Cochrane Place, Kurseong
On the outskirts of Kurseong, high in the tea country, is Cochrane Place, the restored British colonial home of Percy John Cochrane, MBE. It has been sensitively converted into a small atmospheric hotel, combining old world charm with modern facilities. The hotel is situated along a ridge, with breathtaking views of the mountains, including Kanchenjunga.
World Discovery includes a lunch stop at Cochrane Place en route to Darjeeling. The Pankasari Restaurant serves a delicious range of homemade food, making use of the fresh produce from the hotel's kitchen garden; there is also the Chai Country café serving snacks and teas.
Some passengers, however, choose to stay at Cochrane Place for longer, to enjoy the quaint atmosphere and do some walking in the surrounding hills. There are 28 rooms at the hotel (15 standard doubles, 9 deluxe doubles, 1 deluxe single and 3 family suites), all with a distinctive character featuring wood panelling, handcrafted furniture, antique burma teak beds, mock fireplaces and elegant bathrooms. Accommodation is more basic than in most of the hotels used by World Discovery, but many passengers enjoy the charming hospitality and the atmosphere.