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Mountains Calling? Dehradun Could Be Your Next Perfect Weekend Destination 

I’m not a summer person, so unless you’re taking me to a hill station where I can at least pretend that summer doesn’t exist, I’ll be in my air conditioned room, thank you very much. The onset of summer also means respite from city life and pollution at a getaway somewhere that isn’t a 100 hours away, but also away enough. Especially for Delhi, that getaway is almost always Uttarakhand or Himachal. Think Mussoorie, but cut travel time by about two hours, as Hyatt Regency has launched its first property in Uttarakhand, in Dehradun, for those of us who like the luxury without having to brave long hours of a road trip for it.

Positioned as a luxury, pet-friendly hotel that overlooks the Malsi range of the Himalayas, the new property serves as an urban resort, with rooms across six categories (the presidential suite is ginormous and has the best view), fit for families and business conventions alike, we realise, in their expansive ballroom during the press conference. But what makes it the perfect getaway are the immersive experiences available to explore the beauty of Uttarakhand via local cuisine, music, a view, and what we all need on a lazy Saturday — the pristine spa.

But first, let’s talk food. Housing not one, not two, but five restaurants, the property does its best to ensure that you have your comfort nibbles available, but also are adventurous enough to indulge in local flavours. Seriously, though, missing out on Kumaoni dishes is missing out on life. Try the bhat ki churkani<and the pahadi kheere ka raita you’ll thank me later. However, if I have to pick one restaurant that I absolutely loved, it’s Beyul, their rooftop bar, lounge, and fine dining restaurant, which offers Tibetan fare with a side of North Indian options. Chef Tenzin Dolma makes beautiful chicken and lamb momos, and the thukpa bowl is a delight. Pair that with a good cocktail and the beautiful view, what a Saturday night that’ll be. All of the hotel’s focus is on using as much local ingredients as possible — even their bar has a platter with different Himalayan salts for your cocktail glass rims, while The Market inside the property sells artisanal local products that you can take back.

Spa trip, anyone? I listed this in href=”https:// strong long weekend as well, but the spa is so good that if you’re actually just driving down to Dehradun (I flew down from Mumbai, and it was so worth the trip), it is a solid factor among many others for you to come back for more. Six well-equipped spa rooms with a steam, sauna, and locker, right off the infinity pool. Dream come true. With intensive treatments meant to wash the city stress off you by using special formulations — my almond lavender treatment had real ground almonds for exfoliation and it worked wonders in undoing knots and tension in my shoulders — the spa at this property will help you truly unwind. I have never fallen asleep on a spa table before this, so you know what I mean by truly unwind.

If you’re looking for some adventure, the hotel arranges hikes, guided tours, local cultural experiences, as well as wellness activities such as meditation and a yoga session set against the backdrop of the beautiful valley. For me, given the stressful lives we lead, this property is meant for you to catch a break, whatever your version of that is. No more driving 10-12-hours for the weekend; instead, you drive less, you go to the hills, and you breathe in its luxury and warm hospitality.

Dehradun school closed after 11-year-old tests positive for Covid amid fourth wave scare

A private school in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun was shut for two days after an 11-year-old student tested positive for Covid-19, said Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Manoj Upreti.

Education Dept has directed Dehradun’s Brightlands School authorities to close the school for two days after an 11-yr-old student tested positive for COVID19. All schools directed to follow protocol of wearing masks, physical distancing&hand hygiene: CMO Dr Manoj Upreti,” ANI tweeted.

Meanwhile, on the covid front, India on Sunday reported 2,593 new Covid-19 cases, which is a marginal increase over the 2,527 infections registered the previous day, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs said.

Also in the same period, an additional 44 Covid fatalities increased the nationwide death toll to 5,22,193.

The number of Indias active caseload has increased to 15,873, accounting for 0.04 per cent of the countrys total positive cases.

The recovery of 1,755 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,25,19,479. Consequently, India`s recovery rate stands at 98.75 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 4,36,532 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall count to 83.47 crores.

While the weekly positivity rate stood at 0.54 per cent, the daily positivity rate reported a considerable spike to 0.59 per cent.

As of Sunday morning, India`s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 187.67 crores, achieved via 2,30,29,745 sessions.

Over 2.65 crore adolescents have been administered a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of the vaccination drive for this age bracket.

Dehradun railway station redevelopment on track; approval sought for 83.5-metre tall tower

The proposed station redevelopment project includes a revolving restaurant atop the tower with a 360-degree view of the Doon Valley.

A meeting to review the status of the redevelopment of Dehradun railway station was held between Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat and vice chairman of Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) Ved Parkash Dudeja.

In the meeting held in Dehradun on December 15, Dudeja, apprised the chief minister on the status of development of the project and sought approval for the Detailed Project Report (DPR) involving a high-rise building of 83.5 metre height, RLDA sources said.

The present traffic problems for entry and exit at Dehradun station will be eased out under the redevelopment plan. Passengers can enjoy a 360-degree view of the entire Doon Valley in about an hour from the revolving restaurant atop the high-rise tower which will be the first revolving restaurant of its kind in Uttarakhand.

The proposed venture will cost Rs 125 crore for the station and Rs 400 crore for commercial development.

The CM advised MDDA to put up the proposal for cabinet approval in the next cabinet meeting scheduled in the third week of January 2021.

We have requested the state government for early approval to the DPR of the Dehradun Railway Station so that the request fro proposal (RFP) can be floated at the earliest. The redevelopment of the Dehradun railway station will upgrade the facilities in line with global standards. The redevelopment will also catalyse real estate development, accentuate the tourism potential and boost the local economy and will create a win-win situation for all the stakeholders,” said Dudeja.

Ranvir Singh Chauhan, vice chairman, Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA), Shailesh Bagauli, secretary, housing, Uttarakhand and Ashish Kumar Srivastava, district magistrate, Dehradun also attended the meeting.

The Dehradun railway station is being developed jointly by RLDA and MDDA, and an MoU was signed last year between both organisations in this regard.

The objective of the redevelopment is to upgrade the station with state-of-the-art amenities such as segregation of entry and exit, food and beverage outlets, dedicated underground parking, and pedestrian plaza.

The Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the development of the Dehradun station on a PPP mode was earlier invited by RLDA.

The DPR that constitutes a part of RFP, is currently under finalisation by MMDA, following which the RFP is planned to be invited in January 2021. The mandatory station redevelopment is scheduled to be completed in three years. The commercial component will be leased for 60 years and the residential component for 99 years.

The total area of land under consideration is about 14 acres wherein about 8 acres land is allocated for mandatory development of the railways such as station building and railway passenger amenities including offices. The remaining 6 acres land will be allocated for real estate development. The real estate component involves residential and commercial, such as malls, hotels, retail spaces, multi-level parking, and office space.

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