Darjeeling, West Bengal
Starts from 2500
The most pleasant, homely and enlightening experience in tune with all that you had imagined.
Darjeeling…the word itself evokes beautiful imageries of resplendent hills, heavenly sunsets amidst cloudy mountains, tea gardens, convent kids in their uniforms regularly spilling into the town, conversations in cozy hangouts and cafes along narrow winding lanes…the list can go on and on.
A homestay in Darjeeling is typically an extension of the house of a local. The landlord and his family would stay in one part of the property while there will be separate rooms for guests. Most time the dining room and even the living room would be common so that you can interact with the owner’s family when you stay there.
So a homestay in Darjeeling is all about staying in a local home, experiencing and enjoying Darjeeling using the ways and eyes of the locals. You can dine with the local family, even participate in their day to day life to get insight into their lives and culture, and of course have delicious homemade food in a homely environment. This is an experience which is completely different from a hotel.
Do not expect professional service like of a hotel, instead you will get lots of love and caring from the family. By allowing travellers in their houses, such local families have decided on a different way of living life where they need to spend a lot of time with outsiders as part of their day-to-day life.
❝ With faint bakery smells and the perfume of unfurling wildflowers,
Pinecone souls split open and the night overflowed;
Against Darjeeling’s matchbox town, the moon
Lit a flame to the rainwashed range of snow ❞
— Madhura Banerjee
A perfect getaway in Darjeeling
This is a small cozy homestay owned by Mr. & Mrs. Pradhan, a retired couple and natives of Darjeeling. Under their care and hospitality your stay can be the most pleasant, homely and enlightening experience in tune with all that you had imagined. Searching for a suitable accomodation or hotels in Darjeeling can be quiet tricky. Darjeeling Homestay can be your perfect getaway in this very famous and sometimes crowded tourist town.
The homely and commendable accommodations will ensure that your trip to Darjeeling is nothing short of ‘a home away from home’ experience.
There are three guest rooms each having access to a bathroom. rooms are nice, clean and cozy. The one upstairs has a triangular slanted ceiling and completely wood paneled giving a great cozy feel. The view of the surrounding mountains and the valley from the upstairs room is also outstanding. All rooms are nice and well equipped with TV, double comfortable beds, almirah or cupboards etc.
Every room has a story…
The Living Room –
Bright and sunny this room can give you a warm and cozy feel, even in the rainiest monsoon or the snowy winters. This room brings flashbacks of warm welcomes and teary goodbyes, of laughter and love, of time spent with family and close friends, of days and nights spent on preparing for exams, of the milkmaid. Oh I can go on and on.
The Guestroom –
This cozy little pink room is always reminds me of my wedding. This was the place where I unpacked my wedding gifts for an entire day – says Mr. Pradhan.
The Master Bedroom –
Well-lit and looking outward towards the surrounding hills, this room is for the philosopher you. You can admire the scenic beauty of the hills, the rolling clouds, the sunset, and the lights of Darjeeling by night from right inside your room.
The Attic/Loft –
A perfect place to snuggle in with a book and a cup of tea, the loft was made especially for my little sister Alka. I’m sure that in some imaginary parallel world of her own, Alkus (as the family lovingly calls her) would have imagined herself to be Rapunzel in her secret – tower…Mr. Pradhan in remembrance of his childhood.
When the lazy holidays and chilled breeze make you even more lazy…
Usually meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner) will come from the host’s kitchen which means that it will be fresh and as if you were having it in your own house. You are most welcome to join them in the kitchen and learn local cuisines. Besides you also always have the option of breaking bread with your host anytime.
They will be more than happy to share recipies or teach you some local/Indian dishes. Most of the guests have enjoyed cooking with…more often than not, they end up preparing momos together. If the chef in you has not been evoked yet you can just ‘hang out’ in the kitchen and appreciate the aroma of brewing tea when that comes with Momos (homemade Tibetan dumplings with hot sauce), it’s out of the world.
Owing to Pandemic, the host family is not arranging for meals. However, there is a fully furnished kitchen which the guests can use at their convenience. There is a grocery store in the ground floor of the same building should the guests want to shop.
Open terrace with a glimmering view
They have a common hall or a living room where guests and hosts sit in the evenings and chat. It’s a nice carpeted room with cushioned seats.
There is also an open terrace in the property. View of the valley and the hills of Darjeeling from the terrace is wonderful. You can see the glittering lights of the township at night. There is free wi-fi available 24 hours. They also offer board games like chess, carom etc. There is also a mini library, but the collection of books is quite good. Note that smoking & drinking is not allowed in the homestay.
Please note: Just want to call out upfront that due to Pandemic, the suit does not have rooms with views. Earlier the guests were allowed to access the hall and balconies upstairs which have good view but currently the access is restricted/not available.
The guests at the Darjeeling Homestay are treated as family, a good time shared with so much warmth, over lots of interesting conversations and home cooked, lip smacking fare at the dinner table. For the hosts, the quality time you share at this beautiful escapade is all that is desired, instead of monetary gain. Keeping that in mind, rates and tariffs have been kept nominal.
Available Room & Tariff
Children & Extra BedsChildren of all ages are welcome.
Child upto 12 years of age are our guests at no charge.
Child 12+ years in extra bed: considering as adult.
Suite - Due to Pandemic, the rooms that are shared with the hosts family are currently not available. We have only made available the suite in the 1st floor which has a separate entrance. It is a fully furnished suite with 1 hall, 1 bedroom (double bed) and a kitchen. The hall has an extra double bed. The suite can have a maximum of 4 occupants. Presently that the simple plan for a memorable holiday at the Darjeeling Homestay.
ö Revised tariff is effected from April 2021 and this for Twin Sharing. Extra guests will be charged Rs. 500/- per person.
The homestay is located near the lower town area of Darjeeling. From Chowk Bazaar (the lower town main market) as you walk along Lebong Cart Road towards the District Magistrate’s Office, the narrow Convent Road on the left goes downhill and leads to the homestay. It’s located in a peaceful and quiet residential area.
At the same time it’s quite conveniently located. The Chowk Bazaar is less than 5 minutes drive and within walking distance of the homestay. So if you like to stay in a quiet area, get the comfort and safety of a home, have lovely homemade food prepared mostly by Mrs. Pradhan herself while be within 10-15 minute walking distance from several great attractions, this is a great choice.
25% deposit is charged in by Bhramonik upon reservation. 50% of total to be paid in behalf of Darjeeling Homestay after booking. Final balance to be paid to Darjeeling 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, Darjeeling Homestay will keep/charge 50% of total. For cancellations less than 30 days before arrival, Darjeeling Homestay will keep/charge full amount. For no-shows or early departures, Darjeeling Homestay will keep/charge full amount. Cancellation fees kept by Darjeeling 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).