I laughed then I read the negative review of this place. Clearly these people do not realise that Darap is in the HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS. Mountains, ok? This means STEEP hills and quite often walking boots. To recommend Pelling over this place is typical of the marauding masses who hire jeeps and just drive everywhere, rushing around ticking places of interest off the list as quickly as possible. Well, if you are one of these people then please do the rest of us a favour and don't stay here.
Now, if you are like my wife and I and want something authentic, and don't want to be hassled by these annoying jeep-driving, demanding fools then you could do a lot worse than staying here. Yes, the approach IS up a steep path, but that's what makes this place the perfect retreat. It's only 2 minutes from the road anyway so access to the little village is easy.
Shiva and his wife were charming. When we stayed their son was very ill and yet they both found the time to ensure we had a pleasant comfortable stay. Shiva introduced us to Purna who spent a day with us as we explored Darap village. This is my number one recommendation! We hung out with local Limboo people and got a real insight into the Nepali people. I'm a travel photographer and my wife a writer so this was a very exciting experience for us, but I can't imagine anyone not wanting to see this sort of thing.
Food is simple, and Shiva's wife will not join you for dinner whilst you eat with her husband. This isn't a negative point, however. This is genuine behaviour of the Nepali people, and is all part of the experience.
Beds are nice and hard and extremely comfortable, whilst the cabins are great fun to stay in. Sitting on the balcony in the rocking chair looking across at the clouds sweeping through the moutains was a real relaxing treat,
My only gripe with Dara Gaon is that it's a little more expensive than other homestays we have stayed in. If you're happy with the price, the rest will be great fun.
And remember, pack your walking boots because you are in the MOUNTAINS!
- Also Known As:
- Dara Gaon Village Retreat Pelling, Sikkim