This Villa was built in 1907 during the British colonial days as a private home and now an old heritage home of British days. It once belonged to the Mayor of Calcutta. In 2007, the current owners had taken over the property and converted it into a hotel. The hotel offers close to modern amenities in a country home like settings. In fact, the structure and architecture of the building has not been changed from outside although the rooms have all been completely renovated and modernized.
The interior of the hotel is completely modernized with wood finish while from outside the old architecture of the building has been retained. The best part is that all of the rooms have great views of the mountains and the valley.
The rooms are spacious and fairly large. Out of 10 rooms, 8 rooms are of similar size, while the remaining two are suites and have a separate seating area. All rooms have Sony make LCD TVs fixed on the wall running satellite channels, nice fireplace, a table and a chair for doing essential desk work, a cupboard etc. The rooms have twin or king size beds. The hotel has wi-fi (wireless internet connectivity) and with your laptop you can access internet from all the rooms.
About the Location
Located at an elevation of 6,700 ft (2,000 m), the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region on the Darjeeling-Jalapahar range that originates in the south from Ghum.
Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak, 8,598 m (28,209 ft) high, is the most prominent mountain visible. In days clear of clouds, Nepal’s Mount Everest, 29,035 ft (8,850 m) high, can be seen.
Due to the varied mix of cultures in Darjeeling, the local and ethnic food of Darjeeling is also quite varied. Beside they have lots of traditional food and cuisine to offer the world.
Darjeeling in particular is very popular for its views of the Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is noted for its tea industry, the resultant distinctive Darjeeling tea is internationally recognised and ranks among the most popular black teas in the world.
The cold weather adds charm to the trip to Darjeeling where you cannot resisit to have a cup of hot Darjeeling tea or a bowl of Alu Dum Mimi a local delight.
The area is full of traditional stalls or boutique selling everything from clothes, carpets, wooden/bamboo crafts,shoes,bags, jewellery and scarfs to every kind of souvenier you could imagine.
How to Reach
By Air: Darjeeling is 100 kms approximately away from the nearest airport i.e. Bagdogra Airport(IXB). Flights are available from all major cities.It takes one couple of hours to travel from Bagdogra to Darjeeling. On the way you can experience the beauty of the himalayan roads, rivers, hills, tea gardens and Green Valleys.
By Rail: To reach Darjeeling by train, one may opt to reserve the ticket on the Darjeeling Himalayan narrow gauge that connects Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri. It is one of the most prestigious as well as heritage journey in India. Well, the new Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the closest broad gauge railway station from Darjeeling that connects to all other major cities in India.The toy train for Darjeeling starts at the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) and goes all the way to Darjeeling travelling a distance of 88kms. There are of course short joy rides and other short distance connections. In most part the railway track runs parallel with the Hill Cart Road and at many points even crisscrosses it.The diesel loco hauled train takes about 7 hours 15 minutes to reach its destination.
Places of Interest
- Darjeeling Himalayan Railway- ‘Toy Train”.
- Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
- Himalayan Tibet Museum.
- Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Museum, Ghoom.
- Ganga Maya Park
- Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.
- Modern Art Museum
- Model Tea Factory.
- Tea Garden View
- Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Museum
- Mirik Lake for Boat Ride
- Dali Monastery
- Mahakal Mandir
- Darjeeling Mall
- Darjeeling Clock Tower