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About The Himalayan Hotel

If you are planning to be trekking in the Himalayas of Darjeeling, Sikkim, Nepal or Bhutan, or just holidaying in the region, and would like to relax with your feet up, or with nothing to do with a couple of days in hand in this area, then this is THE place for you in KALIMPONG....The Himalayan Hotel.

In the early days of the last century the hotel was the family home of David Macdonald. After accompanying the Younghusband Mission to Lhasa in 1904 as interpreter, Macdonald was posted to Tibet as a British Trade Agent, serving in Yatung and Gyantse until his retirement in 1924.

Macdonald assisted the 13th Dalai Lama's escape from Tibet in 1910, and he was later invited to Lhasa in 1921. Prior to his retirement he served briefly as Britain's Political Officer in Sikkim, in charge of Britain's relations with Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim. After he retired, with his large family grown up, Macdonald turned the family home into a Hotel, and it has remained in the Macdonald family ever since.

It was here that he wrote his books "Land of the Lama" and "Twenty Years in Tibet". For many years it was managed by Macdonald's three eldest daughters, Annie Perry, whose husband also served in Tibet, Vera Macdonald and Vicky Williams. Today it is managed by Nilam and Tim Macdonald, David Macdonald's grandson. They have ensured it remains, in the words of the distinguished travel writer James Cameron, "a collector's piece among hotels" and that little has changed since, except perhaps with the addition of two annexes, to cater to the growing influx of travellers. Cameron wrote that "this is a commonplace name for a most exceptional place..........no one was there an hour in the inescapable community life of the place."

It is a hotel of real charm and character, with an atmosphere redolent of its close association with Himalayan history. The great names of the region have all been guests here. It has been home to Everest expeditions from the days of Mallory and Irving in the 1920's. Hillary and Tenzing were frequent visitors, while it has also played host to Mme Alexandra David-Neel, Charles Bell, and many of the other British officials who traveled to Tibet in the first half of the twentieth century, as well to other Tibetologists such as Prince Peter of Greece, Rinchen Dolma Taring, and authoress of "Daughter of Tibet", Dr. Joseph Rock. Heinrich Harrer, author of "Seven Years in Tibet". Sir Basil Gould, formerly Political Officer, Sikkim, and James Cameron, author "Point of Departure".

Hotel Specifications Accommodation

There are 16 rooms, most with their own fireplaces, attached bathrooms with running hot and cold water, fitted with showers.


The cuisine is Indian, European with Tibetan and Local Gorkha dishes on request.

Recreation & health Center

Special Services offered by the hotel are Car hire, Local Tours, Safe Deposit, Money Exchange (presently restricted to US Dollars and Sterling Pounds), Laundry Service, and Barbecues in winter for large groups.

Other Facilities offered by the hotel are spacious grounds with front lawn and garden, cars drive to the front door. We also accept payment by Visa, MasterCard and American Express Credit Cards. There is a TV in the lounge but no TV in the rooms. There is an in-house generator in case of power failure. All rooms have Telephones.

Basic Data

Country India
State West Bengal
District Darjeeling
City Darjeeling
Location 80 kms from Bagdogra Airport;
70 kms from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station;
1/2 km. from Main Bus Stand
Room 16 Rooms

City Information

The dream holiday destination of Darjeeling offers the nature at its best. There are the gorgeous greens, majestic mountains, ravishing rivers and the views of Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest. The queen of the hills Darjeeling is a renowned hill resort on the foothills of the Himalayas. The Buddhist monasteries and the Hindu temples are the must visits at Darjeeling where as the finest blend of tea from Darjeeling is a must have. Curio carpets and pieces of Himalayan handicrafts make excellent gift as well as souvenir options from Darjeeling. The nature lovers and the adventure seekers alike throng Darjeeling.