This Homestay is situated in the Middle Sittong area, the homestay is well-maintained and the host provides excellent hospitality to the visitors.
This Homestay situated in the middle part of Sittong hill is a small single storied building with just 3 rooms. Your host here is Mr Pranay who is always smiling and very helpful. The rooms are well-appointed and have attached toilets. The area is ideal for an idyllic stay among nature.
Local activity around the Homestay includes walking in the village. If you are enthusiastic enough you can even walk to the riverbed in about 30 minutes. The area is popular for its large orange plantation which becomes ripe during the winter and this attracts a lot of tourists.
Sittong can keep you engaged with sightseeing and activity for a day or two. You can visit the different orange orchards in the area to start with.
The Siloam church in middle Sittong has a nice location. On the upper ridges of Sittong, you can visit the century-old mud monastery of the Lepchas. Riyang river and the Jogighat bridge over it can be a fun place to spend a morning. Mongpu with its historic connection with Rabindranath Tagore is within 30 minutes drive from here. The Namthing Pokhari, famous for Himalayan Salamandar is also within a short distance so is the Ahal Dara viewpoint that offers a unique view of the surrounding mountain.
The weather at Sittong varies widely with altitude. In the upper ridges of the hill, it is cooler than in the lower area. The lower elevations it may get quite warm during the summer and even the use of a ceiling fan in some homestays is common. On the upper ridges, the weather is much more relaxed and may require warm clothing even during the summer months.
This particular Homestay is located in the middle of Sittong and never gets too warm or cold. You do not need a fan even in the summer and winter is not very bitter. Rain here is heavy to very heavy, especially during the monsoon months. Landslide, though common in the surrounding hills, is not a common feature of the area.
Pranay Chettri -
About Your Host
The young host here is well-educated and knows the area very well. He is very cordial and hospitable too.
Pranay works in the local health centre apart from taking care of his homestay.
As in the case of most hill villages, there are many roads to approach Sittong. If you are new to the area, you should not try to navigate this labyrinth of roads on your own. The route idea given below is more for locals and those who have a clear idea about the road network in the area. Visitors from outside should depend on local drivers to take them to Sittong.
One road originates from Dilaram near Darjeeling and reaches Sittong via Bagora. The second route comes here via Sukna – Shivkhola – Mahaldiram route. However, the most common route is to come here via National Highway 10 and then take a westbound turn at Kalijhora / Birik or Rambi Bazar. The three turning points will take you to Sittong through 3 different routes. The Kalijhora route is the shortest though often in bad shape. It will go via Latpancar to Sittong. The Birik Dara road reaches Sittong 3 first and then via Shelphu goes to Sittong 1 and Sittong 2 areas. The third route is to go to Rambhi bazaar and then climb up to Mongpu. From here go through a downward-sloping road for 6 km to reach Sittong.