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Reviewed 30 September 2015

Great place to stay. Close to Nature and a great sustainable initiative by Gyatso Lepcha. Gives a true experience of homestay in serene Dzongu. Highly recommended for those who can connect to nature and wish to spend a peaceful time.

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

Stayed here for 6 nights and wanted to stay here for ever! Gyatso and his wife Samsay are top class hosts and they know what they are doing. Young Kalzang is their local guide related to Gyatso.Just make friends with Kalzang and he will take you out for local adventures. There are many local places to visit, but during my 6 days stay I did not go to many places. Spent a lot of time exploring the village and meeting people. The Lepchas are simple and wonderful people with a natural, everlasting smile on their faces. One can spend days on the river bank below and if you are lucky you can catch Brown trout in season. You can also go and teach in the local school. Your services are more than welcome. Otherwise laze around with your favorite book and if you brought a pair of binocs- this is a birder's and butterflies paradise. Samsay is an excellent cook. Her Wild Orchid dish is out of the world!

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled solo
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1  Thank Maltmaniac
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Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

River below. Sit there alone for hours. Trek upto natural got springs and dip yourself there.. trek again to the waterfalls (carry a swimsuit) and be the under them. Carry an umbrella for the rainy season. And really warm clothes for the winter. Small comfy rooms to stay in and nature all around. Gyatso and his family to have conversations with and drink che and eat organic home cooked food.

Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
3  Thank Malini_Leo
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Reviewed 7 June 2015 via mobile

Samsay and Gyatso really open up their home and lives to absolute strangers with a lot of trust and affection. We were there for two nights; part of the time it was raining really hard so we just sat in the extremely scenic sitting area and watched the clouds float in and out while Samsay took care of our food and drink.
Her home made local alcohol is fabulous. I don't eat wheat and Samsay took care to feed me none of that and yet keep up the variety in what she served.
It was illuminating to learn about the Lepcha struggle against Hydel projects in the region from Gyatso.
The day we left, it was raining hard and instead of letting us wait for our ride, they were kind enough to give us a lift out of the Reserve on their way to Gangtok.
It's a beautiful place with hikes across mountains and peaceful naps by the riverside, all within easy reach.

Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
Thank oddends
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Reviewed 6 June 2015 via mobile

It is indeed a beautiful setting. A playground for the clouds,where little walks lead to rivers and waterfalls and great hikes all around. Its just as good if you choose to do none of these things and just sit on the porch and admire the view from sunrise to sun set and beyond.

Just admire the rains , the flora, the birds, pet the friendly old dog, see the baba Ramdev improvisations of D (the daughter) chit chat with samsay about food, the surrounding vegetation etc.etc.

We mostly remained strapped to the property as it was raining heavily.

Samsay is a great cook she can cook traditional dishes of the land and also perform interesting twists on them. She also has knowledge of traditional farming methods and can tell you when to tend to which plant , how and other details during different seasons.

She makes her own alcohol, she grows and ferments her own foods, plucks them from her garden and other wild surroundings and cooks and serves them to you. She is indeed a one woman army in the kitchen.

I would suggest not to demand spicy food or certain versions of food you are used to eating and instead sample the original flavors as it is cooked in the households of the locals by samsay.

Let them know beforehand if there are things that you might be allergic to eating. They are very accommodating.

They have a nice room for watching films.

They are very caring hosts.

Stop worrying about Size of bed , non availability of attached bathroom , timings for dinner and breakfast and just follow their lead.

Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
1  Thank anindyaroy2015
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