away in the lap of nature, in the remote mountains, 80 Kms from
Kalimpong. Samthar Farm House is a unique getaway - an intimate
offering tranquility, and one of the finest views of Khangchendzonga,
the third highest peak in the world. It is an ideal getaway for nature
lovers, honeymooners and those seeking unusual places.
The Samthar Farm House has been created by converting an abandoned
Lepcha tribal farmhouse into a comfortable country residence, whilst
preserving its natural stone and old timber construction. The house
nestles in a clump of pines, with a terraced nature garden rising to the
rocky outcrop at the top of the hill. The natural landscape has been
retained. The view rivals Tiger Hill (near Darjeeling). Sunrise and
sunset views can simply be described as breathtaking.
house has a unique ambience. The lounge and dining area has old wooden
floors, rafters and ceiling. Furnishing is in traditional weaves
In the evenings local millet beer fermented in leaves in keeping with "
grandmothers" recipes is brewed on the spot, and served in traditional
is an experience. The table service is immaculate, and oil lamp, and
candle lit dinners are the norm.
home cooked meals have been researched from Indian, Western, Chinese,
Tibetan, and Nepalese recipes, to provide truly interactive cuisine.
Farmhouse offers just two double heritage guestrooms in the original
Farmhouse. The floor, walls and ceilings are in old polished wood. Rooms
are furnished in simple comfort. Additional four double rooms are
available in two cottages. Modern toilets and plumbing has been
Electricity has now reached Samthar. We continue to use a combination of
solar energy, lanterns, and electricity for lighting. Our water is piped
from natural springs by gravity. Cooking is done on solar cookers and
staff is locally recruited and trained in-house, to cater for our brand
of spontaneous personalized service. We care for our guests in the best
traditions of Indian hospitality, as our personal guests.
is off the usual tourist circuit. The surrounding area is ideal for a
walking holiday, away from crowds. You can visit ethnic villages
inhabited by friendly Lepcha, Nepali and Bhutia families. Our local
guide will introduce you to the local folks.
Many mountain streams tumble down to the valleys. Samthar River has
lovely cascades and pools.
We have seven one - day easy to moderate treks and walks available. The
choice enables all age groups to enjoy the countryside. Trails lead to
picture post card ethnic homesteads, vast forests, meandering mountain
streams, deep valleys, a 100 years old Lepcha temple, and a catholic
The views are unforgettable, and the photo opportunities are many. You
have a chance to interact with the local folks and get a peep into their
Samthar Farm house