The Samthar Farm House
The Samthar Farm House has been set up to provide hospitality skills and earning to the local community and to support the Awake & Shine primary school.
The Samthar farm house offers just 5 rooms – one heritage suite and one dbl room , in the main house and one garden suite and 2 garden dbl rooms in cottages.
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Rooms can be booked through Gurudongma Tours and Treks by prior arrangements, invitation , or introduction. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Village home stays
Village home stays have been set up as part of Project Awake & shine, and are owned
and operated by individuals from the local community. All proceeds go directly to the owners. Village home stay accommodation is designed to offer comfort, convenience privacy, and family hospitality at affordable prices, in a rural ambiance.
Charles Lepcha’s homestay at Kabi West
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Hik Bahadurs Nepali homestay at Gairi Gaon
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Awake & Shine Guest Room hosted by Bhujel family at Gairi Gaon
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What to expect ?
Village Home stay accommodation caters for comfortable Double / Twin Guest rooms, with furnishings bed and toilet linen. Attached western style toilets are provided, for all. Hot water is available on request. Room heaters are provided in winter. Extra beds can be arranged for children.
Guests are served on a table set with crockery, cutlery, and table linen. They can also choose a traditional floor sitting service, served in traditional utencils / leaves.
The cuisine provides for semi western style breakfasts with Indian, Nepali Chinese and Lepcha dishes, for lunch and dinner. Food is home cooked, usually on a wood fire. Local products are used to the maximum extent. Chicken or pork is served for dinner. Lunch is vegetarian.
“Our very favourite place of all those we stayed at was Samthar village. There was world of difference between this and the organized tourism we found in Bhutan.. People were very attentive and kind and the food was so nice and well prepared. It was great just to be able to hang out and on the first morning we enjoyed just being with children. Charles was a great guide always willing to engage in conversation about the locality, village life and culture. It was so good to get to meet local people on our walks and be able to visit the heart of life in the valley. We left Samthar a little sad in our hearts – a sign I think that it was possible to get to know people just a bit in a short space of time – enough to glimpse their lives and have a hope for their future wellbeing.”
Paul & Helen
Guest can obtain the following services at extra cost:-
English speaking guide for Samthar village treks
Porters if and when needed
Bamboo basket making/ Rice straw mat making / Chang millet beer making: Half day lesson and practice
Cooking lesson 03 x Indian/ Nepali dishes
Our home stay tours provide a unique, relaxed and fulfilling holiday; which is an opportunity to explore rural lifestyles, interact with rural people, and enjoy a relaxed holiday in serene and scenic environment amongst friendly people. Guests can also learn some village skill and try their hand at village chores.
The Awake and shine School welcomes interaction with guests.
All tours are tailored to your preference. You will be staying at genuine home stays ; where you and your companion/ family members will be the sole guests and will enjoy personal contact and privacy.