Antiquity Heritage Bungalow – Gangtok

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Gangtok

The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok is located on a ridge in the southeast-central part of the state at an altitude of 5500 ft. There are many vantage points in Gangtok that provide spectacular views of Mt Khangchendzonga. In December, the annual Gangtok Food and Culture festival is held in Gangtok to showcase Sikkim’s multi-cultural cuisine, music and dance performances. It is a peaceful place with a mix of different cultures. While lepchas are the original inhabitants, there are a significant number of Nepalese and Bhutias. 

Gangtok is the perfect base for traveling throughout Sikkim. Pakyong airport is just 26 kms from Gangtok. It has limited connectivity with other cities. The nearest major well-connected airport is in Bagdogra about 128 kilometers away. Cabs are available from the airport. 

The Homestay

Built in 1930 by Late Sherap Lepcha, the great grandfather of the current owner, the bungalow still stands in its original traditional architecture. It is built out of timber logs and walls made of bamboo and mud. Interestingly, there are no nails or binders in the entire building, it stands using the force of gravity. Sherap Lepcha was the ‘Mukhtiyar’ in the king’s court. In the feudal administrative hierarchy of Sikkim, the Mukhtiyars enjoyed a position next to the Kazi/Thikadars. Their duty was akin to today’s District Magistrate. The bungalow has been immaculately maintained by the Dorjee family. 

Located minutes away from the Royal Palace, at the prestigious residential locality of Gangtok, it is the perfect getaway from the din of city life. You can enjoy great views of the Himalayas while sitting in the lawn, sipping a cuppa. There are two double occupancy rooms and two single occupancy rooms. There are 2 common bathrooms with all modern fittings.

Location: Around 4 km from the city center (MG Road). 
Number of Rooms – 4; Total Capacity- 6  

Know Your Host

Neelu Lepcha is the owner of this heritage bungalow. Local staff is appointed to look after your needs at the homestay. They are simple and humble people who will do their best to make your stay memorable. 

Food

The homestay has retained its original kitchen where food is still cooked on clay ovens using firewood. All the organic vegetables come from their own kitchen garden – a perfect example of farm to table. Local cook takes care of the food. Apart from local dishes, North Indian, Chinese and Continental food is also served here. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian meals are available.

Facilities

Parking • Running Hot Water • Open Seating Areas • Toiletries • Library  • Bonfire  • Barbeque • Smoking allowed (only in the lawn) • Pick and Drop Service (Paid)

Activities

Bird Watching • Reading • Hiking • City Walk • Forest Walk • Shopping • Adventure Sports 

Tariff

Per Person: 1500/-
Complimentary: Breakfast, Tea/ Coffee

Note: The above tariffs do not apply during the New Year holidays

Child Policy
Upto 8 years: Complimentary (No Extra Bed)

Note: What you pay for a homestay, brings a direct socio-economic benefit to locals. Be proud by not asking for a discount.

Local Attractions

Ganesh Tok View Point (4km) • Enchey Monastery (4.5 km) • MG Road (5km) • Palzor Stadium (6km) • Hanuman Tok (7km) • Bakthang Waterfall (7km) • Do Drul Chorten Monastery (7.4km) • Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (7km) • Paragliding Point (7km) Tashi View Point (9km) • Banjhakri Falls and Park (13km)• Ranka (21km) • Rumtek Monastery (26 km)

Excursions

Rumtek Monastery (26km) • Seven Sister Waterfall River (35km) •  Tsomgo Lake Ropeway (36km)  • Changu Lake (47km) • Nathula Pass (53km) • Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple (52km) • Ravangla (62km) •  Baba Mandir (63km) • Nathula pass (63 km) • Namchi (76km))  • Changey Waterfall (77km) 

Treks: Yuksom-Dzongri Trek • Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek • Green Lake Trek • Varsey Trek • Singalila Trek

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