WelcomHeritage Windamere, Darjeeling - Rated at #3 by the Asia
Pacific National Geographic Passport Magazine as being one of their “Top
10 Colonial Hotels in the Asia Pacific” and receiving a high listing in
‘The Sunday Times London’ in their article ‘The World’s Best Colonial
Hotels’ is the charming Colonial Hotel in the Himalayas “WelcomHeritage
Windamere” in Darjeeling.
This exquisite hotel dates way back to the 18th Century and the times of
the British Raj Tea Planters. Experience the ambience as it was then,
decades ago with the roaring coal fires, hot water bottles in the bed and
huge closets and also epitomizing unparalleled warm service from the
staff. Nestled beautifully in wonderfully blooming gardens with delectable
Indian and Continental cuisine served, it’s a true rejuvenation retreat.
Visit the famous Mount Kanchenjunga at Dawn and the Himalyan Zoo while
gazing at its tigers and other rare creatures or experience the relaxing
therapeutic massage at the “Well being centre” at the WelcomHeritage
WelcomHeritage Windamere, an enchanting colonial hotel was initially
established as a boarding house for single English and Scottish Tea
Planters around the year 1800. All the houses on the ‘Observatory Hill’
were formerly British Raj Boarding Houses and are made exactly the same as
they were long time back. It was then converted into a hotel just before
the outbreak of the Second World War. During the first National Awards
Ceremony for outstanding hotels held in September 1994,the Prime Minister
presented WelcomHeritage Windamere with an Award for Excellence as a
Heritage Hotel of India.
Weather Information Temperature :
Summer (Apr - Sep)
Max 20 °C Min 11 °C
Winter (Oct - Mar)
Max 19 °C Min 03 °C
Rainfall Average rainfall 320 cms
Reach Us :
• By Air -
International Airport - Kolkata 690 km
Domestic Airport - Bagdogra 90 km.
• By Rail -
Nearest main railhead, New Jalpaiguri (88 km)
Toy train to Darjeeling on a picturesque journey that takes 7 hours.
• By Road -
Bus Depot - 0.5 km.
• Modern Wing - Standard Rooms , Superior Rooms, Heritage
• Heritage Wing - Forget Me Not , Little Peppers , Peppers,
Tinker Bells Cottage (Two Bedrooms)
The WelcomHeritage Windamere hotel is split into two wings: The
WelcomeHeritage Windamere and The Little WelcomHeritage Windamere.
The former, based in the main house called Villa, is furnished in
traditional colonial style with flowery chintz curtains and a strict
embargo on the intrusion of the modern television or telephone. This wing,
whose suites have names as quaint as their décor, includes a honeymoon
cottage, the House of the Eighth Happiness and Little Peppers.
The Little WelcomHeritage Windamere has bowed to modern exigencies and
while it retains all the traditional qualities of hospitality, its décor
is more modern and the rooms have televisions and telephones.
Service & Facilities :
Enjoy delectable Continental and Indian cuisine at the dining room. At
night, amidst the soft melody of music, relish dinner while you treat your
taste buds in a candle lit ambiance.
Conferences & Meetings :
• The Centre’s Fred Pinn Lecture Room seats 40 people;
• The Henry Carpenter Conference Room seats 20;
• The Pinnell Board Room seats 10 to 16 people;
• The Rhodes Hall seats 60;
• The Directors’ Lounge is for 10 to 12 senior executives.
Lloyd Botanic Garden in Darjeeling - It seems in the character of
Britons to create botanical gardens wherever they happily settle. And so
they created the Lloyd Botanical Garden in Darjeeling, which offers a
protected habitat for many species of Himalayan trees and plants.
Darjeeling Himalayan Mountaineering Institute - The world renowned
Darjeeling Himalayan Mountaineering Institute had Sherpa Tenzing Norgay of
Mt. Everest fame, as its first field director. His nephew, Nawang Gombu,
the first man to climb Mt. Everest twice, continues in the footsteps of
his illustrious uncle as field director.
Tiger Hill - A visit to the Tiger Hill before dawn is a must for
all Darjeeling visitors who want to see sunrise over the Mt Kanchenjungha.
Tiger Hill is 2590 m above sea level and 15 kms from town (45 min). Tiger
Hill is the highest point in the area which provides the most exotic view
of the Kanchenjunga peaks. From this place the other peaks of the Eastern
Himalayas can be seen. On a clear day the sight of Mt. Everest is just
Senchal Lake - A beautiful lake amidst the verdant mountains. It is
a favourite picnic spot for many coming to visit Darjeeling. It is about
10 kms from the town. The lake provides water supply to the entire
Batasia Loop - Five kilometers from Darjeeling and three kilometers
from Ghoom, toy train winds its way over this brilliant piece of
engineering delight. It is a pleasant and delightful descent from Ghoom -
the highest railway station in the world.
Ghoom - Two kilometers from Darjeeling is the town of Ghoom which is
the highest railway station in the world. It also has a monastery and is
definitely worth a visit to all those visiting Darjeeling.
The Dhirdham Temple - Near the railway station is built in the
style of Katmandu's Pashupatinath temple. It adds to the varied religious
architectural styles of Darjeeling.
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