IHCL has announced the opening of its first hotel in Sikkim, Vivanta Sikkim, Pakyong. The stylishly designed hotel is set amidst lush paddy fields and bamboo forests with stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayas.
Situated off the beaten track, Vivanta Sikkim, Pakyong is a comfortable distance away from Gangtok – 21 kilometres, at about an hour’s drive – while only a short ride down from Sikkim’s only greenfield airport (7.5 kilometres).
Built along the natural contours of a mountain slope, the semi-open style embraces the great outdoors where the rocks and trees occurring on site, seamlessly blend and flow with the structure, as do two gurgling brooks that envelop the property on either side, flowing perennially. Lush landscaped gardens and lawns along many levels mimic terraced paddy fields of the adjoining countryside. The quiet Zen Garden centrally located allows for a mindful mingling with the elements.
The hotel features 50 guest rooms and suites which are both spacious and stylishly designed. The rooms comes with views of either the paddy fields or the valley. Some suites also come with a pool view.
Mr. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IHCL, said:
This opening is in line with IHCL’s strategy of expanding its presence in North East India. Sikkim, with its pristine natural beauty and rich heritage, has tremendous tourism potential. We are delighted to launch Vivanta Sikkim, Pakyong, allowing travellers to discover another one of India’s hidden gems and lesser explored destinations.
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Mynt, the all-day diner, offers a global menu and Sikkimese specialties; while Wink, the stylish lounge bar, offers cocktails and local brews. The hotel also has the award-winning Jiva Spa and a temperature-controlled open-air swimming pool. Additionally, the hotel features over 300 square metres of indoor banqueting spaces and open air lawns.
Guests can also explore the numerous trails around, including one right within the property leading to an undisturbed Shiva Shrine. Explorations can continue at quaint markets with local crafts and simple, delicious cuisine to sample. Day trips to the Sikkim’s age-old Buddhist monasteries and scenic locales can also be made comfortably.
Sandeep Das, Hotel Manager, Vivanta Sikkim, Pakyong, said:
In the heart of picturesque surroundings, Vivanta Sikkim is close to major tourist attractions. The hotel brings Sikkim’s traditions, culture, architecture and cuisines alive through myriad experiences. I look forward to welcoming guests to Sikkim’s new address.
Pakyong is a popular tourist town, which is also an entry point into the beautiful state of Sikkim. It provides the perfect base to explore the region’s mountain peaks, lakes and ancient Buddhist monasteries.
With the addition of this hotel, IHCL will have 8 hotels in North East India including 4 under development.
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All the other images by Vivanta
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