Tingbhong, Upper Dzongu, Sikkim
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The Little Known Paradise of the Lepchas
Aside from the already trendy hotspots like the beautiful capital city of Gangtok along with Tsomgo Lake and Nathula pass, the town of Pelling in the west or Lachung and Lachen in the northern districts, Sikkim boasts of a myriad of lesser-known yet naturally awe-inspiring destinations scattered throughout its length and breadth. One such unimaginably pristine part of it is Tingbhong in Dzongu, bordered by the Teesta River in the southeast and the Kanchenjungha range of mountains in the west, a declared natural reserve of the Lepcha the aboriginal people of Sikkim.
Dzongu falls entirely in the Kanchenjungha biosphere reserve with its far fringes deep within the Kanchenjungha National Park. Often overlooked and skipped by the perennial hordes of tourists visiting North Sikkim destinations of Lachen, Lachung, Yumthang valley, and Gurudongmar Lake on fixed itineraries out of Gangtok, its remains a paradise hidden in plain sight.
This tiny blessed completely isolated you from the busy world where we lived, an untouched, undisturbed hamlet where you would appreciate nature at its purest form with the simple warm and humble host.
The Homestay …
The homestay has three double rooms on the ground floor and a fascinating attic upstairs for hanging out while it might get cold outside.
The rooms are basic but comfortable. It has a chic little sit out made out of bamboos where they light campfires in the evening. Mr Lepcha manages the show almost single-handedly and does a pretty good job at that. The property has orange trees and an otherwise scarce Avocado tree.
Mt Kanchenjungha and the Pandim massifs are visible right out of bed practically.
Please remember: The Lepchas do not prefer attached toilets; hence almost all the homestays have separate washrooms outside the main structure of the house.
Stay with a happy host…
Mr Lepcha is a pleasant personality and a great soul. Does everything humanly possible to make the guests feel comfortable at all times.
The homestay offers all-inclusive deals per person, i.e., for accommodation and all square meals and snacks.
Available Rooms & Tariff
Includes (unless otherwise specified):
Bed Tea Breakfast Lunch Evening Tea Dinner
Children & Extra BedsChildren 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.
Double Room - Double rooms on the ground floor assigned to two people and have one bed.
Attic - A fascinating attic upstairs assigned to two people and have one bed.
How to reach Dzongu
From Gangtok, dedicated hired cars or shared vehicles for Mangan are readily available. From Mangan again, hired cars are available for different villages in Dzongu. Shared jeeps for some villages are also available but are very few ranging from 1 to 2 in an entire day.
Prepaid cars can be availed for Mangan from Siliguri itself from kiosks outside NJP or Bagdogra. If coming from Siliguri, one does not necessarily have to go via Gangtok. Instead, a separate road connecting Singtham and Mangan can be taken.
Tentatively it costs around Rs 4000 for a vehicle like Bolero for a Siliguri-Mangan drop. Alternatively, one can go via a shared vehicle till Singtham for Rs 200 per person and hire a car for Mangan or Sankalang from there for about Rs 2000. Shared jeeps ply between Singtham-Mangan, the fare is again around Rs 200 per person.
It is advisable for the traveller visiting for the first time to ask the homestay owner to cater a pick up from Mangan. A pick up from Mangan till a homestay in Tingbhong over two vehicles cost you around Rs 1200.
Last updated on Mar, 2021
Permits for Dzongu
Dzongu is a restricted zone for everyone who is not a Lepcha by ethnicity. Even Sikkimese citizens require to obtain a special permit to visit the place as do everyone else.
However, getting them is quite easy. It mostly would require someone to send scanned or photographed copies of identity proof and a passport size picture beforehand to the homestay owner who could quickly get them done. The permit fee is Rs 150 per person. One can obtain the permits themselves from the DC office at Mangan.
25% deposit is charged in by Bhramonik upon reservation. 50% of total to be paid in behalf of Tingbhong Homestay after booking. Final balance to be paid to Tingbhong Homestay after arrival.
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, Tingbhong Homestay will keep/charge 50% of total. For cancellations less than 30 days before arrival, Tingbhong Homestay will keep/charge full amount. For no-shows or early departures, Tingbhong Homestay will keep/charge full amount. Cancellation fees kept by Tingbhong Homestay 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.
We're available from 9am-6pm Monday-Friday,
and 9am-5pm Saturday (India times).