It is difficult for me to circle my most extraordinary Shillim moment: I can’t decide whether it was the soul soothing sight of leafy shawls hugging every inch of the unending Sahyadri hills at virtually touching distance, while swimming in the personal spa pool of my villa, the view of the velvety dark sky spangled with millions of magical constellations as I revelled in the chilly nip at night, or experiencing on my cheeks the golden ascent of the glorious sun as it clambered up stealthily from behind the hills in the morning while I sipped rosehip hibiscus tea…

Shilpi Madan for Travel + Leisure India & South Asia

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