Holumba Haven

Holumba Haven

Cable Holumba Rishi Road, Kalimpong 734301 India
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HOLUMBA HABITATS :- Holumba Haven – A garden home hospitality consisting of six wooden chalets in 2 acres of natural and botanical Eden having water supply from our private natural spring. 1. Holumba Haven offers the nature and environment friendly tourists a quiet rest and leisure in quaint & affordable stay in wooden cottages with personalised family managed Homestay hospitality . 2 Holumba Haven is located inside the premises of an expansive orchid nursery - “Nurseryman’s Haven” (Estd. 1972) as growers & world wide exporters of Himalayan and Indo Burmese orchids species, Himalayan flora & exotic floricultures. 3. A fourth generation family in Kalimpong, Holumba Haven also offers general or subject wise tourist help desk – can help organizing transport anywhere, trekking, group tours (flora & fauna) cultural entertainment, river rafting, cycling, etc. in and around Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Sikkim & Bhutan. The writer was practically the originator of Summit Tours, the pioneer of tour operators in Darjeeling, Sikkim & Bhutan.
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Free parking
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HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Quaint
Languages Spoken
Hindi

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Cable Holumba Rishi Road, Kalimpong 734301 India
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Somewhat walkable
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Saransh Sharma wrote a review Aug 2021
Pune, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
While looking for a space that resonated nature with quietness . I walked in to this place heard a lot about this space in Darjeeling from a friend . This place is worth visiting - staying is quite decent with clear water streams that sounds like rain .
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Saibal Mitra wrote a review Nov 2020
Siliguri, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mr.Karma Pempahishey believes so and we understood his philosophy. It is difficult to find a second Holumba, at least I haven't come across in my 64 years. Money doesn't matter with Mr.Karma ( he is over 80 years now)in this garden of Eden with over 500 species of plants, over 10 nos.cats, about 7dogs (all very friendly) and fish in the water tank. Cleanliness is what matters, not the frills. It is not a typical Hotel but cottages made of wood, beautifully decorated with Tibetian handicrafts. Life is about warmth and love, whether it is the knowlege of Mr.Karma on varied subjects viz. Orchids, Tibetology, Buddhism, Indian Constitution, on which you can be all ears for hours. Or the home cooked food prepared by Mrs.Thinley(daughter-in-law of Mr.Karma) with love and care or the industriousl Ms.Kelsang (daughter of Mr.Karma) , putting in hours to maintain the 2 acre plus property. We, 3 families, had gone during the Durga Puja, the main festival of Bengal, to escape the din and bustle particularly in a pandemic environment and being aware that we were going to be hosted by a family whose institution was closed for since April because of the Covid19 pandemic and was just reopening with skeleton staff. We really felt rejuvenated in the 4 days we stayed there. If you love nature and want to be one with it and can avoid the frivolities of modern life, then this the stay you would enjoy to look inward and be one with yourself.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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debarshid73 wrote a review Apr 2022
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have all praise for Holumba Haven. We had a wonderful time here. Beautiful wooden cottages (first cottage was built in 1935),most importantly those are very well maintained, and retaining the charms of old world. Lots of trees , beautiful flowers, orchids, birds chirping made our stay more enjoyable in the lap of nature. I must mention the Sumptuous food we had and the wonderful hospitality.
Thank you Mrs. Thinlay and all the people of Holumba Heaven.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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DaisyClover wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked one single and one double occupancy in Magnolia Cottage. All the beds were standard singles and they were hard. The heritage cottage was charming and quaint with interesting decor. Each room had a separate bathroom and together we had use of a little sitting room. However there was no heating of any kind and February is still winter. There was no hot water to the basin and the water to the shower was warm rather than hot. Actually it was not really viable to shower as the pressure was insufficient and there was no rest to attach the nozzle at shoulder height so it was really a hand held.
I figured that if I was doing Indian bathing I was entitled to a decent Indian breakfast but what we got was the usual porridge, toast and eggs. I was somewhat disappointed therefore when I discovered that the breakfast actually cost us Rs250 each. We had opted not to have dinner at Rs400 per person the previous night. One very good thing about the property was that there was a good footpath with no real inclines all the way into town which was only about one kilometre away.
In summary the Holumba had heritage charm in spades and the garden was lovely but that really did not compensate for a cold room, a hard bed, an inadequate shower and a crumby breakfast.
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Date of stay: February 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Amanda G wrote a review Aug 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
A beautiful homestay situated in the lap of nature. Holumba is a quaint property located a couple of kilometres away from the main town. Home to various variety of flowers and butterflies, we enjoyed every moment we stayed there. We were welcomed by Mrs Thinlay, she is extremely polite and friendly. She guided us on planning our tour the next day and suggested some really good eateries around Kalimpong. It is a lovely place for people who love fur babies, the 3 dogs and 3 pups were like cherry on the cake. Our 2 nights at Holumba were peaceful and perfect.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sherpa32855142391 wrote a review Jun 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Loved this place. It has quaint and comfortable wooden cottages surrounded by lush green trees and orchids.The food is excellent and reminds of home. There are mini lawns with swings where one can enjoy the warm sunshine. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The dogs are adorable. It's away from the hustle and bustle of city life and helps in rejuvenating ones soul. Highly Recommend.
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Date of stay: May 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Order the food ahead of time as it's a homestay with few staff.
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SKB wrote a review May 2022
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Third class service. Location and place is good but not well maintained. I suggest if you any dog phobia please don't came this place. I think it is not hotel it is dog creche. Any room service not provided. we are stay 2 night but no one clean this room. If you are come please carry mosquito and insects killer.
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Date of stay: May 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Thinlay , General Manager at Holumba Haven
Responded 11 Jun 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write your review of our homestay accommodation. We do sincerely hope that our response explains and clarifies the issues faced and raised by you. 1. Apparently your expectations relayed by your travel agent was not met - probably due to the misconception that you had booked into a typical “Hotel” . What Holumba Haven does provide is a ‘garden home hospitality’ where in our family have opened our gates to ‘Homestay’ type accommodation and service . We have clearly mentioned this fact on our website. Holumba is a family managed venture, where all family members live within the premises and are available to address any issues faced by guests. 2. Our dogs have grown up as puppies roaming free within the area (approx 1 hectare ) . They are well trained, friendly and are used to being with guests. In fact, if I am not mistaken I did briefly interact with two young smart boys (probably your sons) who were very keenly looking for our dogs, wanting to play with them - probably having interacted with them earlier! I am sorry to learn that you have dog phobia – what can I say, it so unfortunate. Had you informed any one of the family members or staff of your phobia - we would have surely kept our dogs away from the common areas. 3. Holumba has an all-embracing natural forested garden of nearly 1000 varieties of plants – of Himalayan orchids, bamboos , azaleas , camellias, magnolias including many endemic and exotic trees and a host of other bulbs , tubers , rhizomatic plants like begonias etc., and one would naturally also expect insects , bees etc as part of organic eco system. Holumba habitats over two dozen varieties of residential bird families, including many squirrels which feed on the seasonal fruits, berries and shrubs etc. *Note: Mosquito repellent are provided in ALL our rooms. 4. In All rooms we have clearly mentioned that ‘housekeeping is on request’ – as most in-house guest value their privacy and normally do not want daily housekeeping except for taking out the trash ! We are sorry if you didn’t view or read the printed poster hung inside the room detailing this fact, which included the meal timings among other details. However, had you requested for housekeeping, we would have surely serviced the room to your satisfaction. We do hope our sincere and transparent response will help settle your mind. . Responded by: Mrs. Thinlay Pempahishey. Management .
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Sharma_Aditya wrote a review Feb 2015
New Delhi, India
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I was expecting this place to be great as the reviews said so, and on first arrival i thought so too. But after spending a little bit of time here i came to realize that it needs serious overhauling to give a more comfortable stay to its guests. My one and only complaint of this place which really broke my experience at the place was the quality of the room and the upkeep of the bathroom. We found that that the pot was not flushed from the last use and it was full of you know what. Than the room is mostly wooden and that sometimes does add to its charm but here it was in such a bad shape that it was only making it look old and unkept.
Now to the part which i really liked. There are many positives to this place and that includes the property as a whole outside the room. It is full of trees and plants and flowers and dogs and cats and ducks and everything you can imagine. The place where you eat has a nice charm to it and at night looks really nice. The food, what great food. It was fabulous . I had to call the chef to ask him how did he make it and also to congratulate him on the really delicious meal. It was brilliant. Its home made and nothing fancy but has really nice flavors and tastes delicious.
You can stay at this place and you may end up liking it a lot or not at all. I fell in love with the resort but not the room. Your experience may vary.
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Date of stay: January 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pushpita wrote a review Mar 2015
Sydney, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our decision to visit Kalimpong was so sudden that we didn't have the time to book hotel in advance. This hotel being situated at the entry point of Kalimpong and having a vacant room made us to choose this instantly. And I must say we were lucky to pick this one. It is a very good option for the nature lovers. It's almost like a beautifully landscaped botanical garden having various species of orchids, plants and trees. They also have a bunch of "Titir" birds, hens, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters. Our two year old son enjoyed the company of all these. It definitely was a treat to stay here. The rooms are tastefully furnished and had convenient room facilities. Bathroom was OK with 24 hours running hot water.
The hotel management prefer to call it "Homestay" and you'll feel like home here definitely. The staff are very cordial and helpful. Food in the dining is OK.
One downside would be the location. It is far from the town and only a single restaurant nearby. Another is they do not change the linens if you do not request. Even after requesting it may take time. But that is understandable. They do not claim to provide you hotel facility and what you get here, you won't find it in hotels.
I will definitely stay here if I visit Kalimpong again.
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Date of stay: February 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Biswadip Mandal wrote a review Apr 2015
Frankfurt, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beauty in itself, peaceful, middle of nature, lot of personal space, good food.... Staying at Holumba staying at Holumba is a definition of holiday by itself. You may not need to explore rest of the attractions if you are looking for a peaceful family holiday....
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Tree top is the best
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India15 contributions8 helpful votes
We had vegetarian meal but non-veg meal is also available on request.
Answer from holumba
Yes, we do serve snacks but you will have to let us know in advane
subhasiskundu23 asked a question May 2017
Kolkata (Calcutta), India5 contributions4 helpful votes
any contract no for these home stey
Answer from holumba
Hi Subhasisk, Thank you for your query.. Our land lines are 03552- 256936 0r 03552 -255435 . Office lines will be attended to from 8 am until 5 Pm Mobile no is 7063468869. Thanks and regards Mrs. Thinlay Mo
Sherpa32855142391 wrote a tip Jun 2023
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Order the food ahead of time as it's a homestay with few staff. "
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tweedieinindia wrote a tip May 2017
Canada16 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Value for your money!"
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Samiksha K wrote a tip Jan 2017
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Higher rooms had a beautiful view with fresh air"
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NatrajMali80 wrote a tip Jan 2017
Chennai (Madras), India154 contributions52 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Spring site cottage provides an excellent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga"
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junitachatterjee wrote a tip Jun 2016
Kolkata (Calcutta), India52 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go for wood cot cottages. I really loved them.But carry insect and mosquito repellant with you"
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Which popular attractions are close to Holumba Haven?
Nearby attractions include Pine View Nursery (0.7 km), Buddha Pada (0.7 km), and Mungsong (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Holumba Haven?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and free internet access.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Holumba Haven?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Holumba Haven?
Conveniently located restaurants include Art Cafe, Sood's Himalayan Vista, and Cafe Kalimpong.
Is Holumba Haven located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Kalimpong.
Are there any historical sites close to Holumba Haven?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rabindra Bhavan (13.1 km).
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