This is a beautiful heritage house in Gangtok featuring striking wooden carvings all over the place. There are well-maintained rooms equipped with all the essential amenities so that the guests can have a hassle-free and comfortable stay. The homestay is a family run homestay and guests can enjoy their hosptiable company and learn about the rich history and tradition of the house. Home-cooked, delicious food is prepared in a traditional chula (local hearth) and guests will be able to savour a variety of Sikkimese local delicacies.
Apart from the family, a friendly caretaker will always be around in case you need any assistance or help. There is a large parking space outside and a small garden where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful mountain views. This is a very unique place in the heart of Gangtok, close to the palace grounds. Highly recommended for guests who want to get an authentic experience of Sikkimese history and enjoy a comfortable, peaceful stay at a small distance from the crowded Gangtok Bazaar. Guests can also book the entire house (2 double bedrooms,one hall, 2 single rooms and 2 bathrooms) for Rs 8000 per night.
The house was built in the early 1930s by late Sherab Lepcha, the great grand father of the present owner. He was the Muktiyar of King Tashi Namgyal and incharge of royal pvt estates and monastic lands of the north. The house was also his office where he and his few staff looked after civil suits which ensued from the estates he was incharge of. The house also holds two big rooms on the ground floor which was used as imprisonment of people after the civil suit.The house has a mixture of both Bhutia and Lepcha arcihtecture and is still standing in its original piece. It was recently renovated.
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.
- 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.