Mulkharka, Lingsey, West Bengal
Homestay at Mulkharka
Starts from 1300
Unspoilt Nature at it’s bountiful best, some places on earth deserve to be kept secret from the rest of the world.
Haven’t we all played hide-and-seek in our childhood days? And accidentally, someday discovered a new hideout, unknown to, even our siblings or pals? To give away this little secret to our pals, felt uneasy? Reluctant?
Well, that’s exactly the queer feeling you might get while setting your footsteps in Mulkharka, a tiny hamlet at an altitude of 7,000 ft in the Himalayan ranges of North Bengal.
Come to Mulkharka as a traveller, not tourist. That’s the best way to explore this abode of peace. Respect and appreciate Mother Nature, your journey is going to be a truly enriching one, both emotionally and spiritually.
We at ‘Bhramonik’, aspire to promote endogenous, sustainable, responsible community based tourism in places such as these.
❝ ❝Stretched out through the widening path,
Wide spread along the ever green valley;
Clear stream of the rustling rivers,
Calmly flowing up and down the mighty mountains❞ ❞
— Samita Chettri
Placid rural life in a surreal backdrop far away from the humdrum of urban chaos…
Mulkarha village is nestled in mountains rising from the Neora Valley National Park, diagonally opposite to Rishyap, and Lava, spanning over the forests of the national park, Rishi river and adjoining villages at the foot hills.
The extensive Alpine pastures or ‘bugiyal’ is another beautiful feature of Mulkharka village. Talk to the hosts to guide you along any village trail to this bugiyal, you’ll love it for sure.
Animistic practices are prevalent in this tiny hamlet which explains for the extraordinary man-nature relationship.
It can be accessed from New Jalpaiguri via Rhenock, from there through Pithamchen, Lingsey.
Through out the day, it’s seemingly hard to take your eyes off the dazzling, snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kangchenjunga. Shimmering silver against the brilliant blue sky, the spectacularity seems quite near by. But the surreal sunrise over the snow laden peaks of Kanchenjunga at wee hours of the day is the crowning glory. As the cobalt blue skies get fainter, the eastern horizon blushes in soft pink, hold your breath, suddenly the first rays of the morning sun renders it’s golden touch upon the crests of Kangchenjunga. The eternal Goldsmith pouring down molten gold over the snowy mountains.
For once, hold back your camera, feel the magic, and let your eyes feast upon the panorama, so as to make a lasting impression on your heart. For this magical moment lasts for a few precious seconds. Turn up again next dawn, this time don’t forget your tripod and lenses.
Amidst this blessed landscape…
There’s a nice, comfortable homestay near the Mulkharka holy wishing lake with very basic amenities but clean and well maintained. It’s the ‘Mulkharka Homestay’. The ambiance is homely and the hostess is genuinely happy to have guests who understand and appreciate their rural culture and traditions. Her ever smiling face and warm hospitality makes you fall in love with the place at once.
Here organically grown, garden fresh vegetables are cooked in their traditional style on open fire, which is so simple yet so tasty. May be it’s their honesty and sincerity towards their guests that make everything so likeable.
The homestay has 4 spacious bedrooms each to accommodate 4 persons, with attached bath and a nice verandah. A few yards away 4 similar spacious bedrooms are for trekkers with bathrooms beside them. There’s even a small grocery shop in the same compound which comes quite handy.
The views from the rooms are really nice. The rolling hills and a burst of chlorophyll, every where you turn around. And not to forget the lungful of pure oxygen one gets here for free.
Available Room & Tariff
Includes (unless otherwise specified):
Bed Tea Breakfast Lunch Evening Tea with Snacks Dinner
Children & Extra BedsChildren of all ages are welcome.
Children upto 5 years of age are our guests at no charge.
Children of age between 5-10 years will be charged 50% of the total tariff.
Quad room - The rooms are simply furnished, clean and spacious enough to comfortably accommodate 4 guests. All the rooms have attached western style bathrooms and have common varandah with a view of majestic snow capped mountains.
The hostess with the mostest
That’s what you’ll find once you reach there. There’s no luxury lounge, spa, star rated restaurants or even swimming pools, uniformed bearers. But a lot of welcoming smile, homely ambiance, banter and fun, and an easy way of life adorned in simplicity and honesty.
Forget worrying about those basic needs that generally seek attention, you are in safe hands. The soft spoken, extremely hard working, caring and polite hostess is sure to look after her guests like true relatives.
Simplicity is the greatest style, but it’s very difficult to be simple. Here in Mulkarkha, they have achieved this simplicity with such elan, that we all yearn for.
Reflection of eternity on the face of the earth…
That’s the magic of the Mulkharka lake, formerly known as ‘Phusrey’ means ‘grayish colour’ in Nepali. The glory of Mt. Kanchenjunga mirrored on the placid waters of the crystal clear lake.
As you watch it, do make a wish, the Mulkharka Lake is believed to make your wishes come true. Make a wish also for the well being of every living things around us, Mother Earth is in dire need of it.
To discover the joys of taking it as it comes, and doing nothing.
The sub-tropical Himalayan pine forests of this region is a treasure trove of flora and fauna. Sal, oak, pine, rhododendron and a plethora of wild orchids add more greenery to Mulkharka.
Take a stroll around the village, there are lots of things to explore. Many trekking options are there, just hit the road, follow it wherever it takes you. You’ll come across deep gorges, creeks, rivers, waterfalls and picturesque villages amidst lush green conifers.
The beautiful Severan waterfalls near Tagathan village is just a few kilometers away.
A large number of birds fill in the solitude with their whistles and coos. A varied species of laughing thrush, woodpecker, bulbul, flycatcher, black eagle, robin, tit, babbler, sunbird, owl, flowerpecker, tragopan, barbet, warbler, the list is endless. When the entire forest echoes with their melodies, specially at dawn and dusk, that’s an experience of a lifetime.
There are ancient temples and Buddhist monasteries nearby.
The colourful prayer flags fluttering in the cool, crisp breeze and solitude of the woods, the mighty mountains and the awestruck You…together make one soulful journey to remember.
How to reach
The nearest rail head is New Jalpaiguri and airport is Bagdogra, will take around 4 hrs to reach Mulkharka. You can take share car/jeep from Tenzing Norgey Bus Terminal or Sikkim National Transport (SNT) in Siliguri to Rongpo and from there change share car/jeep to Renok and then reach Mulkharka via Aritar. Keep in mind that the last share car from Rongpo to Renok and Renok to Mulkharka leaves at 1:00 pm.
25% deposit is charged in by Bhramonik upon reservation. 50% of total to be paid in behalf of Homestay at Mulkharka after booking. Final balance to be paid to Homestay at Mulkharka 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, Homestay will keep/charge 50% of total. For cancellations less than 30 days before arrival, Homestay will keep/charge full amount. For no-shows or early departures, Homestay will keep/charge full amount. Cancellation fees kept by 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).