Enjoy a mesmerising view and ambience of the Darjeeling hills, sans the over-concentrated tourism and crowd. Kalimpong Village Retreat is located on a 6-acre farm, and true to its name, is built of indigenous local, eco-friendly material in an effort to keep things within the local ecosystem. Have a hot cup of tea, siphoned from the gardens at your feet, while gorging on the views of the mighty Kanchenjunga and the river passing by.
The entire stay is made of indigenous local materials of mud, sustainable wood and sun-dried bricks with very little use of cement. The cottages are made of bamboo. The staff making your stay memory are all locals from the village trained in hospitality by the host.
The 5 rooms are spacious with double occupancy. What’s better is all rooms come with a balcony and a lovely view!
All the rooms have an attached bathroom and hot water. Step out of the room to chill at the in-house library or have a nice chai at the thatched sit out, overlooking the magnificent views.
WHAT TO EAT:
Most of the food served to the guests, you’ll be happy to know, comes from the organic kitchen garden in the backyard. They also have a chicken coup of their own. Some of the food is cooked in the indigenous mud oven and that’s another layer of delectable for you!
Depending on the guests’ preference, breakfast can be Indian or continental. So, you’ll have the options of either a heap of filling parathas, poha, Upma or the lighter eggs with bread and seasonal fruits and fruits.
For lunch, we have dal, vegetables, chapati, a chicken dish at request. It’s your good old home-cooked meal here!Guests can also feast on some pasta, chowmein, momos.
We highly recommend the Nepali cuisine here, though. Why not eat like a local while you’re here? The morning tea and coffee are complimentary and are served best with the views they have to offer here!
Kalimpong Village Resort was founded to promote not just itself but the region. Very few people know that the populace here is mostly Nepali and there’s so much richness in the culture, and so much to learn!
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ABOUT THE HOSTS:
Your hosts here, trying to bring a positive change to Kalimpong and cultural travel in general, are Vipul and Siddharth. They’re both from the tourism background and used to lead tours for a British travel company in Nepal and India.
Vipul is from Rajasthan and has his own experiential travel company called ‘Virasat Experiences’, where he’s been taking travellers on the paths unknown, keeping alive ancestral cuisine and stories on the go.
Siddharth is a local from Darjeeling and is very well versed with the Nepali culture here; he’s also the one who’ll be your host throughout the year. He’s very attached to the village and the culture and wanted to give something back to the community here.
They plan on initiating scholarships for local children who are doing well at school.
About Property Owner
Maharana Pratap Sagar
Maharana Pratap Sagar lives a secluded life here in the Himalayas and has established his home along with his small family in light of the need for seclusion, he likes living a simple life and will soon get you thinking about one too.
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