Humro Home Chetan Homestay is located at Upper Chatakpur in the Sonada area of Darjeeling. This is a homestay in the Senchal forest with a grand view of Kanchenjunga and surrounding mountains.
Chetan Homestay of Humro Home is a small Homestay with just 4 rooms. Mr. Chetan Sherpa and his mother together take care of the guests here. This Homestay is one of the highest buildings in the village. This means you get the best view of the surrounding mountains from here. The popular Chatakpur viewpoint and watchtower are situated very close to the Norbu Homestay.
At Chatakpur you do not have an alternative arrangement for Food such as a restaurant. Hence, Packages are all-inclusive and include Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and evening tea, and snacks. There is no other meal plan on offer.
Breakfast mostly consists of Roti, Vegetables, and Tea. Lunch is normally Rice, Dal, Vegetables, and Egg, and Dinner is with Roti or Rice with Chicken, vegetables, and Dal. A small variation of the food is available but no food menu or food by order is possible here. The nearest shop for grocery is Sonada about an hour's walk away, so the food options are limited here
Location / Accessibility
Chatakpur is not a place where you visit for a lot of activity. However, you can easily engage yourself for a day or two in the village.
You can visit the Watchtower located on top of the hill with a 360-degree view of the surrounding hills. There is a small lake in the forest which can be a good place for a forest trail, though we recommend taking a local along to avoid getting lost in the heavily forested area. You can also go for a day trek to Tiger hill (About 3 hours one way) or towards Mongpoo (About 2 hours one way). Treks must be undertaken under the strict guidance of local people and with permission from forest officials. The forest has a high population of leopards and bears among other animals, so venturing into the forest on your own is not recommended.
It is a place to enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of nature, the great Mountain View, and the clean unpolluted air.
Chatakpur is one of the best places to view the Kanchenjunga range. The mountain is at its full glory facing the village, from our Homestay you can watch Kanchenjunga even from the room or just outside from the balcony. An area is also a great place for bird lovers as it is home to a variety of birds. The village can be a great place to simply walk around and interact with the locals. Although the village receives more than a couple of thousand visitors every year, the villagers are not yet influenced too much by the tourists and are still practicing their natural lifestyle. The villagers, in general, are helpful and friendly toward the tourists.
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 woolen. The area on top of a hill is also 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.
Humro Home Chetan Homestay is located in the Upper Chatakpur area near Darjeeling. It is inside the Chatakpur forest. The village itself is on a ridge and the Chetan Homestay is among the highest homes in the village.
Being located on height has its advantages, the view of the mountain is best from Chetan Homestay and also the viewpoint on top of the hill is just a couple of minutes walk away. However, if your vehicle drops you at the bottom of the village, reaching here will entail walking up equivalent to a four-story building. The guests must keep this into consideration before booking our Homestay.
Mr Chetan Sherpa -
About Your Host
Chetan is a young gentleman. Educated in the town, he is soft-spoken but has a clear determination to make his Homestay the best. Chetan will come across as an intelligent person who is deeply rooted in his traditional home and culture, yet he is ready to reach the sky. Chetan with his mother serves guests who visit his Homestay.
No of Rooms
Chatakpur can be reached by one of the three main roads. One road originates on the Darjeeling-Kalimpong Takdah road at a place called 3rd mile and drives through the forests for about 12 km to reach Chatakpur.
The second road starts from Dilaram on the Kurseong – Darjeeling National Highway 110 and travels through the forest for about 14 km. The shortest route originates at Sonada on the National Highway 110 and covers 6 km to reach Chatakpur. The route to be taken will depend on the present condition of the road as well as where you are coming from. Once you have booked a Humro Home at Chatakpur, please clarify the travel plan with our experts as well. The shortest distance may not necessarily be the best or the easiest way to reach Chatakpur. Once you are in Chatakpur, just ask anyone about Humro Home Chetan Homestay and you will be able to locate the home easily as there are only 19 families living in this village.