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Written by Shrinivas on July 2, 2020 Share on

These unique HomeStay experience in Darjeeling must not be missed

Darjeeling is a town in the Himalayan foothills, in the West Bengal state of India. Once a summer destination for the British Raj aristocracy, it remains the terminus of 1881 built narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Line.” It is famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot the slopes around it. Its backdrop is among the highest peaks in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga.

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It is one of the most beautiful hill stations with a rich culture, beautiful nature, high mountains, deep valleys, etc. Darjeeling is also famous for its historical and cultural heritage. The best thing about Darjeeling is, it can be visited throughout the year. In a location like Darjeeling with its cultural richness, local traditions, history and rich food, instead of staying in hotels, it’s better to select a homestay because you encounter the local life first hand and you get to see the beautiful Darjeeling like never before. Go on reading to find the top homestays in Darjeeling.

Top 11 Homestays in Darjeeling

Snow Lion Homestay

It is owned by a family from Tibet and is located on Gandhi Lane. Snow Lion Homestay offers a great view of the surroundings, and there is a terrace that can be used to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. The rooms are comfortable and the Italian tiles and wooden wall panelling have a traditional yet modern feel to it. Guests will share the dining table with the guests and serve just breakfast. But there are many nearby restaurants and eateries where guests can enjoy great local and other cuisines.

Pahari Soul Homestay

It is the best spot for those who want to spend a relaxing rest in nature ‘s lap. The Pahari Soul Homestay is a beautiful building with private balconies and is located on the Hill Cart Lane, only 3 km from Darjeeling city. It is run by a very hospitable and helpful kind woman. The house’s main attraction is its magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga Mountains. Home crafted food is offered here.

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Nestle Homestay Darjeeling

It’s a simple house, but with great hosts renowned for their hospitality. Nestle Homestay is situated next to the lower town and is also near to many tourist sights. A retired couple runs the homestay which leaves no stone unturned to make their guests feel at home. Guests can get a wonderful view of the stunning hills as well as the whole town from the terrace and the tasty home-cooked food is another excuse to live here.

Happy Valley Homestay

Happy Valley homestay near the market area of Lower town and is located in a safe and quiet environment. The host family will live on the top floor while the lower floors will be for the visitors. What’s best here is to be able to see the local life in close proximity, enjoy local cuisine and also visit the very nearby famous tourist attractions.

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Samir’s Homestay

The name of the owner is Samir, and hence the word. Samir’s Homestay location below Mall Road is its biggest USP, being Darjeeling’s best location. There is a spacious open terrace that is the right place to get a magnificent view of the nearby Kanchenjunga Mountains. The rooms are cosy, and they have Wi-Fi. The hosts offer delicious breakfast, but the completely stocked kitchen is where you will go if you want to know local cuisine or try a new recipe. 

Manebhanjan Homestay

Manebhanjan Homestay is a simple yet beautiful homestay and Keshav Gurung’s host family will ensure you have a happy and comfortable stay. The host family lives here too, and you’ll know a lot about the local traditions and community. The rooms are spacious and come with new facilities. They’ll support you with sightseeing trips, too.

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Singell Homestay

One of Darjeeling ‘s best home accommodation facilities, Singell Homestay is located inside the Singell Tea Estate, hence the name. Built on a hill, it provides spectacular views of the huge tea estate and the mountains. The rooms are clean and perfect, basic still. With the hosts, you will have the meal, and learn more about the location and its community. It is owned by the Moktan family, who will also organize various activities such as sightseeing tours, tea tours on the estate, tea tasting, etc.

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Makaibari Tea Estate Homestay

This is just another lovely homestay on a tea farm. A lot of homes that have clean rooms and other facilities are available. Staying at the Makaibari Tea Estate Homestay offers you a great opportunity to live in the countryside and learn about the village’s cuisine, customs and culture. The homestay is owned by the management of the estate.

Rodhi Ghar Homestay

It is located in Mirik, Dara School, and is 48 km from Bagdogra Airport. This is a lovely cottage surrounded by green trees and other plants, located on a low hilltop. Rodhi Ghar Homestay provides well-equipped accommodation and is a perfect place to rest and appreciate gorgeous surroundings.

Homestay in tea plantation
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Cozy Nest Homestay

It offers a simple homestay experience which provides a warm and hospitable environment that you can definitely enjoy. It is managed by Paljor and his wife Wangchuck. Paljor is a Buddhist, from Tibet. Located at Gandhi Road, Cozy Nest Homestay lies behind the Compuset Centre.

D’Pine Crest Homestay in Darjeeling

The D’Pine Crest Homestay, a stunning heritage house situated on Lebong Cart Road at Chauk Bazaar, provides an unforgettable stay in this ancient building housed in the lap of nature. The building is over 150 years old and remains almost as mesmerizing as it did years before, the house’s age-old beauty is the main excuse to live here. The house’s wooden décor makes it cosy even in wintertime. Various cuisines are accessible on request including Chinese and Nepali, along with Indian cuisine. A big benefit is the access to other tourism attractions.

Darjeeling India
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There are some places known for their beautiful destinations whereas some places are famous for their history and culture. Darjeeling is one location with both. That is why; it is best to have a homestay because it offers you the chance to visit the place and its rituals. Starting with DIY itineraries to have a one-stop-shop for all travel needs, Pickyourtrail not only ensures seamless and trouble-free ride but keeps the cost-efficiency under control at the same time. Sign in to www.Pickyourtrail.com to get more information and start planning your trip instantly. Also do refer to our guides page to more about your favourite destination

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