Sittong is a calm and peaceful village in the Kurseong sub-division of the Darjeeling district. It is also famous as one of the destinations you visit Mangpu, the hill station made famous by Poet Tagore. Mangpu does not have many tourist accommodations, and our Sittong Humro Home is about 8 km from Mangpu, making it an ideal base for visiting there.
Sittong is also famous for its orange orchards which are in full bloom during the months of November, December, and January. Sittong grows some of the best oranges in the country. If you want a peaceful break away from your daily routine, and spend time with family amongst nature's bounty, come to this quaint little village and you will not be disappointed.
Humro Home Titus Homestay (Previously known as Chhayalom Kyong homestay) is a 3-storeyed building, with a reception area and sitting room on the ground floor. The rooms are on the first and second floors. All the rooms are open to a balcony. There is a garden in front of the property and there is an open parking space. The property is surrounded by cardamom gardens and in front, you have a view of the valley. You can see the same valley view from the balcony of the rooms in front.
10 standard family rooms, some are triple bedded and some 4-bedded. Attached washroom, Western-style with modern fittings. Geyser is available.
Ahal Dara sunrise viewpoint is about 6 km away from our homestay. Namthing Pokhri is on the way, which is famous for the salamander. There is also an ancient Lepcha Gumpha en route, which is about 100 years old. You can drive down to Mongpu about 7 km away, to see the famous cactus garden and Rabindranath Tagore's Smriti Bhavan. You will get to see cinchona plantations on the way.
Paanch Pokhri trek is a mild trek of about 45 minutes and takes you through a tea garden. When you reach the top, you will get a 360-degree view, with the Kanchanjungha range stretching across the North and East, Balason and Mahananda rivers meandering towards the South, and Mahananda wildlife sanctuary on the West.
Sittong is an ideal getaway for those who want to immerse themselves in the tranquillity and peace of nature. The best way to enjoy the surroundings is to explore them; walk to Jogighat, a popular picnic spot for the locals. Find your way to the river and revel in the surrounding forests and the rocky riverbed. You can even spend some time fishing here.
A morning or evening walk through the village will bring you close interaction with the birds and the local people. You can spot typical Lepcha-style houses that are indigenous to the region. Birding is also a popular activity in the village.
Mongpu - 7 Km Kurseong - 32 Km Siliguri – 55 km New Jalpaiguri Station – 60 km Kalimpong – 41 km Darjeeling – 30 km
Sittong weather varies widely according to altitude. In the upper ridges of the hill, it is cooler than in the lower area. The lower elevations may get warm during the summer and even the use of ceiling fans 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 may need a fan sometimes in the summer and winter is not very bitter. Rain here is heavy to very heavy, especially during the monsoon months.
Ms Sandhya Acharya -
About Your Host
Sandhya is a local villager and social worker. She is also a well-known writer and poet of the Nepali language. She manages one of the first homestays of Sittong. She is respected by everyone and is a very cordial lady.
No of Rooms
Three Beded Room
There are multiple routes to reach here depending on where you are coming from. If you are travelling through Sikkim Bengal connector NH10, you can go for Sittong through one of the three uphill roads starting at Kalijhora, Birik Dara, or 27th Mile. The 1st road will reach Sittong via Latpanchar, the second one via Selphu, and the third road through Mangpu.
One of the simplest ways to travel here is to come to Mangpu. Go to Nalidara in Mangpu which is the main taxi stand here. Take the southbound downhill road and reach Jogighat bridge over river Riyang about 6 km away. Half a km after crossing Jogighat on your right is Humro Home Chhayalom Kyong Sittong. If you are coming from Kurseong or Darjeeling side, you may travel to Bagora and then onwards to Mana which is the highest point of Sittong village. From Mana, our Homestay is an 8 km downhill drive.