This is the only Club Mahindra Resort in the North East part of our country, and is able to face up to the challenge of presenting the unique culture of that area to visitors.
The hotel is located at a village called Changey, around 12 Kilometers away from the town of Gangtok. There are only two sign boards on the way, and the distance mentioned in them is inaccurate. More are needed since the road to the resort is bad, and there are many turns where we are forced to stop and ask the way.
The resort is nestled on a small rising, and is built in various layers, with the reception at the lowest level. Once in the resort, the fatigue of the journey is quickly forgotten given the beautiful surroundings and the grand welcome by the hotel staff. As with all Club Mahindra resorts, the rooms are spacious, with a lovely view from the windows or balconies. There are few rooms only so it is better to book early to get confirmed accommodation.
There is only one restaurant, which offers both buffet and a-la-carte. It is better to opt for the buffet itself, since there is lot of variety on offer, with at least one local dish each time.
If one has got a vehicle at one's disposal, there is no problem in getting to the town whenever we want. For others the resort has a paid car shuttle at fixed hours. This is convenient and reasonably priced, with the only problem being that only 4 persons can be accommodated at a time.
The best time to visit this area is after the rains and before the onset of winter, or during April - May. It can rain at any time, and then the temperature drops quite a bit, so if we are travelling with children, it is better to be prepared at all times.
There are many places to visit nearby. Local sightseeing takes a day, and a visit to NATHU-LA pass and CHANGU lake takes another full day. Permits are needed for this trip, so plan in advance. Nathu-la pass is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The town is shut on Tuesdays.
There is an activity team which arranges for various activities in the evenings. There are cultural events also and it is real fun.
All said and done, the hotel is real value for money.
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- Also Known As:
- Club Mahindra Gangtok, Royal Demazong Sikkim