With Uttarakhand lifting all travel restrictions for tourists, you can now take off for a vacation to the hills without much fuss. If you had been dreaming about that perfect workation overlooking the Himalayas or taking a weekend road trip to be amidst nature and its beauty, it's time to finally make it happen and get your much-needed break. Unlike earlier, you require no COVID-19 negative report to enter Uttarakhand. However, a simple registration process is mandatory on the smart city portal before travel. To cater to new travel choices of tourists, hospitality players are not only ensuring strict safety measures but also introducing exciting offers and experiences for an enjoyable and safe stay.
While work from home has become the new norm, there's no reason why you couldn't work from the hills and break the monotony? A plentiful of homestays, hotels and resorts in Uttarakhand are offering delightful and pocket-friendly workcation packages to the visitors, which can be tailor-made as per the latter's demands. One can also throw in the benefits of pleasing weather and limitless access to outdoors, engaging in fun activities such as trekking, biking, birdwatching, stargazing, etc.
Sharing his views on workcation in Uttarakhand, Secretary of Uttarakhand Tourism, Dilip Jawalkar said, "Workcation has lately become the trending concept of vacation. Uttarakhand Tourism is offering workcation destinations to visitors in numerous hotels, resorts and homestays in locations such as Jim Corbett, Lansdowne, Mussoorie, Kausani, Dehradun, Nainital, Almora, among others. These spots are located at heavenly locations with panoramic views of mountains all around, providing a boundless therapy for the body, mind and soul. They come equipped with high-speed internet connectivity, power backup, medical and first aid facilities, healthy and fresh food, room service, etc. following all the important safety guidelines, norms and specific COVID protocols."
UTDB will soon be rolling out the 'Tourist Incentive Coupon' scheme, wherein tourists visiting Uttarakhand for a minimum of 3 days will be provided with a discount of up to Rs 3000 on booking their stay in hotels/homestays.
The lockdown period has seen the revival of natural ecosystems. Endangered species of animals roam freely adjacent to the buffer zone of National Parks. Migratory birds continue to flock Nainital and Corbett belt. In Haridwar and Rishikesh, the River Ganga has become visibly pristine. Elephants roam freely across the Rajaji National Park Forest, nearby!
Mr Vibhas Prasad, Director of Leisure Hotel Group (LHG), the largest luxury boutique hotel chain in Uttarakhand said, "Our boutique resorts, bespoke villas and luxury camps are nestled amidst pristine natural surroundings of either hills, forests or beside rivers, hence are least affected. This of course does not mean that we will be relaxing any safety and hygiene measures. Our teams across all our properties are geared up to welcome travellers for a worry free staycation. We remain committed to smarter and safer stay experiences for all our guests."
Leisure Hotels Group has more than twenty boutique resorts (out of 27 Hotels) located in the most scenic locations across Uttarakhand in Corbett National Park, Nainital, Haridwar, Kashipur, Kausani, Naukuchiatal, Rajaji, Ramgarh, Rishikesh and the Char Dhams.
With ease of restrictions in the state of Uttarakhand, Indian Hotels' Company Limited has announced the 4D - Dream, Drive, Discover, Delight offer that gives guests the perfect opportunity to drive with families and friends to recharge and rejuvenate with Taj Hotels in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh, by banks of the majestic Ganges, is sought after by spiritual seekers and yoga practitioners worldwide, while the legend of Jim Corbett lives on in the famed tiger reserve at Corbett.
You can enjoy a luxury getaway in the tranquil settings of the Garwhal region at Taj Rishikesh Resort and Spa or experience an unforgettable glimpse of the exciting wildlife and magical landscape of Jim Corbett National Park at Taj Corbett Resort & Spa. Plan a break with family and friends amidst luxurious living spaces, recreational activities and culinary delights, all curated with the highest levels of safety, just a drive away from home.
Overlooking the valley and surrounded by lush natural foliage, JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges makes for a perfect getaway that is also away from the crowd. The luxury hotel is offering long stay packages to guests to cater to the workation trend.
Sachin Mylavarapu, General Manager of the JW Marriott Mussoorie said, "We have exclusive long stay packages that have been curated as part of the New Normal experience. It includes customised room tariffs inclusive of meals for both the occupants of the room amidst this safe paradise termed as High on Work, urging guests to own their personal Himalayan workspace. With committed hygiene standards and impeccable hospitality, we have re-imagined our resort to boost your creativity and productivity."
Sharing their experience of hosting visitors on workcation, Rishi of Faraway Renz Resort in Jakh, Uttarakhand, says "Till now, we have hosted 6 different families from the national capital region and 5 from within Uttarakhand who had come with the idea of workcation. Office goers have been attending calls, while kids do their online classes. One family liked the concept so much that they extended their 1-week plan to 24 nights stay. All this has led to a 44% average occupancy in August. That's higher than what we did in May last year!"
Vicky Manral, who runs the Eco Harryman's Homestay in Nainital's Pawalgarh village has received enquiry calls from over twenty professionals. He says, "Amid the COVID pandemic, workcation has come up to be a new trend among office goers who are stuck in the work-from-home cycle and desperately want to travel to experience a change in scenario. Lately a lot of people have shown interest in booking our homestay and making our place their workstation for the next couple of months!"