Mashobra’s Hideaway: Fortune Cedar Trail

Ask any traveler, and they’d tell you that Himachal Pradesh is on their list of must-visit destinations. The mountainous state, which is on the bucket list of many, boasts a beautiful terrain populated by a lush green landscape. However, thanks to overtourism, the once sought-after destinations like Shimla are gradually losing their old-world charm. Fortunately, not all is lost, as unbeknownst to many, Shimla boasts some of the state’s quiet neighborhood towns.

A 30-minute drive from the Shimla main city center will take you to Mashobra, a dainty little fairytale town, unexplored by many and untouched by the urban cacophony. The locale itself is a giant ladder of slopes populated by tall cedar trees.

Nestled in this spectacular tangled landscape is a hotel that’s not just on the mountain, but is a part of the mountain.

Fortune Cedar Trail is a newly constructed property that serves as a perfect staycation for all categories of travelers. The 5-minute passage from Mashobra main road to the venue is a journey in itself. The hotel inspires a sort of multi-perspective on life. For solo travelers, it offers the perfect ambiance to think, rediscover themselves, and zero in on what they want out of life while allowing couples and newlyweds to soak in all the natural grandeur that the property emits and inject the same into their relationship goals. For families, the hotel doles out a lot of fun activities, creating a lifetime of memories.

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An aura of natural calm welcomes you when you enter the hotel’s tastefully decorated lobby. The room, on the other hand, exudes an unusually familiar homely aura. The hotel embraces a modern European style design bringing the beauty of the outdoors in. The hotel has single-loaded corridors to ensure that each of the 47 rooms and their balconies open into the valley offering panoramic views of the lush green valley and the apple orchards; bringing guests a step closer to nature. The glimpses of the changing seasons can be best experienced at the hotel because of this; be it the lush green valley views of the summer, the ‘walk amidst the clouds’ experience on rainy days or pretty snowflakes falling from the deep blue sky in the winters.

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An ideal MICE venue

Fortune Select Cedar Trail in Mashobra is a perfect venue for MICE. The striking landscapes and sophisticated setting of the hotel provide a natural backdrop to unforgettable events.  Spanning two floors, the hotel’s meeting and event space are completely customizable based on the type of event. The two banquet halls can house up to 300 guests and are ideal for corporate events and meets. The hotel is fully geared for spectacular destination weddings that are sure to look right out of a fairy-tale. With state-of-the-art banquet facilities, a dedicated team, lip-smacking gourmet options and tailor-made services, the hotel is also a great venue for team-building exercises. Fortune Select Cedar Trail, Mashobra also has a lovely Sunset Garden for outdoor events and can accommodate more than 300 guests.

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“Fortune Select Cedar Trail Mashobra (Shimla) is a picturesque property set in the lap of nature. Besides the world-class facilities, delectable culinary delights, personalized services, and impeccable Fortune service standards that we bring to the guest, we have woven many unique experiences that a guest can enjoy during his stay with us. Our brand philosophy revolves around providing contemporary accommodation to business and leisure travelers, with an emphasis on personalized service at a great value. Besides this prevalent 360-degree marketing initiatives offline and on digital, we are presently promoting special offers with attractive inclusions, to engage potential guests across platforms. Our branding strategy has been built hugely on the word of mouth recommendations of our customers, as all brand growth essentially thrives on the customer experience,” Arif Asmath, General Manager, Fortune Cedar Trail.

Nearby attractions to explore

(a)   River Rafting at Tatapani on the Sutlej River and the Hot Springs

(b)   Trekking on the Hillocks of Carignano

(c)   Golfing at Naldhera Golf Course

(d)   Kufri Tour: Adventure Resorts, Chinni Bangla, and Horse riding on Mashu Peak

(e)   Shimla Tour: Mall Road, Lakkar Bazaar, Jakhoo Temple, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, State Museum