Hotel Nor-Khill HERITAGE HOTEL $$$ (%205637; www.elginhotels.com; PS Rd; s/d incl full board 6900/7200; W) Oozing 1930s elegance, this sumptuous house of jewels was originally the King of Sikkim s royal guesthouse. Historical photos, antique furniture gay campgrounds and Tibetan carpets line the hallways and lobby, giving the latter a Victorian feel. The spaciously luxurious rooms attract film stars and Dalai Lamas.
oSeven Hills Resort RESORT $$ (%9647783038; gay campgrounds www.sevenhillsresort.com; Phalidara; d 2800-3200) If it s peace and quiet you want, head to this relaxing resort on a remote ridge, 7km northeast of Namchi. A dozen rustic but comfortable cottages with private balconies are dotted around gardens of passion- fruit, bamboo and orchids, and the views are superb. Warm up on cold evenings with a glass of house-made rhododendron brandy.
This covered market is interesting for its range of traditional Himalayan produce, including churpi (dried cheese on a string), cow skin snacks, Tibetan tsampa (ground roasted barley), dried phing noodles and circular yeast patties used for brewing chhang (millet beer).
Misleadingly named Thanggu Resort (d & tr 500; hMay-Nov) is a simple wooden house incorporating gay campgrounds a traditional-styled kitchen and tongba-drinking den (tongba 20) that offers a popular breakfast stop. There are couple of grubby rooms upstairs.