This cottage in Shimla is straight out of an English fairy tale

It’s every now and then that one encounters this two-story cottage in the hills surrounded by snow-capped peaks, the wafting scent of pine trees, a crackling fire, wood-paneled roofs and a regal past to match. Jungle House, the former summer residence of Princess Kusum of Bharatpur, carries memories of a bygone era while keeping all the modern comforts and luxuries in place: think teak floors, pashmina throws, giant bathtubs with breathtaking views of the Himalayas, sprawling rooms in wood, stone and glass and a cozy and well-stocked library.

Inside the Jungle House, Shimla

Situated at a height of 7,700 feet on Jakhu Hill, Shimla, the stone and timber cottage offers two suites called Holly and Chelsea with elegant furnishings, a bathroom with a stand-alone bathtub and floor-to-ceiling windows offering a spectacular view of the middle. Himalayas. Dating back to the 19th century, this cottage has changed many owners starting with a local shepherd to an English settler and finally to the Princess of Bharatpur. The colonial architecture of the cottage has been kept intact while giving it a modern update keeping its charm intact. A sprawling two-tiered garden can serve as the setting for impromptu picnics or croquet games while the rose-covered arbor provides a fragrant reading nook for those who want to spend some quiet time.