Must-see hotels in West Bengal

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    Mitali Homestay

    About 2km north of the university in verdant Phuldanga village, the art-, craft- and book-filled home of a retired diplomat and his chef-and-designer wife…

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    Windamere Hotel

    This quaint, rambling relic of the Raj is one of Darjeeling’s most atmospheric digs. The charming Ada Villa, with the tea rooms and bar, was once a…

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    Dekeling Resort at Hawk’s Nest

    Run by the good people at Dekeling Hotel, this is a great escape from Darjeeling's increasingly noisy centre, situated 1km south en route to the Japanese…

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    Dekeling Hotel

    Spotless Dekeling is full of charming touches such as coloured diamond-pane windows, a wood-fired heater in the sociable lounge-library, wood panelling…

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    Holumba Haven

    A unique and utterly charming property combining a nursery and a family-run guesthouse, Holumba is located amid sylvan settings a walkable 1km below town…

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    About an hour's drive north of Darjeeling, this stylish, uberluxury tea estate is a true indulgence for those looking to splurge. The lovely estate sits…

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    Rajbari Bawali

    The rajbari at Bawali, about 30km southwest of Kolkata, represents a masterful exercise in restoration of a once-crumbling 18th-century palace. Many of…

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    Elgin Silver Oaks

    This 1920s-homestead-turned-heritage-hotel packs plenty of atmosphere and is well run in a professional but friendly way, with a classy restaurant. The…

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    Hotel Sinclairs

    Very comfortable Sinclairs, 1km north of the Central Bus Terminus, offers a delicious escape from hectic Hill Cart Rd, with professional, friendly service…

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    Karmi Farm

    A two-hour drive from Rimbik near Bijanbari, this cheerful place is managed by Andrew Pulger-Frame, whose Sikkimese grandparents once ran an estate from…

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    Mayfair Himalayan Spa Resort

    Kalimpong's historic Himalayan Hotel, acquired by the Mayfair hotel group, has been expanded, glitterised and frillified into a top-drawer Indian luxury…

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    Cochrane Place

    With 360-degree plantation views, this quaint getaway with a century-old main building offers oodles of period furniture and quirky artefacts in its…

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    Itachuna Rajbari

    The rajbari (palace built by a zamindar) at Itachuna, about 95km north of Kolkata by road, packs a punch with its stately 18th-century architecture and…

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    Kalimpong Park Hotel

    This former summer home of the maharajas of Dinajpur is perched on a mountain shelf overlooking the Relli Valley, and packs in oodles of Raj-era charm…

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    Mayfair Darjeeling

    Originally a maharaja’s summer palace but renovated within an inch of its life, this plush choice sits among manicured gardens and a bizarre collection of…

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    Makaibari Homestays

    This pioneering programme, active since 2007, aims to harness tourism to empower local women tea pluckers. Twenty family houses on the Makaibari tea…

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    Little Tibet

    A surprising number of Darjeeling's best-run hotels are Tibertan-owned and this is one of them, with a tasteful Tibetan theme throughout in the rugs,…

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    This Beatles-themed hotel certainly makes a change from standard hill-station hotel style. It's full of Fab Four memorabilia and the five small but…

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    Vedic Village

    Amid bucolic surroundings on Kolkata's northeastern fringes, this luxury ayurvedic resort offers a vast array of therapies, massages and wraps at its very…

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    Nayana's Homestay

    Nayana's is the abode of a helpful, knowledgeable member of the Tagore clan, and her two-storey house, on a leafy lane in the north of town, is full of…