Himalayan Beauty in Sikkim

When to Go

Most travelers will want to avoid the torrents of monsoon season (June to mid-September) in favor of shoulder season: hundreds of orchids bloom in March and April, and from late September through October the nights are cool and clear.

Getting There

American Airlines (aa.com) and Continental Airlines (continental.com) fly direct from the United States to Delhi. From Delhi, connect to Bagdogra via Indian Airlines (indian-airlines.nic.in) or Jet Airways (jetairways.com). From Bagdogra it is a 30-mile drive to Kalimpong and a 50-mile drive to Gangtok, Sikkim’s capital. Arrange ground transportation ahead of time through your travel agent. We recommend T+L A-List agent Ellison Poe. A tourist visa ($73) is required to enter India, and must be obtained at an Indian embassy or consulate before arriving in the country. A second “inner line” permit is needed to enter Sikkim. Obtain from an embassy or consulate, or a tourist office in India.

Where to Stay

The Elgin Nor Khill, Gangtok

Witness the union of the ethnic and the modern appeal at the Elgin Nor-Khill, Gangtok. This beautiful heritage property was built by the King of Sikkim in 1932 around a beautiful garden and served as his royal guest-house for receiving Heads of states and dignitaries. The name of the hotel means “house of jewels which refers to the picturesque mountains and the valleys of the city. The hotel offers a chance to forget about the rush of city life and simply enjoy the unmatched beauty of the mountains.
Location:
Elgin Nor-Khill is located at Paljore Stadium Road, Gangtok. Guests can visit the Enchey Monastery (Approx. 4km) which lies close to the hotel. The Do Drul Chorten Monastery (Approx. 6km) which is the the biggest stupa in Sikkim is also worth visiting. Other popular tourist destination in the vicinity includes Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Mt. Katao and Phensong Monastery.
Distance from Jalpaiguri Railway Station: Approx. 157km
Distance from Bagdogra Airport: Approx. 124km
Hotel Features:
Combined with a cozy ambience and warm service, Elgin Nor-Khill is an ideal destination when guests are looking for much needed comfort during your vacations. Guests can relieve stress by going on bikes rides, rejuvenating at the spa or by reading books at the well-stocked library. The basic amenities available at the hotel include room service, front desk, daily housekeeping and 24-hour security. Guests on business trip can avail the conference facility which is well-equipped with LCD projector and audio visual equipments. The in-house restaurant redefines dining experience with world-class cuisines and welcoming ambience. It also serves special high tea from the world famous tea gardens of Darjeeling at the lounge. The Gazebo at the Garden is a perfect place for enjoy snacks and drinks. Dragon Bar offers a range of Sikkimese drinks like Tongba. This beautiful bar is decorated in ethnic Sikkimese style with thankas, traditional carpets and wall hangings.
Rooms:
The deluxe rooms and deluxe suites in this hotel are well-appointed and furnished keeping in mind the needs of the travellers around the globe. All the rooms are equipped with LCD TV and wired & wireless broadband internet access. Additionally, tea/coffee maker and mini bar is available in each room.

What to Do

The best time to visit Sikkim’s Buddhist monasteries is in the morning, when monks gather to recite prayers. For regularly scheduled or customized guided eco-tours through Sikkim and Ladakh—including a rhododendron trek, a snow leopard quest, and visits to important Buddhist sites—try KarmaQuest Ecotourism and Adventure Travel (650/560-0101; karmaquests.com).

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