Tinchuley Village

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DeskTo Wheels
Kolkata (Calcutta), India11 contributions
Jan 2021 • Friends
This spot will be covered during your regular sightseeing of the Darjeeling city and bearing the cliched name " Lover's meet View Point" you might want to skip it at first because you are already tired of roaming accross the entire city throughout the day and the name doesn't appeal to you much. But if you are a traveler you might know by now that the most beautiful places can come at the most unexpected times and this view point is one such example.
I realised that there is a reason why such places are called lover's point because once you experience the view you might get a little happier, a little more romantic if you are with your loved one and might end up writing a few romantic lines , such is the effect of the place. The aerial view of the meeting point of the Teesta and Rangit river gives a surreal experience and demands attention. Don't forget to keep your camera charged as you might end up clicking 100's of shots to get your frame .

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Written September 27, 2021
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Explore with Sehajpal
Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy89 contributions
Aug 2019
Italiano : Che vista meravigliosa .
Questo posto si trova sul strada da gangtok a darjeeling. Questo posto ti offer dalla attezza vedere fiume che passa mezzo le montagne. Stati le per mezzo ora solo guarda la bellessa di natura. Ci sono anche bancarella per mangiare e bere.

English:-What a Amazing View Point.
This place is located on the road from gangtok to darjeeling. This place offers you from the height to see a river that passes through the mountains. Stay there for half an hour just look at the beautiful nature. There are also food and drink stalls.
Written July 8, 2020
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Dinesh G
Pune87 contributions
Apr 2013 • Family
We had a home stay with Abiraj and family in Apr 2013. It was a wonderful experience and warm family well come. Abiraj- a young lad, well educated (Bachelor of Science) offers a small but neat, clean and beautiful home stay at Tinchuley at very competitive (rather less) price than Gurung's. View of Kanchenjunga peaks and other areas like Gangtok, Kalimpong, Tista and Rangeet valley and Nathulla are awesome from right from the room!! We went crazy when we saw 100s of birds of different species in his small farm. Tea & orange gardens are at walk-able distance. Approach of the entire family is too good. Cool n calm climate . . . warm n welcoming hosts. Just perfect. I insisted Abiraj to improve a little (really just a little) to close the gaps between room and toilet ceiling and invite more natural light in toilets. But that really does not decrease the credits. Food quality was toooooo good. He rather took best care of my Diabetic friend.
Written April 19, 2013
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India2 contributions
May 2012 • Family
In fact Gurungs' is not the only place to stay at Tinchuley.A 8 month old home stay facility just bowled me over. The name of the lad is Aviraj(9749370965), and he is the most amicable host I have ever met. So much so, inspite of other booking he offered us his own room agreeing to sleep in the kitchen,accompanied us to sightseeings,nature walks,even to Darjeeling. I am just waiting my chance to return.Tinchuley is serene and a simple walk down the path will fascinate all.My twelve year old son was also fascinated by the birds,flowers and butterflies.
Written July 10, 2012
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Saurav D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India3 contributions
Mar 2015 • Family
We spent couple of days during in first week of March 2015 in Abhiraj Homestay at Tinchuley village along with friends and family. It was an wonderful experience for all of us. Tinchuley is a small and quiet village at an altitude of around 6000 ft. It is an ideal place to spend few relaxing days in the middle of rustic natural beauty of Himalaya. Our stay turned out to be more memorable and enjoyable due to the warm hospitality of Abhiraj and his family. They run this small homestay facility with all the basic necessities like room-heater, attached toilet and geyser. Each of the four wooden rooms has one double bed and one single bed. So a family of three can easily be accommodated in these rooms. The food they serve was of very good quality. They were home made and most of the vegetables are garden fresh - picked up from the family owned garden. We found Abhiraj and his family very friendly. They were always ready to provide whatever little things were needed eagerly and cheerfully. My son is only 1.5 years old and we never felt we were away from home for a moment. All of the kid's needs were addressed promptly by the hosts.

I would highly recommend this place for people who are looking to spend a few serene days close to the nature. Abhiraj Bhandari can be reached at 9749370965/9635562957.
Written March 20, 2015
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A M Ghosh
Kolkata (Calcutta), India27 contributions
Feb 2017 • Family
Abiraj Homestay is a place where one should visit only if one wishes to leave all their worries behind. The warm welcome of the Bhandari family would lift the most morose spirit. Situated among never never land, far far away from city buzz, one can simply drink in the serenity of the place. The view is just majestic, the hospitality heart felt and of course the food,simple but grand. Every item coming from the Bhandaris' kitchen are homegrown on their own land. But one should know what one is expecting, do not expect wi-fi or televission. Even mobile connection is very poor and internet is almost unheard off.
Best way to conduct a tour is to directly contact Abiraj over phone, believe it or not, he provides amazing tours in and around the area at quiet rational prices. Contact details are provided below.
Written February 17, 2017
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Suvarghya Dutta
Kolkata (Calcutta), India86 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
Nothing short of 5 stars would even justify this place. We stayed at the home-stay of Abiraj Bhandari (phone 0091 97493 70965). In one word, it was awesome.

A combined effect of staying in a tea garden, overlooking the Khangchendzonga massif, pine forest and a really warm host whose courtesy and care is incomparable. On a clear day one can see the Gangtok Bazaar, Kalimpong, Tsomgo Lake and the mighty Khangchendzonga (the third highest peak in the world).

Approximately two and a half to three hours drive from NJP would reach you here. Note, when travelling from NJP, there is a shared taxi available upto 8 AM in the morning and thereafter only from 2 PM onwards. Between 8 Am and 2 PM you will either have to wait at NJP / Siiguri or avail of a reserved cab. A reserved cab would cost you around Rs 2500. A caveat though, if you avail of a reserved cab, ensure that the driver actually knows the way. There are reported cases where a few smart aleck drivers who said they knew the way and they completely lost it, in the process charging the hapless passenger an extra Rs 500. Even better, the day before you reach NJP, call Abiraj on the number above or the vehicle driven by Mr Rudra (0091 9832 4225 01), a most gentle person who knows his way around the mountains and most importantly while he does drive a vehicle he ensures he never takes his passengers for a ride.

A lot of homestays would advertise them as from being located at Tinchuley, but there are in fact only two that are actually from Tinchuley. The first one is Gurung's Homestay and the second one (where I stayed) Abhiraj Bhandari's homestay. The others are located further away and while being on beautiful places by themselves, they probably are trying to cash in on the name TInchuley.

Tinchuley is a small place...really small, just a couple of houses long and has the beautiful Peshok Tea Estate adjoining it. There are no ATMs available here. So ensure you are carrying the required amount of cash on yourself.

Aviraj's home-stay is surrounded by dense pine forest on one side, a tea estate on one side and the sloping mountains on the other side. He and his family grows (almost) all the vegetables in the farmland adjoining the house. He joked that the only thing he needs to buy
is the rice. The homestay has two different types of rooms; the more modern one (wooden finish) and the slightly older ones (concrete). You would love either though my personal favourite was the wooden ones. There is one which is like a suit complete with the drawing room. All of the rooms have attached baths with geysers fit in.

He arranges for bonfire in the fields upon request from the occupants. One can just sit on the wooden balcony and keep gazing out in the open and spend the rest of the day. The Khangchendzonga massif is visible from a side of the homestay on a clear day.

Aviraj ensures each of his guests with personal care and even took the trouble to take us for a walk around the village to a spot from where we could see the unhindered view of the Khangchendzonga viz. Janno, Kabru (South & North), Tolung, Kanchenjungha, Pandim, Siniolchu.

Two nights are a sufficiently satisfactory stay at Tinchuley. On your way back you can visit the Lamahatta Park which is within an easy distance from Tinchuley.
Written March 11, 2015
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Raj B
Kolkata (Calcutta), India37 contributions
Dec 2011
tucked away from the busy commercial life, a hamlet, a gift to life by the gurung family of tinchuley village, this place made me feel i belong here, a beautiful property done up very tastefully with a great mix of basics and comfort, nothing overdone, everything in the correct place, a range of accommodation on offer, great food made and served by the family, excellent location with 360 degree valleyview, my own tiger hill right next to the hotel from where you can see the sun rise and the kanchendzonga at the same time, the adjacent forest great for the dream walk into tea gardens and views of sikkim and the darjeeling hills, the organic farm, the beehive, the open terrace, the room adjacent valleyview balconies, the cosy clean rooms and room linen, dipender playing the guitar and singing nostalgic numbers for us in the evening, the gurung bungalow, the adjacent monastery, the homemade pickles, the special attention, the driving distance from darjeeling - everything is just perfect, feels like my place.
Written January 29, 2012
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India361 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
Last week, I visited Tinchuley, about 32 KMs away from Darjeeling for two nights. We stayed in a Homestay, called Guruhg's Cottage. Tinchuley is a quiet model village, in the lap of mother nature. The cottage will provide you all the essentials, but anything extra, beyond the essentials - you have to carry yourself. The place is so small and secluded that you will not get even a cup of tea or your brand of fags, if you look for it. The cottage is surrounded by thick forest on two sides. About five minutes walk from the cottage will take you to a magnificient view point of MT. Kanchenghungha - the same kind of view that you can have from Tiger Hill on a sunny day. Five Kms. way up you have a small neat town called Takdah, which was prominent in British days. about ten Kms down the road will take you to Boromonwa, literally an occean of orranges. you can pluck your own choice of famous Darjeeling orranges. The best cost me sixty Rs. a dozen.

Gurung's Cottage itself has a lot of charm of its own and I feel that it should have its separate entry under the Hotels section. It is run by a large undivided and well educated family. You stay as their guests. Rooms are tastily done up and they have room heaters in rooms and Gaysers in the western style toilet. Food is from their own kichen - they same food that the eat. They will push you to overeatr to the extent of you beggng for a break. All the vegeables are from their own garden, poultry from their own firm, honey from their own bee plantation etc.. You will not feel that you are staying in a hotel. The warmth of the family will force you to feel that you are staying at home away.
Written December 14, 2012
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Diptiman D
1 contribution
Jun 2017 • Family
Can anyone help me with contact of mr Ajith Rai..Of Rai resort ..Tinchuley...Heard a lot about this but unable to contact..
Written June 4, 2017
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