The Elgin, Darjeeling
Afternoon Tea in The Elgin Hotels Tea Lounges

Anna Maria Stanhope, the Duchess of Bedford, is credited for the creation of the now world-renowned afternoon tea. In the 1800's evening meals were progressively served later and this left the Duchess suffering from a "sinking feeling" each afternoon at about four o'clock. Initially, the Duchess asked her servants to sneak a pot of tea and a few breadstuffs to replenish herself.

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Spa Therapy

The Elgin Darjeeling now offers a comfortable and blissful massage and therapy room. Our female and male therapists will make sure they pamper you with soothing massages, soft music and gentle aromas to bring you to that perfect state of quiet meditative inner happiness.

Download the full spa menu here for details and prices.

Reservations can be made at the Elgin Darjeeling reception.

Hot Air Ballooning and Paragliding in Darjeeling

You can now enjoy the great snow capped Himalayas and the town of Darjeeling not only from the ground but also from the air. Our adventure partners at "Off Road Darjeeling" bring you Paragliding and Hot Air Ballooning as a recreational adventure sport. You can now sit with your own private pilot in a hot air balloon basket or in a harness suspended below a hollow fabric wing. Paragliders are unique among soaring aircraft in being easily portable. The complete equipment packs into a rucksack and can be carried easily on the pilot's back, in a car. In comparison with other air sports this substantially simplifies travel to a suitable takeoff spot, the selection of a landing place and return travel.

Please contact the Elgin Darjeeling Reception to book your Paragliding experience.

Scenic Walking Trails

Miles of un-spoilt countryside, tea gardens and wild flowers in spring create the setting for Elgin. Let the region work its magic on you, as you explore little known paths and follow tracks into the forest. We have mapped out trails that suit everyone, so you could go on a challenging walk, stroll along woodland lanes or take a route that offers a glimpse of colonial history.

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A Ride on The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

A ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) is for those who believe the journey is the destination. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or DHR balances on two-feet tracks moving at a maximum speed of 15km an hour. It is a two feet narrow gauge railway. It is a masterpiece of 19th century engineering, a product of the world's first industrial revolution. In 1999, UNESCO declared the DHR a World Heritage Site. The hotel reception can organize tickets for you for a fun filled and exciting Joy ride from the Darjeeling station to the Ghoom Railway Station, it is the highest railway station in India and the 2nd highest railway station in the world. It is situated at an altitude of 2,225.7m (7,407ft). It is 6km from Darjeeling. Travel through a gigantic railway loop, where the Toy Train makes a 360 degree turn. The Batasia Loop offers a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga Range. A War Memorial is constructed in the memory of the brave sons of the soil who laid down their lives in the different wars.

Please contact the Elgin Darjeeling Reception to book your train tickets.

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