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“Tathagata is idyllic”
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Tathagata Farm
Ranked #1 of 125 Darjeeling B&B and Inns
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

I had been planning for Tathagatha Farm Stay since the last 2 years and finally I made it this year.In the beginning I was a little skeptical about the idea because my visit happened to fall in July which is Monsoon in Darjeeling and the season is an absolute discouragement for anyone to travel in the region. But I was wrong. When we reached the farm I felt that what on the earth was preventing me from coming to this wonderful place for so long. Beautifully set in the huge plot of land with lofty trees, flowers and various plants, the property flaunts the beauty of simplicity. Blessed by the nature in bountiful you could spot birds all over around, butterflies unimaginatively variant in size and the color. The moment I reached this place I was so overwhelmed with the excitement, thrill in my heart. A warm welcome by Mr Nabin, the co-owner of the property, and his cheerful and amicable staffs followed by lunch prepared in local style and then later a ramble to the village with him investigating the local life were the activities we started with. Every little or big activities I could witness or get engaged in , from village tour to hike to the river or drinking in the pool sharing with Mr Nabin his extensive knowledge on the plants, and the locals was remarkable and exhilarating experience for me. Starting with a cup of tea and ending with the local Rakshi in three days two nights I could savor real fresh, healthy organic food, get educated on organic farming and permaculture, and foremostly enjoy my stay. Overall I had a full fun time at Tathagatha farm.
In sum I would say if one is looking for a getaway from the hectic city life for a replenishing trip then Tathagatha is an ideal place to be considered of and moreover with Navin, Mr. Fabulous your stay experience cannot be unenjoyable and without memories.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Bobfaith
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PravinDarjeeling, Owner at Tathagata Farm, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2012

Dear Bobin,

Thank you for submitting your review for Tathagata Farm.
It was indeed a pleasure to have you and we're indeed glad that you finally made the decision to come and visit us. There is downside to monsoon in Darjeeling, it is wet and moist however, the upside to this is that the place turns into a green heaven, replenising the plant and crops for the entire year. And the shades of green during this period different to what you experience on other seasons/months.
We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much, our vision to share this beautiful piece of earth with pasisonate travellers like you come a step closer when we see travellers like you go with such content and happiness.
We wish to host you once again, someday and catch up over some handmade tea.

Happy travelling and thank you again.

Regards.
Tathagata Farm.

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Reviewed August 26, 2012

We spent two weeks travelling to the main cities in Northern India and wanted to complete our holidays in Darjeeling in order to have a more complete impression of this region and to be out of the hustle and bustle of the cities - it turned out we had saved the best for last.

In a remote place in the greenest of Darjeeling hills, the visionary mr. Navin Tamang has created a unique get-away which gives a multi-level insight into Darjeeling life and at the sime time never makes you feel like an outsider or even a tourist.

The hospitality at the farm is unmatched. We stayed in of the separate bungalows; if in the morning you settle on the veranda and watch the birds or read a book, within moments somebody will appear and bring you a great morning tea - while at the same time you never have the feeling of being watched.

Quite exceptional for India (as far as I'm concerned), you can tell that mr. Navin has travelled himself and has developed a great sense for what his guests want. He is full of suggestions for activities, and to make it even better there are hardly (or none at all) any additional costs involved.

For those interested, mr Navin can explain anything about organic farming and tea-production; off course this includes the possibility to visit a tea-plantation and learn something about the whole process of growing, harvesting and production of tea.

Even in addition to this, and what gives the stay an exceptional dimension, is that you can experience local life on so many levels: if you go on a day-trek, there is for example a home-made (and nice!) lunch at a farmer's place, I could participate in the daily football-match of the villagers, and we had the opportunity of visiting a nearby-school.

In doing so, mr. Navin on the one hand gives the local population the opportunity to benefit from the visit of tourists, and on the other hand makes his guests feel completely at home and at ease in this wonderful part of India.

So there you have it: not a white-gloved resort that cuts you off from the actual place where you are staying, but a paradise in the real world - a real paradise. Tathagata farm is wholeheartedly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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PravinDarjeeling, Owner at Tathagata Farm, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2012

Dear Mr. Wout,

My name is Pravin, and i am writing on behalf of Navin since he currently is having issues with his internet, so please accept our apology.
We are pleased to hear that you anjoyed your stay with us so much. It is indeed a pleasure to have guests like yourself who loves to explore the real India and involve themselves with locals. Navin is passionate about meeting people and showing his place to travellers. He is indeed an asset to Tathagata Farm and to the village. We're glad that you get to learn a few things while you were there, including playing in a small local football field. We like to involve people to different aspects of daily lives of the village and the locals, but at the same time give them enough space to enjoy their private life too, we are glad we matched your expectation on delivering this service to you. It is also an opportunity for the locals to meet travellers from all around the world and i am sure you have been a delightful guests to them. Thank you once again for the great review and for highly recommending us to the world, we hope to see you again someday for that cup of tea and a good hearted football match.

On behalf of Navin and Tathagata Farm.

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Reviewed May 21, 2012

The time we spent at Tathagata Farm was delightful. I was traveling with my husband and two sons (4 and 6 years old), and we had planned a one night stay at the end of a short visit to Darjeeling. In retrospect, we should have spent less time in Darjeeling and another night at the farm. The cottages are simple and clean (I got the best night sleep I can remember). The location is perfectly soothing and health-promoting, the food just like home-cooked (except that the vegetables are fresher), the hand-made Darjeeling tea delicious, and the hospitality excellent. Navin personally took such good care of us that we never felt like paying guests. Our youngest son still talks about our stay there as 'when we went to Uncle's house'. The boys had so much fun splashing in the pool, watching the milking of the cows, playing with the resident dogs, and collecting firewood for a bonfire that it was nearly impossible to convince them to leave. And I still haven't forgotten the deep sense of peace and contentment I felt sitting on the verandah and gazing across the unspoiled countryside.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank danicalal
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PravinDarjeeling, Owner at Tathagata Farm, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2012

Thank you Danica for your wonderful review, we are happy that you and your family had so much fun at Tathagata Farm and especially to your 2 wonderful sons. I personally also had so much fun with your kids and Mr. Lal has been very inspiring. His vision for the alternative school is great.
It was indeed a pleasure to meet you and your family and most importantly to host you at the farm.
Thank you again for the great feedback, and we hope to see you someday again. The handmade tea will be freshly brewed for the occasion and the bonfire will be lit again.
Navin

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Reviewed May 20, 2012

We came to Tathagata farmstay straight from Varanasi and 3 months travelling India. It was exactly what we needed before heading on to Delhi. We were lucky enough to be sharing the farm with two families from Darjeeling who we later met in the town and shared some fond memories. Navin is fantastic. His knowledge of organic farming and the mineral springs tea co-operative he helped to set up around his farm is so interesting. He is a great host. He tunes into your needs. If you want to relax and explore alone, he somehow knows. If you feel like something more organised he'll arrange a guide to take you on a tour of the local area and after a swim in the river, you'll end up at a neighbour's house sipping the local brew. He'll keep you on your toes. One lazy afternoon we were collected by his farmers to help them milk the cows. It really is a must do. Our four days at the farm were worth EVERY rupee. Thanks Navin!!!!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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PravinDarjeeling, Owner at Tathagata Farm, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2012

Dear Amanda & Thomas, Thank you for your kind words for Tathagata Farm.
We are delighted that You had a memorable stay at Tathagata Farm, this indeed makes us feel proud and content that the vision behind creating the place is being realised.
It was indeed a pleasure to meet you and most importantly to host you at the farm. I am sure everyone from the farm to your swimming buddies from the nearby tea garden enjoyed your wonderful company.
Thank you again for the great feedback, and we hope to see you someday again.
Navin

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Reviewed May 6, 2012

We traveled to Tathagata Farm in April 2012 as a group of four. It was the most enjoyable portion of our week in India. Navin and Pravin were the most hospitable hosts and were willing to tailor or stay to exactly what we were looking for. They even helped up secure accommodation on our return to Darjeeling. Navin is very knowledgeable about organic farming and permaculture. It was enjoyable listening to him describe the organization of the local farmers into a co-op and helping them to transition to creating organic produce. He is very passionate about what he is doing within the community and it was a treat to see his work in action. Our favorite part of our time on the farm was the hike to visit the local farmers and to watch the tea being weighed and sent off for production. The farm is set in a remote and beautiful location that made us feel instantly at peace. We highly recommend a visit to Tathagata Farm if you are traveling to Darjeeling and are looking for a memorable experience off the grid and away from the typical tourist scene.

Room Tip: We stayed in the independent huts on the farm, but would have been just as happy to experience the h...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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PravinDarjeeling, Owner at Tathagata Farm, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2012

Dear Jaime,

Thank you for the great review for our simple farmstay. We are happy to hear that you and your friends enjoyed your stay at the farm and the simple yet fulfilling experience you had during your visit.

We are fortunate to have travellers like you who share our passion for performance and delivery. Our Farmer's Co-op is doing great this year in Tea Production and we hope to do well in other crops as well.

Thank you again for the great feedback, we will look forward to host you again in near furture.

Kind regards
Navin.

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Reviewed April 24, 2012

The fine folks at Tathagata Farm provide a serene setting and comfortable accommodations for the adventurous set deep in a sleepy valley near Darjeeling.

I suppose every traveler's experience will be different depending on what you want to see and do. For our little group of four it went as follows:

We arrived via jeep from Darjeeling. It was a bumpy ride, but each increment we progressed took us further and further from the world at large. Personally, I felt as though we were leaving the grid far behind, and it felt wonderful.

Navin and Pravin greeted us, and we immediately gathered around tea (best I've ever had, of course) to get to know each other and suss out what we were looking to do during our short stay of two days. These gentlemen are consummate hosts, and they set us all at ease from the get go. Navin spoke eloquently and at length about what the farm does, how he works with the community, and what their connections are for distribution. He has a wealth of knowledge, ties to folks abroad, and is simultaneously rooted in the community.

We toured the grounds, all the while taking in the tranquil surroundings and observing the picking process. After that, we were left to our cabins to relax before dinner.

The cabins provide all the comfort one may need: shower, "western" toilet, comfy beds, a porch that was made for reading, ruminating and staring blissfully off into the distance.

We were well fed at all times with fresh local fare. And after dinner we gathered around a fire to chat the night away. These were probably my favorite moments of the trip. As this was my first trip to India, I found these conversations to be enlightening. We swapped stories, got serious, got whimsical, and generally soaked up the experience while the outside world fell away.

The next day Navin took us on a hike around the village. We saw the tea weighing process and had lunch at a nearby home. A bridge had also been washed out and we saw the rebuild in progress. All these little experiences combined to give us a beautiful snapshot of lives that we had never known.

This was one of the most unique travel experiences I've had. The best part about it was simply being disconnected from gadgetry and people noise (we live in Bangkok). Everyone in our group has an interest in responsible tourism and organic farming, so this was destined to be informative and fun.

As other people have written, there are other options for activities. We just didn't have much time. Navin is keen to make your visit tailor made, though. So just be clear about what you do or don't want to do, and you will surely leave Tathagata Farm with a clear head and a calm heart.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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PravinDarjeeling, Owner at Tathagata Farm, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2012

Dear Kirk,

Thank you for your kind words, we are delighted that you and your friends had so much fun at Tathagata Farm, this indeed makes us feel proud and content that the vision behind creating the place is being realised.
The review does feel like going back in times when we had long chats about the world and everything under the sun. It was indeed a pleasure you meet you and your friends and most importantly to host you at the farm. I am sure everyone from the neighbours to the cows enjoyed the wonderful company that you are.
Thank you again for the great feedback, and we hope to see you someday again. The handmade tea will be freshly brewed for the occasion and the bonfire will be lit again.

See you soon!

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Reviewed April 22, 2012

We cant actually count the number of times we have visited Tathagata Farms,but we know for sure that we will go back many more times. One can't help falling in love with the beautiful farm, amazing little swimming pool, green nature, peace and serenity and a wonderful and perfect host in Navin Tamang. Each time we visit Navin takes such good care of us we almost never ever feel like leaving Tathagata Farms. Five star treatment....Love it really:-). To wake up in the morning with the calls of different birds nesting on the trees everywhere is wonderful, followed by hot tea or coffee and breakfast. We spent the days visiting the village nearby and walked down to the river and really i could not ask for a better, more perfect holiday. The ride to Tathagata is adventurous and fun. It's a bumpy ride down but we loved it and you're gonna love it:-) Plan your travel well because you are NOT gonna want to leave TATHAGATA FARMS. Thank You Navin for the wonderful stay. "Great Job"!!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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PravinDarjeeling, Owner at Tathagata Farm, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2012

Dear Leon and Supriya,

It was indeed great to host you at teh farm. We are happy to hear that you had such great fun while on the several trips you;ve made to the farm. You guys are indeed our very loyal customers and we are lucky to have hosted you during all of your stays.

Thank you so much for your visit and we hope to have a good dinner sometime soon and when you're back again at the farm.

Till then, have a great day, everyday!

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Address: | Mineral Spring Village, Darjeeling 734105, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Darjeeling District > Darjeeling
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Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 125 B&Bs / Inns in Darjeeling
Price Range: $71 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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Tathagata Farm is located in a rural village setting in a scenic part of Darjeeling, India. The place offers simple food, comfortable stay and hospitable staff and owner. It's a small and quaint little place to relax and unwind. There is great potential for short walks, treks, nature walks, tea garden visits and also take on mountain biking as an activity around the place or interact with the local village farmers who are proud of their village and their organic produce. Come and experience simplicity. ... more   less 
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