Chatakpur is a forest village situated under Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary at 7600 ft. Its population consists of only 19 families. Chatakpur came into existence during the time of the British. They required wood to build their homes and therefore put some local villagers to work on felling trees here. Slowly their numbers grew and eventually, this small village emerged as an independent location. Humrohome Angchu homestay is located in upper Chatakpur with a 360-degree view. Sunrise, Sunset & Kanchenjungha view is a must from this property. One can see Bagora on one side prominently and even Siliguri on another side if the weather is clear.
The homestay has a lawn in front with sufficient space for 2 families to sit together and enjoy tea, snacks and selfies, apart from the wonderful view.
There are 2 Standard Rooms with attached washrooms. Washrooms are fitted with geysers and Western commodes. Rooms can accommodate a maximum of 3 persons. The rooms are basic and not luxurious
Apart from local non-veg items like chicken and eggs, you will be served mostly organically grown vegetables.
Both vegetarian and non-veg foods are available. Food is home-cooked and local. Rice, Roti, Pulses, Vegetables, Chicken, and Egg are the main options. You can not order food of your choice. If you have a specific requirement, you need to talk to our experts before booking and they will let you know if the food can be served.
Location / Accessibility
Chatakpur is a small village with only 19 families, so the predominant activity here comprises of leisurely village walks. It is an ideal place for relaxation, but the place does not have typical sightseeing options.
The Sunrise Viewpoint is the biggest attraction, it is also where there is a watchtower for people to spend time. Go down to the main road of the village, where there are seating areas and a small cafe which can get you some tea or snacks. You can take a small (and at times eerie) trek to Pokhri, a water body where local wildlife like deer, bears, and cheetahs come to drink water. A local guide will accompany you. You can visit the small local school, whose unique feature is that it has 2 teachers but at the time of writing this in 2019, there was only 1 student since the village itself is scarcely populated.
If you are fit and do not mind walking, take the hike to Tiger Hill. It is a 3 hours trek one way to one of the major sightseeing points of Darjeeling.
If you are staying here for 2 or more nights, and if you have a vehicle at your disposal, you may take a drive either towards Darjeeling (about 1.5 hours) or Kurseong and Dowhill area (about 1.5 hours). On the Darjeeling side, places such as Lamahatta, Rangaroon, Dawaipani etc. can easily be visited as part of a day outing.
The altitude of Chatakpur is about 7800 feet (2380 meters). Compare this with Darjeeling (6700 feet – 2042 meters) and Tiger Hill (8500 feet or 2590 meters) and you can understand the place is quite high in altitude. Hence Chatakpur can be quite cold. During winter months, snowfall is common. Early morning frozen dew can be quite slippery unless you are careful. Throughout the year you need to carry heavy woollen. The area is on top of a hill and is hence quite windy. So you also need to carry a windproof. It rains heavily during the monsoon months of July to September, but during the other months also occasional showers can be expected anytime, weather changes here by the hour. For the latest weather update, consult our travel experts a few days before your day of travel.
Mr. Angchu Sherpa -
About Your Host
Angchu Sherpa is a local farmer and milkman. When tourism started booming, he converted part of his home into a homestay to welcome tourists. This has now become his main livelihood, one to which he is committed. He takes care of his guests personally and has been returning delighted guests over the years.
No of Rooms
Rooms are standard with basic amenities and attached toilet.