The Most Luxurious Villas in Darjeeling

Darjeeling.... A small town in the foothills of Himalayan region at an elevated level of 6700 ft above sea level offering dazzling views of snow peaks of Kanchenjunga mountain range. A hill station with a subtropical highland climate where the average temperatures fall between 6°C to 18°C. Dense ever green forest and rare species of flora and fauna along with the chilled climate contributes to the serene views of the nature, attracting tourists from all over, all year long. To make this a much more memorable vacation we bring you the list of most luxurious villas to stay in Darjeeling.

MAYFAIR HOTELS & RESORTS

A resort which reflects & retains the old heritage & charm of the exotic summer house of the Maharajas. A blissful resort amidst the snow capped mountains & the heavy green foliage. The resort assumes 5-star facilities with impeccable hospitality. The rooms are a perfect example of a combination of class, grace & elegance. Well equipped with 44 rooms, it’s a home like comfort with spectacular views. Adorned with exquisite woodwork & highly sophisticated furnishings, the guests are truly bound to experience a regal living lifestyle. An extended family room & private balcony showcases the magnificent views of the plush green surroundings. The fine blend of the antique furniture & the vintage paintings on the walls ensures the vibrant antiquity giving them real British colonial charm. Be spoilt for choices with their in house library, the pool room, well-equipped gym and a soothing spa to revitalize your mind, body & soul. Magnolia & Tiffany, their multi cuisine restaurant serves sumptuous food retaining their interiors in the old British style. An extension to this is the Douglas Bar, stocked with the most generous & finest spirits, wines & tobacco to unleash your stress in this perfect environment. The original paintings of Douglas illuminate the walls of the bar. Do you wish to celebrate like amidst this beautiful location? They also offer banquet hall for all kinds of parties & corporate purposes.

Price Range: Rs.12000 to Rs.20000

How to reach: Approx 2.5kms from Siliguri & Takdah Bus Stand.

How to book: On any of the various travel apps or by directly making a reservation on their website http://www.mayfairhotels.com/mayfair-darjeeling/

USP: British colonial architecture

Distance from major attractions: All major attractions are in a range of 5 km to 20 km radius from the resort.

Food Options: Serves multi cuisine.

GING TEA HOUSE

Price Range: Rs.12000 to Rs.20000

Ever wondered how scenic & peaceful it would be to stay in an uninterrupted stretch of 600 hectares, 3000 ft above the sea level. Visit Ging Tea House, one of the oldest tea plantations of East India (since 1864) and spoil yourself with the wide range of teas to relish from. Lose yourself with the luxurious bed teas, a walk along the picturesque mountains; soak in the lush greens reconnecting with nature. Escape from the hustle bustle of the noisy city life and unwind in the lap of lesser known Himalayas. All the villas are surrounded by well-maintained gardens which make it a perfect destination for a tranquil holiday. The rooms have a royal touch with wooden flooring & exposed rafters on the high ceilings. Enjoy your morning tea in the gazebo where the chirping birds give you company along with the majestic views of the Himalayan range. A glass of wine, while you try your hands on the antique piano, gathering around the stone fireplace, could be your ideal evening. A trip to the tea estate will be incomplete without learning the secrets of the famous Darjeeling tea! The resort organizes day trips along with scenic walks and hikes for all those who want to explore. They also have in house activities for those who wish to stay back & relax.

Price Range: Rs.18000 to Rs.20000

How to reach: Approx 10.6 km from Siliguri & Takdah Bus Stand.

How to book: On any of the various travel apps or by directly making a reservation on their website http://www.gingteahouse.com/

USP: Villas amidst 600 acres of tea plantation

Distance from major attractions: All major attractions are in a range of 10 km to 25 km radius from the resort.

Food Options: Serves vegetarian only. Drinks available on request.

CEDAR INN

Cedar Inn – the boutique hotel, is situated high above the main town, nestling amidst groves of evergreen trees in serene environs. Arguably one of the greatest locations away from the city offering a visual treat. What more could one ask for in a vacation? The hotel is beautifully adorned with extensive hand crafted woodwork interiors with a touch of traditional elegance. Wake up to the exotic views of the Himalayan foliage and leave your troubles behind while you enjoy the soothing sound of the rippling water. Choose to spend your evening by taking a stroll in their garden or indulge in their live music performed by the local artists. Terrace café is a must try for is for all those tea lovers to sip on different flavors. Making perfect justice to its name, Bar of Paradise is one stop for all kinds of alcoholic drinks inclusive of a fine collection of international brands. If your hobby is to read on a holiday, then get attached to a book along with a cup of tea in their library. Do not forget to check their gift shop to pick up souvenirs like handicrafts, shawls & Darjeeling tea.

Price Range: Rs.10000 to Rs.20000

How to reach: Approx 1.9 km from Siliguri & Takdah Bus Stand.

How to book: On any of the various travel apps or by directly making a reservation on their website http://cedarinndarjeeling.com/

USP: The terrace café with Himalayan specialties.

Distance from major attractions: All major attractions are in a range of 5 km to 15 km radius from the resort.

Food Options: Multi-cuisine restaurant with alcohol.

THE ELGIN

Ever wished to live like a king & queen in the royal palace? The Elgin is the place! Once a summer house for the Maharaja’s is now a heritage luxury hotel. 6000 ft up amidst the Himalayas, The Elgin is a celebration of elegance & grace of the colonial era. A glass of sparkling cherry liquor & a warm silk scarf around your neck is how one is welcomed here. Decked up with cozy interiors, Burma teak furniture, oak wood floorings, crackling fireplaces, candle lit tables, paintings of Douglas, strains of music, one cannot expect more luxury than this. The 25 luxury rooms are nothing less than a mansion to experience the mellow sunshine in the mornings to the cheerful evenings. A splendid example of comfort and charm all in a single room adorning the Victorian décor. The attic rooms with sloped roofs & wooden walls are a perfect place to unwind after a trek in the mountains. Not just the rooms but their bathrooms do not compromise on the luxury either. Get out and explore the stunning views of the Himalayas by taking a ride on horses or ponies, or by taking a stroll at their garden. Do take a pit stop at the gazebo for some pictures! The Orchid dining room treats you like royalty with a wide variety of multi cuisine food to the classical tunes of the grand piano. If you enjoy eating outdoors, in nature, you could choose to eat at the gazebo in the garden. A royal vacation is incomplete without a rejuvenating spa experience.

Price Range: Rs.13000 to Rs.15000

How to reach: Approx 1.8 km from Siliguri & Takdah Bus Stand.

How to book: On any of the various travel apps or by directly making a reservation on their website http://www.elginhotels.com/darjeeling.php

USP: Luxurious cozy villas, not to forget their hot water bags in beds for the perfect warmth.

Distance from major attractions: All major attractions are in a range of 6 km to 15 km radius from the resort.

Food Options: Multi cuisine restaurant with an extended bar.

WINDAMERE HOTEL

Windamere was once a boarding house for the English bachelors & the Scottish tea planters which later became the heritage hotel just before the Second World War. Famous for its unique charm & ambience, it has been among the popular talks in the international media. One of the original heritage hotels of the Himalayas located on an observatory hill also believed to be a source of life enhancing cosmic energies and hence the name Holy hill. All the 6 colonial style suites are named after the people who actually stayed there during the British raj period. Large suites with a sitting area, a fireplace, beautifully handcrafted Kashmiri rugs and wooden interiors are just prototypes of colonial style of architecture. You would be actually living in the villas of the Prince of Greece & Denmark, Princess of Siam, Thailand, etc to name a few if you pick the royal villas for your stay. Daisy’s music room allows you to enjoy some classical numbers as you read or an afternoon tea by the fire. A royal spa to unleash your mind is a must at the end of the day. The only hotel in Darjeeling that serves a special freshly ground coffee along with the food. Another specialty is that the entire dining hall is transformed into a candle lit affair with soft music for a perfect peaceful evening.

Price Range: Rs.10000 to Rs.15000

How to reach: Approx 1.6 km from Siliguri & Takdah Bus Stand.

How to book: On any of the various travel apps or by directly making a reservation on their website http://www.windamerehotel.com/

USP: A holiday with a history.

Distance from major attractions: All major attractions are in a range of 5 km to 20 km radius from the resort.

Food Options: Indian & Continental with alcohol.

Phew..! That was quite an explanation of the lifestyle of the royals. Choose to see the beauty of tea flower, smell the leaves and the earth, taste the romance of life in a cup of steaming Darjeeling tea. Experience the pampering that these royal heritage hotels have to offer with the most magnificent picturesque views of the Kanchenjunga. One cannot get enough of this place but want to come back for more to laze around in the gardens or for a trek along the Himalayan range. Build ever lasting memories and take your body, mind & soul to new heights of relaxation & rejuvenation with the pure blissful nature.



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