This wonderful boutique hotel in a dreamy location affords you the unique opportunity to learn about this tea estate and wander freely in the surrounding countryside.
New Elgin Hotel
New Elgin Hotel, Darjeeling, India
This hotel has a distinctively 'Old Raj' feel but with present day comforts. The comfortable rooms are furnished with wooden floors, lovely rugs, there are open fires in some rooms, though not all, and hot water bottles are provided in the evenings. Antique period furniture and wonderful art work fills the extensive and elegant communal area close to the lobby, where tea is served in the afternoon and which feels snug enough to be your own sitting room. A fire is lit in the elaborate fireplace here, a pianist sometimes plays the grand piano and fixed menu meals are served in the large dining room with continental, Chinese and Indian options available.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The stunning scenery of the Himalayan foothills can be experienced by walking through some of the many tea plantations, where you can often see the tea-pickers hard at work delicately removing "two leaves and a bud" to create the best quality tea.
An early start is recommended for the visit to Tiger Hill, situated around 11km from Darjeeling. This scenic walk takes around two hours.