Anindita (September 2021)
I stumbled upon your well researched and informative blog on my quest for budget friendly homestays to do a brief workcation from. Thank you for putting together this very helpful blog. Covid has restricted our options and the homestays you have mentioned are very ideal for working professionals looking for some peace and quiet while at the same time being able to work comfortably.
Varun Pratap Singh (June 2021)
Hi Raj, Thanks a lot for this beautiful blog on Darjeeling in Monsoon, as we all know due to Covid situation, tourism is on a hault, but by this coming July of 2021 I think the cases would be decreasing a lot. I was thinking to book an air bnb for the month of July till first week of August, so that I can work on my job there while enjoying my favourite season.
My only concern is about electricity cuts during this season, would I be able to cope and work on my laptop as well? Also do you have any cheap and well connected place in mind, I have chosen Petrichor's Backpacker Pad for now. Your response would be really helpful, thanks!
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) June 2021
Hi, I like Sweta's original Petrichor farm stay which is in Gorubathan area and I have covered that in detail on my website... but that is not exactly a low budget option. This one is in a congested area adjacent to the station... I don't quite like the location, plus the fact that the rooms are really tiny, although clean and simple. Pricewise-, it's very cheap though.
You can look into Pahari Soul... a nice cosy homestay run by Sushmita (see my article)... it's located near Dali Monastery, 2kms before Darjeeling station and above the main Hill Cart Road. It has great views and the rooms are much better. You can easily take a shared taxi (Rs. 20) to go to the main town. It's a much costlier accommodation, but around July there won't be any tourists, so you can negotiate the rates and for a month's stay, you should get an attractive rate.
Another option is 'Springfield Stay'... run by a local couple, located 1km before the station and right on Hill Cart Road. They have 3 small 1BHK apartments, two with kitchens. Good view from the balcony. Shared taxi takes Rs. 15 to drop you to the town.
Power cuts do happen but prolonged electricity cuts are not common... so if you have your laptop always charged up, you should not have much problems. However, wherever you stay, check with the homestay owner about the internet connectivity... mainly which ISP is the best for the location and accordingly prepare to buy a USB dongle... you will get only 3G connection and connectivity is not quite consistent in Darjeeling, but manageable.
Subhamoy Ghosh (March 2019)
Dear Raj... while going through search for homestays in Darjeeling in your website, I found Happy Valley Homestay. Further searching in booking.com I found the Smriya Homestay also. Can you please highlight some brief review about the location advantage etc regarding the above although it is not covered in your website. Also...can you please compare briefly between Happy Valley and Samir's homestay regarding Kanchan view, distance from mall etc...
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2019
Smriya Homestay is very close to Happy Valley Homestay and on the same Hooker's Road. The area or the location is the same. The host family is quite hospitable and caring. The rooms are cozy and clean. Chowrasta (Mall) is about 20-25 minute walk from the homestay. However it requires some uphill walk (about 100 meters) from the road to get to the homestay, so not quite suitable for people with reduced mobility. Homemade food served by the host is good.
Kancenhenjunga view from the terrace and one of the rooms of Samir's homestay is excellent compared to Happy Valley Homestay. Mall is also nearer to Samir's homestay (about 12 minute walk) compared to about 20 minutes from Happy Valley Homestay.
Arnab Mallick (May 2017)
Hi Raj, Congratulations for creating of such a wonderful blog. Thanks for the great effort. Few question:
1. If we are looking for view of Kangchenjunga, can you suggest any homestay (in Darjeeling)?
2. Else, any hotel from where we can expect good view of the great mountain peaks?
3. I am really happy to know about Darjeeling Tourism card. Would you recommend me to get one as we are frequent visitor to N Bengal (but not Darjeeling yet, primarily Sikkim). Many regards,
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) May 2017
Hi, you can consider Pahari Soul homestay although it's a little away from Darjeeling town center. For hotels with views... google 'Darjeeling hotels with Kanchenjunga views' and go through my page. The Tourism Card works well within Darjeeling... all establishments who accept the card are already listed on my site along with their offers. So buy only if it makes sense.
Radhika (January 2017)
Hi Raj, first of all so many thanks for such a wonderful information you have provided. We are planning a trip in mid of March 2017. My query is, do home stays have good heating systems or hotels? because that time of year might still b having cold weather. Thanks
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) January 2017
Most home stays would have no heating system at all, some may provide small room heaters or blowers at extra charge. So call them up and check before you book.
Aadil Khan (April 2016)
Hi Raj, Thanks for the immensely helpful knowledge, it really helps us travellers plan! My wife and me are going to Darjeeling for a short 4 day trip. We planned to stay at a homestay, Kumar Kothi, for a couple of nights. Just wanted to confirm, is it safe and ok to do so? Never stayed at a homestay hence the query, with all due respects to our hosts. Also, could you recommend some nice guest house in the Singalila National Park and how to book it please? Thanks in advance.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) April 2016
There is no safety issue as such. However the location is odd and requires good amount of walk. While walking downhill to the bungalow is not a big problem, walking back up can be quite strenuous for most city dwellers and takes much longer. Singalila stretches across a wide area and lodging depends on which side you like to stay. In Tumling, Shikhar Lodge and Hotel Siddharth are most popular, while in Srikhola Hotel Shovraj is the one. However do not expect luxury here like geysers, wifi etc. These are accommodations with basic amenities. Their strengths are location and views.