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5 April 2021 | 4 min read

Handpicked Homestays in Darjeeling for you

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Darjeeling , located in the Himalayan foothills, has the magnificent Mt Kanchenjunga as its backdrop. Summer months from April to June are the best time to visit Darjeeling. Darjeeling has a rich cultural heritage and one of the best ways to truly immerse yourself and get an authentic experience is by staying in a homestay. A homestay in Darjeeling will give you a chance to stay in a family home where travellers either have completely separate quarters or share a house with a local family. To witness the local lifestyle up-close is one reason we travel, and by opting for a homestay in Darjeeling, you can make sure of that. So, if you belong to the breed of travel are looking for an authentic, in-depth travelling experience, here are some fantastic options for Darjeeling homestays.

1. Happy Valley Homestay

Happy Valley Homestay  – Live More Zone

Away from the hustle and bustle of the main town and a few kilometres from Tiger Hill is one of the most popular homestays in Darjeeling, Happy Valley Homestay. It is very easily accessible with the main bus/taxi stand located just half a kilometre away.

This amazing homestay in Darjeeling is fully equipped with modern amenities such as Wi-Fi (which is free), beautiful private rooms, and even a restaurant where you can try delectable local as well as continental cuisine. They also offer bike rentals and have sufficient parking space. The Tamang family are exceptional hosts, and with their keen attention to detail, they are sure to make your Darjeeling homestay experience a memorable one!

Cost: Rs 800 onwards

Distance from the nearest airport: The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport which is 80 kilometres away from this stunning Darjeeling homestay.

2. Nestle Homestay

Nestle Homestay  – Live More Zone

Nestle Homestay is the ideal cosy homestay situated amidst the serene mountains and offers its guests peace and tranquillity with its stunning views. Although it is tucked away amidst nature, this Darjeeling homestay is strategically located.

It is within walking distance of the main town and many tourist attractions such as Happy Valley Tea Garden and the Botanical Gardens. This quaint homestay in Darjeeling provides free Wi-Fi, fresh home-cooked meals, and also has a mini library and fun indoor games. The retired couple that owns this Darjeeling homestay, the Pradhans, are hot hosts, and they genuinely make the Nestle Homestay a home away from home.

Cost: Rs 1500 onwards

Distance from nearest airport: The closest airport is Bagdogra airport which is about 40 kilometres away, and this excellent homestay also provides an airport shuttle if booked in advance.

3. Singell Homestay

Singell Homestay  – Live More Zone

Singell Homestay, perched on a high elevation of approximately 5,000 feet above sea level on a charming tea estate and surrounded with bountiful flora, is the ideal homestay in Darjeeling. Its beautiful location makes it suitable for travellers who are looking for peace and quiet away from city life. Although the rooms are very basic, you will get to witness local life living with the very friendly hosts, Lathika and Aruna.

The hosts are incredibly welcoming, and the whole experience is enriched with their inclusive and warm nature. They prepare the food, and you are always welcome to join them for mealtimes. They also arrange local tours of tea gardens and factories. Don’t miss out on the chance to live like a local in this one-of-a-kind Darjeeling homestay.

Cost: Rs 1,000 onwards

Distance from nearest airport: This charming homestay is just 25 kilometres from Bagdogra airport and is easily accessible as it is only a few kilometres away from Kurseong. 

4. Makaibari Tea Estate Homestay

Makaibari Tea Estate Homestay – Live More Zone

If you would like to taste the tea estate life and experience one of the best village homestays in Darjeeling, then Makaibari Tea Estate Homestay is the perfect place for you. A few villagers and tea garden workers decided to extend their homes to tourists and they are very gracious hosts who make you feel like a part of their family.

The rooms are comfortable and guests are served scrumptious traditional food made from fresh local organic produce. Staying in this fantastic village, Darjeeling’s homestay allows you to get a sneak peek into hardworking garden tenders’ daily life, which is a rare experience. So choose this excellent homestay in Darjeeling to experience the charm of rural life.

Cost: Rs 800

Distance from nearest airport: This quaint village homestay in Darjeeling is located 22 kilometres from Bagdogra airport.

So the next time you are planning a trip , make sure to opt for one of these fantastic Darjeeling homestays. A homestay experience gives you a chance to interact with locals who welcome you into their homes and lives and help you understand the culture, history, and beauty of a place and that is a priceless experience. So, get a head start on your Darjeeling travel plans and head to digibank  by DBS for amazing travel offers!

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