WELL-BEING AT THE WINDAMERE
Maybe it’s because we are the only property on what is a “holy hill” from the old days when Darjeeling was part of Sikkim (and well before the British came here). Apparently, the hill has “energetic and magnetic qualities”. Years ago, a lama from Pemayangste Monastery in Sikkim thought so; he made a special pilgrimage to our hill, and laid his shrine here. Today, the Hindu Pundits and Tibetan Buddhist lamas sit just above our property and dispense blessings and healings all day long.
This holy hill, on which the Windamere Hotel is built, was named Observatory Hill by the Colonial British, for the magnificent views that it offered over the great Himalayan peaks. In fact, the whole of the Himalayan range is one of the world’s ‘energy vortices’. All of this contributes to a special place to “just be in a state of Oneness with the Elements and the Forces of Nature”. In all aspects of our guest care, we completely underscore “Body, Mind & Spirit” in our attitude, service, room care and dining experience. On the more “physical side”, we offer deep therapeutic massage modalities in our ‘iTaTi Institutes’ Well Being Centre.
Long ago, we knew that a special part of our mandate was to offer our property for Well-Being Conferences and Retreats. To offer a place of rest, relaxation and an opportunity to go “inside” – to go to one's centre and stay there for a while. From here, the world looks different and many challenges to life seem to resolve themselves.
This last Easter (2011), we partnered with Rujuta Diwekar (a famous author on the subject), in holding ‘Easter at the Windamere – a Well-Being Retreat’. We were overwhelmed with the response. In fact, their feedback (taken from all participants) was as follows:
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WELL BEING RETREAT AT WINDAMERE HOTEL – IN THE HIMALAYAS
“This is to say a BIG thanks for being such wonderful, gracious and generous
hosts during the Wellness retreat. As I mentioned to Elizabeth, your hospitality
wasn't just satisfactory, it was beyond our expectations.
Not just me and "Rujuta", all our clients felt so much at home
at Windamere and they all have rated Windamere 5 out of 5 in their feedback. This
I feel is the best testament. The front desk, the kitchen staff, the housekeeping,
everyone has been exceptional. We would love to extend our relationship with Windamere
and make the retreat an yearly (if not bi-annual) affair. Will be in touch very
soon regarding this. In the meanwhile, please check this link for some of the pics
of the retreat:
Gaurav Punj: on behalf of "Rujuta Diwekar"
‘It is of our ‘Garden Enclosed’’
This is how it all finished....