Mirik, West Bengal
Starts from 1650
❝ I traveled miles, for many a year,
I spent a lot in lands afar,
I’ve gone to see the mountains,
The oceans I’ve been to view.
But I haven’t seen with these eyes
Just two steps from my home lies
On a corn of paddy grain,
A glistening drop of dew. ❞
The ethereal beauty of Bunkulung resonates through these verses of Tagore (translated). Wonder where on earth this place is?
You don’t have to search hard. It’s a beautiful hamlet near Mirik, in Darjeeling and blessed with solitude, cool soothing breeze, lots of greenery and water bodies. With the Balasun river and Murmahkhola frolicking around the village, lots of colourful birds and butterflies show off their skills.
Elevation of Bunkulung is approximately 4,300 ft and like Mirik, it’s temperature is extremely pleasant through out the year. Summer temperatures almost never cross 28°C during daytime and end of winter would see a minimum of 1°C. On a clear day, the Mt. Kangchenjungha and other snowy Himalayan peaks dazzle against the azure sky.
Bunkulung – an unexplored paradise
The village isn’t densly populated and all the houses have beautiful gardens with lots of blooming flowers. The climate is most suited for cymbidium orchids and it is grown widely for export purpose. Agriculture is the main occupation. Acres upon acres of swaying paddy and millet fields all around and lots of orange orchards, orchids in a peaceful environment create a cinematic landscape that hard to miss.
The 19 ponds of the village are used for trout fish cultivation. What’s more interesting is the fact chemical fertilizer or pesticides aren’t used by villagers at all.
They aim to promote sustainable, eco tourism in the truest form.
The perfectly manicured bushes of Murmah Tea Garden is a must visit. You can also watch tea processing over there.The stillness in air, soft rustle in the leaves, mellowing sunlight and cool crisp breeze elevates your mind to a different plane.
Peace of mind is a subtle feeling that comes from within, only you have to be receptive to the right kind of ambience.
The Balasun river meanders along the village, with vast stretches of pebbled river bank waiting for you to while away some precious time.
Here in Bunkulung, mostly the Lepcha, Gorkha and Limbu community call it their home. Their culture, cuisine, music, dance and simple philosophies of life make this beautiful hamlet an ideal place for urbanites to unwind.
Angling in Balasun and Murmahkhola, bird watching, trekking, tea garden detour in Murmah tea Garden, orange orchards or walking along the thesunkissed paddy fields could be very rejuvenating.
The Bunkulung Inn is your ideal bolthole. With five cosy wooden cottages and very warm and helpful hosts, Bunkulung Inn is perfect for a long weekend outside the concrete jungle.
The rooms have huge windows and are nicely done up, comfortably furnished, and airy too. All have attached bath, geyser, bath tub etc and are clean, well maintained. The sloping roofs of the cottages with a verandah and lots of good vibes are very picturesque indeed.
There’s enough room for kids to play around, or you can simply laze around doing nothing but watching the how nature manifests itself with each changing hour, min, sec.
Available Room & Tariff
Includes (unless otherwise specified):
Bed Tea Breakfast Lunch Evening Tea with Snacks 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.
Cottage - A well furnished room assigned to two people and have one double bed.
Local cuisine as well as Bengali fare are served. All vegetables and fruits are fresh and organically grown by the villagers. Fresh catches from Balasun are a bonus for fish lovers. Rice, dal, vegetable curry, fish, chicken curry or vegan fare are served. Freshly brewed tea from local tea gardens are also served and loved by tea connoisseurs.
The hosts ☺
The Homestay is run by the local host-family and they are very warm, welcoming and friendly. You’ll never feel out of place and have a great time chatting with them as they fill you in with lots of stories about their village. It’s like a window into their lives, their cultural heritage, customs, simple, hard working nature which is never detached from mother Nature. Spending some time in their company can be an eye opener for our stressed out lives.
Bunkulung is very quiet and peaceful. You can plan your day trip to Mirik from here. There are many viewpoints in Mirik like Ramitey Dara etc, the BokarNgedonChokhor Ling Monastery, the tea gardens, orchards, Sumendu Lake, Don Bosco Church, Devisthan etc. Or you can sit back in the green pastures and ‘watch the world go by upon cloud no.9’.
Bunkulung is about 15 kms ahead of Mirik on the way from Siliguri, 47 kms away. NJP Railway Station is approximately 55 km away. That’s only a 2 hrs drive through beautiful landscapes and tea gardens. Bagdogra Airport is the nearest air head, about 2½ hrs drive from here. One can hire a cab for Bunkulung directly from Siliguri/NJP. There are buses/shared taxis from Siliguri upto Mirik from where you'll get cabs for Bunkulung.
25% deposit is charged in by Bhramonik upon reservation. 50% of total to be paid in behalf of Bunkulung Inn after booking. Final balance to be paid to Bunkulung Inn 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, Bunkulung Inn will keep/charge 50% of total. For cancellations less than 30 days before arrival, Bunkulung Inn will keep/charge full amount. For no-shows or early departures, Bunkulung Inn will keep/charge full amount. Cancellation fees kept by Bunkulung Inn 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).