Amazing Offbeat Stays Around Darjeeling
Specialty Retreats & Home Stays

 
 
What to expect 
If you are the type who loves to find a quaint tranquil place in the hills away from the commercial tourist hubs, like to be immersed in nature, understand life of people in the mountains, take garden fresh organic food, and be engrossed with the activities where the nature, people, flora &áfauna have all come together in a wonderful harmony, then Darjeeling surely has a treasure to offer. 
 
 
 
So what can you do in such offbeat stays around Darjeeling?  
 
Take a walk through the rolling tea gardens and see how tea is plucked by the garden workers, chat with them, or take a walking tour through a village and understand the locals &ávillage life more intimately, or take a nature walk, do bird watching and even experience the wildlife around. In the evening come back to your cozy lodge and enjoy the ethnic cultural music &ádance organized by the villagers around a bonfire as you have a glass of house wine.... 
 
You can enjoy to your heart's content some activities which are hard to find in our normal way of life. Can you imagine spending the afternoon sitting on a large rock and paddling on a natural mountain stream that flows underneath, or taking a swim by a tiny sandy beach that has formed next to a stream that flows by the side of a dense forest, or camping and having barbecue by the side of a river in exclusivity, or staying at a live farm &álearning to cook Nepali food, and all this while being surrounded by majestic mountains and breathtaking valleys?  
 
It's all possible in Darjeeling. All what you need is a little sense of adventure and some money in your kitty. I say money because some of these specialty stays are upscale offerings, although there are few that do offer budget options as well.  
 
 
Picture Source: Glenburn 
 
The ones which are upscale, have focussed on the details and converted old planter's houses or heritage bungalows to wonderful boutique accommodations while retaining the old colonial charm. They do take you to a different world. However do not expect them to be like a star hotel offering all the latest amenities and professional services. They are not meant to be the same although most offer amenities and luxury designed to blend with the settings and are enough even for luxury class travelers. But some wont provide in-room TVs and internet access to break the natural tranquility. 
 
Indicative Rates 
The rates in the upscale plantation retreats range from 3-star equivalent tariff and in some cases going as high as 4-star resort rates. However in some places, villagers and garden workers offer village home stays and farm stays along with homemade food. They are far cheaper but nice &áclean giving a good budget or mid-range option. These tea garden homestays are offered at affordable budget rates. 
 
Some Tea Retreats offer all inclusive rates that include airport/station transfers, sightseeing, garden tours, all meals, snacks &átea etc. Being in offbeat places, in general you won't have much options other than to go by their food and offerings. 
 
Great Offbeat Places &áStays 
Whatever may be your budget, it can be a great idea to combine your Darjeeling visit with one of such offbeat places to soak in the nature and be in a state of tranquil bliss before returning to your routine life. It works as a great energizer for me. Most of such places that I have discovered over the years, are only short distances away from Darjeeling town center. They can be easily reached by a car in 1 or 2 hours drive through scenic routes. You can also directly reach these places from Bagdogra airport or NJP railway station. Most of them are 2 to 3 hours drive from there. 
 
 
 
Plan at least couple of nights in such a place. One night stay is not good enough to make justice to the exotic offerings of these places. Keep in mind that if you plan to leave by flight from Bagdogra, you need to check out in the first half as most flights depart by early afternoon. So the day of the departure is virtually of no use. 
 
Here are some of those great offbeat stays around Darjeeling. They include farm houses, home stays, tea plantation retreats and such. They all offer great nature's treat and some even the authentic aura of the British colonial time. Visit the links to get details including contacts to make your bookings. 
 
Stay
Category
Location / Description
 
 
 
 
Budget 
Mid-Range 
Upscale 
Several tea estates in Darjeeling district offer fabulous stay in their bungalows that let you take a glimpse of tea garden life, villages, culture and nature surrounding it.
 
 
Budget 
Mid Range
A beautiful small hamlet 28kms from Darjeeling once used to be a cantonment area for British officers during colonial days. Enjoy tea gardens, pine &ácedar forest walk, great views of mountains, orchids, heritage home stay &ámore.
Budget 
(Homestays  
and Tents) 
A quiet and serene village 23kms from Darjeeling with a vast beautiful roadside garden, great views of Kanchenjunga peaks &árivers, nature trails etc.
 
 
Budget
A calm and quiet village at an altitude of about 5800 ft, 32kms from Darjeeling and offering wonderful view of the majestic Kanchenjunga and the Himalayan range.
 
Budget 
(Home Stay and Forest RH)
A sleepy hamlet. Highest point of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary and full of animal &ábird life, and great views. 1.5 hours from NJP. 
 
 
 
 
Budget
A beautiful village at the foothill of Singalila National Park and having a mountain stream passing through it. A paradise for nature lovers.
 
 
Budget
A small hamlet at 9,600ft with lovely views of Kanchenjuna. About 3 hours from Darjeeling. Requires 4-wheel drive vehicle from Manebhanjan.
 
 
 
 
Budget / Mid Range
Summit of Singalila Range and also of state of West Bengal located at an altitude of 12,000ft. Offers sweeping views of 4 of the 5 highest peaks of the world including Everest and Kanchenjunga. About 5.5 hours from Darjeeling. Requires 4-wheel drive vehicle from Manebhanjan.
 
Budget 
Mid-Range 
A lake, forest and wonderful views of Kanchenjunga in a quiet tranquil place. Takes little over 1hr from Darjeeling.
 
 
Budget
About 2.5 hours from Darjeeling, a place with lush jungle and wonderful views in a quiet and serene ambience.
 
 
Budget
19kms from Darjeeling (takes about 45 minutes by car). A great place for nature lovers and honeymooners. Excellent views of Kanchenjunga.
 
 
Mid-Range
A serene tranquil hamlet with amazing flora &áfauna. It's 1.5 hours drive from Darjeeling Town.
 
 
 
Budget
A small eco village in the wilderness with great views of Kanchenjunga, and forests full of wildlife and birds. Located 1 hour 30 minutes from Darjeeling, 80kms from NJP.
Budget
Located in Kalimpong block. Enjoy forests and great views of Kanchenjunga.
Budget/ Mid Range
About one hour drive from Lava, take safaris for wildlife and bird watching.
 
 
Budget
A small sleepy hamlet at 8,500ft meant for nature lovers with stunning views of vast stretch of Himalayan range. About 4 hours from Darjeeling via Kalimpong.
 
 
Mid-Range 
(Farm Stay) 
A village in Mineral Spring (Lebong), 1hr from Darjeeling. A working farm with cottages and luxury tents.
 
 
Mid-Range 
(Farm Stay)
Soreng, 1 hr 20 minutes from Darjeeling, about 2.5 hrs from NJP. Live farm with many fruits and vegetable plantations.
 
 
Mid-Range 
(Farm Stay) 
Gorubathan, about 2 hrs from Darjeeling and NJP. Live farm - garden fresh organic vegetables. Take part in programs like farming activities, art &ácraft, learning simple living, cooking Nepali food, etc.
 
Karmi Farm
Mid-Range 
(Farm Stay) 
 
Kolbong (close to Bijanbari), 3 hrs from Darjeeling.
 
 
 
Visitors' Reviews/Comments 
 
Arindam Sinha (June 2017) 
Hi Raj, It was your website that had helped me a lot when I went to Darjeeling last time in 2015. Thank you for that. This time I would like to go to some place near to Darjeeling where it would be less commotion and crowd. I learnt about Takdah from your site. I am also considering Rangbull. It could well be Chota Mangwa. I am in a fix and cannot estimate the cost and nature of communication to Darjeeling town or other places. It would be very nice of you if you kindly usher some light on this side of Darjeeling tourism. I know that you have already incorporated these places in your website. But I would request you to discuss a bit more extensively on these places. Loved to be an avid reader of your pages! Truly yours, 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) June 2017 
Hi, did you check this page on transports and fares between Darjeeling and other destinations? Particularly the topic on 'Taxi/Bus fares from Darjeeling'? 
 
Priyam Roy (February 2017) 
Dabapani is historically an important area since the date of establishment of the town of Darjeeling. Water of Dabapani spring was healthy and worked as medicine for stomach even to the Britishers. Hence Daba which means medicine significantly named the village Dabapani. Though on the way we faced a foggy whether, arriving at Dabapani, we enjoy the clear sky with gorgeous Kanchenjunga. 
 
What is notable is that this is the place where you will notice an orange orchard. Crores of orange are there in every branches of the trees. Therefore we got busy with our cameras. After roaming in the orchard we returned to Resort in the evening after watching a spectacular sun-set. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) February 2017 
Thanks for sharing your experience in Dabaipani. The subdivision is popularly known as Mineral Springs (English version of Dabaipani). There is a lovely organic farmhouse called Tathagata Farm in Aapbotay - a village in Dabaipani subdivision of Darjeeling. 
 
PNS Nair (August 2016) 
Namasthe.. I am a senior citizen wanting to visit Darjeeling , Siliguri and other important places. After a stay of 3 nights in Darjeeling I want to stay in a place away from the city which is close to the nature ...which will is very scenic. I look forward moderately priced accommodation with food facility. Could you please help me with information and also please guide me. I plan to visit in the first week of October 2016 , total duration of stay being 15 days.. áThank you in advance... Regards. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) August 2016 
You can consider Saino Heritage Lodge (actually a homestay) which can offer lovely views of tea gardens a and mountain landscapes (but not Kanchenjunga snow peaks though). The owner's family is nice, will extend all help and offer good homemade food. The rooms are also nice with all basic facilities. You can also make some local sightseeing tours, and they can arrange everything for you. You can get full information of the place &ástay in my website. Here is the link. Since you are planning several days of stay, a Darjeeling Tourism Card can help a lot in saving, both in lodging and transport. Take a look at it on my site. Regards, 
 
Avijit Banerjee (July 2016) 
Hi Raj, As per your advice in the web, I had a splendid tour to Darjeeling during last May2016.Extremely greatful to you Sir. I am again obsessed to visit the place but with some offbeat tour. Your Takdah, Tinchule and Lamhatta is an excellent day trip but i wish some more from you. I wish to go to: 
1.Kalimpong to loleygaon to Charkhole and back to kalimpong. Is it a possible for a day trip. Which is a better place Lava or Charkhole in terms of natural beauty of kanchenjangha? 
2.While returning to NJP form Kalimpong on way how can i utilise maximum to view tourist spots.Is there áany place where I can stop. Actually the check out time is 1200 noon. and the train is around 8.00pm, the time in between is a waste(only 21/2 hrs required for coming to NJP). I am eagerly waiting for an answer Sir. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) July 2016 
Hi, you can make a day trip to Loleygaon and Charkhole, but what will you do at Charkhole. There is only a budget resort out there and you can't hang around unless you have a booking. Kanchenjunga view from Charkhole is excellent. Check out at 12 doesn't mean that you need to start for NJP immediately. You can check out, keep your luggage and do your day sightseeing at Kalimpong. There is nothing much along the way unless you take a detour at Kalijhora for places like Takdah or Lamahatta. 
 
Shreyasi (June 2016) 
Mr. Raj, The site is highly informative. Asking for your suggestions on a 3days tour to Darjeeling from 11th June to 14th/15th June'16 with my family of 3. we are beating our heads where to go near around Darjeeling like chattakpur, lepchajagat, tinchuley, chota mangwa or any other place suggested by you as we would like to spend only a night at Darjeeling. I am quite anxious about the monsoon &áweather conditions since i'm travelling with my 3year old. Your guidance will be highly appreciated. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) June 2016 
It depends on what you like and what your budget is. On a lower budget, you can consider Lamahatta as it has a nice eco garden where kids can play around plus good views on clear days. You can make a trip to Tinchuley and Takdah from Lamahatta through Peshoke tea gardens (half day) if you like. 
 
Arghya Das (January 2016) 
How to reach daragaon by shared or fully reserved transportation? how much are charges? 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) January 2016 
From NJP you can take a taxi and go up to Teesta bazaar area, from there a dirt road of 8kms leads up to Daragaon Heritage Bungalow (Dara Eco Village in Kalimpong subdivision). Fares can vary as this is is not on a standard route (expect around Rs. 1500 for a reserved large vehicle). 
 
Sharmistha (December 2015) 
Hi Raj, Me and my friend (both women) plan to travel to NJP next week for 2 nights and 3 days. We are beating our head over which place to choose. We have already been to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Lepchajagat, Dooars, Lava/Lolegyaon, we now want to visit some new place not very far from NJP (travel within 3-4 hours max, lesser the better) We are looking for a peaceful rejuvenation of our souls, a place that would be safe for 2 women travelers and in the lap of nature, with view of the majestic mountains where we can touch the clouds. Please can you suggest a place and a hotel/homestay for the same? 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) December 2015 
You can consider Auks Farm or Petrichor ... go through my reviews under Offbeat Stays. 
 
Krishna Kuntal Basu (November 2015) 
Dear Mr. Bhattacharya, Congratulations for such a wonderfully informative site on every nook and corner in Darjeeling. We are planning a trip to Bagora during December-end this year &ástay for a couple of days at the FRH, Bagora. I shall be highly obliged if you kindly let me know reg. the possibility of birding during our visit there. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) November 2015 
Bagora is a good place for birding. Take the trail towards Chimney village. 
 
Avijit (November 2015) 
Dear Raj, I did already like your such wonderful site !! surely will share with friends!! I'm an avid wildlifer with an interest for Avifauna! Any input on Rangeet Majuwa? can I make Chatakpur for one night? 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) November 2015 
If wildlife and birding are your interests, then consider Latpanchar (there is a new road via Dilaram, Bagora near Kurseong ... will take about 3 hours from Aranya Baas - Rangeet Majua, but getting down to NJP via Teesta would take less than 2 hours), or Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary FRH at Sukna. Chatakpur is also okay (not much wildlife though but forested, the road via Ghum should now be open, check before you go). 
 
If you decide on Latpanchar, you can contact at Padam Gurung's lodge and ask for a good guide if you like to venture into the forest. It's an open forest without any formal entry (after about 5kms walk from the main village) and therefore should not be ventured alone. 
 
Aranya Baas (in Rangeet Majuwa) is good for nature lovers. Basic accommodations but nice... Target the Tree House if you can. Explore Singalila National Park from there. The 4kms road from Manebhanjan is not good. 
 
Madhur Kumar Jain (August 2015) 
Dear Raj, Need your assistance. I am travelling to Sikkim and Gangtok from 12 Nov to 21 Nov 2015. We are a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children-ages 6 and 12). My trip is divided into 2 phases. We intend to visit Sikkim first. Besides Gangtok, I intend to visit Ravangla and Pelling. Based on info available on various websites I intend to cover following places: a) Temi Tea Gardens b) Samudruptse c) Khecheopelri Lake d) Singshore Bridge 
Could you suggest some other off beat places of natural beauty in the Ravangla-Pelling sector. I shall stay in Darjeeling for 3 nights. I intend to cover the Zoo, Toy Train and Ghum Monastry and intend to return to Bagdogra via Mirik and Pashpathi Market. Could you suggest some other off beat places of natural beauty in and around Darjeeling. Thank you for your help 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) August 2015 
Your Pelling part is okay. You will be only about 15 minutes (7kms) from Namchi when you visit Samudruptse. So don't miss out on Char Dham (Namchi Rock Garden will be on the way... many stairs to negotiate though). If you are taking Peshok road from Gangtok to Darjeeling, then you can visit Lamahatta on the way. Nice landscaped garden. If you are coming to Darjeeling from Pelling via Jorthang, then Jamuni by Rangeet river is a nice place to halt for a while. The place is still under development, but the overall scenery is nice. Depending on time you have, visit Orchid Center and Rungli Rungliot tea gardens from Darjeeling... it'll be a half day trip if you start early.  
 
Raff (June 2015) 
Hi Raj, We are 2 female travellers who wish to spend 3 days at Darjeeling and want a day of adventure and rest to some offbeat stays and activities much closer with nature. Planning to travel sometime June 8th 2015. we'll be 
reaching Bagdogra airport. we just need some way forward which I believe u can help us with. Thanks 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) June 2015 
Hi, here are some suggestions: 
Day1: Go for kayaking and camping by the river side. Visit this link for details. 
Day2 &á3: Stay at a farm house like Tathagata Farm in Lebong area (about one hour from Darjeeling) or Auks Farm in Soreng (about 3 hours from Bagdogra). Both are working farms cultivating organic vegetables and crops. You can participate in the farming activities, take nature treks, go for village walks or fishing etc. In both you have the option of staying in huts or glam camps (tents). 
 
A K Guha (May 2015) 
I have planned a tour of 6 nights starting 12th june from NJP. My choice of places are chatakpur and tinchulay. In addition I would like you to suggest a 3rd place between rangbull/ chota mangwa/ lepchajagat. I want to stay 2 nights each at those places or should I wait for your suggestion? i want to book in this week itself. u may feel free to advise as per your experience regarding the geography and climatic conditions. Thanks and regards 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) May 2015 
Although Chota Mangwa would be close to Tinchuley, Rangbull would be good to explore (Rainbow Valley Resort at Rangbull, Kalej Valley Tea Estate). 2 nights at each place is okay. Note that the road to Chatakpur from Bagora onwards is horrible and so is the road from Rangbull more to the resort (about 5kms). You will need a Scorpio/Sumo type vehicle for Chatakpur. Your sequence should be Tinchuley, Rangbull and then Chatakpur or in the reverse order. 
 
Dr. Ranjana Tibrewal (May 2015) 
Hi Raj, We were planning a weekend getaway to an offbeat stay----would a 2 night stay at Rishop in end May be a good choice. We want a quiet stay with clear view of mountains including Kanchenjungha. Hope you can find time to answer our query. Best wishes, 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) May 2015 
Yes, Rishyap or even Neora Valley National Park (Jungle amp) is a good place to unwind and spend some quiet time with nature and views. But roads are bad to both. You need a large vehicle like a scorpio. 
 
Shankhajit Srimani (April 2014) 
Hi Raj, First of all... a big thumbs up for envisaging such a wonderful website with great content and info. Actually I am planning for 1 week quiet vacation with my wife and 3 yr old child during the last week of September this year. I want to stay in off-beat location but provision of basic facilities should be there and most importantly, I need to see Kanchenjunga from my bed or outside my room from the places I would be staying. Can you please suggest if a plan for 2 night stay at Chota Mangwa followed by 3 nights at Tinchuley would be a good choice. I would like to be at a higher altitude with great views of Kanchenjunga to enjoy the cold. Please provide your suggestions. Regards 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) April 2014 
Hi, Chota Mangwa and Tinchuley are good choices for quiet stay and Kanchenjunga views. 
 
Shekhar Trivedi (April 2014) 
Hi Raj, I along with my family would love to spend a few days in hills where the stay will be adjacent to a hilly river, absolutely lonely and complete sound of silence except that of the river flow. Can you pl suggest the stay along with fooding and lodging. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) April 2014 
Hi, You can consider the cottage by the river side at Glenburn Tea estate. You can see pictures and details on my website. 
 
Sunit Ghosh (April 2014) 
We are 5 families with 11 adults &á5 childrens. We want to visit Palmajua &áany other place in May end. 
1) Do you feel Palmajua will be a great tourist destination for tourist like us? We like off beat destinations around Darjeeling and as we are having a big team, we will definitely prefer spending 4 days in the nature &áin some calm, quite place. Just to give you an idea of our test, I would like to say that in last October, we visited Tinchuley, Chatakpur &áJorpokhri &áwe liked Chatakpur the most. 
2) If we spent 2 days in Palmajua, then for another 2 days where we can go? Please suggest. We don't want to travel much because it will spoil our 1 day of this short tour. We are surfing a) Lepchajagat, b) Pedong. Atleast where we can get good rooms with attached bath &áall facilities along with small trekking trails. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) April 2014 
Palmajua is a small mountain village. You should like it. A logical place to go from here is Srikhola ... further up and the last point up to which a Jeep can go on this route.  
 
Rupa Chatterjee (March 2014) 
Hi Raj, I am planning to visit Sikkim &áDarjeeling in last week of March with my family. I went to Darjeeling several time but this time I want to stay close to nature. Kindly suggest from which place we can enjoy the view of Kanchanjanga river Teesta &átea estate within budget. I am little bit confused between Chota Mangwa &áTinchuley. Please also suggest which of the above one would be nearest from Gangtok &áDarjeeling since I would be coming from Gangtok. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2014 
Hi, you can choose any of the two. They are close to each other (short driving distance between the two) and both offer great views of Kanchenjunga, tea gardens and Teesta. So choose the place which you personally like better from my reviews. From Gangtok, Chota Mangwa would be little shorter but that should not be a consideration. You can also consider Takdah located close to Tinchuley. Go through my review of Takdah. 
 
Atanu Bhattacharya (November 2013) 
Dear Raj, we 14 male colleagues from kolkata aged between 45 to 55 are willing to visit Tumling for two days on 10th &á11th January if accessible by car, thus require your suggestions that whether it will be wise to choose Tumling at that time since Sikhar Lodge has no electric connection there. We have already talked to Masterji (Manebhanjan) and got some idea about the cost of staying &áfooding, which is within our budget and also inquired about home stay at Makaibari village through link provided by you which is also within our budget ( Rs-600.00 per head per day lodging + 3 meals ). But other than those can you please suggests any other location within our budget if Tumling is not suitable. WE ARE NATURE LOVERS want to stay far from crowd with snow peaks, forests &árivers in view with hot water and cleanliness only as amenities. With thanks, 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com, August 2013) 
Tumling is not a good idea in January. It'll be freezing cold out there and service will also be limited. While I have discussed several places under 'offbeat stays', one place that you may look into is Palmajua. 
 
Mousumi Choudhury Maity (August 2013) 
Hello Mr. Bhattacharya, I'm Mousumi from Kolkata. I'm in love with Darjeeling since I paid my first visit as a teen there. I've visited Darjeeling quite a few times and can't stop the smile whenever I think or talk about her or just call her by the name. I've got married this year.I love this place so much that last November I celebrated my last maiden vacation in Darjeeling. I've always dreamt to go and spend few special moments in Darjeeling with the one I love. Now when my chances are closer I'm bit confused. How can I make my trip special for my dearest Husband.... 
 
I'm not a person who loves hopping around. I want to make a trip for 7 days and want to stay 3 to 4 days in Darjeeling. I desire to spend the rest of the days anywhere close to nature. I have gone through all the options that you have provided and "Off Beat Stays" has drawn my attention. I visited all the sites that you have mentioned. Glenburn Tea Estate is awesome but surely out of my budget. Couldn't get the approximate rate of Goomtee Tea Estate. How about Chota Mangwa? I guess it is a budget friendly place. So which one will be the ideal for me considering my passion and my budget as well!!! Please suggest. And if something else would make my trip worth in stead of going to tea estates don't forget to mention that too. 
 
Will be looking forward for your precious suggestions and will buy tickets after having it :) Thanks for providing such a lovely website... With regards... 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com, August 2013) 
Hello Mousumi, I think you have the right places in mind. From budget perspective, tea gardens will be a bit expensive as they offer all inclusive packages (except Makaibari which has homestay option, but may not be suitable for a trip like this). You can call up the Goomtee Tea Estate local office at Kolkata and take an estimate. But 7 days stay will turn out to be quite heavy. Usually people stay in tea gardens for 2 - 3 nights. Chota Mangwa is a good selection for a budget stay. You can also consider Lamahatta. 
 
Rajiv Kumar (May 2013) 
Dear Raj, hi I am planning to visit Darjeeling in the month of July first week with my wife and kids (6 &á5 yrs). I will be coming from Patna by train and want to stay in Darjeeling may be for 2 days after that I want you to suggest any place which is in heart of nature, quiet and away from the crowd where my kids can enjoy with nature and would like to spend 2 days there. I will be getting down at new Jalpaiguri station. What you suggest, I should go for the off beat stay before or should I directly go to Darjeeling and then plan accordingly? I have seen the first photograph in your offbeat stay section (wooden house built on some height with river flowing by side) can you suggest me which place is that and how to get there. I will be much thankful if you can reply me. Thanks in advance for suggestion. Take care, Rajiv 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com, May 2013) 
The picture you see in offbeat stay page is in Glenburn Tea Estate. You will find a link on the page for a full description of the estate. But it is expensive and they offer all-inclusive package including station/airport pickup &ádrop, room, food, garden tour, activities etc. Call them up and talk to them to see if you can afford it. Otherwise choose a place like Chota Mangwa (also included in the section). 
 
PS: How you like to sequence the places (Darjeeling then an offbeat place or the other way round) is up to you. Generally people prefer Darjeeling first and then a quieter place to finish off the vacation being closer to the nature. 
 
Avijit Ganguly (April 2013) 
Sir, I'm an avid wildlifer and nature lover. I love places which are tranquil and far away from tourist hustle bustle. Last year I stayed in Bagora FRH. I loved the place for its serenity. Can you please give me information regarding Palmajua and how to book the FRH there? also other remote and tranquil forested places around Darjeeling Dist Sir? Thanks in advance, sincere regards. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com, April 2013) 
Hello, There is a trek route from Rimbik which goes via Palmajua. It's at an altitude of about 7,200 ft. and about 14kms from Rimbik. The trek route goes all the way to Maneybhanjan via Deorally and Batasia. So while coming from NJP, you will need to come via Manebhanjan. The Kanchenjunga view from Palmajua is one of the best that you can get from this part of Darjeeling Hills. Like all other Forest Rest Houses, the one at Palmajua can also be booked through the department of forestry, West Bengal. They can also tell you about the possible transport options. Regards, 
 
Biswajit Pal (August 2012) 
Dear Raj, A great impartial site with minute details. Thanks for getting all data we need for planning. I am planning to visit Darjeeling during 2nd week of Dec'12 with my wife &á6 years daughter, want to stay at Jorephokri, Chatakpur , Tinchulay/ Chota Mangwa &áa Tea garden bungalow. Please suggest me , which one will be better for 2 days - Tinchulay or Chota Mangwa. I need to stay mid budget tea garden bungalow. Please suggest. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) August 2012 
Both Chota Mangwa and Tinchuley are great places, and close to each other. Since you are travelling with your kid, Chota Mangwa may be a better option because there is a small resort there (called Darjeeling Blossom) with all amenities including food. Check out the article on Chota Mangwa. You can book directly by calling them up or through a tour operator. 
 
Tea Garden stays in Darjeeling are in general quite expensive except for few. For budget accommodation, you can try the home stays offered by the garden workers of Makaibari Tea Estate. The amenities are decent including food, western toilets etc., but you will need to stay in the same house with the family. There are options for private homestay also in Makaibari, but they are a little further away from the garden. The villagers/workers will arrange for all the garden activities. Other good options (mid scale) are Goomtee Tea Estate or Selim Hill Tea Estate in Kurseong area. But they will be more expensive than the Makaibari home-stay. You will get links to all these tea estates along with contact information in my website. Hope this helps! 
 
Bhuban Mohan Mishra (August 2012) 
Dear Raj, ...We used to visit hill every year with friends for 3-4 days during 23-25th December. So, please suggest a good spot near Ghum/Chota Mangwa where 35 people's accommodation can be arranged. We need a good place with a good view of mountains and with specious area. Not required in city side, if you can arrange for any tea bungalow that is also preferable. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com, August 2013) 
Dear Bhuban, I don't operate or mediate any tours... I am a travel writer, so do not make travel or lodging arrangements. I can only make suggestions to my website readers. It is difficult to find accommodation for 35 people together in off beat places. Even Glenburn Tea estate which has recently expanded its lodging, will not be able to accommodate so many at a time. Also note that the Tea Estates usually offer only packages (inclusive of pickup/drop, food, some activities &áentertainment etc) and that can turn out to be quite expensive. I don't know what your budgets are. 
 
One option in Ghoom is the Sterling Resorts. It has large number of rooms and cottages, most offering nice mountain views. They have in-house restaurant and other amenities. However during high time (like the Christmas time as in your case), it can easily get full, crowded and the service may degrade. Check out Sterling Resorts Darjeeling for details.