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Away in the embrace of nature, near the Seven Sisters, is the beautiful town of Darjeeling. Known as the ‘Queen of Himalayas’, the eye-pleasing sunrises and the untouched beauty of the hills simply make your trip amazing. Darjeeling is one of those hill stations in India where the vintage charm still persists. Spread over a steep mountain ridge, perched amongst huge acres of lush tea plantations, embraced by other vibrant greens – Darjeeling is elevated at a height of 2,050 metres above sea level. The elevation of the town helps in keeping the temperature cool and pleasant all through the year. Darjeeling, apart from being a scenic getaway, is a perfect honeymoon destination as well. The town serves as a preferred location for long weekend trips with friends and family from the cities of West Bengal and also from a few parts of the North-East. With Darjeeling tour packages, visiting the town has become even more convenient than before. Darjeeling houses tourist attractions that are simple mesmeric along with having trekking trails for all the adventure lovers.
Darjeeling’s history is intriguing as well and the old charm of the town will definitely bring you closer to the stories of the bygone era. The Toy Train, which was established in 1881, is still a part of the town and the UNESCO World Heritage Site. On your trip to the city, you will find beautiful and majestic colonial architecture, which includes mansions, churches, and so on. Darjeeling is filled not only with people from India but also with the sweet locales of Tibet, Nepal, making the city brimming with cultural diversity. There are a lot of places to visit in Darjeeling and to explore its beauty, a good stay is necessary. Along with tourist attractions, the city also houses some of the most elegant and exotic resorts for you can book your stay for a tranquil and peaceful time. Here are our top 8 picks for you!
1. Mayfair Resort, Darjeeling
One of the most popular resorts in Darjeeling, Mayfair is a luxurious retreat with mesmerising backdrops of the pristine valleys and vibrant greens. The architecture of this 5-star resort in Darjeeling gives you a royal feeling while the interiors let you enjoy lavish times. The property houses extravagant accommodations – the rooms are extremely spacious and equipped with all the modern facilities. Mayfair Resort has a quiet yet warm ambience, making it one of the best resorts in Darjeeling for experiencing tranquillity. It offers leisure amenities like a spa and wellness centre, gymnasium, library, swimming pool, and so on for your luxury. The property is located in proximity to the Bengal Natural History Museum, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, etc., that you can explore.
2. Sinclairs Resort
Yet another resort in Darjeeling that gives you a peaceful stay is the Sinclairs Resort. Located within 500-metre from Chowrasta Town Square, the property is known for offering breathtaking views of the mighty Kangchenjunga. The snow-clad peaks of this mountainous range become even more visible on a clear day. The Sinclairs Resort is surrounded by greenery and adventure junkies, this resort is the perfect place for booking a stay. The resort is located near the trekking trails of Darjeeling (approximately 0.4 km), giving you the benefit of going for morning treks to enjoy the gorgeous view of the Kanchenjunga and the town from the top.
3. Udaan Dekeling Resort, Darjeeling
Experience the vibe of the British era and the old charm of the colonial ambience at the Udaan Dekeling Resort in Darjeeling. Offering a myriad of accommodation options, ranging from premium rooms to British-décor rooms, the resort comes under one of the most loved places to stay in Darjeeling. The Dekeling Resort, Darjeeling is equipped with premium amenities and offers a wellness centre and spa, Kera Spa, where you can relax with calm massages.
4. Singtom Tea Estate & Resort
If you have ever wanted to experience the life of those living in the beautiful quarters of the tea garden, the Singtom Tea Estate & Resort is for you. Spread over a vast area of 1600 acres, this is a lavish tea garden resort in Darjeeling, where the estate was constructed over 150 years ago. The Singtom Tea Estate & Resort still maintains its vintage charm that makes your stay in the resort even more outstanding. The lush tea gardens can be seen from the spacious and well-equipped rooms while you enjoy a hot cup of tea. The tea plantations are open for a visit; you have to trek through the plantations for exploring the entire tea estate. The views are picturesque and you can capture some amazing pictures for your gram. This resort in Darjeeling is located close to the famous Darjeeling Mall, Darjeeling Peace Pagoda, and Darjeeling Ropeway, to name a few places.
5. Arcadia Heritage Resort
Spend your vacation with your loved ones amidst the beauty of Mother Nature at the Arcadia Heritage Resort. It is a beautiful property that is equipped with the best-in-class features, luxury amenities, myriad of accommodation options, and much more. The Arcadia Heritage Resort in Darjeeling is located near the Japanese Peace Pagoda (3.2 km), Mahakal Mandir (3.9 km), and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Zoological Park (2.8 km). These places are extremely picturesque and at the Pagoda, you can spend some serene time reconnecting with your inner self. Other than these, you can also visit Tiger Hill that is located at a distance of around 9 km from the Arcadia Heritage Resort.
6. Sterling Resort
A luxurious and sophisticated oasis located in the city; the Sterling Resort in Darjeeling is an ideal choice for leisure travellers. The property is equipped with premium amenities that let you enjoy the experience of exotic stays. The Sterling Resort has a fine dining option as well, where authentic dishes from Tibetan cuisine are served. The resort is full of zeal and you can indulge in bonfires, theme parties, and much more.
7. Allita Hotel & Resort
Yet another best place to stay in Darjeeling for an enthralling vacation is the Allita Hotel & Resort. The rooms of this beautiful property are spacious and gorgeously decorated, enhancing your vacation vibes even more. From the rooms, you get an eye-pleasing view of the mesmerising Kurseong, surrounded by vibrant greens. The Allita Hotel & Resort has a state-of-the-art infrastructure offering top-notch facilities and services, making it one of the best hotels in Darjeeling for a wondrous stay. The resort has a spa that is known as the U-Spa, a restaurant, a stunning glasshouse, and a Chai Bar, where you can sip on piping hot tea and delicious snacks. The Allita Hotel & Resort is located in proximity to the Tiger Hill, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Tiger Hill Sunrise Observatory, and other such tourist attractions.
8. The Elgin Resort
Enhance your trip to Darjeeling by staying at this wonderful resort in the town – The Elgin Resort. It is embraced by the majestic peaks of the mountain ranges, offering you the authentic vibe of Darjeeling. It is one of the best resorts in Darjeeling, known for offering astounding accommodation options. The décors of the rooms are simply elegant that is coupled with ornate wooden touches. The Elgin Resort has an in-house bar, exquisite dining restaurant, wellness centre, and so on, where you can relish delectable dishes and rejuvenate yourself with peaceful massages. The Happy Valley Tea Estate, Nightingale Park, Darjeeling Rock Garden, etc., are some of the tourist attractions near the resort.
Other than these, the Hermitage Resort Darjeeling, RJ Resort, Crescent Resort, Sanderling Resort, Darjeeling as well as the Muscatel Himalayan Resort, Lamahatta Resort, Anurtri Hill Resort, Central Heritage Resort, and the Oakdene Resort are some of the other resorts where you enjoy a peaceful and cherishing vacation.