Dokohthang Retreat

Beautiful place to unwind oneself…

Walking through the narrow path cutting into the woods, feeling the chill in the wind, as the moist dark shadows of the trees whisper and murmur, the mystery laden foliage summons you to an adventure you would love to cherish.

The verdant forests in the western part of Sikkim are always brimming with exuberant flora and fauna. The guardian angel Kanchenjunga seems close at hand. All Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim are planned facing the sacred Kanchenjunga. The beautiful Pemayangtse Monastery is no exception. Below this is the peaceful village of ‘Dokohthang’, at an altitude of 6397 ft, and tucked into the woods.

Dokohthang is tiny, pristine hamlet in west Sikkim, about 110 km from Gangtok, and the best part is it’s serene solitude (and friendly folks). Not being on the beaten track is another advantage.

❝ I see trees of green/ red roses too.
I see them bloom/ for me and you.
And I think to myself/ It’s a wonderful world… ❞

Details

Nourishing your soul…

The homestay in ‘Dokohthang’ is the place to be. The last part of your journey towards the homestay will be roughly 15min walk through the jungle, and that‘s what makes it so thrilling. Almost like an adventure into an unknown destination, you keep walking through the woods, amidst chirping birds, thinking what to expect at the next turn, then suddenly the village dawns upon you and the smiling faces warmly welcome you into the homestay. And that‘s just the beginning.

The homestay is built in traditional Sikkimese style and has 4 double rooms. All the rooms have attatched bath. There is a separate dining area. The interiors, as well as the lawns outside are simple but thoughtfully styled and have warm, homely vibes. Green, forest laden hills, snow-white mountains and a whole lot of green all around mingling with the fresh smelling forest air together have a calming effect on the nerves. Then there is the beautiful Kanchendjunga with her snowy silvery crown dazzling all day long, you can see it from the homestay itself. A great number of birds make their presence felt by constant cooing and cackling around the homestay. The Sidkeong Tulku Bird Sanctuary is close by. You can hear deers barking too.

The hosts

Some of the best holiday memories are made of not just picture perfect places but also their people. The hosts are very caring, jovial and love to engage you in a nice conversation without being intrusive. They fill you in with wonderful anecdotes of their place, their culture, the festivals, numerous trekking trails and tales and also look after the guests like their own family. Chilly nights warm up around bonfires, spicy-hot cheese Chhurpi akar and local brew Shae-chhang, (made from fermented millet) and music played by local musicians.

“I see skies of blue/and clouds of white.
The bright blessed day/The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself/ What a wonderful world!”

Rooms & Tariff

All the rooms are very clean, well maintained, basic yet comfortable. The building materials are sustainable and locally sourced, as is the tradition with Sikkimese cottages.The swooping branches of the willow tree in the courtyard, the sombre statue of meditating Buddha, fluttering prayer flags, blooming flowers of orchid, rhododendron, fuschia, marigold swaying in the cool, crisp breeze collectively set the mood in an ethereal plane. The smiling, friendly faces of the hosts give an assurance that you are among kins.

Available Room & Tariff
Double Room — 1500


Includes (unless otherwise specified):
Bed Tea  Breakfast  Lunch  Evening Tea  Evening Tea with Snacks 

Dining Plan
American Plan (AP): The quoted rate includes three meals a day, e.g., breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Children & Extra Beds

Children of all ages are welcome.
Kids upto 5 years of age are our guests at no charge.
Child 5 to 10 years with no extra bed: 50% of the tariff.
Child 10+ years in extra bed: considering as adult.
Room Notes:
Double Room - A well furnished room assigned to two people and have one double bed.

Little more…

Foods

You can enjoy some traditional Sikkimese cookies called Khabzi or Khapsey( each cookie is an art work to behold) along with tea. Bed tea, breakfast, lunch, dinner are all prepared by the hosts at the homestay. You'll have some authentic Sikkimese cuisine,very flavourful and nutritious, homecooked for you. Vegetables and fruits are locally sourced, organic ones and pulls up the taste by a few notches. Here both vegetarian and non-veg dishes are served and all are really lip smacking.

Activity

You can get suggestions for outdoor activities too, the hosts are very knowledgeable and options are many; trekking, hiking, photography, village trails, bird watching etc.

Then there are the serene Pemayangtse monastery, the archaeological ruins at Rabdentse, the Sidkeong Bird Sanctuary etc. The Mask dance Festival or Gutor Chaam at Pemayangtse Monastery is a spectacular show of vibrant colours, synchronised dance and robust music as monks of the monastery perform mask dances to mark the culmination of Tibetan New Year or Losar. It is celebrated on 27th-29 th day of the final month of Tibetan calender and falls on 25th January in 2021.

How to get there

New Jalpaiguri Railway station is the nearest rail-head, about 4-5 hours drive. Or you can hire a cab from Gangtok, 110 km, for a drive upto the outskirts of the village at the edge of the forest, from where it will take only 15 min walk into the homestay.

Payment Policy

25% deposit is charged in by Bhramonik upon reservation. 50% of total to be paid in behalf of Dokohthang Retreat after booking. Final balance to be paid to Dokohthang Retreat after arrival.

Cancellation Policy

If government travel restrictions or hotel closure prevents your stay, the initial deposit paid to Bhramonik may be freely transferred to a future booking through Bhramonik (T&Cs apply).

For cancellations less than 90 days before arrival, Dokohthang Retreat will keep/charge 50% of total. For cancellations less than 30 days before arrival, Dokohthang Retreat will keep/charge full amount. For no-shows or early departures, Dokohthang Retreat will keep/charge full amount. Cancellation fees kept by Dokohthang Retreat may be used for a future stay at this property.

Payment and cancellation policies may vary with special offers.

Unless otherwise specified, the initial guarantee deposit is non-refundable.

Check-in

12:00 PM

Check-out

11:00 AM

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Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.
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and 9am-5pm Saturday (India times).