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Eco Tourism and Home Stay - Community based tourism

Home Stay is one of the best way to explore the region and specially the Himalayn Home stay. This includes home stay in Kalimpong or Kalimpong Home stay, Kurseong Home stay, etc. North East Home stay list is unending yet we have tried to include Sikkim, Assam, Kalimpong, Darjeeling (West Bengal) home stay. Each Himalayan home stay has its own charm and feelings.  We try to devlop or promote few home stays in our region. We take extra care to spread awareness of local culture, festival and lifestyle. We as a tourism house did not discover the destination we just developed a network of small operators and knowledgeable / passionate individuals to develop home stay so that our activities helps local people socially and economically. There are many such Homestay developed over the years all over the word. few organisation/ individual or group are involved in suct project. We introduce our guest to such destinations. Chatakpur near Darjeeling, Sittong near Mongpoo known as the orange village, Mongpoo the famous destination of Rabindranath Tagore, Sabuj Sathi Resort  in Lataguri, Pasting near Lava, Damsang near Pedong / Kalimpong, Reshi near Reshikhola / Pedong ,  Lepchakha, Buxa, On the rocks near Samsing or Murt Khlola or Rocky Island are some of the community based eco tourism center. The list is growing day by day. We first visit the spot check the property and thjen if satisfied advice our guest to avail the oppertunity to visit the place.. We have highly recommended laces to amny and got appreciation from our guest. Eco tourism is a new sector of tourism but was in practice long back. Only the concept has been redesign and new features has been added.  In some places the whole community particiapte in such project and say 10 to 12 homestay come up within a short span which can accomodate groups. Community based tourism is on the rise in this region and we are trying to incorporate them in main stream tourism safegaurding their identity. Cultural Tourism comes under this home stay banner but not all homestay is aware of the cultural part. Hence a few selective home stay are cultural based. Kagey is a new home stay developed near Pedong. 

In Sikkim some of the places of tourist interest  has been developed but the infrastructure are not fullt developed - Aritar, Lingtam, Rumtek, Mangan, Biksthang, Borong, Hee Bermiok, Kaleej, Kaluk, Martam, Namchi, Okhrey, Pastanga, Pelling, Rinchenpong, Yuksom, Sikip, Temi, Reshi, Uttarey, Yangtey, Varsey, Zuluk. Stay in this places are enjoyed by guest who loves nature truly


In Darjeeling region there are a few newly developed destinations like  Baggura, Baramangwa, Charkhol, Chatakpur, Chilapata, Peshok, Chota Mangwa, Lebong, Delo, Dhupjhora, Fagu Tea Bungalow, Gahunbari, Sittong, Pedong, Mongsong, Sillery, Jorepokhri, Kalipur, Reshikhola, Kolakham,  Makaibari, Rangbang, Latpanchar, Lava,  Samthar, Chuikhim, Mongpong,  Paren, Pedong, Raimatang, Gachbari, Rikissum, Samsing, Selim Hill, Rammam, Sandakphu, Gurdung, Takdah, Tinchuley, Tumling, Zurrantee,Bamonpokhori, etc are few more places in this region for leisure holidays. Stay in this places are enjoyed by nature lovers irrespective of infrastructure

Interaction with travelers and the knowledge that they are visiting for the richness in the culture brings in a sense of pride amongst the people and also brings in supplementary sources of income hence it makes economic sense to the villagers as well. We only try to educate and accomodate our guest to such opportunities and they also help us by believing in us.

We use our time and patience to identify our partners in each destination. The focus was always about finding partners who are already involved in working with local people. Home stay or tea tourism is two of the options most popular among our guests. The stay is with very basic facilities and creates less impact environmentally. The local culture, custom, festival are exposed to the tourist. Our host at each place are eager to please the tourist with their best effort. They even try to learn various types of cooking, etc from guest.
A concept preferred by most of our guest and is fast catching up locally and internationally.  Home stay is arranged and run by villagers and it includes staying in Tea Gardens or Tea Estate or villages or a whole village set up made especially for the guest. It is known by different name in different region. Birding, short trails, angling are part of the stay and are not spoken or written separately, it is part of the concept.


The stay is simple with basic infrastructure and is about bringing one closer to local cultures and environment. Local guide from the destination will help guest with their cultures and ways of life far better and earn a much needed income. There are festivals and special arrangement for guest who wants more. 


Staying in cottages, fishing, small walks, cooking or simply doing nothing are some of the options travelers ask for. Some basic facilities are being extended to guest and it might not confirm facilities and infrastructure of corporate / Western or like any other International tourism standards. The popularity is fast catching up and many of the places in this region are setting up home stay facilities with some form of adventure for the guest. There are number of such home stay facilities in the region. The visit helps the economy, buying local products, buying art materials and using local villagers as guide or help.A concept preferred by most of our guest. Fast catching up locally and internationally.  Home stay is arranged and run by villagers and it includes staying in Tea Gardens or Tea Estate or villages or a whole village set up made specially for the guest.. It also a part of responsible tourism and ecotourism. It is known by different name in different region. Birding, Short trails, Angling are part of the stay and are not spoken or written separately, it is part of the concept.

 The benefits

Some of the famous and nice home stay sites are the following. Here the hospitality is warm and one can participate in any activities of choice. One can cook or learn agricultural practice, birding, angling or just go for a short trek. Some of our guest has stayed for three days and extended it for a couple of days just to participate in their festival celebration. Guest returns to the same place again and again. Yes the sophistication is missing but the warmth and hospitality is pleasing.



Gurung House Tinchuley


Samthar Valley

Buxa Fort

Hee Barmiok


Sherpa Home (Uttarey)


Hidden forest

Lepcha Jagat







Jhandidhara & Bidyang (Kalimpong) 


Sudhi's Home Stay

Chumirchen (Pedong)

Karmi Farm


Tathagata Farm



Martam village resort



Kettle Valley


Yangsum Farm

D'Pine Crest








Ecchey Gaon / Icchey Gaon



Keochopalri Home Stay








Hum Tera -  Home stay is arranged in Tea Estate near Kurseong. One can also stay at Cochrane palace which is luxurious but is similar to home stay. We do offer packages tailor made for home stay along with normal sight seeing and visit to off beat site. Booking through us you will get at reasonable cost and the services are garunteed. Activities involves visiting Tea Manufacturing unit, Visiting Tea Estate, Small Treks, Cultural Program, guest learn to cook some of the local dishes like Momo or dumpling etc.


The Prakriti eco retreat, Damsang Sillery village, Reshi ecotourism resort, Pedong holiday resort, Neel Pahari resort, Jelep La village resort, Chavi village resort, Dadul guest house, Damsang guest house, Makaibari Homestay, etc are also vailable but with two months notice as the accommodations are in maximum of four cottages in some of them.

Tags: Himalayan Homestay, Ecotourism, Tea Tourism, Cultural tourism, Angling, Birding, community tourism

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