Luxury Indian hotel brand ventures into nation’s northeast

Indian luxury brand The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is marking its first foray into the country’s northeast with a Sikkim state signing.

The new management agreement with the Sibin Group calls for a 140-room hotel in Ranka on a 17-acre plot overlooking Gangtok Hill.

Tranquil and luxurious

Slated to open in December 2026, Leela Sikkim is set amidst the backdrop of the Himalayas, and will boast inspirational design.

The hotel will offer guests a tranquil and luxurious experience complete with a range of leisure and wellness facilities.

Villa stays

Accommodation will number 35 independent luxury villas including 20 wellness villas, 13 twin villas, and a six-room double storey villa and 88 luxury rooms in a hotel block.

A range of dining options will encompass an all-day dining restaurant, a speciality restaurant, a wellness restaurant and a lounge bar. Guests will also be able to access a state-of-the-art wellness centre and a casino along with other indoor and outdoor activities.

Authentic expression

Anuraag Bhatnagar, CEO, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said: “We are delighted to introduce The Leela brand into northeast India with the Leela Sikkim project. Sikkim remains a pristine destination with the right blend of urbanisation, rich cultural heritage and unexplored natural beauty.

“This expansion is in lockstep with the growing demand from the discerning global leisure traveller to experience meaningful and transformative journeys that are an authentic expression of a region’s natural beauty, heritage, cuisine, and culture.”

Hidden Himalayas

Neel Chhetri, the proprietor of Sibin Group added: “I am excited to partner with The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts to bring this uber luxury brand to Sikkim.

“We are confident that with this partnership and the investments we are making, the Leela Sikkim project will soon emerge as one of the most sought-after leisure and wellness destinations in the country and will help us to showcase the hidden Himalayan treasure to the world.”

Key destination growth

Headquartered in Mumbai, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is owned by a Brookfield Asset Management-sponsored private real estate fund and operates 12 properties across India.

These include the flagship hotel in the capital city of New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Gurugram, East Delhi, Mumbai, Gandhinagar and Kovalam and Ashtamudi in Kerala. The latest expansion is a testament to the company’s strategy to grow in key leisure and resort destinations across the country.