Stay In A Quaint Homestay In The Middle Of Orange Orchards In Darjeeling
If Darjeeling tea and Kanchenjunga were giving you the high, then consider Darjeeling tea coupled with Kanchenjunga, tranquil serenity and the tangy- sweet burst of oranges — enough to kickstart your holiday plans?
What Makes It Awesome
A secluded village tucked in the hills of Darjeeling district in north Bengal dotted with rows of orange trees. You’ll be in the charming Himalayan hillside towns of Mirik, Sittong and Sukna relishing pulpy, sweet oranges that grow in clusters around these places. The places are not thronged by the usual touristy crowds and hotels are absent. Instead, you will stay in the homes of local people (think charming wooden cottages) and enjoy their hospitality and food.
The oranges - known as “Darjeeling oranges” because they grow in that district - are quite different from their Nagpur cousins — they are smaller and deliciously sweet and fleshy. You’ll also find pomelo oranges growing in clusters here. Visit the orchards and tread carefully because there’ll be oranges carpeting the ground below!
Quick tip - don’t pick oranges from the trees without permission because most of the produce are often already sold by the owner. And don’t forget to indulge in the locally-produced fruity marmalades, preserves and jams.
Waste no time and get planning because the oranges are here only till February end. Book your stay before you go.
When in Mirik, visit School Dara to stay close to the orchards. Rodhighar Homestay with its British-style cottages is a good place to hole up in. The rent varies between INR 2,000 to INR 2,600. Rodhighar has its own orchard and an organic farm. The orange village of Sittong is close to Kurseong and is still untouched by commercial honchos. Check out Hangkhim Homestay and Humro Homestay — you’ll shell out anything between INR 1,400 to INR 2,200 for a stay here. Apart from the oranges, you’ll love the tender, green squash and the fiery hot local chillies (aka the famed dalle).