Hemant's Chuikhim Homestay Preferred
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Chuikhim is a small village in the Kalimpong district. This is a typical rural village not ruined by commercial large-scale tourism yet. You can walk in the forested hills surrounding the village, watching known and unknown bird species, and you can mix with the local villagers who are welcoming to the visitors. You can even go for a trek to a river valley that the locals call the grand canyon of Kalimpong. There are caves to be explored and village children to play football with. And there is a magnificent vantage view of the Dooars and the hills from the top of the village.
Humro Home Chuikhim Homestay is located on the upper ridges of the Chuikhim village with a great view of the surrounding hills. The Bangladesh border is also visible from here. You can spot a network of rivers like Chel, Ghish, and many other unnamed streams flowing silently across the valley. The chirping of birds will enchant you and the sunrise is beautiful to wake up to. This fresh destination is drawing more and more visitors of late as guests coming here are recommending it without hesitation to others looking for serene spots.
The Homestay is Cottage type. There are 2 rooms in the cottage, where there are 1 Double Bed and 1 single bed in each room. A maximum of 3 adults can occupy each room.
The small homestay of Hemant is situated in the main village beside the only road passing through the village. Hemant is a popular youth and his name is enough to get directions to his homestay. There is ample vehicle parking at the property and vehicles can reach up to the doorstep of the homestay.
Food and Dining
The village does not have any eatery. There are hardly any eating joints in the nearby villages either, hence all our bookings are on an American meal plan (AP) which includes all major meals. You will be provided with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and evening tea and snacks under this plan. If you wish to have additional food, that can be arranged on advance request and subject to availability.
Please note that this is a homestay and the food you get is homecooked, and sumptuous but not comparable to restaurant food. You will get typical Indian food such as Rice, Roti, and Puri with vegetables, dal, etc. Egg and Chicken are offered as part of non-vegetarian lunch and dinner. Fish is rarely available fresh in such remote hilly villages and hence is mostly not part of the food. Vegetarian food option is available subject to advance intimation
Location / Accessibility
Chuikhim village is an ideal place to enjoy nature at its pristine best. This is not a place for hopping from one sightseChuikhim is an ideal place for a view of the Dooars plains and the hills. The area is a popular birding hotspot. A variety of relatively rare species of birds have been sighted here. Your host here is also an expert in birding and will be helping you in locating and identify the avifauna. There are several trails in the nearby hills. The most popular one originates at the nearby village of Yalbong and goes down to Leesh river where the steep hills on both sides form a canyon-like structure.
Chuikhim is an ideal place for a view of the Dooars plains and the hills. The area is a popular birding hotspot. A variety of relatively rare species of birds have been sighted here. Your host here is also an expert in birding and will be helping you in locating and identify the avifauna. There are several trails in the nearby hills. The most popular one originates at the nearby village of Yalbong and goes down to Leesh river where the steep hills on both sides form a canyon-like structure. There are waterfalls and caves in the area.
There are several small villages in the nearby area that might be worth a dekko. These include Yelbong, Nimbong, Charkhole, Loleygaon, Samtahar, and others.
Yelbong – This is a forest village about 5 km from Chuikhim. There is a forest road to take you there and trekking through the forest can be a great experience.
Nimbong – about 8 km from Chuikhim is the Nimbong village, this is one of the larger villages in the area with schools and shops and can be worth a visit.
Charkhole – Further 10 km drive on the same road to the North from Nimbong will take you to Charkhole, another upcoming tourist destination of the region with an excellent view of the Kanchenjunga range.
Loleygaon – From Charkhole you can take the forested road (about 8 km) to reach Loleygaon, an offbeat tourist destination of the Kalimpong hills
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If you are visiting Chuikhim from the Dooars area, you will have to drive to Bagrakot in western Dooars. From here the hilly journey begins and a drive of about half an hour to 45 minutes through the hills will take you to Chuikhim.
If you are traveling to Chuikhim from the Kalimpong side, you have to drive via the Relli river (Mukti Bridge). This route may take up to 3 hours depending on the recent road condition. The distance from Kalimpong to Chuikhim is about 50 km. We recommend the Dooars route to reach Chuikhim as the hilly travel is shorter through this route.