A Beatles-themed B&B in the Bengal Hills
by The India Tube
29 October 2012
Everyone loves The Beatles.
Well, not everyone, but exceptions to the rule aside, nowhere is this truer, and more evident, than in Darjeeling, the Himalayan city of tea. And the quickest way to tap into this Fab Four-loving spirit is to set up camp at Revolver.
Owners Vikash and his wife Asenla run this small B&B, named after the critically acclaimed seventh album from Liverpool’s biggest exports. Now in its third year, Revolver’s drummed up a steady stream of rave reviews on travel sites like Tripadvisor, and it’s all down to the personal touch of the owners, and the excellent value this B&B offers.
But baby, if you’re not a rich man, don’t worry. Revolver has five rooms, each named for one member of the Fab Four, with one additional room that bears the name of Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager (widely regarded as the “fifth Beatle”). Priced at Rs 1,200 a night for John, Paul and George (the bigger Beatles, also the bigger rooms), and Rs 1,000 a night for Ringo and Brian (the smaller ones), these are prices that can buy you love. Plus Vikash and Aslena won’t work with or via travel agents, and maintain a fixed tariff all year round.
The inn’s had a little bit of a facelift since its last photo shoot, so use the images on the website as only a rough guide. Revolver isn’t plush, but it is clean and warm, and as the nights get colder, electric bed-warmers will keep you toasty in your themed rooms. That Beatles theme continues with the décor (room names, posters everywhere), with giveaways (free postcards and a poster of the foursome dressed in the clothing of the Gorkhas, Lepchas and Bhutias) and with the entertainment: televisions in each room come pre-loaded with the music and videos of The Beatles, while in the common area, visitors can belt out their own renditions of classic Beatles tunes with The Beatles Rock Band game on the PlayStation.
The restaurant serves homestyle Naga food, and plays Beatles music, naturally. So even if the theme’s starting to weigh you down, their light, wholesome fare won’t. And if you’re hoping to stay in Darjeeling for a month, or longer, they’ll charge you “home stay rates”, where your food and board will be cheaper still. No hard day's nights here.