Darjeeling still has a number of properties that resonate the hues of its colonial past. Once know as the queen of hills, the charming hill station has lost much of its clean and clear surroundings due to over commercialisation. However some places have never changed although time has not stood still here in the misty hills of North Bengal. Mayfair Darjeeling has been synonymous with the hill station, being quite a landmark for many people who had come back again and again to experience its age old charm.
The bibliophile in me could not have been happier when I saw the library at Mayfair Darjeeling inspired by and dedicated to the Tenzing Norgay.
The beautifully designed library has walls full of Tenzing’s pictures. Spend some time and feel his journey through these pictures. There is a frame with newspaper cuttings talking about his unprecedented journey. Another frame contains a stone from Mount Everest that was gifted by his family to the Sh Dilip Ray, owner of Mayfair Darjeeling. There is an ice axe in another frame. There are films on mountaineering that you can sit and watch right there with your friends or take them to watch in the comfort of your room.
The main building of used to be the summer house of the Maharaja of Nazargunj. If like me you are wondering where is this Nazargunj – well it would lie in the neighbouring state of Bihar. The building still has a very colonial architecture and decor. Linen, curtains, fireplaces, ample use of wood and walls full of photo frames take you back to the era when it would have been constructed. It really does not take much to feel like a royal guest.
There is a certain charm that the old world building offers which is simply not replicable. The gardens are impeccably maintained with bright imposing sculptures to add the spark. Beautiful sculptures has become synonymous with the “Mayfair” group.
“Magnolia” serves delicious multi cuisine delicacies and one of the best breakfast spreads i ever had. The staff are generous and caring from the core of their heart.
What sets Mayfair apart from any other heritage hotel in Darjeeling are the lovely age old artefacts and old world charm which somehow creates a museum cum hotel ambience. Every angle has something beautiful waiting for you to discover.
Located at one end of the famous mall road of Darjeeling, it is perfectly suited to explore Darjeeling on foot. The hotel literally cradled by a lovely valley has magnificent valley views from the suites and cottages located in the main upper wing of the building. Apart from that there are beautiful sit outs in the lawns to just sit, relax and have a freshly brewed cup of Darjeeling tea.
If you are in the hill station and want an experiential stay and a look back in time, Mayfair Darjeeling should suit your needs.
Address: Mall Rd, Opposite Governor House, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101
Phone: 0354 225 6376
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