A Fantastic Stay at Windsongs, Kalimpong, West Bengal
At Windsongs, it was not a mere stay, it was an experience. The sprawling property with an unmistakable colonial flavor sits pretty in the backdrop of imposing lower Himalayan range! A perfect retreat for those urbanites whose lives are constantly governed by the two hands of the clock! The cottage windows open into a breathtaking vista of mountain range in the front. A majestic view of Kanchanjngha peak on the left completes the canvas. The spectacular sight of playful Teesta a few hundreds meter downhill will surely make you forget all that is stressful!
For the fussy and hygiene-wary travelers, the place is squeaking clean, impeccably maintained and tastefully decorated. From the high quality linens to choicest china, from the flower-arrangement at the front desk to the library boasting best selling contemporary titles, everything at this quaint place displays the taste, efficiency and high spirit of the wonderful hostess, Mrs Pradhan. It is the personal care and touches of the hostess that make things extra- special at Windsongs.
A foodie that I am, I would like to devote a good many lines to the foods. Forget the stuff that are served at typical commercial establishments in the name of foods that are too hot, too greasy or too spicy for your family’s taste buds! But food that we tasted here is feast for the taste buds of your entire family! From the perfectly crispy-soft parathas to English deserts full of exotic fruits--- the foods coming from Mrs Pradhan’s kitchen will tempt (and ultimately make) you over-load yourself with the scrumptious offering laid before you!
The place is good for honeymooners as well as family with kids. As your kids chase the butterflies in the lawn, keep themselves busy running up and down the hill, exploring the nursery (Windsongs actually belong to a nursery, called Universal nursery), clicking the birds or simply playing hide and seek in the sprawling lawn, you two can simply laze around soaking into the beauty, solicitude and quietitude of the Himalayas and share some quiet, romantic moments with each other.
For the wannabe visitors, my advice is: stay at the cottage for the best experience. The property has two other rooms as well in the upper stories though.
It will be grossly inadequate to define the stay at Wndsongs with the clichéd phrase, “completely value for money”, simply because Mrs Pradhan’s warm hospitality is priceless.
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