Tukdah Homestay is basically a small village located at a distance of about 28km from Darjeeling. Very little is known about this small hamlet. The place is like a treasure secret because it's yet to develop as a fully fledged tourism place. Located at quite a distance from the main town, Tukdah is far enough to be isolated, quiet and serene. The village was a military cantonment during the days of the British. Many senior British officers frequently visited this place during the time. There were many bungalows and houses for their accommodations. When India gained independence the British left the place, and the houses and many other establishments they built were left behind. These houses now belong to some locals.
Some of the others have been taken over by establishments like schools. The locals who have beed custody of the house have renovated it and made it a guesthouse. Tukdah Homestay gives you a rare opportunity to stay in a heritage bungalow and enjoy the old colonial charm & aura in such houses which belonged to the British once.
Tukdah Homestay provides you with the opportunity to stay in one of the most beautiful locations in all of Darjeeling. The weather is misty and foggy which makes it simply amazing. Most of the honeymooners visit Tukdah mainly due to the romantic misty weather. Tukdah is filled with misty meandering roads, chirping of the birds, nature trails passing through dense forests, sound and sight of fountain streams coming down the slope of mountains every few yards you walk. The rooms are cozy and warm and equipped will all the modern basic amenities. If you are in Darjeeling, do stay and experience this homestay. The homestay also promises 24 hour security for the guests although the place does not consist of crooks. The people here are very friendly towards tourists.
The staff is always present at your service and the food that is provided in the homestay is absolutely delicious. The spacious and well decorated rooms provide best view of the hills and valleys. There are many attractions that are located at a walking distance from Tukdah. The place is much cooler than Darjeeling despite being at a lower altitude. The name is apt as the place often remains covered with fog.
It is one of the best sightseeing places in Tukdah. The Orchid Center in Tukdah is one of the best in all of Asia. It contains almost all the variety of orchids. It was neglected for quite some time but now the government has taken up measures to revive the center.
Constructed in 1985 the monastery follows the Buddhist Nyingma sect. The head monk of the monastery as well as monastery in charge was Lama Karma Gyaltchen was until 2007. The monastery serves as a major attraction for visitors and Tourists who come to stay here.
For all the nature lovers the amazing view of Rangeet meeting Teesta is quite a treat. Triveni is the point where the river Teesta with its forceful mountain stream meets the green colored crystal clear water of the Rangeet. The conflux happens at a flat land and is surrounded by mountains in all sides. The sight of the lush green valley above the conflux is simply breathtaking.
Lamahatta is an eco-tourism place build during the year 2012. It is a roadside mountain village consisting vast stretching forests of dhupi & pines. You can get magnificent views of the peaks and rivers around. It is a small village where farming and cattle rearing are the main sources of livelihood for the people.
The best feature of this place is the amazing misty weather and it is also quite a common destination for honeymoon couples. The local ethnic tribes especially the Sherpa’s, Yolmo’s, Tamang, Bhutia and Dukpa’s came together with the government and created an eco friendly place that is one of the most happening tourist spots in the whole of Darjeeling.
You need to reach Siliguri initially to start your journey. From Siliguri you have to take the NH55 or Hill Cart Road and continue till Jorebunglow. From Jorebunglow you have to take the Darjeeling - Kalimpong Highway. Average distance from Siliguri : 73km
Nearest Railway Station is NJP and Siliguri Railway Station. From NJP you have to take a cab. The cab driver will take you directly to your homestay. Distance from NJP : 78km (approx)
Nearest airport is Bagdogra. From the airport you can hire a cab that will take you to your homestay. Distance from airport : 76km (approx).
The best time to visit Tukdah homestay would be from mid September to mid December. The months of April and May are also preferable but you have to avoid visiting during the monsoon seasons of June and July. The best preferable months are September to November as the skies are clear. You will be able to get a beautiful view of lush green valley’s and the forests. During the month of April the weather is quite pleasant and the flowers bloom during this time. Tukdah homestay is probably one of the most serene and lovely homestays in all of Darjeeling.