Samthar Experiences – Overview

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The home stays 

Samthar offers two categories of home stays. Premium home stay is available at the Samthar Farm House, personally hosted by Gen Jimmy Singh. and Village home stays, hosted by individual community members.

Overview


The setting 

Scenic, tranquil and remote, the Samthar Valley, is located 42 Kms from Kalimpong at an elevation of 1400 Meters. It is surrounded by mountain streams, terraced cultivation and forests. The inhabitants are a blend of various ethnic groups-Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepali. The original Lepcha tribal people lived in the valleys. They were woodsman, and utilized the forest resources to live off the land. Knowing no religion, they worshiped nature spirits. When the Bhutanese ruled this land, many were converted to Buddhism. Latter the British rulers brought in Christian missionaries, who converted some of them to Christianity. Hinduism arrived with the Nepalese settlers, who also taught the Lepchas to farm the land. Today the ethnic groups are fused together in harmony. They have adopted Nepali as a link language, yet maintained, their diverse cultural identity. It is an ideal place to peep into lifestyles of this fascinating hill community. It also has diverse flora, well-developed mountain agriculture, forests, river valleys, and offers one of the finest views of Mount Khangchendzonga and the panorama of snows. 

To show case the Samthar Valley, home stay tours have been evolved as part of integrated village tourism project Awake and Shine . The project aims at generating earning for the community, through tourism, and providing quality education at the foundation level. 

How to reach Samthar ?

Guests can reach Samthar from Bagdogra/ NJP via Kalijhora and Ponbu in 2.30 hrs, and from Kalimpong via Rilli Valley and Sinji, also in 2.30 hrs. The ride is rough in parts, but is compensated by the refreshing scenery enroute. 


We arrange transportation by exclusive vehicles, owned and operated by the local community from NJP, Bagdogra, Kalimpong or any other location in North Bengal and Sikkim.

Several village taxis run daily between Kalimpong and Samthar departing from Kalimpong around mid day. Contact Tara Bhujel at Mobile 09932701084 for booking in shared taxis. 

The home stays 


Samthar offers two categories of home stays. Premium home stay is available at the Samthar Farm House, personally hosted by Gen Jimmy Singh. and Village home stays, hosted by individual community members.


Gurudongma Tours & Treks is providing marketing and organizational support for booking and operations of homestay tours to support project awake & Shine.