Meeting and interacting with the locals is the essence of travel without this travel is meaningless , and the way to do is to live with them in their homes .
We found Mayal lyang Homestay when surfing the net for an ideal homestay where we could experienced the Lepcha way of life,their simplicity, their customs, their food,their aspirations their love for nature and after reading their website our decision was made.
Mayal lyang homestay is a home of Gyatso and Samsay Lepcha which they willingly share with people like us . It is in a valley tucked away far down from the main road, walled one side with mountains, a gushing river and greenery all over, all one hears is the sound of gushing water and birds chirping. The rooms are simple comfortable and clean,most of the rooms have the view of the mountains . Mayallyang is spread out with many sit outs where one can spend time reading, connecting with other guests and talking to Samsay and Gyatso who are very kind with their time enlightening us about Dzongu .
We looked forward to the meals because every breakfast was different , every lunch and dinner was different , the menus were well chosen and balanced and the most importantly every dish was well prepared and tasty. We were able to taste a lot of the Lepcha food, in the four days of our stay, most of the vegetables were from the garden,organically grown and the pickles and jams were home made with the produce from the farm. Samsay is a great chef!
There is so much to do , to see and to experience.One visit is not enough, got to come back.
I have put together some photographs that will hopefully convey the essence of the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the local culture up-close. Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the locals of Dzongu, the Lepchas, by living as a part of their family. Hike, trek, eat organic food, meditate, angle ... find peace at Dzongu. ... more less