Summit Norling Resort & Spa

Summit Norling Resort & Spa

The winding road with a picturesque backdrop leads one to Summit Norling Resort & Spa, a four-star luxury resort, which is situated at the head of a secluded valley on the North of Gangtok city. The three-acre resort allows one to enjoy the best of Sikkimese hospitality – there are lush green lawns, a meditative pathway with a peaceful sound of the waterfall inside the resort, haiku-like bamboo grove and nibbling fish in the pond. The subtle design of the resort brings the outdoors in, inviting you to unwind and soak up the peace and quiet of the tranquil location.
“Sikkim at its finest” is how Summit Norling’s experience can – and should – be described. The staff is warm, helpful and generous and happy to create informal itineraries should guests want suggestions to explore Gangtok. The pristine environs of Gangtok allow outdoor activities to be experienced, something that the resort can organise easily for guests. Here’s a resort where prestigious luxury accommodation meets exemplary service and cuisine in the context of a perfect setting to simply relax, indulge and rejuvenate; a place where guests receive the warmest welcome and indulge wholeheartedly in the sense of occasion presented by lavish surroundings.

Rooms

From the four Chalet rooms that are ideal for a romantic weekend getaway through to the self-contained seventeen premium rooms, Summit Norling has everything for the discerning traveller. Each Chalet room retains architectural features and gives a 180-degree panoramic view of the beautiful valley from the private balcony. The premium rooms are elegantly appointed with refined and sophisticated furniture that are spacious and comfortable ensuring a tasteful experience for guests even as they relax and unwind here. The Chalet rooms, with their warm and earthy tones, are inviting and so comfortable, and the interiors done in fine wood, offer picturesque valley views. The Chalet rooms offer en-suite bathrooms as well, which are equipped with premium quality personal care products.

Dining

The multi-cuisine restaurant at the resort is called Tsomgo, which means ‘source of the water’ in local dialect. It is also the name of a lake that is 38 km from Gangtok. The lake, for the record, is associated with many myths and legends, and revered by the Sikkimese as sacred. The resort’s dining experience, it wouldn’t be incorrect to say, is nothing short of sublime and sacred. The restaurant serves a wide section of cuisine, appetising, tasty, wholesome and hearty. The Northeastern cuisine is diverse and Sikkimese cuisine is considered topnotch in terms of quality and taste. You can sample a wide variety of local cuisine at Tsomgo.

Experience

The resort organises fun evenings for guests by way of bonfires, barbeque evenings and games to allow guests to unwind. For those who are health conscious, there’s a well-equipped gym that overlooks the green expanse. It’s a subliminal experience especially for those of us who hit the neighbourhood gyms that are boxed, claustrophobic and chaotic. Gangtok, on its own, is thoroughly charming and full of grace. The fine architecture of Rumtek monastery, one of the largest in Sikkim, which closely resembles the original 12th century one in Tibet, is an invitation to the spiritual even as Ganesh Tok, a temple devoted to the elephant-god, its path hoisted with Buddhist flags, is a lesson in oneness. Tourists don’t miss places of interest, such as Nathula Pass, Tsomgo Lake, Temi Tea Garden, Hanuman Tok, Tashi View Point, Banjhakri Waterfall, MG Marg and Do DrulChorten. You shouldn’t too!

Location

Summit Norling Resort & Spa, Rongay, Near Central Jail, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101

http://www.summithotels.in/summit-norling-resort-hotel-spa-gangtok

Tariff

INR 7000 onwards, exclusive of taxes; Chalet rooms start at INR 9,000 onwards

Getting there 

By Air: The airport nearest to Gangtok is about 124 kilometres away in Bagdogra, West Bengal. From the airport, you can hire a shared taxi or a private vehicle that will get you to Gangtok in a matter of two hours. The drive from Bagdogra to Gangtok is absolutely stunning with gorgeous mountains and River Teesta as your backdrop.

From Bagdogra, you can also take a TSA helicopter to get to Gangtok in just 20 minutes.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Gangtok is about 148 kilometres away in New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri. The station is well-connected to major cities like Kolkata and New Delhi. From New Jalpaiguri you can take a taxi to Gangtok or go to Siliguri Bus Station and catch a state-run bus to Gangtok, which will take you about 5-6 hours.