WelcomHeritage Windamere, an enchanting colonial hotel was initially established as a boarding house around the late 1880's. 'Ada Villa', the Raj Boarding House, catered to British Tea Planters and others on contract during this time. It then changed into a hotel just before the outbreak of the Second World War. During the first Indian National Awards Ceremony, held in Delhi, in September of 1994, the Prime Minister presented Windamere with the Award for Excellence as a Heritage Hotel of India.
Rated at #3 by the Asia Pacific National Geographic Magazine as being one of their “Top 10 Colonial Hotels in the Asia Pacific”, (The Peninsular, Hongkong & Raffles, Singapore, being numbers 1 & 2) and receiving the number 2 listing by ‘The Sunday Times London'.
This exquisite hotel dates way back to the 18th Century and the times of the British Raj Tea Planters. Experience the ambience as it was then, decades ago with the roaring coal fires, hot water bottles in the bed and huge closets and also epitomizing unparalleled warm service from the staff. Nestled beautifully in wonderfully blooming gardens with delectable Indian and Continental cuisine served, it’s a true rejuvenation retreat.
Visit the famous Mount Kanchenjunga at Dawn and the Himalyan Zoo while gazing at its tigers and other rare creatures or experience the relaxing therapeutic massage at the “Well Being Centre” at the WelcomHeritage Windamere, Darjeeling.