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The Samthar Farm House

The Samthar Farm House is an exclusive homestay, favored by visitors seeking unusual places. This is a nonprofit hospitality centre. It has been set up to provide hospitality skills and earning to the local community and to support the Awake & Shine Primary School.

The property was developed 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 be described as smply breathtaking

The House

The house has a unique ambience. The lounge and reading room have 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 containers.
Dining is an experience. The table service is immaculate, and oil lamp, and candle lit dinners are the norm. Our home cooked meals, have been researched from Indian, Western, Chinese, Tibetan, and Nepalese recipes.


The undoubted highlight of our holiday was the stay with you at the Farm House. It really is a magical place and the food was the best we have had in India and Nepal.

John & Ann Thomas
Oxfordshire, England

If there is something close to paradise – The Samthar Farm House surely must be part of it. We enjoyed the overwhelming nature, the luxury of a perfectly styled house and superb cuisine. We shall never forget the warm service.

​Thorten Kuhmann & Anette
Frankfurt, Germany

Guest Rooms and Cottages

The Farmhouse offers just two heritage guestrooms in the original Farmhouse. The floor, walls and ceilings are in old polished wood. The cosy rooms are furnished for simple comfort. Three cottages set in the terraced garden, offer three double rooms. Modern toilets and plumbing has been provided. We use a combination of solar energy, Electricity and lanterns for lighting. Our water is piped from natural springs by gravity, and we harvest rain water. Cooking is done on gas and solar cookers. Our staff is locally recruited and trained in-house, to cater for our brand of spontaneous hospitality. We care for our guests, with personalized service.

Heritage Suite ( Double or twin as desired)

Honeymoon Cottage ( Double)

Garden Cottage ( Twin)

Garden cottage suite ( dbl)


It is a rare thing indeed to experience hospitality of such a refined and genuine level . Everyone offered a type of gracious service and warmth of hosting that is so rarely encountered in these graceless packaged impersonal days. It is an amazing quality for Cuisine and hospitality.

Jeffery Newcomb 
Washington DC, USA

Samthar Farm House is a beautiful blend of scenic views, cultural traditions, and hospitality with a personal touch. It is something to be experienced and not just read about.

Calcutta Field Office

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Nature garden

The terraced nature garden has several secluded lawns, offering guests privacy,
The top lawn offers grand stand views of the Mount Khangzanjunga, and the Chola Range, separating Sikkim from Tibet.


The samthar Farm House holiday

A holiday at the Samthar Farm House is about just relaxing, watching the clouds drift by, and the hill folks lead their leisurely life. Take in the sunrise and sunset views, and marvel at the bright starlit sky, while you listen to the silence.

For the energetic, the surrounding area is ideal for a walking holiday, and for mountain biking. Away from crowds, you can visit ethnic villages inhabited by friendly Lepcha, and Nepali families, who practice Hinduism, Christianity, and Budhism, and live together as an integrated, happy community. Watch all the rural activities, peep into mountain lifestyles and learn how to make Chang (Millet beer), bamboo baskets, straw mats, take cooking lessons and more. Our local English speaking guide will introduce you to the local folks.

We have several one – day easy to moderate hikes available. The choice enables all age groups to enjoy the countryside. Trails lead to picture post card ethnic homesteads, forests, meandering mountain streams, deep valleys, a 100 years old Lepcha temple, and a catholic mission. The views are great, and the photo opportunities are many.

Guests not desirous of walking can drive cum walk, to some of the outlying areas using a combination of jeep trails and walking trails

A visit to the innovative Awake and shine rural model primary school with its happy children is a treat.
Package tours for 2,3, and 4 night stay at village home stays are available. We will be happy to tailor a holiday just for you. Read more about Samthar Tours[+] 

How to reach Samthar farm House?

​Guests can easily 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, and Kalimpong.Several village taxis run daily between Kalimpong and Samthar departing from Kalimpong around mid day. Prices per ticket are around Rs 200. Contact Mobile 09932701084 for booking in shared taxis.

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