Sunday, 15 December 2013

Sikkim Travel Part 4: Lodging At Elgin Nor-Khill Gangtok

When I arrived at Elgin Nor-Khill Hotel in Gangtok, I was expecting to see the same Tudor charm exhibited by Elgin Darjeeling. I was in for a surprise as Elgin Nor-Khill is not only oriental, it has a setting and decor-tyle that is vintage and somewhat 'buddhistical'.
The main facade of Elgin Nor-Khill
This photo shows the hotel block that is annexed to the main building.
Elgin Nor-Khill is located on a hill slope. Just below it is the Paljor Stadium.
Above the hotel are apartments and a trunk road leading to the town centre. This flight of stairs with 70 steps connect the hotel to the trunk road.
Another facade of the hotel - the one facing the garden
The door to the dining room
The reception counter at the hotel lobby. 
We were welcomed with cherry shandy and scarfs draped around our necks [just as in Elgin Darjeelin ]
The lobby lounge is exquisitely furnished with many sets of sofas.
Wall decors include Buddhist thankas and vintage pictures.
The lounge is furnished with elegant upholstered chairs, Sikkimese-design carpets, beautiful ceiling lamps and vintage cabinets with many statuettes of Buddha.
A cozy corner in the lounge facing the garden.
The passageway leading to the rooms.
 This fully carpeted stairs lead to the accommodation floors.
There is no lift in the hotel.
The hallway.
Our room
Our bedroom.
The room is equipped with a fan as it can be warm in the afternoons. There is a portable heater to heat up the room at night as the weather turns really cold after sunset.
There is a cozy lounge in our room
The washroom is clean but not spacious. The toilet bowl, sink and vintage bath-tub are all cramped in a limited space. Water heater and hair dryer are available.
The basic bath amenities.
There are coffee and tea making facilities, complimentary mineral water, butter cookies and sachets of coffee and tea.
Our room is furnished with a few "chokse" tables -  small tables which are intricately carved, painted and polished. 
Another chokse table
A red chokse table
A chokse table on the hallway
The dining room where we had breakfast and dinner during our stay.
Beautiful pillars at the dining room
Menus are set and are varied everyday.
Food we had in the hotel restaurant
This is the dragon bar - a bar with a unique design
There are lovely flower plants in the hotel garden
Flowers of Elgin Nor-Khill
Just like Elgin Darjeeling, Elgin Nor-Khill, Gangtok also rears two lovely dogs.

Overall, Elgin Nor-Khill is a lovely hotel. It is very near to town centre (20 minutes walk along a very steep road) but over exhibits of religious thankas may be a little offensive to some.

Related Posts:
Sikkim Travel Part 1: Introducing Sikkim
Sikkim Travel Part 2: The Journey From Darjeeling Into Sikkim
Sikkim Travel part 3: The Colours Of Rumtek Monastery.
Sikkim Travel Part 5: Flower Exhibition Centre In Gangtok
Sikkim Travel Part 6: A Bird's Eye View Of Gangtok
Sikkim Travel Part 7: Sikkim, A Land Of Monasteries
Sikkim Travel Part 8: MG Marg, The Most Happening Place In Gangtok
Sikkim Travel Part 9: A Visit To Gangtok Market
Sikkim Travel Part 10: We Found The Best Momos
Sikkim Travel Part 11: Gangtok Photo Gallery


Dimpy Roy said...

Its just amazing. I liked this hotel so much. I would definitely stay in this hotel. Its like a palace. I would like to share more about Gangtok hotels. Check out other best hotels in Gangtok also.

Lily... said...

Unfortunately I won't be returning to Gangtok again.

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