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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind, gurgling springs, chirping birds, the varying shades of green and flowers dotting the landscape in every colour possible. This is what meets the eye at Mayal Lyang homestay.
When we planned our tour of north Sikkim, Dzongu was suggested by a discerning few as one of the must-see places. And we are glad we accepted that piece of advice.
No doubt we enjoyed our stay at Lachen and Lachung, but our stay at Mayal Lyang Homestay in Dzongu was easily the high point of our holiday.
We arrived at the homestay rather late on a dark rainy evening.
Gyatso Lepcha (who owns this place) and his family warmly welcomed us with cups of hot tea followed by a hot delicious dinner comprising of stinging nettle soup and other dishes hitherto unknown to us.
We were woken up early the next morning to birdsong and the gurgling of running water. At first we thought someone had left a tap running, but it turned out to be water from the numerous springs. “Mayal Lyang” means land blessed by God in the Lepcha language and it is truly so.
Blessed are the people and the flora-fauna of this land. We saw an amazing variety of exotic birds feasting undisturbed on the fruit trees around the homestay as well as on the short walks we went on. The very fact that the birds didn’t fly off upon our approach told us their existence has never been threatened by the local people.
The rooms at the homestay are neat and comfortable with wide beds and have sit- outs facing the path to the river. Rooms are not ensuite, but the three common bathrooms are clean.
Gyatso and his family made our stay very enjoyable. His mother even packed a bag of the juiciest home grown oranges for us for our onward journey. Every meal was something we looked forward to as they comprised new ingredients, sometimes picked from the wild. No dish was repeated. We found the people warm, generous and absolutely uninterested in commercialising the place.
Gyatso’s nephew Dorji accompanied us everywhere educating us on the different medicinal plants the Lepchas use. He accompanied us to the local monastery, where we shared delicious grapefruit with the monk in charge and his students. We also trekked up to a village across the newly formed Mantam lake to take a look at the Khangchendzonga mountain range.
Gyatso our host at Mayal Lyang spent a lot of time with us relating the Lepcha history and their fight to preserve this pristine region. There is a bookcase at the homestay full of books about Lepcha culture and history. The Lepchas are the indigenous people of Sikkim, truly in tune with nature, and seem to be a contented lot. In fact, there is a milestone just at the entrance to the homestay which reads “Happiness – 0 km”, and we did find happiness here.
The two nights we spent at Mayal Lyang were vastly insufficient to get our fill of this place and we definitely intend to go back for a longer stay.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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3  Thank Preeta J
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

Dzongu is a hidden treasure....lush green with some amazing hospitality provided by the ever friendly Lepcha people. The homestay is in the heart of Dzongu proiving you Lepcha cuisine which was made by the lady of the house !

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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2  Thank AnkitSoodTirthan
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

We recently visited this place during Christmas 2016 and this has been one of the most amazing places we have ever visited.

If you want to truely experience Sikkim, this is the place to visit. This is the essence of Sikkim packed in one place. Rest of the hotels and places we visited though beautiful, were tourist places. This felt like experiencing true Sikkim. Apart from natural beauty of the thick wall of forest as you look out of your room window, beautiful oranges hanging on the farm tree, mountains and sound of flowing river which is mesmerizing, true friendship we developed with Gyatso and Samsay was very very special.

Food made by Samsay everyday, along with variety of pickles she makes, was very tasty. Every evening we used to sit outside around bonfire with Chi and different guests and Gyatso and talk on various topics. It is an experience I would like to get every year!

If you are vising Sikkim mark this place as "must visit".

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
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2  Thank suwarnadatar
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Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

The mystical Land of Dzongu should not be missed on any trip to sikkim.
This is a laid back place with some amazing locales.
Down flows the mighty rongyoung river whose sound is therapeutic.
Want to see Kanchenjunga, forget pelling dzongu fulfills it.
There's a hot spring in the vicinity and yu get a steam bath for ₹20.
The biodiversity mesmerises yu everytime yu look at nature as far yu can see alpine forests and snow capped mountains but yu are staying in subtropical forests with orange trees all around.
And Also yu get to know about the indigenous people of the region - the Lepchas.
Gyotso doesnt fail to impress. He ignites a bonfire daily and also many conversations.
His wife, Samsey makes some amazing local foods and is a very sweet woman.
Their kids and pets also lighten up the place.
Special thanks to his 14 year old nephew Samdup for being our guide and companion and cheering us up all through our walks and hikes.
Land of Dzongu is an undiscovered heaven which should be there in your itinerary if yu are coming this side of the country.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled with friends
3  Thank TarunDS
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

While the natural beauty is amazing it is the hospitality of Gyatso & Samsay & the insight of the Lepcha culture that makes this so special. The rooms are comfortable, bathroom not ensuite but fine. If you want a true cultural experience that very few travelers to Indai experience, highly recommend.

Room Tip: end room by deck
  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank RLION51
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