deer, mountain goats, and who knows … the occasional leopard?). The grandeur comes from the dense forests and magnificent views of the mountains and valleys. Or get bolder – experience the woods at night, with a guide of course. We will supply you with torch lights (and of course local stories to add to the fun and games!!!). And as we said, our restaurant team can set-up delicious picnic meals (you decide how extensive and where) along the way – "Chotti Chotti Khushian".

There are several walking trails of varying difficulty and duration – 1-2 hours, half day, full day, night walks, walks along the World Heritage Kalka-Shimla Train track with its tunnels, bridges. We could even do overnight trips. We have indicated and described a sample set for you at the end. Our Activity and Restaurant team will only be delighted to speak with you, understand your requirements, give you the ideas and then tailor the whole experience as per your taste.

Camping: Camping within the resort or out in the woods. Just a fun evening exercise to set up camp, cook a camp meal, and learn about jungle survival or actually camp overnight (with sleeping bags etc.), you choose and we will organise it.

Orienteering: Fancy finding your way around the mountains, with some clues, maps, a compass – of course with guides by your side (mostly silent spectators, but will make sure you don't wander too much off track). You will be dropped off at a starting point and given torches and compass. Your mission is to reach back to Aamod resort within the specified time. We can set a course anywhere from 20 minutes to half a day. This is great fun whether you are a family group or a corporate group. Compete against the clock or against other teams.

Mountain Biking: Explore the tracks around Aamod on a mountain bike. Several different routes, from simple to tough, mostly flat to all the way down to the nearby river (and back up, if you want to push yourself more). Helmets, knee pads etc. – you will have it all. And of course the food options.

River Rafting: Take a thrill ride down the Sutlej River at. Keep it serious, make it fun, single family, multiple families, corporate groups – it is a great day for everyone. You can choose from two options – Sunni to Tattapaani (6 km) with rapids of grade 1 & 2 or Chabba to Tattapaani (12 kms) with rapids of grade 1, 2 & 3. Round it off with a Hot Spring bath or indulge in fishing, if that is your sport. A full day trip including taxi transfers, meals and more.

Fishing: Mahasher fishing – Angling in the nearby Giri river at Gaura (1-1.5 hr drive) or net fishing at Tattapani. Advance notice required, as fishing permits need to be obtained. Sample of Additional Group Games/Team Building Activities.

Hangman: Time bound activity for a group for 10 minutes per team, including briefing and set-up time). One of the team members is hung from a tall tree with the help of a rope and other equipment so that his body is horizontal, but upside-down. Other team members have to control the hangman with the help of additional ropes connected to the Hangman, which can move him around horizontally and/or change his direction/orientation. The Hangman, with the help of his team mates, has to collect various articles placed on the ground in a circle and place them correctly in to various buckets kept outside the circle. Each item has points attached to it (negative if placed in the wrong bucket). The more that you collect and place correctly within the specified time, the more points your team makes. Planning your strategy and good execution – both are important – and of course having lots of fun.

Sinking Island: This activity requires around 10-15 minutes + briefing time. The group is divided into 3 teams each with some attributed disability – one team is blind, one deaf and one dumb. They have all been told that they are on an island which is going to drown within 10 minutes and they have to help each other and avoid drowning and escape from the sinking island, with the help of 6 golden plates which cannot drown.

Blind Man Walking: Here we divide the group into 2 person teams, with one member blindfolded and the other leading/helping the blindfolded person to walk properly through a selected jungle trail. Lots of fun as each team/personality type, has their own way of leading the other and/or following their partner, requiring a lot of trust on the partner/mentor who is helping you walk through some rough terrain

Trust Fall: Imagine falling backward (often blindfolded) from a certain height and depending upon or trusting your other team-mates who are standing down to hold you when you fall. Leap of faith? Quite literally, as you have to place trust in your team mates to ensure your safety.

Running Marbles: Split the group into 2 or more teams where each team is provided with a glass on both sides of the marked area, with marbles in one of them and pipe pieces split into half to roll down the marbles. The objective is to transfer as many marbles as possible from one side to the other within the specified time, by making it travel across the pipes. Since the pipes are limited, you have to keep transferring the pipes downstream as the marbles travel onwards. Any marbles falling down have to be returned to the starting point – tough luck! Requires skill and patience and teamwork – can't do it alone!



For so many of us, Holidaying is all about Unwinding! And what better way to unwind than to succumb to an invigorating hour at the spa! At Aamod, we have located our spa at the top of a ridge, making for a unique experience altogether! And if you feel the need to work out and burn calories before you treat yourself to the spa, our suggestion is to just walk up the ridge. You will lose calories naturally. And allow us to sweep you off your feet, to make you feel rejuvenated.

Our spa offers a holistic and earthy blend of relaxation, detoxifying, revitalizing and beautifying therapies and treatments. From Ayurvedic to Aromatherapy, from mud wraps to seaweed scrub, the massages available at Aamod transform you instantly to a world called- Bliss. So leave behind your stress, relax and give in. 

We have a range of other options for you if our spa facility doesn't entice you!

Our open Jacuzzi overlooking the mountains is a great escape from the city stress. A quick secret – it a great hideaway for Honeymooners too!

We also have facilities for Yoga and meditation at Aamod. For what is a better location than nature's lap to connect the body and mind? In this oasis of tranquillity, you can leave your worries behind and detox with a private yoga session. Leave it to us to provide you trained instructors.

Offsites

'THE GLADE' at Aamod Shoghi is our best hidden asset. Surrounded by spectacular scenery and fresh mountain air, the location is almost utopian for holding any conference, corporate team building retreat, seminar, executive retreat, stress management courses and much more! The outdoor venue draws from the inspirational beauty of the dense forests. The spacious open-air conference deck covered with a thatched roof, with a capacity of 60 attendees, gives you the dream conference location you could imagine.

The Glade is fully equipped with modern audio-visual equipment like LCD projector, sound system, white board and screen. With our host of activities, both indoor and outdoor, your team is sure to thoroughly enjoy their stay! Whether you are rewarding your top performers or entertaining your best clients in appreciation for their support, the team at Aamod, ensures a memorable experience.

At Aamod, we create what you envision; from special functions to general just-like-that parties, our team awaits your direction to create a magical and unforgettable experience. Our 20 cottages allow you to effortlessly accommodate your out-of-town guests. If your friends and family decide to make our resort their home away from home, you can guarantee they will have plenty to do and see.

Getaways

Getaways are meant to give you a 'change' that refreshes you absolutely but doesn't send you too far from home! The joy of a getaway doubles when the road to travel is easy and short. To cut yourself from the clamour of Shimla yet be near it to reach anytime, Shoghi is your answer. It is away from the city yet comfortably near it. Tucked in pristine virgin forests, Aamod at Shoghi is not only meant to bring you close to nature but also to your loved ones. So bring your family here to relax and bond while exploring, what Aamod has to offer - from recreational games and adventure sports to hilltop spa and nature walks with picnics and much more...

Celebrations can be more special if they are away from home but with loved ones around. So this time, plan a special and unique birthday for your family at Aamod, and gift them sweet memories for a lifetime.

Aamod at Shoghi is a blissful weekend hideout for couples seeking solace and some time for themselves! Live the romance as you walk in the forests hand in hand. Aamod at Shoghi has a personalised experience ready for you each time.

If you are an artist looking for an inspiration, stay with us till your heart desires and your mind demands. The beauty, the tranquillity and the pristine nature is sure to create a spur within. If you just want to take a break from your daily life, drive kilometres and cut off from the world by sitting right onto nature's lap. Soak in nature and just curl up reading your book the whole day.

Kitty parties / social gatherings are life's small pockets of sunshine. And to make it more special, plan it differently this time. Instead of choosing your drawing room or lawns, choose a location more close to nature and refreshing to give your celebrations a unique touch. Its perfect location makes it the best satellite celebration point for you. So be it weekend parties or special kitties, plan it uniquely this time, by coming to Aamod at Shoghi. Plan a surprise for your family and bring them on a delightful unexplored trail. Aamod at Shoghi is designed for sudden impulsive surprises.

With a range of entertainment options like adventure sports, bonfire, barbecue, wellness spa, trekking and many other team games, your entire gang will have a whale of time.

Sight Seeing

Come to Aamod and change your perception of sightseeing in Shimla forever! With a plethora of local sightseeing places in Shimla, you will not have a single moment to spare! From the Mall road in Shimla to State museum and Tara Devi temple, Shmila is dotted with exciting options to visit. Following is an exhaustive list of tourist places in Shimla and around:

The Mall: The Mall, like most hill stations in North India, is the main shopping centre of Shimla. It is the best market for the handicrafts of Himachal Pradesh. Woollen and pashmina shawls, decorative items, handmade shoes, dolls, woollen caps, carved wooden sticks, toys and other items made from wood are on sale in the Lakkar Bazar. Tibetan jewellery and trinkets are found in the small Tibetan shops near the Ridge. Situated on the Ridge is Christ Church, which is the second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. The entire place becomes breathtakingly romantic in the evening offering wonderful views of the lit up city below. You can laze around the Mall and spend some intimate moments with close ones.

Jakhu Hill: At a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak and offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple, which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors. It is built in the Nagari style with a tiled roof. The temple at the centre of a group of sculpted stones shrines overlooks the river and offers good views. Inside the temple, Lord Shiva has been depicted as the lord of the three worlds; at the Panchvakhra, he has five faces, expressing his five aspects.

Himachal State Museum: The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to project hill-out and the cultural wealth of the state. Art objects in the Museum collection are mostly related to art, archaeology and cultural anthropology of Himachal and other states of India. At present, Museum has about 9000 objects in its collection. At the outset, Museum started with four galleries. Since then more galleries have been added. These galleries pertain to pre- historic, Indian archaeology, woodcarvings, Himachal archaeology, pahari miniature paintings, monuments& photographs, Rajasthan paintings, bronzes, numismatic, arms gallery, Gandhi gallery, philatelic, anthropological, contemporary art & wall paintings gallery. In addition to these galleries museum has one exhibition hall for arranging the exhibition and other museum activities.

Indian Institute of Advanced Studies: This institute is housed in the Viceregal Lodge, which was built in 1884-88 during the British times. It has spacious gardens and is ringed by beautiful pine trees. All is calm and serene just the right atmosphere for a student of literature or politics.

Annandale: Developed as the playground of Shimla, Annandale is 2-4 kms from the Ridge at a height of 6,117 ft. It is a favourite spot for cricket, picnics and the princely game of polo. An army golf course is also located here.

Kalyani Helipad: Situated near chharabra is located on a hill top surrounded by towering deodar trees & lush green forest offering a spectacular panoramic view of vast valleys on three sides.

Mashobra: Mashobra has several excellent picnic spots & offers ideal walks amidst oak and pine trees. It is also the site of the annual Sipi fair in June.

Tara Devi: Tara Devi has a temple dedicated to the goddess of stars on top of the hill. There is a military Dairy Town here as well as the headquarters of Bharat Scouts and Guides. At a height of 6,070 ft. Tara Devi is an ideal place for a person wanting peace and some rest.

Craignano: This is another beautiful spot a little ahead of Mashobra. It's a municipal corporation rest house with green lawns full of flowers and a nice picnic spot.

Naldehra: Under a skyline etched with conifers, Naldehra offers a well groomed nine-hole Golf course; designed by Lord Curzon undulating hills and giant deodars, make it a unique spot for picnics.

Tattapani: Situated on the bank of river Sutlej is well known for its hot springs. River rafting commencing from Chaba terminates here.

Kufri: 16 kms ahead of Shimla at a height of 8,600 feet, Kufri is the winter sports capital. The skiing season is at its best during January and February. Apart from skiing, Kufri is a lovely picnic spot with a beautiful view of the hills around and the snowy peaks. There is also a zoo that delights children.

Fagu: Fagu (near Kufri) is a vantage point on national highway with a panoramic view of ranges and valleys. It serves as a good base for exploring the nearby countryside which is flooded with orchards and forests.

Jatoli Shiv Temple: This is a very old temple and every year an annual fair is organised here on the occasion of Mahashivratri, which makes it a must see place, just 6-kms away from Solan.

Bon Monastery (Yung Drung Ling): 12-kms from Solan, this monastery is the second oldest monastery in the world after the one present in Tibet.

Chail: It combines the charm and beauty of a remote and peaceful mountain resort with the splendor and elegance of a princely reserve. Chail was the summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala before Independence. The verdant forests around Chail are alive with many species of birds and deer.

Barog: A verdant place of considerable scenic charm and beauty affording extensive views of high mountains stretching range after range and valleys swooping down the Haryana and Punjab plains.

Kasauli: It is charming and quiet; an ideal place for those in search of peace and relaxation. Kasauli is known for dainty English cottages set in flower laden gardens.

Arki: Once the capital of pricely state of Baghal, Arki has experienced many historical events from time to time. It also had been a centre of miniature paintings & famous for Ast Nayika Frescos executed in the Arki Kalam

Jabli: It provides joy ride on a tram (rope way trolley) from Jabli to Nandoh near /kasauli covering a distance of more than 1200 metre through pine forests & picturesque surroundings is exciting & refreshing.

Tariff

  SEASON TARIFF (1st April to 30th June) & (23rd Dec to 3rd Jan)

Room Type : Deluxe Cottage
Weekday Rate per night : Rs. 7000/- per double
Weekend Rate per night : Rs. 8000/- per double

Room Type : Super-Deluxe Cottage
Weekday Rate per night : Rs. 9000/- per double
Weekend Rate per night : Rs. 10000/- per double

Room Type : Family Cottage
Weekday Rate per night : Rs. 13000/- per four adults
Weekend Rate per night : Rs. 14000/- per four adults

Room Type : Family Deluxe Cottage
Weekday Rate per night : Rs. 16000/- per four adults
Weekend Rate per night : Rs. 17000/- per four adults

Extra Adult : Rs. 2500/- (per night) 

Extra Child : Rs. 1250/- (per night)

  OFF-SEASON TARIFF (1st Jul to 22nd Dec) & (4th Jan to 31st Mar)

Room Type : Deluxe Cottage
Weekday Rate per night : Rs. 5500/- per double
Weekend Rate per night : Rs. 6500/- per double

Room Type : Super-Deluxe Cottage
Weekday Rate per night : Rs. 7000/- per double
Weekend Rate per night : Rs. 8000/- per double

Room Type : Family Cottage
Weekday Rate per night : Rs. 10000/- per four adults
Weekend Rate per night : Rs. 11000/- per four adults

Room Type : Family Deluxe Cottage
Weekday Rate per night : Rs. 12500/- per four adults
Weekend Rate per night : Rs. 13500/- per four adults

Extra Adult : Rs. 2000/- (per night) 

Extra Child : Rs. 1000/- (per night)

Note : Compulsory Festive Supplement (i/c limited alcohol) @ Rs.2000/- per person for X-Mas Eve (24th Dec) Gala Dinner.
            Compulsory Festive Supplement (i/c limited alcohol) @ Rs.3000/- per person for New Year Eve (31st Dec) Gala Dinner.

Inclusions

* Well appointed room.
* Seasonal fruit basket on arrival.
* Two bottles of Mineral Water in the room per day.
* Tea / coffee maker in the room along with daily replenishment.
* Complimentary accommodation for 2 children below 6 years in the same room (w/o extra bed).

Terms & Conditions

* Taxes extra as applicable.
* 100% advance payment at the time of booking.
* Check-in time is 2 P.M. and check-out is 11 A.M. Early check-in / late check-out shall be permitted subject to availability of rooms and on paying the day charges.
* Confirmation of booking is subject to availability of rooms and receipt of advance payment.
* All the above terms and conditions including the rates are subject to change without notice.

Cancellation Policy

* Reservation cancelled / amended before 30 days prior to the check-in shall be exempted from cancellation charge.
* One night stay on pro rata basis shall be levied for cancellation / amendment received up to 15 days prior to check-in.
* There shall be no refunds for cancellation received within 15 days prior to check-in or ''No Show'' or ''Early check out''.
* Check-in time is 1400 Hours & Check-out time is 1100 Hours.
* Early Check-In & Late Check-out is subject to availability of rooms and on paying the applicable charges.