Todey, West Bengal
Starts from 1200
For some, romancing the mountains is the most rewarding engagement when you are actually neck deep into oh-not-so-rewarding engagements. Sometimes, we even forget to appreciate the stunning beauty of nature still thriving at some place quite close by.
Since ages, the emerald green hills of Kalimpong have sheltered a plethora of exquisite flora and fauna along it’s steep slopes and valleys in between. Cool, crisp summers, frosty-snowy winters and the rich cultural tapestry of the place make it a stupendous combination for an indulging holiday.
❝ ❝ ... and then, I have nature and art and poetry, if that is not enough, what is enough? ❞ ❞
— Vincent van Gogh
Follow the sun, the moon and the mood, and you’ll never be lost, for sure...
Close to the Bhutan border, lies a tiny, apparently sleepy hamlet near Todey in Kalimpong district ‘Chisang’… sounds familiar? Not yet? Off the beaten track, the breathtaking serenity of Chisang would surprise you even more. Home to a community with a wonderful and inspiring ethnicity thriving parallelly a host of exquisite flora and fauna (including some extremely rare as well as endangered), Chisang is yet to lay bare all its treasures.
However cliche it might sound, Chisang really is a bird watchers’ paradise.
Blue throated barbets, red headed trogons, thrushes, babblers… their sweets notes and bright plumage together make an unforgettable treat for the senses.
The ‘Chisang Retreat’ is a pretty homestay managed by a humble Nepali family and presently the only accommodation in the area. They grow a variety of vegetables in the property including cardamom, the cash crop in that region. A variety of fruit trees also dot the area and are ladened with fruits in the winter months. There are a total of five comfortable rooms with three rooms having attached bathrooms. A Nepali hut is newly constructed which is perfect for couples. All the rooms are clean and well maintained. The highlight of the homestay is the rooftop space that is tastefully decorated and overlooks the slopes of Bhutan. It has everything that can keep guests happy for days, starting from mesmeric views to books, a couple of musical instruments and bonfire arrangement.
A cool, laid back ambiance, jovial hosts, great food, clean and spacious rooms and some interesting nooks and corners around the cottages make ‘Chisang Retreat’ truly an amazing accommodation.
Organically grown vegetables from the garden are used for cooking. Meals are traditional, delectable and needless to say, a treat for your taste buds. Veg/ non-veg dishes, both are served for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Bonfire, barbecue could be arranged for a bit of extra charges.
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 - A room assigned to two people and have one bed.
Triple Room - A room assigned to three people. Have one double and one single bed.
Nepali Hut - A well furnished family cottage assigned to three people and have one double bed.
Thanks to the friendly & helpful nature, the hosts always manage to score good reviews. Very knowledgeable about the surroundings and the cultural heritage of the village community, a chit-o-chat over a piping hot cuppa would be a rewarding experience.
The earth laughs in flowers…
The vast stretches of cardamom plantation or the meandering Dawai khola, the beautiful Bhutan hills just a few km away, or the lush green vegetation ...views from the cottages are something like a fairytale.
A hoard of outdoor activities can be planned from here. You can go trekking, hiking, photographing, birdwatching, picnic on the river side. Jaldhaka, Jhalong, Bindu, Paren, Dalgaon, Todey Tangta, Samsing, Suntaleykhola, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary etc can be explored easily from here. A great place to unwind!
The gorgeous sunrise
The rooftop space at The Chisang Retreat is the ideal place to sink in the breathtaking sunrise view. Watching the sun getting ready to paint the sky with shades of orange and yellow has a unique way of making connections. The process is unfolding before your eyes and you think of using your photography skills. As the light stretches further, the sky transforms itself into a neon blue bed with fluffy clouds floating here and there. The verdant slopes of Bhutan sparkles at a distance and fills your senses with the calmness that you are longing for.
Getting here —
By Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport. From Bagdogra you can reserved pre-paid taxi from the pre-paid taxi counter located at the arrival area.
By Train: The nearest rail-head is New Mal Junction (i.e. Malbazar). There are very few trains like Kanchankanya Express that leaves daily from Kolkata and can directly reach you to Duars from other places in India. You can get off at New Mal Junction. From here Chisang is 59 kms and takes 2 hrs by car. Shared vehicles are available from Malbazar stand at 130 (updated Dec,2019). One can reach Malbazar in toto vehicle from New Mal Junction, a kilometre away.
But if you can’t find a train directly to a location in Duars, your next best option (which is taken by majority of the tourists coming from all over India) is NJP (i.e. New Jalpaiguri). NJP is a major railway hub and many trains pass through this station.
If you need a cab pickup/drop from Bagdogra Airport/ New Jalpaiguri/ New Mal junction, and for local trips, let us know. We’ll connect with reliable local vendors who you can pay the fares directly to.
25% deposit is charged in by Bhramonik upon reservation. 50% of total to be paid in behalf of Chisang Retreat after booking. Final balance to be paid to Chisang Retreat 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, Chisang Retreat will keep/charge 50% of total. For cancellations less than 30 days before arrival, Chisang Retreat will keep/charge full amount. For no-shows or early departures, Chisang Retreat will keep/charge full amount. Cancellation fees kept by Chisang 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.
We're available from 9am-6pm Monday-Friday,
and 9am-5pm Saturday (India times).