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What to expect on honeymoon
Planning a honeymoon or a romantic stay in Darjeeling? Fantastic!! There are not too many places in the country which have all the elements of a true romantic stay which Darjeeling can easily offer.
Where else will you get the towering snow peaks of Kanchenjunga, jaded green mountains and landscapes full of wonderful tea estates, flowering plants like rhododendrons & wide range of orchids, waterfalls, and all that combined with colonial yet modern charm?
Well, you got the place right. Now you have to find the right accommodation. So what do you need? Peace & tranquility? Romantic ambience with great views of the valley and the peaks? Excellent clean and cozy rooms with all necessary amenities yet conveniently located? Great food & service? Well in an ideal world, you will require all that. But let me tell you that Darjeeling can actually come real close to that ideal world. All that you need to be prepared with is some money to match your requirement.
Some great honeymoon hotels & resorts
Here are the best honeymoon hotels in Darjeeling that I have identified with my numerous stays in the hill town and years of experience. You should be able to find one matching your budget.
The moment you walk into this property, you will feel that this hotel is all about dream, romance and tranquility. Although it's located right at the heart of Darjeeling and right above the Chowrasta Mall, it has a whole hill to itself (the observatory hill). The rooms are scattered in several houses across the large property with vast greenery and gardens.
This is a British colonial property and used to be the tea planters boarding house in the 1800s. Many rooms have retained the original colonial charm and even the furnishing (of course refurbished to make them at par with luxury amenities). The rooms, the gardens and the open patio facing the snow peaks offer an experience rarely found in any other hotel.
The charming restaurant overlooks the romantic Mall Road and even the food here is served by waiters on colonial costumes and in old English style. This is the only hotel in Darjeeling that serves proper British Afternoon Tea in a cozy lounge complete with book shelves and fireplace. No wonder, many of its guests are returning guests from all over the world.
An wooden bench on the open patio still bear the name of the couple who met here for the first time and later got married. There are many couples who having stayed here for their honeymoon, can not think of any other place to go and come here repeatedly in their anniversaries.
Windamere has somewhat become synonymous with a perfect honeymoon destination. While all accommodations in the property are excellent, some specific rooms are perfect for couples and honeymooners. I have described them here: Honeymoon in Windamere
This is a sprawling tea estate only 1.5 hours away from Darjeeling hill town and offers boutique accommodations in planters bungalows. There are eight large suites in two bungalow buildings that are delicately done up to create an aura that reflects the colonial charm of the British era but combines many top class amenities.
And this combined with the vast tea garden, rivers flowing through the estate, magnificent views of the Sikkim hills and Kanchenjunga, lush green forests with many birds and wildlife make an ideal romantic destination. However there is no TV or phone to break the silence. The only sound you will hear are the chirping of the birds and the breeze flowing through the trees.
The estate offers all inclusive rate that includes transfers, all the meals, tea, fruits & snacks, cold drinks and even complimentary wine during dinner. Alcoholic drinks and cocktails are available at additional charge. At the original planters' bungalow (known as the Burra Bangalow), all guests meet for dinner in a large common dining room where you can chat and share your experience with the fellow guests. You can opt take your breakfast under a tree.
The estate is a working garden and offers lots of activities including garden tour where you can experience the tea workers life and tea plucking, factory visit, barbecue by the river, village tour, white water rafting at the river Rangeet that flows through the estate, day trip to Darjeeling town & Kalimpong, massage & beauty treatment and lot more.
This is another lovely tea estate resort which is quite close to Darjeeling town. This means you can enjoy best of both worlds - the serene romantic charm of the tea estate as well as bustling activities of Darjeeling town. The Tea estate is only 30-minute by car from the town.
This is the oldest tea plantation in the whole of Darjeeling district set up in the early colonial era. The resort which has been converted from original British planters bungalow, retains the old charm of British Raj aura with its original wood flooring, large rooms with antique furnishing and even original fireplaces in the rooms which also combine old world charm with modern amenities.
Food is pure vegetarian. However Darjeeling town being nearby, you can easily reach out to numerous dining options. During your stay in the resort, you can go for estate tour, watch tea plucking by the local women, visit the factory to watch tea processing and even do tea tasting. Several activities are offered by the resort including open air badminton, reading materials, board games etc.
This hotel is about solitude, enjoying the beautiful view of the valley from the lush green lawn or from the rooms, old world charm combined with modern amenities, friendly service, good food and all that at moderate price.
Although this hotel is on Gandhi Road, it's a bit further down and away from the noisy zone but quite conveniently located. The shops and Mall are only 10-15 minutes away by walk. There are flights of stairs from the road that leads down to the reception entrance at a lower level and in the main building.
The reception is small and cute, and there are only 8 rooms in the main building and all have their own names. If you want to stay in the main building then take a room upstairs with a great view of the valley. Outside and next to the main building is the multi-cuisine restaurant offering nice food. And then there is the lovely lawn with swings and seats. The lawn is ideal to have a cup of Darjeeling tea in the morning and soaking in the view of the valley.
On one side of the lawn there are 4 romantic cottages named after the Himalayan peaks and flowers. The cottages give you a feel as if you are staying in an old style British bungalow. Both the cottages and the rooms in the main building offer old world charm with their furnishing, decor and are complete with fireplace. All have standard modern amenities for comfortable stay.
Located some 3.5kms away from the noisy town of Darjeeling, this small resort is nestled in the nature amongst flowering plants and lush greenery with wonderful view of the valley and the Himalayan range.
The resort with its rooms in main building and cottages is spread in acres of sprawling open land on a hill slope. As the name suggests, you will get to see many different varieties of Rhododendrons (actually 16 types to be precise) in the property. Take a cottage or a room facing the mountains and your day will break with spectacular views of Kanchenjunga.
This is a property which has been leased out by the well known Tamang family of Darjeeling. The property has been completely refurbished since then. The pathway in the property runs past a waterfall and down to a nursery at the bottom and offers a romantic stroll through flowering plants and shrubbery where you will see Camellia, Chinese Maples, local medicinal plants and lot more. This place provides a piece of paradise resting in tranquility and nature's bliss.
The in-house multi-cuisine restaurant is nice and prepares all kinds of food that you may order. There are no shops or restaurants nearby. The hotel provides a car (shuttle) to take you to the town if you so want just for a change. They also organize all sightseeing tours.
Further down from Swiss Hotel along Gandhi Road and tucked at the corner is Villa Everest, a small boutique hotel. It was once a private home during colonial days and now being converted into a hotel and run by a local family. The British home architecture has been retained although the rooms have been refurbished with modern amenities.
Apart from its classy homelike atmosphere, a great part of this hotel is excellent views from its all 10 rooms. However take the upper floor rooms or one of the attic suites, they have the best views. The two attic suites have wooden wall paneling and slanted ceiling giving them a very cozy and romantic look. The rooms are nice, clean and most have seating areas around the bay windows. In-room amenities are among the best in its category. To top it all the beds have electric warming system with temperature control which is rare to be found in other hotels.
The staff are all very well dressed and well behaved. You can make out that they undergo regular training from the owners. They offer home made food in the in-house dining room at the ground floor. The food is nice (both veggie and non-veg Indian, Chinese etc) but needs to be ordered in advance.
So in summary, if you are looking for a small boutique hotel at a moderate price, which is conveniently located yet away from the crowded area, and offers clean & cozy rooms with great views and also good service & food, then this is the one for you. The shopping stores and Mall are less than 15 minutes walk from the hotel.
A guesthouse for a honeymoon? Why not if it has all the great elements of a romantic stay? Well, this is one accommodation which is loved by Europeans. It's located on a narrow lane below the Mall. Although the Mall is only couple of minutes walk, the area is surprisingly quiet.
The four rooms in the guest house are simple yet elegant, have balconies and offer wonderful view of the snow peaks. This is one of the best accommodations in Darjeeling to enjoy the view of sunrise and see the dazzling peaks changing their colors.
They have a small dining space where breakfast is offered. It's made to order. Tea and coffee are offered several times during the day. However for lunch and dinner, you will need to go out to a restaurant. There are plenty of them in 3-5 minutes walk.
And what more, at the small cozy reception area, they have books which you can borough and read just in case you want to. There is also a small lawn outside. You can ask them to serve tea here while you enjoy the wonderful ambience.
Romantic Tours & Places for Honeymoon
A small village that once used to be the world for Lepcha tribes in Darjeeling, is now a reserved forest area. The place locatd about 19kms from Darjeeling. West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) has a lodge here. The place is all about quietness, serene nature, bird life and wonderful views of the Kanchenjunga snow peaks. It's a place where you go to forget about rest of the world.
There are nature trails that lead to several great view points. And there are quite a few great sightseeing areas nearby. The lodge itself is quite simple and run by friendly staff. The rooms have fireplaces that add to the romantic ambience at nights.
This is a small mountain village and a romantic place located close to Darjeeling. It has started promoting eco tourism. There are home stays and tents with attached bath and basic amenities which are run by the villagers. The tents are really cute and well done up.
But do not expect luxury. What you can expect is nature's bliss in abundance. There is a huge lush manicured garden with many flowering plants and pine trees along the hill slope right across the road. Walk through the pathways in the garden and get excellent views of Kanchenjunga peaks, Darjeeling town landscape, Sikkim hills, Tiger Hill and Rangeet river. There are seating places and even a watch tower here. A forest of dhupi runs from one side of the garden.
Take a romantic walk through the forest of dhupi and pines to reach beautiful lakes, or visit one of the tea gardens nearby, or understand the mountain village farming system. And for your meals, the villagers will cook food for you. So if you really want to be in a rustic environment, live in a simple accommodation yet in the luxury of nature, be close to village life and understand their life & culture, then this is a great place for honeymooners and couples.
Amey Bangle (December 2016)
Hello Mr Raj, I am planning a Honeymoon Tour from 15th to 21st Feb 2016 for Darjeeling and Sikkim. I went through your complete website and also purchased your e-book which is very very informative. After a lot of research, I have planned a following itinerary. Since it will be a freezing period, please guide us if there are any changes required (Also guide if we can use normal Taxis from Stand for transfers and tours or we must go through tour operators??) -
Day 1: Wed - Reaching Bagdogra airport @1.00 PM and transfer to Darjeeling Via Mirik. (Is it advisable to book prepaid/bargained taxi outside airport? As I want to also cover Jorpokhri, Simana & Pashupati Market to buy cheap jackets n coats) (planning to book Central Nirvana Room 401)
Day 2: Thur- Early morning 3-Point Tour to Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery, War Memorial & Batasia Loop. Back to Hotel. Post Breakfast proceeding to Toy Train Ride, Rope way, Tea Estate Visit to lower station (kindly guide if these will be operational?)
Day 3: Fri - Post Breakfast walk upto Observatory Hill, Mahakal Temple ? Then proceed to 7 Point/Mixed Point tour (Please guide which tour will be better?)
Day 4 ? Sat - Early morning transfer to gangtok ? Check-in (Central Ninamma- Exe. Club Room High floor Stadium side). Submit documents to hotel staff for Nathula pass permit. Visit MG Marg, Lal Bazar for shopping etc.
Day 5: Sun - Full day excursion to Tsomgo Lake (Yak riding, Chinese Market), Baba Mandir & Nathula Pass. (Is it advisable to visit Old Silk Route on return journey by paying a little extra??)
Day 6: Mon - Full day 10 Point Tour and evening for leisure.
Day 7: Tue - Transfer from Gangtok to Bagdogra Airport for boarding flight at 4.30 PM
Your valuable inputs will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) December 2016
Hello, from the airport always take a pre-paid taxi to be safe. Also tell them your plan to go via Mirik and stop at Pashupati because there will be extra charges for these. In Darjeeling or Gangtok you can use normal taxis for transfers and tours, but remember that the condition of these taxis are not often good. Also if you book one in advance, the driver may not show up if he gets another customer at higher bargain, so in that sense they can be unreliable. It's better to get one through a tour operator and pay a bit higher price.
Remember, you are visiting at the peak winter time when it's going to be biting cold out there. So take full winter precautions. Ropeway, Toy Train etc should be operational. You can choose either of 7-point or mix-point tour, or even customize. Route to Nathula is likely to be closed around that time, so have a plan-b. Your itinerary is otherwise okay.
Arnab Das (March 2016)
Hi Raj, I have planned a 5 days honeymoon tour to Darjeeling. After visiting your site I have planned to stay 3 nights at Darjeeling and 2 nights at any off beat places. I have selected abhiraj homestay at tinchuley and pakhiran
homestay at lepchajagat. Both can be booked on May 14 and 15. But I have to select any one of them. Since it it's May I could not book view facing room at revolver. I have booked room ringo for 11,12 and 13. Now I am very confused which place to choose. My wife wants a calm scenic off beat place with excellent mountain view. Please help me out. I am counting on you. Thank you in advance.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2016
For honeymoon, you should be looking at a hotel on Mall road (east) in Darjeeling. They all have great views of the snow peaks with quiet locality and within few minutes walk from the Mall. But you should be ready to spend a bit more, after all it's your honeymoon. I have discussed several of such hotels here
. But if you must consider a low budget option like a homestay (as you have done in all places), you can look into Samir's Homestay
. Between Tinchuley and Lepchajagat, my personal preference would be Tinchuley.
Sourav Modak (December 2013)
It is really fascinating to know so many things and info about Darjeeling from your website. I have gone through many many pages on your website but didn't come across what I wanted most right now. I am planning to go to Darjeeling for my honeymoon trip in Feb-March 2014. How would it be if I club Lava with Lepchajagat? I intend to stay there for 7-8 nights in total. In that case, logistically speaking, where should I go first, so that from there it's convenient to go to the other place? Will these places be of same kind? I want peace and tranquility but at the same time I don't wish to get bored. Can I stay in Ghoom for that matter? You seem to be an encyclopedia of Darjeeling, so I just want your suggestion before finalizing my tour itinerary. You can suggest any other place if you think so. P.S.: I will go to NJP from Kolkata by train and am likely to fly out from Bagdogra. Is it okay, or I should do just the opposite? Regards
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) December 2013
Hi, Lepchajagat is close to Darjeeling (some 45 minutes) and Lava is close to Kalimpong (about 2 hours). You will know about Lepchajagat from here
. You can plan to stay there for 2 nights.
Instead of Lava, you can also consider Loleygaon which is about 2.5 hours from Kalimpong (note that Kalimpong itself is about 2.5 hours from Darjeeling). But both Lava and Loleygaon are places for nature lovers, and you won't find many other sources of entertainment there. I like the Canopy Walk in Loleygaon and the nice landscaped eco garden. On the other hand from Lava you can plan for the 3-4 hours trek to Rishyap - another secluded hamlet having virtually nothing but nature & views. Lava monastery is also very nice. From Lava you can visit Neora Valley National Park as well. If you decide to stay in Lava, stay at the WBFDC forest lodge.
Since both Lava and Loleygaon are close to Kalimpong, you should plan a stay at Kalimpong for few nights as well. Stay at Dello Hill GTA Lodge in Kalimpong - vast landscaped garden, restaurant with bar, view points, wonderful view of the peaks, horse riding .... it's a place by itself. So if I were to choose between all these places, here would be my plan ... 2 nights Lepcha Jagat, 3 nights Dello Hill, 2-3 nights in Lava/Loleygaon. Flying out of Bagdogra is okay.
Dr Krishan Sharma (December 2013)
Hi Sir, It was really nice to see the website. I am planning for my honeymoon in Darjeeling from December 13 to December 18. I'm thinking of going to Gangtok first and then Darjeeling. I have booked my to and fro tickets. As it is said to be off season. So would it be good to go there? I have planned to go to Summit Hotels in Darjeeling and Gangtok. As this hotel is giving discount and seems good in pics. Please help me for hotel selection and where to go for sightseeing as couple. Sir please reply the same as this is special memorable tour for me. Thanking you
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) December 2013
Hi, Summit hotels are usually located a bit away from the town centers and this can be a plus point for honeymooners like you. But sometimes it can be a bit inconvenient too being too far from all activities. By overall standards, they are okay ( I would rate them 6.5 - 7 on a scale of 10), although some hotels in the group are superior compared to the others.
In Darjeeling, The Summit Grace is located in Jalapahar on top of a hill and about 30 minutes of uphill walk from the Chowrasta Mall. It's a relatively new hotel. Plus points are the great views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks from the rooms (balconies), nice friendly staff, good food etc. Negative points are small size of the rooms, distance from town center, sometimes they are unable to provide room heaters or light up the fireplace (so check this out with the staff, it would be very cold out there in December). Although I understand the off season discounts offered in rate, Cedar Inn
would be a better choice in Darjeeling which is also located in the same area. Cedar Inn also offers free shuttle services to town center for their guests. The rooms are nice and have great views with bay windows. So you get best of both worlds - views & ambience, as well as transportation to bridge the inconvenience of staying far from the center.
In Gangtok, Summit Norling hotel is about 6kms away. Taxis would demand about Rs. 250/300 to reach you to MG Marg (the town center). The hotel is otherwise good and offers nice ambience and views.
Suma Sinha (November 2013)
Dear Raj, A very warm greetings first. I am a resident of Guwahati and would like to spend my first wedding anniversary in Darjeeling. I have gone through your website and found it very useful. I wanted to go for a hotel which has the best view of Kanchenjunga mountain and the finest service. Along with that I am also keen to know which hotel provides the best services for newly weds with a modern interior. I have gone through Cedar Inn and found it interesting. Please let me know of some good deals. I would be grateful if I am helped in this context.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) November 2013
Hi Suma, Cedar Inn is nice ... a bit isolated on higher elevation, rooms have bay windows (which I personally like a lot), good amenities, great views and nice green ambience around. Mall is a bit far, but the hotel provides shuttle services to the Mall. Overall it's a good hotel with good friendly service.