The most luxurious stays in Gangtok

Casinos just round the corner, ancient-looking fireplace in your room, tapestry rich corridors or a century-old retreat in the Himalayas—the grandeur of luxury hotels in Gangtok will bowl you over. Equally perfect for a family…


Hotels in Darjeeling for the luxury traveller

There’s no paucity of luxury hotels in Darjeeling for those who have a decent budget to back them. Splurging on accommodation in the picturesque hill town of Darjeeling involves much more than just comfortable beds,…



Elgin boutique hotel in city

Elgin Hotels & Resorts, owner of the eponymous chain of heritage properties in north Bengal and Sikkim, has decided to come up with a boutique property in Calcutta. The company has chalked out a plan…


Pelling at heartstrings

Dense fog surrounds us as we wend our way from Gangtok to Pelling in West Sikkim. Longfu, the genial local who has been chauffeuring us for a week now across this mystical landscape, appears unperturbed…


On the road to Kanchenjunga

Sikkim, we were told, was a fairy-tale kind of place. Known for its isolation, its mystical monasteries, its princesses and chogyals and Himalayan people estranged from modern life, this tiny thumbprint of a state was…


Gangtok: Where live the monks

Cushioned by the foothills of the Himalayas, bare and non- pretentious, Gangtok comes across as a town content to be itself. Tourism is the lifeline of the town that lies on a hill- side by…


Through the hills and valleys

During a tour of East India in November and December last year, we were accompanied by a group of about 60 enthusiastic tourists, mostly senior citizens. Although most of the places we visited were unique…