Kalimpong - Hotels


Hotel Kalimpong, West Bengal Special Offer

Himalayan Heritage - Kalimpong

In the early days of the last century the hotel was the family home of David Macdonald. After accompanying the Younghusband Mission to Lhasa in 1904 as interpreter, Macdonald was posted
to Tibet as a British Trade Agent, serving in Yatung and Gyantse until his retirement in 1924.
Macdonald assisted the 13th Dalai Lama's escape from Tibet in 1910, and he was later invited to
Lhasa in 1921. Prior to his retirement he served briefly as Britain's Political Officer in Sikkim, in
charge of Britain's relations with Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim.

After he retired, with his large family grown up, Macdonald turned the family home into a Hotel, and
it has remained in the Macdonald family ever since. It was here that he wrote his books “Land of the Lama” and “Twenty Years in Tibet”. For many years it was managed by Macdonald's three eldest daughters, Annie Perry, whose husband also served in Tibet, Vera Macdonald and Vicky Williams. Today it is managed by Nilam and Tim Macdonald, David Macdonald's grandson. They have
ensured it remains, in the words of the distinguished travel writer James Cameron, “a collector's
piece among hotels” and that little has changed since, except perhaps with the addition of two
annexes, to cater
to the growing influx of travellers. Cameron wrote, "this is a commonplace name for a most
exceptional place... no one was there an hour in the inescapable community life of the place". It is
a hotel of real charm and character, with an atmosphere redolent of its close association with Himalayan history.

Bagdogra Airport. Bagdogra is 50 minutes flying time from Kolkata (Calcutta), 2 hours flying time
from New Delhi and 2 1/2 hours by car from Kalimpong. Darjeeling is 2 1/2 hours by car and
Gangtok in Sikkim is 3 hours by car from Kalimpong.


16 rooms, most with their own fire-places, attached bathrooms with running hot and cold water,
fitted with showers.

Food The cuisine is Indian, European with Tibetan and Local Gorkha dishes on request.

Services  Car hire, Local Tours, Safe Deposit, Money Exchange (presently restricted to US Dollars and Sterling Pounds), Laundry Service, Barbecues in Winter for large groups.

Other Facilities
Spacious grounds with front lawn and garden, cars drive to the front door. We also accept payment by Visa, MasterCard and American Express Credit Cards. There is a TV in the lounge and in the new blocks, but no TV in the old blocks. There is an in-house generator in case of power failure. All rooms have Telephones.


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