As the name suggests, this beautiful retreat is actually hidden, buffered from the buzz of Gangtok by a forest, yet giving you convenient access to the city. The homestay is literally a botanical garden with a mind boggling variety of flowers, beautifully potted and arranged to perfection. The owners are very hospitable and are keen horticulturists themselves. The peace tranquility and flowers all around is a real stress buster for all those who lead such stressful lives. The minimalist décor, the riot of flowers in the huge patio overlooking the surrounding hills – stand there and it seems as if the property is suspended amidst the mountains and you are literally floating in it. The rooms are spacious, well-furnished with huge windows to take in the views. Outside, each room is a sitting area where you can relax in the privacy of your own space while enjoying the serenity of the surroundings. The owners are very warm and friendly, and efficiently run the place to clockwork perfection. And even though the property has an efficient support staff, you will see the personal touch of the owners in everything. This place will give any five-star hotel a run for its money in terms of location, décor and service.
It is a charming place built on the slopes, where each room is on a different level.The rooms are lovely and spotless with all the basic amenities. The owners are around and the staff are very courteous and ask your preferences for meals. The outdoor lounge amidst the flowers is a wonderful place to hang out with a cup of coffee and watch the clouds roll past.
The landscaping of the property is gorgeous and guests will be stunned to find 1000s of varieties of Orchids. The vast nursery also takes your breath away.Lovely landscape, great food, spacious rooms with great views.This makes the place very unique and not synthetic.
About the Location
Gangtok has been one of the favourite holiday destinations for tourists in search of peace and tranquility. The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet. With a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect base for travel through the state. Once an important transit point for traders traveling between Tibet and India, it is today a busy administrative and business centre and presents an interesting mix of cultures and communities. Gangtok is a cosmopolitan town which offers the tourist all possible amenities alongwith a vibrant culture, all of which makes this town a must visit tourist destination.
How to Reach
Gangtok connects to most of the airports in India through Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri. It is the nearest airport and is situated at a distance of 124 km from Gangtok. There are regular flights from cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbaai and Guwahati to Gangtok.
New Jalpaiguri, near Siliguri, is the nearest railway station and is located 148 km away from Gangtok.
Gangtok shares good roadway connectivity with most of the cities in Sikkim and the nearby states. Numerous buses ply almost daily from Siliguri to Gangtok.
Places of Interest
- Rumtek Monastery is the largest monastery in Sikkim and is the seat of the Karmapa Lama, the third highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism. Located about 23 km from Gangtok, the monastery was built by the fourth King of Sikkim under the supervision of the ninth Karmapa (head of the Karma Kagyu sect). At an elevation of almost 5000 ft and surrounded by lush green landscape, the monastery is a visual treat besides offering spiritual solace.
- Tsongmo Lake : Tsongmo Lake or Changu lake is an ethereally beautiful glacial lake located at an elevation of 12,313 ft and around 40 km from the Gangtok.The lake remains frozen and covered with snow during the winter and the snow melts in the summer to form the placid lake. During spring, the flowers bloom at the periphery adding color to it.
- Tsuklakhang Royal Chapel on the Palace Compound is now home to over 70 younger monks preparing for their higher education in Nyingma Buddhist studies.
- Do-Drul Chorten Stupa: This huge stupa or monument is located at a short walking distance from the Research Institute of Tibetology and on a hillock in Deorali, Gangtok.The Chorten Stupa is marked by a golden top dome. Do-Drul Chorten is regarded as one of the most important Chortens of Sikkim.