Samthar Farm, a picturesque, calm and distant village surrounded by mountain rivulets, terrace farms and forests and to top it up, one can get an amazing view of Mount Kanchendzonga.
DAY 1: Bagdogra- Kalimpong (80kms/ 2.5 hours driving time). You will be received at Bagdogra Airport and transferred to Kalimpong. Overnight stay in Kalimpong
DAY 2: Kalimpong- Samthar Village (50kms/ 2 hours driving time). After breakfast, you will depart for Samthar. It offers numerous home stays that 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 equality education for the village children at the foundation level. Lunch on arrival and set off to explore the village settlement of various families and discover their way of life.
DAY 3: After breakfast, visit “Awake and Shine School”, a responsible tourism project which aims to awaken the Samthar communities to the potential of Integrated Village Tourism and empower future generations to shine by gainful employment within the local environment. After lunch, walk around the farm escorted by a local guide who will explain the activities in progress. You could participate in village activities and chores such as Traditional ploughing, care of cattle, milking, care of pigs, collection of firewood, building bamboo frame house, grinding in a stone grinder and more. Enjoy a relaxed evening. Overnight stay.
DAY 4 (03/01/15): Samthar- Kalimpong (distance: 50kms/ 2 hours drive). Today after breakfast, you will drive to Kalimpong. On arrival, visit the local market ‘ haat bazaar’. It is a unique experience to see villagers turning up in their local costume at the Bazaars on weekly market days to sell their farm products. Have lunch in the town. You could try a more typical local restaurant for a traditional ‘momo’ or ‘thugpa’ meal. Return to hotel and have a relaxed evening. Overnight stay.
DAY 5 (04/01/15): Kalimpong. After breakfast you will go for sightseeing in Kalimpong. You will be driven to Dr. Graham’s Homes, thereafter you will walk/hike within the town to see various specialties of Kalimpong town. Return to the hotel for a relaxed evening and dinner.
DAY 6 (05/01/15): Kalimpong. After a relaxed breakfast you will set off for a beautiful nature hike with your guide. You will be driven for ½ hour and then begin to walk to Reshi Khola. You will walk through some picturesque trails and witness the beautiful forest, flora and fauna along with the villages on the way inhabited with friendly local people. Once you reach Reshi Khola, you will have a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenic river. You will then be driven back to the hotel thereafter.
DAY 7 (06/01/15): Kalimpong- Bagdogra (distance: 80kms/ 2.5 hour drive). After breakfast, you will drive to Bagdogra for your return journey.
Selection of Accommodation:-
- Silver Oaks (Kalimpong)
- Park Hotel (Kalimpong)
- Himalayan Hotel (Kalimpong)
- Orchid Retreat (Kalimpong)
- Samthar (Samthar Village)
- Various Home stays (Samthar Village)
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