Windamere Hotel, Darjeeling
Our rating: Premium | Property style: Boutique Hotel
Windamere is situated on historic Observatory Hill where Darjeeling began, and overlooks the Chowrasta, the town's exclusive promenade. From Observatory Hill, one can glimpse Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and Sikkim, against a stupendous backdrop of twenty of the highest mountain peaks in the world. Established in the 19th century as a cosy boarding house for bachelor English and Scottish tea planters, it was converted into a boutique hotel just before the outbreak of the Second World War, the Windamere is famous for its unique ambience and charm.
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