Darjeeling and West Bengal
Set in a 150 year old colonial plantation house, the Glenburn Tea Estate is considered one of India's best luxury boutique hotels. Overlooking rolling tea plantations and with views of Mt Kanchenjunga, the hotel exudes old world charm and a homely atmosphere. Sitting on the verandah with a cup of tea enjoying the views and tranquility is a must.
Set on the slopes of a valley of the River Rengeet in 1000 acres of private forest, about an hour from Darjeeling.
Affectionately known as the 'Grand Dame', the Oberoi Grand, built in the late 1880s, once hosted the leading colonial figures and is still hosting grand functions for heads of state today. Exuding luxury, the classical facade masks a host of modern facilities within - you'll find the attention to detail astounding! Excellently located, the Oberoi Grand is close to Kolkata's central business district.
Opened in 1967 but recently given a chic refurbishment, the five-star deluxe Park Kolkata sits on the historic and vibrant Park Street. From the dramatic lobby, the design goes from innovative to plus to elegant, giving this large hotel an intimate boutique feel that reflects the rich artistic heritage of the city. Modern facilities include a spa, gym and pool plus 8 dining options leave you spoilt for choice!
The Mayfair is a old charm-filled heritage hotel in the heart of Darjeeling, opposite the hill resort's Governor's House. Offering modern amenities in classic Indian-styled rooms this former summerhouse of the Maharajah of Nazargunj adds tranquility and luxury to your stay.
In a grand mansion built in the 1930s once owned by a British jute magnate, the Silver Oaks sits amongst colourful landscaped gardens overlooking the majestic Himalayas. A luxury hotel of classic, elegant interiors, filled with period furniture and antiques, you'll also find plenty of modern touches amongst the heritage decor - the perfect place to relax in luxury and soak up the mountain views.
Oozing the elegance of the colonial period, the Elgin is housed in the late 19th century residence of the maharaja of Cooch Behar. Replete with antique furnishing and works of art, the house has been fully restored to its former grandeur, its beautiful garden and terrace only adding to its charms. If you are looking to experience the Raj but need your modern comforts, there is no better place.
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