When we arrived and walked through to the balcony .... I already knew I had come to the best place!! It felt like I was walking into the garden of eden, I got lucky to be there in spring, every flower was in bloom and was the most amazing experience to sit there and have many cups of tea and watch the best garden of the most exotic orchids and a lot more ! I interacted with with staff and the owners Kesang and her sweet mother who welcomed us with so m much grace. we loved our time there and I would be sitting there in a heart beat !!! They also have the best 'many green houses " full of lush plants and passion! if you aren't here ... you are missing an experience that takes your Sikkim holiday to the next level1 Thank you Kesang !
We had a great stay at Hidden Forest,Gangtok from 16.03-18.03.20.The homestay has everything you need- Warm and hospitable owners(Tsering family-father,mother and daughter Kesang), helpful staff(Radha, Vimala, Rohita); environment-profusion of flowers and views of Gangtok and the Himalayas;comfortable and spacious room and finally the sumptuous, tasty food served with pride and care.The library is a store house of what you need to know about flowers, history and mountains of Sikkim collected and displayed in a great way.The library is a gem on its own All in all, a place worth visiting again and again.
This is an amazing place to stay. Surrounded by nature, full of flowers and beautiful view of the valley ,its a paradise on earth. The food here is awsum. We have taken beautiful memories with us to be cherished forever!
Great location in a nursery garden, frienly hepful owners, delicious food at very reasonable prices and all amenities. Room with terrace and views, public terrace for tea or drinks. Highly recommended.
This is really a wonderful place to stay. Tsering was on hand to welcome us to her lovely hotel. The outdoor area, with views of the mountains and the sunsets are surrounded by orchards. What a lovely place to sit with a cup of tea and friends. Tsering has an amazing array of plants and has taken 40 years to put them together. It's really worth a stroll through her green houses. Her daughter, Kesang looked after us for our delicious dinner and breakfast. All the vegetables and fruits are very fresh and come from their own garden The room was very comfortable too. If only we could have stayed longer. This is a great place to stay inn Gangtok.
I highly recommend this place - it is better than. A 5 star hotel. The service is excellent, the food is delicious, the greenery and the plants are beautiful - overall the place is very comfortable and warm.
Amazing stay - We had room 12 that had an ensuite, a private balcony and a double bed. Lots of room and an amazing view from the windows and balcony but note this room is a bit too far away to reach the WiFi provided. I am vegetarian and the food was not an issue at all, very authentic Indian food - all the food was vegetarian and vegan with one meat dish per night. Breakfast was more British with toast, marmalade, fried eggs, cereal, bananas, pancakes, waffles etc. We stayed as a group of 25 and so no one else was at the hotel with us for the 2 weeks we were there. The WiFi had a bit of trouble connecting us all as there was a limit to the amount of people that could be on it at a time. Staff were very lovely and helped us as much as they could and continues to do so every year the University comes back to stay with them. The library underneath the dining hall was great for our lectures in the evening and holds a large variety of books on the local area. The family running this hotel are highly respected in the Sikkim area and have a great reputation with conserving the environment. The family also runs 'Kyichu Ga-Tsal' which you should also check out as its a lovely place to visit to unwind, relax and eat. If I had to complain about anything, it would be the price of the laundry service - it cost around 1000 rupees for a weeks worth of washing for 2 people which is around £11. However, we handed it in in the morning and it was ready to be picked up in the evening when we returned - a very prompt service. Overall a brilliant 2 week stay - staff very helpful and food was lovely - the University returns every year.…
We stayed here for 5 nights, Kesang and her family are very friendly and warm, we enjoyed the food so we ate here every evening for dinner and had breakfast everyday too. The view from our room was perfect. Hidden Forest Retreat has everything you could want for a relaxing stay. Thank you x
I stayed here for a few days in September, toward the end of the off season. I was the only one there the entire time, so had the place to myself. I highly recommend this place, especially if you like plants. This is not a fancy place, but instead is down to earth in a very nice way, and the family is super nice. The main business (at least during the off season?) is horticulture, so there are many plants growing all over the place for wholesale. They do have a retail shop and mini botanical garden as well, but unfortunately I never got to see it. The views here are amazing, at least from the room I had, which was just above the plant area. There is a nice library downstairs in the main dining hall which is definitely worth checking out. I don't recommend the food. It's not necessarily bad, but definitely not great. You can get much better food in town for the same price. If you like walking, you will love this place, as it's a good 20-30 minute walk or so from town. It's a bit tricky finding the way, but you'll figure it out using your well honed street instincts. I ended up walking up to town, then taking a shared taxi most of the way back, walking the distance (~5 minutes) from the taxi stand to Hidden Forest. The distance from town is a perfect combination of far enough away to be quiet, but not so far as to be inconvenient. Tip: I recommend poking around the place and getting to know the history of the place and the main owner. He's retired now, but has been very active in forestry in Sikkim and has been recognized for his work.…
So we just got back from this great place..two families including four hyper kids. They were renovating, but had two double rooms available. Extra mattresses were provided. The rooms were well appointed with wooden flooring and ceiling..were fresh smelling..no fungus or mustiness of any sort..fresh enough linen. The property has a wonderful view of the valley and a sit out dining area, which is where we hung out mostly during our 3 night stay. We had had to leave our originally booked homestay due to poor living conditions and spent an entire day looking for an alternative.We found this place after much scouting and even though it was beyond our original budget, it seemed to have the best value for the money. We were not disappointed! We even had the whole place to ourselves. The breakfast or any other meal was not included and we had to shell out extra for that. But the food was the best part. We thoroughly enjoyed the generous breakfasts and a couple of multi course dinners. These were charged per head. Rohita, took good care of us and was polite and prompt. The other staff members were also very good. Must checkout the entire property with a host of plants and vegetables that they grow in house.Beautiful orchids too! The library downstairs was another treat. Highly recommended stay with excellent local food, although on the pricier side. Good place if you just want to look at the beautiful valley all day and have great conversations with friends and family. Great base too if you want to travel around a bit. If you plan to visit MGRoad, know that it's a parking nightmare. The ropeway is not that great too. Hope this helps!…