Luxury Hotels


From time to time Girlahead’s going to pop an opening into the column. Perhaps this will encourage travellers to add to itineraries, and travel consultants to research something different to their portfolios.
What’s new? How about  Taj Guras Kutir Resort & Spa, Gangtok?  Where’s that? Gangtok is capital of Sikkim. The city, which might well mean ‘hill top’ – its elevation is 1,650m ASL – has a population of about 100,000. Sikkim became a fully-fledged state of India in 1975. It’s in northeastern India, with the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north and northeast, Bhutan to its east, Koshi Province of Nepal to the west, and West Bengal to the south. With a population of just over 600,000 in a landmass of 7,096 sq km, it’s the least populous and second-smallest among the Indian states.

Well, Sikhim now has a resort that warrants world attention. The 69-key Taj Guras Kutir Resort & Spa, run by GM

Hitendra Sharma, is set amidst lush greenery and offers panoramic views of the majestic Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. The resort, which has significant terraces – see above –  emphasizes a strong sense of the indigenous culture, a blend of Sikkimese aesthetics and contemporary design. Bedrooms all have a different Thangka, a Buddhism-inspired painting. 
The hotel’s outside is brought inside, in eatertainment. There’s a forest-themed, all-day diner, Machan, and a pan-Asian restaurant, Soi & Sake.  Guras Lounge & Bar serves high-tea and cocktails.
Keep fit, or fitter, at J Wellness Circle, with ancient wellness traditions of India. Keep fit, too, with trekking in the Himalayas,. Or just relax.