Any review of this property should start or end with it's owner Thendup Tashi. He is a great guy to welcome you and bid you good bye in his most warm & cordial way that you may expect from a homestay host. He is probably single most reason why you should visit this place, maybe again and again.
Location is very remote, in fact you would loose hope of finding it yourself on day one, although the route is very straightforward & you would never get lost indeed. When you reach there, you know you have been looking for a quiet place like this only.
Cottages are located in a scattered way. Three rooms are collocated in one block, these are great for family stays or group stays. They have no view from rooms but you wouldn't miss. We stayed in 2 rooms here. Toilet is basic, but has hot water in basin & shower. Linens were clean, blanket was warm enough. Only thing that bothered me a little is the feeling that there were spiders & other insects which might trespass my bed in the darkness of night, however, this is probably caused by a constant sound of termites in the wooden room, otherwise it was very clean indeed & not shabby at all. We stayed 2nights here and had sound sleeps!
There is a standalone house for family stay...it has some views of mountain and a great attic type watch tower with private seating. There is another exotic circular cottage, right in the middle of nowhere with direct view of Kanchenjunga from room. The sixth room is located on the first floor of the dining area, this has a limited view of the mountains from it's balcony.
The food is great...very sikkimese style...it's own ways of using spices & vegetables...you would like it. But some of the dishes could be hot...real spicy. Breakfast could be served in the lawn if you ask.
The best part of the property is the gazebo on the fringe with an astounding view of the Kanchenjunga range. We were lucky to witness the peak at the sunrises and the range was visible for most of the day on day one. We took walks in the nature, around the village, up & down...the mountains were visible all the way.
Last but not the least attraction is Caesar, the dog. He loves guests. He had one leg injury, but he kept accompanying us in all our local hikes. On the day of our departure, Caesar kept running with our car for 2 miles uphill and then we realized that he was breathless but determined to come with us...so we took him inside the car and drove to Kaluk where we left him with his master.
People are probably the most amazing discovery of this place...everyone greeted me, on my walking trails, with a smile of a friend. The 4-5yr old daughter of the cook became a great friend to my son & his friend. The drivers were very friendly and the staff were like local guides too.
It was great stay for me, but I can say that some guests may not find it either as conveniently located or professionally managed or adequately maintained depending on taste & expectations....this is not a luxury property, but a very decent one. The owner doesn't expect a great footfall here or want to expand a lot because it is his home too. If you are in a mood for romance or adventure or just leisure then you would like this place & love it's people.
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