My experience - The Shire has a caption, "Come as our guests, leave as our friends". And we truly made friends. I thank Karma & family for making our stay a wonderful experience. So I will give 5/5 to The Shire for my stay. Now some more details that might be helpful. Hospitality - Awesome in a single word. Food - Homely, Hygienic. Never had to worry what my kid would eat. Note this a homestay so travellers not wise to expect a restaurant like elaborate menu. One can get good veg and non veg food, please inform in the kitchen beforehand. Rooms - clean, well maintained, room size okay. Bathroom clean. Overall property - lush green surroundings, garden has variety of flower plants and shrubs, a bamboo groove and more, on clear day can see only peak of Kanchenjunga. Has a good terrace. Location - 15 mins to MG market, 10Mins to main road. Very steep climb to main road, that's the only shortcoming of Shire possibly but no a problem for energetic individuals. Elderly people must rely on booked taxis to pick up at the door steps. Positive side is that, it's a good cardio exercise if you walk up to MG market. My verdict - full marks to Shire given the cost of accommodation. Go for it if you need peaceful homely stay.…
Had a wonderful stay with Karma and his family at the Shire. The location, views, food, service were all excellent, but the best part was their kind hospitality. Karma, his Mom and brother were excellent hosts and I learned at lot about Sikkim from them. Thank You! Memorable experience and highly recommended.
We had a very pleasant stay at The Shire, where we were looked after by Karma and his lovely mother. Before we arrived and during our stay, Karma was very helpful, booking us cars and offering sightseeing tips and advice. On our first evening we had a home cooked meal, organically sourced from the garden and local area, and it was delicious. The room and bathroom were large and clean. Worth noting that to get to MG Marg, the main strip in Gangtok, involves a very steep 10 minute walk. It’s perfectly do-able but hard work if you're lazy! The only downside to our stay - which had nothing to do with The Shire itself - was the cloudy weather which meant we were unable to see the mountain views. Apparently the mists can set in for weeks at a time, so good luck if you're going!
The Shire is a quaint homestay with a warm homely aura. It gives you the essence the city holds. The place provides what it promises. We stayed there for three nights and four days. Mr Karma and his family became a family far away from home. We enjoyed the scrumptious home cooked food. We also got an opportunity to chat with his mother. A sweet lady with a warm heart, she shared with us her life experiences of that part of the world. Mr Karma also helped us in planning our sightseeing program. We left the place with luggage full of memories of not only Gangtok but also with the good times we had in The Shire.
We stayed at the Shire for 4 nights last week and it was a great experience. The rooms where clean and the food was delicious- veg, non- veg and local cuisine. They have a lovely garden open to sky with a view of Gangtok city and the peak of the Kanchanjunga. The host and his mother did everything to make our stay memorable and the conversations around their culture, traditions and lifestyle were interesting. A must visit homestay if you want to experience sikkimis hospitality at its best.