For some reasons, I might not have a chance to visit Darjeeling, luckily, I went there finally. Thank Paulzor, he really did a lot to make sure my short stay goes well. From the pick up at the airport on, I knew it must be a wonderful journey.
Paulzor and his family are very kind hearted, they made me feel very welcome, like I was not a guest, but a member of them. I did not know why, when I met them, I felt at ease. During my stay, Paulzor’s family cooked very tasty and sumptuous breakfast and dinner. Stayed with them was a feeling of staying at home.
The room I lived was very cozy, the facilities in the room met my basic needs, there were Wi-Fi, soft bed, warm quilts… I could take a hot shower when I finished my day. Actually, Paulzor’s house is not at the center of Darjeeling, but it just took me less than 10 minutes to walk to the center square. We lived in the street where Tenzing Norgay lived before. And thanks to the location, it was not noisy and crowed, instead, it had broad horizon, I just felt relaxed and peaceful when I stayed at the room to have a rest. I could see the marvellous sunrise in my room or on the balcony. Sometimes, all I wanted to do was just sit on the balcony to enjoy the bright sunshine, the blue sky, the white clouds, the breezing wind, the green mountains, the fresh air, the quiet moonlight…
Paulzor was like an old friend when I met him at first sight. He told me many things about Darjeeling, mountain climbing, Tenzing Norgay… Besides the topic of travel, we also talked about life, family, work… We are almost at the same age, but Paulzor knew more than me, he really taught me a lot. Yes, he is a master, I admire him very much, ha:). I will miss the time we spent on chatting in the morning with the beam of sunshine.
There is one more thing I need to mention, though I held the unique handmade map Paulzor gave me, I still got lost when I left the train station to my next destination, the classic scene in “Barfi!”. Suddenly, Paulzor appeared by riding his motorbike, just like one film episode. And then, he drove me to the zoo.
Because of the movie “The Darjeeling Limited”, I knew the name of Darjeeling. Then because of the movie “Barfi!”, I knew the scenery of Darjeeling and began to make a plan to travel to Darjeeling. When I come back to Darjeeling again one day, the reason must be Paulzor.
So, I sincerely recommend Paulzor’s homestay to anyone who wants to have a trip in Darjeeling, it will be your best choice and experience.
P.S. My friend, just keep looking up after it rains. See you one day in Xi'an/Darjeeling again!
Stayed there in May 2017 for 3 days.
My plan to visit Darjeeling with family was made in last moments and May being the busy tourist season, most of the hotels were either full or over-priced.
This is when TripAdvisor suggested me this homestay. From the looks of it, it looked decent and was in price range.
So, took a leap of faith after reading few reviews and booked it.
The road to reach this place was not so comfortable due to a small stretch of bad road but the owner, Paulzor, mentioned that it will be constructed sometime this year.
This homestay is located around 10-15 minutes walk from the Darjeeling town centre(chowrasta) and is not remotely located.
The rooms to stay were on the 4th floor of his house where there is a balcony attached to it. View from balcony was amazing and one can sit there sipping on tea all day long enjoying the view.
Rooms were very clean and neatly maintained. There are overall 3 rooms to accommodate 6 travellers in this guesthouse.
There is one toilet + bathroom and another only toilet available to be shared inside. The size of bathrooms could have been slightly bigger cause they felt a little inadequate at times.
Breakfast was provided complimentary and they also arranged lunch/dinner for 200 INR per person.
We had dinner on all three days but were never disappointed with the food. Being a spicy eating north Indian, their food was bit bland for my taste buds but that doesn't mean that I didn't like them.
They have a small working kitchen also set up on the floor for the travellers to prepare their own food. We mostly used it to prepare tea for ourselves.
Paulzor was very helpful during our stay and helped us with our itinerary. He suggested places to visit and places to skip. He even recommended a tea shop to buy good quality tea leaves.
Also, Paulzor arranged all the taxi which we needed, on a very reasonable price. He arranged a taxi from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, taxi for local Darjeeling sight seeing, a taxi for our transfer to Gangtok, local sightseeing in Gangtok, taxi and permits for Nathula Pass, and finally, return from Gangtok to New Jalpaiguri.
Their cook and helper, Nima, was very polite and talkative. He told us many stories about old Darjeeling, discussed local politics and much more. He was very courteous and kept my family members very happy.
Overall, I would definitely visit his guesthouse again for his friendly service, reasonable price and happy memories..
I'd rate it six stars if possible!!! It was the first home stay that I’ve done, and not by choice. However, it’s hard to say which part of the experience was better: Paulzor (the owner) who helped us with everything from finding an apartment and a motorcycle, the food – made fresh daily served with local tea, the comfortable rooms with fluffy blankets, or the amazing sweeping views of the mountains and villages.
Highly recommended – in fact, when my mom comes to visit, I’ll suggest she stay here over a hotel. Really – we had better service than the Hilton! Unexpected review! Great experience! Try the "Paulzor Breakfast Special Sandwich"!
We initially just booked for 2 nights with a vague intention do so some trekking in the Singalila national park (via Air B&B) – and a few email exchanges later (before we left for India) we had a fully detailed schedule that worked well for our travel plans. On arrival, he had recruited another couple to join us (which both reduced cost and made the trek much more fun). Paulzor also gave us a near full day tour of Darjeeling at no extra cost. Paulzor is actually a highly experienced trekking expedition guide – who quit his job to turn to AirBNB hosting – so that his family (not just himself) benefit from his skills. In parallel he has started his own trekking agency – and we were the beneficiary of both his expertise and eagerness to make our stay and trip as memorable as possible. We have to give Paulzor top marks – the stay was the “full AirBNB experience” (in terms of meeting the locals), and the Singalila trek was outstanding. The trek had the full range of experiences – getting to see the worlds highest mountains (Kangchenjunga – some 60km away, and Everest, Lhotse, Makalu – some 150km away), meeting the rest of the world in the lodges, and also a very memorable home stay with a local family on the last night of the trek.
Needless to say, we stayed again with him upon returning from the trek