Luxury Hotel & Resort: Mayfair Gangtok – Art & Aesthetics

Mayfair Gangtok is a luxury resort in Ranipool, Gangtok - best known for art and aesthetics scattered all over its hillside property.

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Revolving Globe Fountain at Mayfair Gangtok
Revolving Globe Fountain at Mayfair Gangtok

We reached Mayfair Gangtok tired after a long day at Namchi and Temi tea Estate. All we could think of was eating a quick dinner and hitting the bed. As we entered the hotel around twilight, our eyes suddenly went wide. We found ourselves standing in a courtyard with a revolving globe fountain in the middle, surrounded by heritage building, painted walls. There was a Buddha with a stretched arm holding a lotus on the left and a Shivalinga on the right. Have we come to the right place?

Luxury Mayfair Gangtok

Mayfair Gangtok reception
Mayfair Gangtok reception
Beautiful woodwork at the heritage property Mayfair Gangtok
Beautiful woodwork at the heritage property

The staff guided us to the reception and after a swift check in we were taken to our room. We could not have reached our room without help. Let me re-create the steps – we get out reception, take a few steps and walk through a long corridor which has Balinese art pieces all over it.

Buddha sculpture in Balinese style at Mayfair Gangtok
Buddha sculpture in Balinese style

We enter a lift that takes us one floor up and we take a flight of stairs to be surrounded by a jungle-like environment with all possible animals surrounding the place. There is even a jungle cafe in here. We get out of Cafe and walk a few steps passing by an ancient Nag temple. We reach the villa that has our room. We take another flight of stairs along the walls that are covered with vintage photographs and finally reach our room. There were few alternate routes to reach the room that we would discover the next morning.

Buddha statue at Mayfair Gangtok
Buddha statue

It is when we opened the window to sit on the balcony that we realized that the property is on the slant of a hill. We could see and hear the priest doing evening puja at Shiv temple. We could see the native wooden architecture of Sikkim. We would later learn that the property was the ancestral home of the ex-chief minister of Sikkim Sh Nar Bahadur Bhandari.

Deluxe Property

Mayfair Gangtok is a luxury five-star deluxe property, so all the facilities that you expect from a luxury hotel are all there. Rooms are spacious and so are bathrooms. Food is good. What stood out for me was their focus on art and the aesthetic décor of the hotel. The place is organized like an array of Villas and that kind of reminded me of Villas in Goa. There is also an angle of divine presence through various displays. Let me give you a photo walk of the art at Mayfair Gangtok.

Replica of Pashupatinath Linga

Pashupathinath Temple replica at Mayfair Gangtok
Pashupathinath Temple replica

A four-faced Chaturmukhlinga – an exact replica of the one at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu is the core of the temple at Mayfair Gangtok. It is living temple where every morning and evening the puja takes place and as a guest, you are welcome to participate. You have to take off your shoes near the temple just like you would do at any Shiva temple. I loved waking up to chants and closing the day with them.

In fact, you do not get to see the Shivalingas in Kathmandu, so this was a good opportunity for me to see it properly.

Buddha paintings at Mayfair Gangtok

Buddha Painting at Mayfair Gangtok
Buddha Painting

Buddha is all pervasive at Mayfair Gangtok. There are some huge paintings on the walls of their restaurant and coffee shop area. I loved the orange-hued paintings showing both the Buddha and his devotees.

Woman with folded hands amidst prayer flags at Mayfair Gangtok
Woman with folded hands amidst prayer flags

Look at this woman with folded hands among the ubiquitous prayer flags – so peaceful and so representative of the local ethos.

Buddha in Mahaparinirvana pose painting at Mayfair Gangtok
Buddha in Mahaparinirvana painting

Buddha in Mahaparinirvana state or the sleeping state just before he left his body spreads across the length of the coffee shop.

Odisha Stone Sculptures

Ganesh statue in stone at Mayfair Gangtok
Ganesh statue in stone

Mayfair hotels is an Odisha-based group and you see a bit of Odisha in the stone sculptures scattered across the property. There is Ganesha as soon you enter the driveway, there is Radha resting on Krishna’s shoulder who is playing flute for her and there is Buddha lost in his meditation.

Radha Krishna stone sculpture at Mayfair Gangtok
Radha Krishna stone sculpture

There are various animals like elephants and lions flanking the various doors like doorkeepers or dwarpalas.

Elephant sculpture at Mayfair Gangtok
Elephant sculpture

Stone sculptures bring in the very Indian ethos to space.

Garuda at the entrance

Garuda statue at Mayfair Gangtok
Garuda statue

At a sharp bend in the Ranipool area of Gangtok, on one side you see a huge board announcing the Mayfair Gangtok and on the other hand a colorful Garuda with folded hands. Garuda is a common symbol used in Sikkim – something that is rarely seen outside the state. I wonder if the mythical Garuda has a Sikkim connection.

Driftwood pieces

Driftwood article at Mayfair Gangtok
Driftwood article

Driftwood is a natural art. It is wood that has drifted along rivers, lakes, oceans and has taken curious shapes. There are people who collect driftwood. I was happy to see a few pieces of driftwood that were aesthetically placed at various places in the Mayfair Gangtok premises.

Driftwood Art at Mayfair Gangtok
Driftwood Art

Library at Mayfair Gangtok

Library at Mayfair Gangtok
Library at Mayfair

I love the spaces that have books as an integral part of them. Library at Mayfair Gangtok is breathtakingly beautiful and inviting. For me, it was the loveliest spot in the whole property. Even if you are not much of a book reader you would love to sit back and flip the pages of many coffee table books on Sikkim or the colorful magazines here.

Artifact at library at Mayfair Gangtok
Artifact at library
Artifact at library Mayfair Gangtok
Artifact at library

Apart from this, there is a recreation of the jungle around their Jungle Cafe.

Tattooed Tribals of Sikkim painting at Mayfair Gangtok
Tattooed Tribals of Sikkim painting

For more details check out the website of Mayfair, Gangtok.

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