In February 2019 we will introduce our first team of local hosts to the travellers joining us. It has been an exciting journey for Sambit and I to travel to all the destinations on the South-West Sikkim and Darjeeling Homestay Hop and discover engaging locals who can help travellers find a window into their world.
We have tried to spot just the right hosts at these beautiful pitstops on our journey through the homestays of South-West Sikkim and Darjeeling. Local homes, local flavors, and most importantly the inspiring energy of the people of Sikkim are our highlights on this trip.
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SO HERE WE INTRODUCE OUR HOSTS FOR SIKKIM-DARJEELING HOMESTAY HOP FOR THE FIRST TIME.
RAI FAMILY FROM RAVANGLA
Mr Sanjeev Rai and Mrs Priya Rai are our hosts at Ravangla. Their home at a quaint little settlement in the outskirts of Ravangla is a dream home for travellers. Amidst bamboo thickets and cardamom plantation, the hosts have designed a homestay around a century old ancestral home built by Mr Rai’s grandfather. His wife is quite a natural host and makes the homestay quite a warm and lively space. Mr Rai is an avid naturalist and absolutely loves to give a walking tour of his farm which has a collection of diverse organic local vegetation.
LIMBOO FAMILY FROM YUKSOM
Mrs Buddha Rani Limboo operates a family-run homestay at Yuksom. Her amazing family is her support staff and her home boasts of the great energy that only a home has. Her garden is her pride. We have tasted the juiciest pink raw cardamoms here. All meals come straight from the garden and we promise each meal to be a hearty one. At night under the starry sky, the distant lights of the Skywalk in Pelling shine bright making the perfect view from this home in Yuksom to end your day.
LATUP FROM KHECHEOPALRI
Latup Tsering Bhutia is our dear friend and guide at Khecheopalri who has transformed his home into a traveller’s den. He is an enthusiastic young man who knows all the hiking trails around his village like the back of his hand and would love to show people Khecheopalri, his home. In his backyard he has also constructed a wood fire oven, treating his guests with extremely delicious homemade pizzas. What more can we even ask for?
CHETTRI FAMILY FROM MARTAM
The Chettri family in Martam are essentially cardamom farmers. For those of you who don’t know, Sikkim is the biggest producer of cardamom in India. Amidst the farm and the apple orchards, the host couple run a small homestay. The family is also a part of a village collective that brings together enthusiastic and culturally aware youngsters who work to make Martam a tourism destination. Guests must not miss out on the interesting village walk in Martam conducted by a local organisation of village dropouts, creating a source of income for them.
JOSHI FAMILY IN DARJEELING
At the centre of the bustling town of Darjeeling, the Joshi family hosts guests at their beautiful home. Mrs Anjana Joshi is a great conversationalist and loves to tell her guests about the history of this town which they call their home. She and her daughter-in-law Sameera are amazing chefs who love to host guests for extravagant dinners, which you will be fortunate enough to have. Handsome, their lovely dog is everybody's friend. Their terrace also offers a complete view of the Kanchendzonga massif.