The Elgin Silver Oaks , Kalimpong India, West Bengal
On a clear day, you can see the magnificent Kanchenjunga Mountains from the hotel. But even when it’s cloudy, there are plenty of beautiful things to look at, both inside the Elgin Silver Oaks Hotel and from its windows, balconies, and gazebos. Period furniture, lithographs, fascinating bookshelves, and intricate furnishings complete the olde-worlde ambience, and it’s all surrounded by lovely landscaped gardens. The hotel sits proudly in the Himalayas overlooking the valley and the River Teesta.
Kalimpong is around 3000 feet above sea level in the Darjeeling region of the Himalayas in western Bengal. There’s a bustling market, a gorgeous Catholic church, and some stunning hiking through villages, monasteries, and forests. Kalimpong is a great way to see the beauty and diversity of the Darjeeling region without fighting past the throngs of tourists in Darjeeling itself. The Elgin Silver Oaks Hotel is right in the centre of the action. You can hire a horse or pony for a unique valley trekking experience.
The 25 rooms are a decent size, elegantly decorated, and feature Burmese wooden floors, comfortable beds, and terrific views. You can expect all the usual luxury amenities and a charming, classic ambience. The tea lounge and Oak Bar are wonderful places to relax. The Elgin Silver Oaks Hotel is THE place to stay in lovely Kalimpong.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
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