GREAT FOR

    Couples or families looking for a getaway to a colonial hotel in the hills where you’re treated like royalty from the moment you enter. A place where every nook and corner has a story to tell.

What we love

  • What is unique about Windamere, a heritage hotel from the 1800s is how well it has retained its British Raj charm - the roaring fireplace, hot water bottles in the bed, grand pianos and even framed comments by old guests like Rabindranath Tagore or Begum Aga Khan on its walls. Each room has its own story from the people who have stayed here to some of the interesting objects that they’ve left behind.
  • Guests are sure to feel a sense of peace and tranquility, with the natural beauty of the hotel’s gardens, flora and fauna and the mist passing through that gives the whole place a look of winter! And to add to that, the beauty of the panoramic Himalayan ranges that transport you straight to heaven!
  • The Victorian tubs that double up as a flower pots with cute pink flowers at various points of the hotel are the prettiest thing we’ve seen in a while!
  • Make sure to attend the afternoon tea at Daisy’s Music Room - home-baked delicious scones, cakes, sandwiches, buns, tarts and of course Darjeeling tea. The sit-down dinner by candlelight and with gentle music from the 30s is another fancy affair, with a five-course meal to devour and write home about!

What to know

  • We loved the old bar with the sign saying no smoking, no cell phones allowed. It’s a great place to socialise, just like back in the day.
  • Windamere has been a big hit among Bollywood too, with actors such as Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen, Shah Rukh Khan and Deepti Naval having either stayed or shot films here.
  • There are some steep steps leading to the hotel and lots of walking within it, which may not be suitable for some people, especially the elderly. Let us know incase you’re traveling with someone who may have walking difficulties and we’ll suggest a room accordingly.
  • There is no room service available and all meals are consumed in the dining room itself.
  • The hospitality in general is on the high side, with the staff and manager eager to help the guests. Many of them are from Darjeeling itself, making them excellent tour guides who take pride in the natural resources and beauty and tell you stories only locals could!
  • While the tariff for guests includes all four meals (afternoon tea included), guests, not staying in the hotel, can also book themselves up for a meal in advance.

Bedroom

  • Heating
  • Television
  • Bath tub
  • Hot water
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary water
  • Room Service
  • Internet

Connectivity

  • Wifi
  • Local phone
  • Car rental facility
  • Credit card accepted

Spaces

  • Living and lounge area
  • Dining Area
  • Media/ TV Room
  • Lawns/ gardens

Entertainment

  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Gym/ fitness equipment
  • Massage & spa

Accessibility

  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair access
  • Child friendly
  • Parking
  • Suitable for events
  • Pets allowed

Housekeeping

  • Washing machine/ Dryer
  • Ironing facilities
  • Towels/ toiletries
  • Laundry

Food

  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Staff

  • Manager
  • Housekeeper
  • Chef/ cook
  • Security personnel

Safety

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Doctor on call
  • Power back up
  • Safety locker
Below rates are indicative. Send booking request for lowest rates Show rates in Indian Rupee
Room Type Currency 1 March to 31
March '18
Preferred Double INR 13,000
Superior Double INR 13,500
Colonial Suite INR 14,500
Deluxe Colonial Suite INR 15,400
Cottage INR 16,000
Royal Suite INR 16,500

Rate Includes

  • ​Rooms/ Suites/ Cottages on double occupancy basis
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Dinner

Additional Details

Taxes:

  • A service charge of 10% and a service tax of 9% will be applicable on the above mentioned rates

Extra Bed Charges:

  • No charges will apply for children below 5 years of age
  • An extra bed can be provided for children between 6 to 12 years of age at a charge of INR 4000 inclusive of all meals and taxes.
  • An extra bed can be provided for people over 12 years of age at a charge of iNR 5000 inclusive of all meals. Taxes will be applicable.

Cancellation Policy:

  • No charges will apply for cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the date of arrival
  • For cancellations made 16 to 29 days prior to arrival, 50% will be refunded
  • For cancellations made 11 to 15 days prior to arrival, 25% will be refunded
  • For cancellations made within 10 days prior to arrival, no refund will be provided

Awesome Things to do nearby

1

Bokar Monastery

Address: Mirik, District Darjeeling, West Bengal; Phone: +91 354 224 3575

Visit the serene and beautiful ​Bokar Monastery, a thriving monastic centre with nearly five hundred monks participating in a full schedule devoted to studying, practicing and sustaining the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha. The original intent was to create a small retreat center, but because of requests, Rinpoche (a religious teacher held in high regard), began to accept monks for training.

Sit during their daily prayers and chanting or spin the prayer wheels. Try and go either in the morning or in the evening when the monks pray. Listen to them chant while the drums play in the background, an experience that’s blissfully mesmerizing. If you’re lucky, you could also watch the 7 year old Rinpoche play football with the young monks!

Bokar Monastery, Mirik, West Bengal
Bokar Monastery, Mirik, West Bengal
Monks playing football, Bokar Monastery, Mirik
Monks playing football, Bokar Monastery, Mirik
2

Observatory Hill, Darjeeling

​Take a walk to Observatory Hill to enjoy panoramic view of the mountains and Darjeeling and visit Mahakal Temple, where Hinduism and Buddhism co-exist together harmoniously. Don’t be surprised when you find a Hindu priest and Buddhist monk sharing a common altar or when you see Tibetan prayer flags flutter next to pictures of Lord Shiva or Goddess Kali!

Mahakal Temple, Darjeeling
Mahakal Temple, Darjeeling
3

Glenary’s Bakery & Cafe, Darjeeling

Address: Nehru Road | Ganeshgram, Darjeeling; Phone: +91 354 225 840/ +91 98008 53070; Open: 6 am to 9 pm

​While walking down the mall road, stop by for lunch, dinner or just a quick snack at Glenary’s, one of the oldest confectioners in Darjeeling. Glenary’s was started in the pre- independence era and is still running today.

Sandwiches, pastries, cakes, snacks, croissants and an assortment of goodies entice passers-by with the aromas lingering outside on the main road. The service is quick and the staff friendly!

While there, do grab a drink at Glenary’s pub called The Buzz, where vintage cash registers, music booths and Hollywood posters flood the young and new with memories of the Golden Age of music. A must visit during your trip to Darjeeling.

Glenary's Bakery & Cafe, Darjeeling
Glenary's Bakery & Cafe, Darjeeling
Buzz Bar, Glenary's, Darjeeling
Buzz Bar, Glenary's, Darjeeling
4

Nepali Thali or Naga Food

Address: 110 Gandhi Road, Behind Union Chapel, Darjeeling; Phone: +91 98000 05455

If you’re the sort who craves the local fare of a place, definitely have a traditional Nepali thali (an assortment of delicacies prepared and served on a plate) or a Naga meal at the restaurant at Revolver Hotel in Darjeeling. They only serve dinner and reservations are a must!

Naga Food, Darjeeling
Naga Food, Darjeeling
5

Japanese Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling

Set on a hilltop is a serene Japanese Peace Pagoda, built by a Buddhist mink from Japan, designed to help unite people of all races and creeds in their search for world peace. Visitors can partake in the daily rituals that take place between 4:30 to 6:00 in the morning and evenings. The chanting during this time is mesmerizing!

Japanese Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling
Japanese Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling
6

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

​A ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or the Toy Train, built in the 1880s, is a lifetime experience! A steam engine pulls the little coaches and slowly traverses through the curvaceous hills of Darjeeling! This UNESCO World Heritage Site links various parts of the Himalayan hills while plying between Darjeeling and New Jalpaiguri. Book well in advance.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Darjeeling
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Darjeeling
7

The Ghoom Monastery

The Ghoom Monastery or Yiga Choeling Monastery, located 8 kms from Darjeeling, is worth a visit for its serene environment and beautifully carried out traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. One of the oldest monasteries in the area, it contains a 15-foot model of the Maitreya Buddha or the Buddha of the Future and two huge oil lamps that stay burning forever.

Monks blowing the long sacred horns, Ghoom Monastery
Monks blowing the long sacred horns, Ghoom Monastery
8

Himalayan Zoological Park

Among the many places to visit in Darjeeling, ​The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is definitely a hit amongst tourists of all ages. This zoo is international recognized for its conservation breeding programs of species such as the Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Siberian Tiger and Tibetan Wolf. It is also the largest high altitude zoo in the country!

Red Panda, Himalayan Zoo
Red Panda, Himalayan Zoo
9

Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

Sunrise at Tiger Hill, located 11 kms away from Darjeeling is a must!​ It takes two hours to reach the site before the first rays of the sun hit but the view of the Kanchenjunga and Mt Everest are exceptional from the hill, painting a hundred hues of oranges and pinks on the snow-clad mountain tops! Make sure to go on a clear day after checking the weather forecast.

Tiger Hill, Darjeeling
Tiger Hill, Darjeeling