Gangtok, often a part of the honeymoon itinerary of couples, is the capital of the picturesque North Eastern Indian state of Sikkim. Located in the higher peaks of the Himalayas and having a mild temperate climate year-round, Gangtok is the perfect holiday destination to visit at any time of the year. While planning a trip to this mesmerising city, people should book a package that offers the option of the best resorts in Gangtok for a comfortable stay.
Peeking Into The Past
The undiscovered town of Gangtok came into the limelight in 1840 when Enchey Monastery was established here as a centre for Buddhist teachings. The town later gained importance at the time of British rule when it became an important stopover for trade between Tibet and British India. As its importance grew, Gangtok became the capital of Sikkim in 1894. After India’s independence, Sikkim remained an independent monarchy until 1975 when it became a state of independent India.
Delving In Its Present
Today, Gangtok remains a Tibetan Buddhist centre and serves as a popular destination to carry out trekking, mountaineering, river rafting and other nature-oriented activities which find a place in almost all Gangtok trip packages.
The name Gangtok is derived from the Tibetan word meaning ‘hillside.’ The people of this city, a mix of indigenous Sikkimese people (Lepchas), people of Nepalese ancestry, and Tibetan immigrants (Bhutias) are known for their warmth. Full of natural beauty, Gangtok is a fascinating place for a retreat amidst nature. For people visiting the city for a holiday, there are numerous markets, casinos, bars, pubs, cafés, and resorts in this Sikkimese town of Gangtok. However, don’t come here with expectations of happening nightlife as the city sleeps by 9 pm except for a few pubs which are open till 11.
Here’s a list of the 5 most popular resorts in Gangtok: –
1. Mayfair Spa Resort and Casino
Mayfair Spa Resort and Casino is a prestigious hotel set in a verdant surrounding in the spectacular town of Gangtok. It is one of the top luxury resorts in Gangtok and is a preferred choice of accommodation for the young and old alike. Being a facilitator of luxury stays, Mayfair Resort not only provides world-class accommodation to those who come to spend some time in serenity but also to people who are visiting the place for adventure.
Mayfair Gangtok is among the most lavish resorts in Gangtok. Spread across 48 acres of land, this hotel has a total of 68 rooms classified into executive rooms, cottages, suites, and villas. The rooms are beautifully designed and are fitted with the best amenities including a sit-out, tea maker, and minibar. As the name suggests, the resort comes with a world-class spa and massage parlour for a rejuvenating experience. An on-shore gaming casino makes it an ideal destination to enjoy holidays in Gangtok.
To cater to the diverse taste buds of the visitors, the resort features a multi-cuisine restaurant known as Orchid, a cosy café called Rumtek Lounge, Jungle Café that serves traditional Sikkimese food, and a bar that goes by the name of Tongba Bar. Mayfair Resort is situated 10 km away from Gangtok in a town named Ranipool.
2. Elgin Nor-Khill
Among the most beautiful resorts in Sikkim is Gangtok’s Elgin Nor-Khill which was built by the King of Sikkim in 1932. Literally meaning “house of jewels,” Elgin Nor-Khill is indeed ornamental in its beauty. It wins the race among the 5-star resorts in Gangtok, resplendent for its tradition and ethnic Sikkimese ambience. The Kanchan garden at the resort is of historical significance for offering a splendid view of Mount Kanchenjunga and inspiring the Chogyal (King) of Sikkim to paint for hours. Situated in the heart of Gangtok, Elgin Nor-Khill is known for having warm hospitality at its heart. Guests often find themselves welcomed with a cherry liqueur and silken khada (scarf).
The hotel boasts of nothing but tradition. The rooms are dressed up in wooden flooring and vintage furniture. The lobby is adorned with traditional Sikkimese furniture and bright folk Sikkimese art with motifs depicting dragons, flame symbols, and thangkas. To witness the beauty of this place, make sure to include Elgin Nor-Khill in your Sikkim tour package.
The resort has a multi-cuisine dining room and a bar for the guests to indulge and enjoy. The spa at Elgin is the perfect destination to rejuvenate and relax. Adventure lovers can rent a mountain bike from here and go on a journey of their own. And for the days you would rather stay indoors, there is a regular library and an in-house movie library.
This resort is located at Paljore Stadium Road at a mere distance of 0.5 km from Gangtok SNT bus stand.
3. Summit Norling Resort And Spa
Indulge in luxury on 3 acres of awesomeness at Summit Norling Resort And Spa. This is one of the best resorts in Gangtok that the visitors can get added to their tour package for a perfect setting to stay and rejuvenate. The resort shows a rich picture of lush gardens, a waterfall, a haiku-like bamboo grove, and a pond with colourful fishes. Guests can choose from the 17 contemporary premium rooms or 4 generously sized chalets. Chalets with their private balconies offering 180° views of the valley and mountains are highly recommended to newlyweds. All the rooms are provided with the best of facilities.
Zumlyang Restaurant, the multi-cuisine dining cum bar at the resort, serves freshly prepared Sikkimese, continental, and Chinese dishes along with the choicest collection of spirits. At Metta Spa, guests can enjoy body massages and spa treatment to the sounds of nature.
Away from hustle and bustle of the Gangtok city, Summit Norling Resort and Spa is located at Rongey, a 10-minute drive from MG Marg. The major places to visit in Gangtok such as Himalayan Zoological Park, Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, and Flower Exhibition Center are within 5 km from here.
4. Club Mahindra Gangtok – Royal Demazong
Club Mahindra Gangtok Royal Demazong offers a majestic view of the mountains of the Chola Range from every room. As one of the top luxury resorts in Gangtok, it allows the visitors to experience the rich culture and heritage of Sikkim and should definitely be included in a Gangtok tour package.
The rooms at Club Mahindra Royal Demazong are tastefully decorated, featuring fine wood flooring and furnishings. It offers the guests an array of room amenities including a flat-screen TV, internet access, heating facilities, writing desk, bathtub/hot shower, etc. When hunger strikes, guests can indulge in food at Orchid Restaurant which offers international cuisines as well as local food; the menu here is a medley of Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan influences. For drinks, you can check out the Alpine Bar which offers a fine collection of beverages. Keeping one step ahead of other resorts in Gangtok, Royal Demazong facilitates a selection of recreational activities like dance and pottery classes, treks, billiard tables, and even PlayStation.
Royal Demazong is located close to some of Gangtok’s most popular landmarks, such as Hanuman Tok (2.0 km) and Ganesh Tok View Point (2.8 km). The resort is located about 81 mi from Bagdogra Airport.
5. WelcomHeritage Denzong Regency
Experience grandeur 6000 feet above the ground at WelcomHeritage Denzong Regency, one of the top 5 star resorts in Gangtok, located at Cherry Banks. This luxury mountain retreat, spread over a sprawling 10-acre land, offers a fine view of Mount Kanchenjunga and the nearby valleys.
The resort has 12 suites, 6 regency suites, 6 deluxe rooms, and 1 dedicated room for differently-abled guests, with individual private balconies, making it undeniably one of the best resorts in Gangtok to stay at. The rooms come with classy wooden interiors and warm lighting. All the rooms have a flat-screen TV, seating area, mini-bar and other state-of-the-art amenities. For the dining needs of varied visitors, there are Mayal and Gyakho restaurants serving Indian, continental, and oriental cuisines. Open Deck Caf, as suggested by the name, is an open-air café to enjoy small meals. To relax, guests can head to the in-house bar, Ara, which serves a selection of wines, whiskeys, and other drinks. Facilities of casino and spa are available at the resort for an enjoyable stay.
Welcome Heritage Denzong Regency is at a walkable distance from MG Marg. Bagdogra Airport is 81 mi away. Places to visit like Sikkim Handicraft Area, Tamang Gumpha, Enchey Gompa, and Knor Gumpa Monastery all are less than 500 metres away.
Apart from these ‘famous five’, there are a number of other resorts in and near Gangtok that offer the best-in-class amenities to those on the search for a luxury stay. But hey, this would work great as your ready-list of the top resorts in Gangtok when you do plan a holiday here.