What is better than hospitality that knows how to serve up a great spa session and understands your need for adventure, all at the same time? Not much, friends, not much. Taj Theog Resort & Spa is all of this and maybe more.
As I entered their lobby I was awestruck by its ceiling to floor windows and intense elements of Himachali architecture. Those of you who love grand views will be glad to know that you get rooms over here with balconies overlooking a breath-taking mountain view. Weirdly, any hotel I've ever checked into, I've always compulsively checked the bathrooms first. Taj Theog's rooms come with bathrooms, a suave shower room with glass doors, and marble flooring (the interior and architecture nerd in me was thrilled to see this).
For lunch, I ate at their restaurant Tragopan and I tried two things, an orange and Jalepeno salad, with loads of greens, followed by a Himachali cuisine thali. The Himachali cuisine was to die for - I had paranthas with Chha ghosht (a mutton delicacy), and lentil dimsums cooked in spinach saag.
For dinner you can head to their restaurant and bar - Theog Junction. Here, you can chill with the dim lights, a drink, live music and great food. Fun fact; Theog Junction is built to resemble the famous train to Shimla. They've also got an in-house handicrafts shop, where you can find scarves, shawls etc to take back as souvenirs.
I also recommend a session at Taj's Jiva spa. There are two massages I think you must try. First is their champi, which is a forty-five minute long head massage that put me straight to sleep. And second, the retreat's signature massage - Deva-Daru. A two hour long massage that starts with their sea salt, sesame oil and Devadaru/Deodar Cedar tree powder scrub, and ends with a fragrant and relaxing Pine oil massage.
Tariff: Starting at INR 13,000 per night