Some years ago I was sitting with my old friend Altaf Chapri (whose travel company Discovery handles all my Indian tour groups) drinking chai and lamenting the cavalier way Indian hotels treat group bookings. We were contrasting the way they used to be – friendly, personal, co-operative – with the blasé new style of operating that can demand full payment long upfront and then cancel confirmed bookings out of hand when a higher paying customer hoves into view with a wad of dirty notes in hand. ‘You know, we should just open our own hotel’ I said, half-joking. He laughingly agreed. There was a pause of a few seconds and then we looked at each other. ‘You know’ said Altaf, ‘I have been thinking the same thing…’ And thus was born Neeleshwar Hermitage.

One our recent guests, Helen Burford was inspired by her stay at the Neeleshwar to write this beautiful piece of music, please take the time to listen and enjoy.



This near perfect haven of peace and pampering’ Conde Nast Traveller

‘An exceptional retreat. Excellent food and peerless staff. Thank you’Fay Maschler, restaurant critic, London , UK

”The greeting in Neeleshwar set the tone of the coming week: it was warm, professional, calm and had an understated attention to detail that meant you could completely relax into the arms of the place. Neeleshwar is beautiful, superbly run and the best place I have ever visited for recharging a weary body and mind. By the end of the week I felt 10 years younger.’
Monty Don (TV presenter and gardening expert)

‘Really magnificent, faultless…a place is made by its people and here you have the very best and the kindest’
Ben Elliot, founder of Quintessentially.

‘The perfect distillation of what so many Westerners, from E.M.Forster and Allen Ginsberg to the Beatles, have come to India in an attempt to find: an escape from the pressures and frenzied pace of our lives.’
Harper’s Bazaar.

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