Sittong village is a popular tourist destination now. Sittong is a large area spread over several km. Our present accommodation is in the middle Sittong area. This accommodation can be considered more as a lodge than a Homestay as it has a total of 7 rooms here and also the owner does not stay in the same building.
The location of the lodge in the middle of Sittong is an advantage. The large building can be seen from the entire surrounding area. The lodge is located on the main Sittong road and next to the popular Sittong Church.
The lodge is a 4 storied building located next to Sittong Church. There are 7 rooms all of which have attached toilets, there is an open garden area for you to enjoy nature. The property is located right on the main road that passes through Sittong village.
The property has 7 rooms in total on the three floors. There is a reception cum seating area.
There is also a small garden where children can play around and adults a luxuriate. You can get an excellent view of the surrounding hills from the rooftop of the building as well as the Balconies. The first-floor rooms each have its own balcony, the second-floor rooms do not have a balcony. All rooms have windows opening up to the hills.
Food is simple but hygienic. You get both vegetarian and nonvegetarian food here. Bengali and Nepali meals are available here.
Food has to be ordered well in advance and there is no system of order based on the menu. You have to order as a meal. Please note there is no local market or shop in the immediate vicinity of the property
Location / Accessibility
Sittong is a hill and is composed of several smaller villages within it. The upper Sittong area includes Mana and Ghalaytar whereas the lower Sittong area includes villages such as Jogighat and Sebjey Busty. This particular accommodation is in the lower Sittong area known as School Gaon. This is the most popular area in Sittong for homestays.
To locate the Lodge, ask anyone about the Sittong church. Our Sittong lodge is located adjacent to the Sittong Church and is one of the larger buildings in the area. The lodge is also located on the main road. So it is difficult to miss for anyone passing through the place.
The place is ideal for bird-watching. The famous rufous necked hornbill for which the Latpanchar area is famous can also be seen here.
There are also some small village treks that can be organized for the interested. For most of the year, except the dry season, you can go for half an hour's walk to reach a beautiful waterfall hidden in the forested hills.
Jogighat is just a couple of km away, you can go there to see the Riyang river. You can visit Mana about 5 km uphill for an excellent view of the Kanchenjunga range of hills. Ahaldara sunrise viewpoint is about 9 km away and the Namthing Pokhari lake is about 7 km from here.
Latpanchar is 12 km away from here. Mongpu, famous for the museum of Rabindranath Tagore, is about 9 km away. Mahaldiram area, which is coming up as an attractive tourist destination can be reached within a driving distance of about 10 km.
Among the major destinations – Darjeeling town is about 45 km away, Kalimpong is about 55 km and NJP / Bagdogra is about a 60 to 70 km drive.
Sittong is a hill with varying altitudes. The upper ridges of the hill reach an altitude of close to 1400 meters whereas Jogighat has an altitude of just about 660 meters. Our lodge here is located at an altitude of about 840 meters. This makes the place quite suitable for travel all around the year. The winters are not chilling cold and the summers are not very hot either.
During summer the temperature rarely reaches above 25 degree Celsius and during the winter it rarely goes below 8. 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.
Digel Lepcha -
About Your Host
Mr Digel Lepcha is a very helpful individual who always wears and smiles on his face. The Lepcha people are the original inhabitants of the land and so he can be considered one of the true son-of-the-soil.
Mr Lepcha is actively involved in a number of social activities in the Sittong area.