Updated: Jun 13, 2019
The Elgin Mount Pandim, Pelling offers a unique and personal tryst with the Himalayas. Set in eight acres of virgin forest and landscaped gardens, it evokes the charm created by its previous owners, the royal family of Sikkim and offers a peaceful retreat about one hundred and fifty kilometres from Siliguri, West Bengal. Boasting of glorious views of the Singalila range (namely Mount Pandim), the three hundred year old Pemayangtse Monastery is right next to the property on a verdant hill top covered by moist temperate oak forests.
The hotel offers an excellent vantage point for watching rare birds including the green-tailed sunbirds, rufous-gorgeted flycatchers, scimiter babblers and laughing thrushes. Each of the 32 rooms overlook the Singalila range with magnificent views right from the windows. Each room is different with subtle tasteful colours to showcase the design elements that surrounded royalty of yore. The rooms are quiet, elegant and expansive with an air of serenity about them, which reflects a typical Sikkimese ambience.
The dining room has a vantage point so that the Kanchenjunga looks over your plate. The Lounge Bar is cozy and well stocked in a range of Sikkimese drinks like Tongba (Millet Fermented Beer) and others. The dining room and lounge bar make a perfect setting for a good meal or the finest traditional cuisine in an environment brimming with the aroma of exotic spices.
The drive up to the Elgin Hotels from the airport at Bagdogra, or the railway stations at New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri is not without its share of beauty. Surprises lurk behind every bend.
Steep cliffs loom on one side as the swiftly flowing Teesta far below on the other side keeps gurgling company en-route. The travel desk at the Elgin Hotels would be happy to assist you in getting to know this Himalayan region better. And after all the travelling, adventure sports and sight-seeing, the guests do not trudge wearily back to the hotels, rather they eagerly look forward to the delightful comforts that await to pamper and recharge them for another day.
If you want a calm, tranquil and meditative retreat amidst the serene Eastern Himalayas engulfed in all the amenities of a modern heritage hotel, look no further.
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