Club Mahindra Royal Demazong
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The day began early (4.00 am) and it wasn't until evening that the implication of a 15 hour journey kicked in. I left my travel plans and hotel contacts with my folks, brother and Mel so they know where to contact me in case I cannot be reached. My folks are obviously concerned about me travelling alone and I am trying to do everything I can to …
... lost the excitement of visiting new places and running around like a mad tourist. Thankfully there is not much to see and do in Gangtok.
Back in the jeeps the next day for a slow, bumpy, scary (no barriers), twisting 35km drive to Tsomgo Lake (pronounced Changu) which is northeast from Gangtok and 20km from Tibetian border. There were many army bases (Black Cats) along the road up to the Lake and at the Lake as well which was interesting ...
... and we didn’t spend a lot , maybe about £8.00 ( with beer )
Soup for me – hot and sour then veg Jalfresi and Pilau rice , Martin had Pakora’s and then tandori chicken and naan bread.
Everything seems to close here about 8 pm ish so we went to our room , we re named it prion c block H as it was so gloomy at night and so damp, our clothes in the room were damp and on checking the bed the pillows and sheets were very damp , not ...
... cold, made do with this and just went to bed.
We both woke up feeling a little under the weather, we ordered room service in bed, We had some lovely Darjeeling tea and got up around midday which was nice. We thought we would have an easy afternoon so went to the Darjeeling Zoo, The asiatic bear was absolutely gorgeous, this zoo specialised in animals from the HImalayas.We also got to see red pandas, snow leopards,Tibetan wolves which were so beautiful and not ...
... been on my mind for much of the last couple of months as I trekked in its garden, always with my eyes on the horizon in hope of a most unlikely glimpse of a predator that most inhabitants of the mountain do not even believe exists, calling them ghosts with an ability to disappear at will, this is not far from the truth such is their ability to camouflage themselves in the rocks of the mountains. Of course I never saw one, not even a fragment of a glance or a cat-shaped rock, it ...
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If you arrive at night, it's pitch dark and the journey tiring. When you wake up the next morning and go to the balcony, you are greeted with lush green mountains decorated with pine trees all around. The fresh mountain air is all you'd need to wake up and spend some time relaxing.
The staff is courteous, nice, welcoming and treats you like you're the most important person in this whole world. You don't need to introduce yourself to them ... check in and every where you go - fun zone, The Orchid Restaurant or The Alpine Bar, everyone knows you and the room you're staying in.
The rooms are clean and the bed cozy. Some rooms don't have a geyser, which could be an inconvenience, but I am sure they'd arrange some hot water for you if you ask for it. The food is delicious, albeit expensive.
The place is located near Chandmari, Gangtok which is a good half hour drive away from Gangtok town. If you're looking for a place to relax, away from town is what you'd need.
All in all - I had a wonderful time there. Highly recommended!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.