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“Perfect Stopover”
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Orchid Retreat
Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Kalimpong
Reviewed 6 April 2015

Stayed overnight at this place enroute to Neora Valley for a birding trip. Orchid provided the perfect stopover because its rich natural surroundings and diverse fauna on the premises provide a happy hunting-breeding ground for many species of birds.
Mr Pradhan, the charming old owner, spent considerable time with us to talk about the birds on the property and about his other passion - orchids, which he cultivates on the premises.
Food, service & hospitality were excellent thanks to Ms Honey Pradhan and her able man-friday, Baban. The place and its people have a style of their own. Would heartily recommend it to any traveller willing to pay that extra buck.
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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 March 2015

If there's one place I'd remember from Kalimpong, it's Orchid Retreat. The view of the rooms were simply memorable! Absolute privacy with very hospitable staff. Babal took great care for the day we spent at Orchid Retreat. Also the dog around was very friendly :) He goes by the name of Smarty I believe. Mrs. Pradhan, the person we interacted with, was courteous and very approachable. We enjoyed our stay there. A very beautiful collection of music CDs and audio cassettes got us nostalgic! In our 30s, audio cassettes is how we listened to music in our growing years :) I'd recommend this place for trips to Kalimpong, especially nature lovers!

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank nashpd
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Reviewed 24 January 2015

We stayed few nights in The Orchid Retreat (Ganesh Villa) where we slept in a nice bungalow, in bamboo, surrounded by a beautiful garden with flowers and trees.

The bungalow was confortable and lovely decorated with a bathroom with all modern facilities ; from the balcony, the view on the himalayan mountains (Khanchendzonga) was magnificient.

The owner, Madam Honey Pradhan, and his assistant, Babal, were very friendly and efficient. The meals, available on reservation, were differents each day : delicious recipes inspired by local specialities ; what delicious food !

The Orchid Retreat is perfectly located in a peaceful area, with a splendid view of the himalayan mountains, and around 4 km from the center of Kalimpong (just 30 minutes walk to reach the center). In Kalimpong, don't forget to visit monasteries and to stroll in haat bazar each wednesday and saturday.

An unforgettable stay ! Thanks to Honey Pradhan and Babal !

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank EnAsieEtAilleurs
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This hotel was really my best choice in this region. It offers only eight rooms scattered in small buildings along a hillside. The rooms are rather small but nicely clean. Everything works in the room and the bathroom. Each of the rooms has a balcony to the garden. And this garden is a jewel : exotic plants and many orchids are flowering there. The restaurant is good, the service perfect. We enjoyed our dinners there. The friendly lady of this house even took care to serve a special less spicy version of the meal for Europeans ! A perfect choice in the hill land, I can recommend it.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Review314159
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Orchid Retreat was the start of our 24 day tour of NE India and what a treat.
After a very warm welcome we were taken to our rooms. What magnificent views of the well cared for garden from all cottages and rooms. Special attention to detail was given, such as a beautiful orchid on our balcony, and well appointed rooms. The meals were also very tasty with lots of variety. We had a very comfortable lounge where we could gather as a group before dinner. This was much appreciated.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Matisse08
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Additional Information about Orchid Retreat

Address: Home Hospitality Guest House, Kalimpong 734301, India
Region: India > West Bengal > Kalimpong District > Kalimpong
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Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Kalimpong
Price Range: ₹ 4,800 - ₹ 8,757 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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Orchid Retreat Kalimpong, West Bengal

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