Housing complex to replace Hills hotel in Darjeeling


DARJEELING: The iconic Mount Everest Hotel that stands majestically on the backdrop of mist-soaked mountain slopes in the higher reaches of Darjeeling town is likely to be pulled down to make way for a high-end housing complex and a hotel. North Bengal-based businessman Birj Mohan Garg, one of the four new owners of the 4.5-acre prime property that Bharat Agriculture acquired from the Oberoi group for Rs 11 crore, said a top-end housing complex with modern facilities will come up on 3 acres, leaving the remaining 1.5 acre for a mid-sized hotel. "The hotel that has been lying unused for over three decades is in a terrible shape. Restoring it will not only be challenging, it will also entail huge investment that may make the project unviable. Though we have not excluded the option, it will be more practical to build a new hotel while freeing the rest of the property for an upscale housing complex with swimming pool, gymnasium and other modern facilities," Garg told TOI on Thursday.