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The Best hotels in Gangtok Sikkim - unveiling the top Luxury escapes

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A Guide to the Finest Luxury Hotels in Gangtok, Sikkim – all offering grand views of Mt. Kanchenjunga


Snuggled amidst the majestic Eastern Himalayas, Gangtok is a haven for those seeking tranquility, adventure, and cultural immersion. It’s a destination renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage. From an ancient trading hub on the way to Tibet and later a small religious monastery town, the historic capital city of Sikkim has now transformed into a bustling hill station with an eclectic mix of various cultures and communities. As you plan your journey to this enchanting city, one of the first crucial aspects to consider is accommodation. With a myriad of options for hotels in Gangtok, finding that perfect stay can elevate your experience, ensuring comfort, hospitality, service and convenience throughout your stay. ‘Where to stay in Gangtok?’ is one of the most frequently asked questions from our luxury guests and family travellers. So in this guide, we will discover the crème de la crème of accommodations in Gangtok which are also known for their impeccable service standards. We have listed here the top five hotels in Gangtok city focusing on travelers seeking a unique luxury stay. 

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The Taj Guras Kutir Resort & Spa (Source: Taj Hotels Website)

Picture yourself cozied up by an ancient-looking fireplace in your room, or strolling through corridors adorned with rich tapestries. Alternatively, imagine escaping to an almost century-old retreat with impressive views of the mighty Himalayan ranges or indulging in a rejuvenating oriental massage in a decorated Spa. The grandeur of these luxury resorts in Gangtok promises to captivate your senses. Whether you’re seeking a family adventure or a romantic getaway, these hotels in Gangtok Sikkim stand as the ultimate embodiment of refinement and comfort. From an iconic heritage property to the newest luxe retreat, this list is a delightful exploration of opulence and serenity amidst the mountains. So let’s delve into the realm of hospitality and explore these gems awaiting your arrival in this picturesque destination. 

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The Elgin Nor-Khil, Gangtok

(1.5 Kms from Gangtok city centre)

Steeped in colonial charm and a rich history, The Elgin Nor-Khill is one of the first luxury hotels in Gangtok Sikkim. Having hosted many politicians, dignitaries and celebrities, the hotel brims with stories from its past, dating back to the 1930s when it was owned by the Chogyal (King) of Sikkim. The “Nor-Khill” translates to the “house of jewels”. With one of the prettiest and most colourful lobbies, the Elgin hotel in Gangtok stands as a timeless treasure, blending antique charm with modern luxury. The lobby lounge is adorned with vibrant folk art, dragon motifs, intricate thangkas, and various other ornate artifacts and antique items. Restored to its original grandeur, the interior features period Burma teak furniture, oak floorboards, crackling fireplaces, and candle-lit tables, exuding palpable old-world charm.

Constructed as the former Royal guest house under the patronage of the King of Sikkim, this esteemed hotel has welcomed a myriad of esteemed guests over its storied history. Among its many distinguished visitors are renowned figures such as the Dalai Lama, Kapil Dev along with celebrated Hollywood personalities like Shirley MacLean and Michael Douglas and many more. The heritage property combines traditional Sikkimese architecture with modern amenities, offering guests a glimpse into the region’s rich cultural heritage. Reflecting the elegance of Sikkim’s royal era, the hotel welcomes guests with warmth, offering a glass of sparkling cherry liquor and a silken Khada draped around their necks. The 25 deluxe rooms and opulent suites provide a deluxe accommodation, some of which offer the most splendid views of the Kanchenjunga massif. Indulge in a delightful fusion of luxury and tradition at the Dragon Bar, where you can savor exquisite meals and sample a wide selection of authentic Sikkimese drinks, including Tongba, the local version of Millet Fermented Beer. With proximity to M.G. road and nearby cafes, restaurants, along with in-house amenities like a well-stocked library, a cozy bar, games room, the Elgin Nor-Khill in Gangtok promises an all-season destination for travelers seeking a blend of luxury and heritage. Immerse yourself in old-world charm while enjoying impeccable service and unparalleled comfort at this iconic property.

The Elgin Nor-Khil Website

The Elgin hotel exterior
The Elgin Nor khill Hotel Room
Source: Elgin Hotels Website

Taj Guras Kutir Resort & Spa, Gangtok

(In Pangthang, 13 Kms from Gangtok city centre)

Opened in 2023, the Taj Guras Kutir is the newest addition to a growing list of premium hotels in Gangtok Sikkim. Part of the Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) group, this is the first hotel under the Taj brand in Gangtok. Along with the Vivanta brand’s Pakyong property, with this the IHCL group expanded its footprint in this state. Tucked away amidst the lush forests of Pangthang in Gangtok, Taj Guras Kutir Resort & Spa stands as a luxurious mountain retreat, offering a breathtaking view of the Eastern Himalayan wilderness. With its pristine surroundings and crisp mountain air, the resort provides a serene escape. It houses 69 spacious and well-appointed rooms and suites that offer surreal views of the landscape, including the majestic Kanchenjunga, from every corner. The resort’s deck provides the perfect spot to soak in the beauty of the surroundings and admire the revered mountain.

The five-star resort’s architecture beautifully merges Sikkimese traditions with modern design, highlighting the local culture. Each spacious room offers stunning views of the outdoors and showcases a Thangka painting, adding a touch of local Buddhist-inspired artistry. Indulging in dining experiences at Machan, Soi & Sake, and Guras Bar & Lounge offers guests an elevated culinary journey with enchanting views and a diverse menu ranging from local delicacies to Pan-Asian fare. Designed for both leisure retreats and business meetings, the resort also features sophisticated meeting spaces and a banquet hall. Interpretive experiences such as the butter lamp ceremony, village treks, and the Visarma spa experience showcase the vibrant culture and grace of Sikkim. The hotel also offers enriching experiences and spiritual enlightenment for guests seeking a deeper connection with the region’s heritage. Ultimately, Taj Guras Kutir Resort & Spa serves as a spiritually uplifting and culturally conscious retreat, offering guests an opportunity to discover a corner of heavenly Sikkim.

Taj Guras Kutir Website

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Taj Gurans Kutir Hotel Room
Spa room in Taj Guras Kutir Hotel in Gangtok
Source: Taj Guras Kutir Resort & Spa, Gangtok Website (Taj Hotels)

Denzong Regency, Gangtok

(In Gangtok, 2 Kms from city centre)

Set within a spacious 10-acre estate, the Denzong Regency hotel in Gangtok is a family-owned gem providing a tranquil retreat. It offers the guests a scenic respite from the bustling city. One of the first upscale hotels in Gangtok Sikkim, Denzong offers a serene escape with its 60 rooms and suites, each featuring private balconies overlooking panoramic views of the mountains. All accommodations are strategically positioned to face the front, ensuring guests are treated to uninterrupted views. Located just 2 Kms from the city center, yet offering a peaceful ambiance, the Denzong Regency Hotel caters to various needs, from leisurely relaxation to corporate events.

One of the five-star hotels in Gangtok, the Denzong boasts top-notch amenities like a multi-cuisine restaurant, Mayal, the Pool-side cafe,the lounge bar Ara, a spa and a fitness center. The café extends to the open-air Infinity Pool area, accompanied by a kid’s pool and jacuzzi. Guests can enjoy stunning views of Mt. Kanchenjunga while swimming and relaxing on sun loungers around the pool. One of the big attractions is the famous Deltin Denzong casino located in the hotel premises. The Deltin group’s popular casino offers a diverse array of gaming experiences, catering to both seasoned players and novices alike. From classic table games like blackjack, roulette, and baccarat to an extensive selection of slot machines, there’s something for every gaming enthusiast. Moreover, the casino hosts regular events and promotions, adding an extra layer of excitement to your visit. From live music performances to themed parties, there’s always something happening at the Deltin Casino to keep you engaged and entertained. Overall, with its blend of comfort, natural beauty, and convenience, Denzong Regency Hotel stands tall among Gangtok’s top accommodations.

Denzong Regency Website

Denzong Regency Hotel Room
Denzong Regency Hotel Inifinity Pool
Denzong Regency Hotel Exterior
Denzong Regency Hotel Restaurant Mayal
Source: Denzong Regency Website

Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino, Gangtok

(In Ranipool, 9 Kms from Gangtok city centre)


Part of the 40 year old premier hotel chain Mayfair resorts, this luxury spa resort was opened in Sikkim in 2009 and soon became one of the the best hotels in Gangtok. Situated just 10 km from the city center in Ranipool, this expansive 48-acre resort sits on a serene forested land offering an exclusive getaway to the hills. Discover a luxurious haven tucked cozily away from the busy streets amidst the lush greenery. Mayfair Gangtok offers a unique blend of neo-colonial architecture with a Buddhist theme, making it a top choice for first-class travelers to India’s enchanting North East region.

The deluxe hotel houses a total of 93 villas offering a diverse range of accommodations, including executive rooms, cottages, suites, and lavish private villas. The well-appointed rooms are tastefully furnished with polished wood and calming colors, providing a cozy sanctuary. For those seeking ultimate privacy and luxury, the stay here offers an exclusive experience. Architecturally inspired by Sikkimese tradition with a modern touch, the resort exudes charm and sophistication. Apart from a well-reviewed Spa, the resort includes a small gaming Casino and a host of world-class amenities, including a health club, swimming pool, Salon , yoga deck, Orchid – the multi-cuisine restaurant, Courtyard- an open Banqueting space and a children’s play area. The Mayfair Resort in Gangtok is the perfect destination for honeymooners, nature enthusiasts, and those seeking tranquility and luxury.

Mayfair Gangtok Website

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Source: Hotels.com

Vivanta Sikkim, Pakyong

(In Pakyong, 20 Kms from Gangtok city centre)


The Vivanta Sikkim in Pakyong opened its doors in November 2021 as the debut hotel for the IHCL group. The stylishly designed property is set amidst lush paddy fields and bamboo forests with stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayas. Located approximately 20 kilometers from the centre of Gangtok, and a scenic 30-minute drive away from Sikkim’s Pakyong Airport, the Vivanta Sikkim hotel provides a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Constructed following the natural curves of the mountain terrain, the hotel’s design integrates with the surrounding landscape effortlessly, creating a semi-open atmosphere that invites the outdoors in. The rocks and trees found on the site blend harmoniously with the structure, and two gentle brooks meander alongside the property, enhancing the serene ambiance with their perpetual flow.

With 50 rooms and suites, guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain peaks and valleys from every angle. The hotel’s design incorporates cascading courtyards and corridors along its periphery, offering uninterrupted vistas of the mountainscape. Additionally, a serene Zen Garden located at the center of the hotel provides a tranquil space for guests to engage in mindful reflection and connect with nature. The hotel also has the award-winning Jiva Spa and a temperature-controlled open-air swimming pool. With over 300 square metres of indoor banqueting spaces and open air lawns, the hotel is ideal for elegant social gatherings. For dining options, Mynt restaurant offers a delightful array of cuisine, including local specialties, while Wink, the stylish lounge bar serves up an eclectic selection of cocktails and local favorites. Guests are encouraged to explore the numerous trails nearby, including one leading to a serene Shiva Shrine within the property. They can also visit local markets to experience Sikkim’s crafts and cuisine or embark on day trips to the region’s ancient Buddhist monasteries and scenic locales, returning to the hotel’s serene ambiance each evening. Vivanta Sikkim Pakyong provides the perfect setting to discover and savor Sikkim’s hidden treasures. 

Vivanta Sikkim Website

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Source: Vivanta Pakyong Hotel Website (vivanta hotels - IHCL)

As Sikkim beckons with its majestic vistas and vibrant culture, selecting the right accommodation is paramount to ensuring a memorable and enriching experience. From the lavish confines of the Taj Gurans Kutir to the timeless elegance of The Elgin Nor-Khill, each hotel embodies the essence of hospitality, offering a perfect blend of comfort, convenience, and cultural immersion. Along with world-class service, all of these above hotels exude elegance and sophistication, while promising a delightful stay amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas.

So, pack your bags, embark on an unforgettable journey, and let the hospitality of Gangtok’s finest hotels elevate your travel experience to new heights. If you want more information on these stays or would like to curate a personalized tour for your family and friends, you can reach out to us. You can also explore some of our carefully curated leisure & active holiday experiences in Sikkim.

Kanchenjunga Views from hotel in gangtok


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