Windamere established in 19th century as a cozy boarding house for bachelor English and Scottish tea planters and was converted into a hotel just before the outbreak of the Second World War.
Situated on Observatory Hill, a Darjeeling landmark, Windamere is famous for its unique ambience and charm and has been the host to many dignitaries from the world over and the rooms are given the names relate to the actual person who stayed in.
It offers various options of accommodation including suites and cottages. Each room has be been uniquely designed and furnished with old colonial style furniture having a separate living area and fireplace.
The food is legendary, with both Continental and Indian menus. During dinner, the dining room is transformed into a candlelit affair, with soft music floating around in the ether. White-gloved waiters seem to glide in and around the tables to after the distinguished guests.
The Windamere sponsors The DHR Club, which is located on its Snuggery grounds. Although founded by and for railway enthusiasts, visitors with varying interests outside railways have sought admission in recent years to the club’s amenities. The club now welcomes to its fellowship, and provides a congenial meeting place, to the following: railway enthusiasts; explorers; mountaineers; geographers; naturalists; botanists; and zoologists.
The Club has a library and provides facilities for viewing films. It is housed in a 19thcentury stone cottage that is one of Darjeeling’s oldest buildings.
Windamere also features a Well Being or Spa area to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.