Sittong is a large area spread over a number of hills. This particular Homestay is located in Sittong 3 area. This area is close to a village named Shelphu and about 7 / 8 km from the main Sittong area which is more popular among tourists. The Ahal Dara viewpoint, one of the major attractions of the entire area, is just 5 minutes away from here.
Our Home Stay here is located right on Shelpu- Birik road. There is a two-storied main building where the hosts live. There are a couple of rooms on the ground floor of the building that are let out to guests. The kitchen of the house, a dining hall, and also a common seating area are all on the ground floor of this building.
Behind the main building is the open ground where three cottages are constructed where guests can also be accommodated. There is a total of 5 rooms, 2 inside the main host building and 3 in cottages. The cottages are centered around a small pool of water and a garden. There are orange trees in the garden which bloom during winter months. Room service food is available, all rooms have attached toilets.
We have three cottages around a small ground where there is a small artificial pond. There are several trees around including the orange tree which blooms during the winter months. All the cottages have attached toilets with western commodes and there is a separate balcony in front of each room. There is a double bed in each room and an extra bed/mattress is arranged in case of an extra guest (Against additional payment).
The Homestay is located on the main Shelpu – Birik road, about 100 meters from the Cinchona plantation guest house. and about a couple of km from the Ahaldara viewpoint.
The food is prepared by the hosts themselves. There is no professional cook in the kitchen here. Only local food such as rice, chapatti, vegetables, chicken, etc. are available.
Food is available on a meal basis and not on a menu basis. Both veg and non-veg food are available. Indian and Local Nepalese cuisine is available here. There is no proper restaurant in the area. So the breakfast and the Dinner must be taken here itself. For lunch in case you are travelling around, you may try some other place
Location / Accessibility
The Cinchona bungalow constructed during the British era is less than a hundred meters from our Homestay here. Although the bungalow has lost much of its glory due to poor maintenance, the compound and the bungalow still give you an idea of the heydays of the cinchona plantation.
Walk or drive just a couple of km to reach Ahaldara viewpoint. The hilltop provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding hills including a great view of the Kanchenjunga range of mountains. The place is famous for its great view of Kanchenjunga during sunrise. You may visit Latpanchar another 3 km from Ahaldara for a birding experience, or go a couple of km in another direction for the Namthing Pokhari lake. Sittong village, famous for its orange cultivation, is another 5 km from Namthing Pokhari.
At an altitude of about 1200 meters or 4000 feet, our Shelpu Sittong Homestay is neither very high in altitude nor very low. This ensures pleasant weather throughout the year. During summer the temperature rarely reaches above 25-degree celsius and during the winter it rarely goes below 5 degrees. The rainy season in the region is very strong as the entire northeast is among the wettest places in the world. You can expect heavy to very heavy rainfall during the monsoon months between the middle of June and the middle of September.
Kalimpong town is just 40 km away. Gangtok is about 90 km, Darjeeling about 50 km, NJP rail station 48 km, Bagdogra Airport 54 km, and Siliguri town about 42 km.
Parikshit Chettri -
About Your Host
Parikshit is a young lad who has seen the outside world but eventually decided to come back to his village and start his homestay.
He is also a teacher at the local school. His wife helps him actively with cooking as well as upkeep of the eco stay.
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Reaching our Selphu Sittong Homestay is very easy and straightforward. First, you have to reach Birik Dara. This place is located on the National Highway 10 connecting Bengal and Sikkim.
The Birik Dara point is located about 3 km south of Lohapur bridge which is a popular eating joint on this road. From Birik Dara an uphill road goes towards the West, follow this road to reach our Homestay about 8 km away. Those who are not familiar with the terrain and have not traveled in the hills extensively are suggested not to self-drive. The road is quite steep and experience in driving in the hills is essential to navigating the sharp turns and steep gradient of the road.