Pujo and winter vacay time is coming up and we sure hope you are taking a break from all that work, work, work! The advantage of being in Kolkata is that we are so close to the mountains. We’ve lined up these five amazing heritage bungalows in the middle of, or close to, the Himalayas (or the foothills). These are perfect for a bout of rest and recreation.
We've Found These 5 Heritage Bungalows For Some R&R Close To The Himalayas
The Elgin Nor-Khill
Want to nestle 5,000ft above sea-level in a royal resort in the mountains? Take your bae (or just yourself) for a small vacation at The Nor-Khill, Gangtok. They do some serious pampering, you will be welcomed with a glass of cherry liquor and a silken scarf. Once refreshed, put on your hiking shoes and walk the charted trails along the hills. In the afternoon, rewind with a cup at the Tea Lounge. When the sun sets, we recommend you indulge in a Sikkimese dinner prepared by their signature chef who once served the late King of Sikkim in the Royal Palace Kitchen. Rooms here are INR 10,890 upwards per night.
Thengal House was made in 1920 by Rai Bahadur Siva Prasad Barooah and saw the launch of the first Assamese daily, ‘Dainik Batori’. Now renovated into the Thengal Manor, it is the perfect place for unwinding. They have four double deluxe and one single superior room, furnished with dressing areas, bathrooms and even fireplaces! What could possibly be fancier than that? Replenish yourself amidst historic opulence and go on tea tours – guides will show you around plantations and how tea leaves are plucked and processed. Make sure to taste chef Bipul Baruah’s preparations, they’ll take your taste buds on a heavenly ride through the flavours of Assam. It’s about INR 6,500 upwards per night.
The Royal Heritage Tripura Castle
The Royal Heritage in Cleve Colony, Shillong, offers a magnificent view of snow-laden peaks so if you plan to go to Shillong for the weekend, this is where you should be going. We love the local essence in the decor. Their famous Café Shillong Heritage is essential for anyone looking to explore the local gourmet culture and spices of the region. It’s about INR 5,000 upwards per night.
Goomtee Tea Resort
Live in a 100-year-old British bungalow adjacent to tea gardens. Book a reservation at Goomtee Tea Resort, Darjeeling, where you can wake up to freshly-harvested tea, a scenic view of mountain sunrises, and a walk along tea gardens. It is conveniently located on Hill Cart Road, midway between Siliguri and Darjeeling, in Kurseong. Expect to shell out INR 4,500 upwards per night.
Take a break and live the planters’ life in lush green tea fields in the middle of the biodiverse Brahmaputra Valley. Have memorable meals (including Anglo Indian classics like planter’s goulash) in First Flush, a glass-panelled space which is a converted tractor shed! This award-winning heritage place is about INR 6,000 upwards per night.