Okhrey Homestay – West Sikkim

Okhrey 

Okhrey is a small village on the western part of Sikkim, very close to Nepal border mostly inhabited by Sherpas. It stands at an altitude of 7500 ft and is 127 km from NJP and 131 from Bagdogra. Surrounded by Barsey Rhododenron Sanctaury and the Singalila National Park, it is one the few eco-tourism zones of Sikkim. It is also a base for one of the most sought after trekking trail of Sikkim – Barsey Rhododenron Trek where around 22 species of Rhododendron are found. Okhrey is also very popular for bird watching. More than 150 species of birds are found in and around Okhrey, including a few endangered species like Satyr Tragapan, Spotted Laughing Thrush, Fire-tailed Myzornis etc.

     

The Homestay 

The home is beautifully located and offer spectacular views of the Singalila range and Darjeeling. It’s a peaceful retreat away from noise and pollution where you wake up to beautiful sunrise that can be witnessed from the window of your room. There are 8 rooms in the homestay with attached bath and running hot water. They are exquisitely decorated with traditional stuff and the warm wooden interior that keeps the chill out. It is run by traditional Sherpa family. In spite of all modern facilities, the rich Sherpa culture is kept intact so that the guest can enjoy and exchange the cultural values.

Know your host

Urgen Sherpa is a law graduate from Delhi University and now runs the homestay along with his parents. He has a deep knowledge of the region and can guide you well in planning your days in and around Okhrey. He also is well aware of the birds found in Okhrey. Urgen’s father is a simple man with whom you can spend hours chatting and his mother takes care of the kitchen and can treat you with some delicious local food.

     

Food 

Enjoy simple home cooked meals in traditional style. Traditional food is also served depending upon the guests preferences. Guest are welcome inside the kitchen. Do try Tibetan Butter Tea and Guras (Rhododendron Wine).

Non vegetarian food is also served on request. You need to inform the host about your meal requirements in advance. Don’t forget to ask for Chapta if you are a beef lover.

Facilities

Parking  • Hot water  •  Wi-fi  •  Power Backup  •  Birding Guide •  Trekking Guide  •  Pick up and drop from the airport can also be arranged (Do let us know while booking)

     

Tariff

Per Person: 1050 /-

Including: Breakfast, Morning and Evening Tea

Veg Lunch/Dinner: 130/-

Non-Veg Lunch/Dinner: 180/-

Point of interests

Okhrey Monestary  • Devi Falls  •  The EPC Church (one of the oldest churches of Sikkim)  •  Lepcha Museum  • Gathang Falls

Activities

Village Walk  • Nature Trails  • Bird Watching  • Mountain Biking  • Treks

Excursions

Hilley (10 km)  •  Jureli Dara View Point (18 km) •  Anden Olong Monastery (20 km) • Sai Temple in Daramdin (28 km)

Treks

• Hilley – Barsey Trek (10 km drive to Hilley and then 4 km trek)

• Singalila Trek covering Phalut Sandhakphu and the Singalila top can also be done from here

Note: Do let us know in case you want us to arrange Taxi or Guide for trekking and bird watching.

Also check our other homestays in Sikkim.

 

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