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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Note that this place is really about one hour past Darjeeling town, so you are prepared for quiet relaxation. Oh, and the road is very bumpy to get there--just be warned if you have a bad back.

Once you arrive, there are no worries! Navin is a wonderful host, and you are greeted with a pot of fresh tea grown on the property. Navin sits down to talk, show you around the farm, and talk about life in the area. Our cabin was absolutely lovely. Clean, comfortable, spacious....

The property itself is a working working farm on a tropical hillside. The tea bushes will be right outside your front door, and the veggie garden is just below the pool. Some of our meal came out of the garden, and the eggs were laid on-site. This farm is part of a larger cooperative of small, local farms, and they are happy to share all about that endeavor to those who want to learn.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included, and Navin even convinced us to stay on for lunch our last day so we wouldn't feel rushed. The food is more Nepalese than Indian (as is much of Darjeeling's food--Nepal is so nearby!) although there is some fun fusion happening. Be aware that if you order non-veg (that means you get meat) that there likely will be small bones throughout the curries, which is kind of how Nepalese food is prepared. All our food had wonderfull flavor, and Navin arranged for us to try all the local "brews" while we were there. What fun!

Navin also arranged a hike (trek) for us including lunch at a restaurant in a neighbhoring valley, which was lovely and a very nice service for him to provide.

One suggestion: Navin, can you think of a way to get hot water taps for the shower? It was cold when we were there, and a hot shower would have made our little cabin heaven on earth! The hot water bottles were great on those cold nights.

Thank you for the fabulous experience!!!

Room Tip: Well, there's just two cabins (until Navin gets the glamping finished). We had the one lower down on the hill, which was great. The other looked just as nice! You really can't go wrong with either.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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PravinDarjeeling, Manager at Tathagata Farm, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2013

Dear explorer,

Thank you for positively reviewing Tathagata Farm. we are delighted to receive such a positive response from you for the property and your experience during the time you spent with us.
There is lot to be done and achieve at the farm, and we truly remain indebted to the travellers who ignores our mistakes and take in the atmosphere as it is. And we all at Tathagata Farm would like to thank you again for your kind words, it does mean a lot to us.
We try our best to keep it simple here, let us know if you have any suggestion and advise to improve upon or do things better in the future.
Navin is currently at the farm working hard and enjoying the simplicity, so i am writing on his behalf to thank you for the review.
Regarding hot water, it is a great suggestion and we will try and deliver it to our future travellers, the only thing is to think about how sustainably we can achieve this keeping in mind our environment and resources. It isn't hard, but it needs to be properly thought over and done. We will be working towards it and i can assure you of that.

Thank you again for your kind words, we will look forward to having you someday at teh farm again!

On behalf of the entire staff.
Tathagata Farm.

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

My wife and I went to North east for our honeymoon trip in February 2013 and Darjeeling was last leg of our journey. After staying at a high end hotel in Gangtok, I thought it'd be great to go for something different and I am glad I chose Tathagata farm. It's nothing short of heaven in the hills. Navin, the owner of this beautiful farm is truly a magnificent host. We had chosen an independent hut which is simply perfect for a honeymoon couple ;) After a bit of a bumpy ride downhill from darjeeling, we arrived at the farm. We were welcomed with homegrown tea. A short while later, we met two other couples staying at the farm (one of them even gave a review here: Hi, Stephanie S). We had great local food later that evening and spent some quality time around a small bonfire with drinks. Navin is extremely knowledgeable and can go on and on about the life of the people in the hills and their way of life. Next day we went for a long hike in the hills and I ended up getting cramps in my leg but hot water bags provided by Navin came in to the rescue. We woke up to a serene morning and a hot cup of tea and breakfast was waiting for us. The small but extremely humble staff left no stone unturned to make sure we were comfortable. We had momos and later that evening my wife cooked 'Theplas (a popular Gujarati flat-bread)' for all of us. We stayed at Tathagata Farm for 3 days and it was more than we could ask for.

Room Tip: Independent huts are great. We took the one facing the valley. New Deluxe Huts were being built we were there. So check if they are available now.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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PravinDarjeeling, Manager at Tathagata Farm, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2013

Dear Mr. Desai,

Thank you for taking time to review our farm. It was indeed a pleasure to have you with us. Sorry for time it has taken to respond back. The pleasure is all ours and we enjoyed every bit of your company at the farm. The property can only be termed good till the time we have happy travellers staying with us and enjoying their stay.
Thank you for reviewing positively, it is great to hear that you have mentioned your honeymoon to be a success at the farm, you are kind with your words. Simplicity is something that we would like to promote and after reading your review, we are happy we have been able to deliver it to you.
We have now completed 2 more tented accommodation, you can say Glamping in a sense, they look good and comfortable.

Thank you again for your feedback.
Tathagata Farm.

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

As much as we all love India, it is nice to escape the craziness of the cities (yes, even Darjeeling!) by checking out these off the beaten path places. Tathagata is just that. We had such a geat experience there, despite falling ill, and were treated like family and felt very comfortable. Navin, the owner, is an impeccable host, and a riot to hang out with. He was very knowledgeable about organic farming, and India, and was a joy to sit around and chat with. He arranged a nice 21km trek for us through the hills, and went above and beyond to make our time there great. We did some cooking lessons, and even one of the other guests got to make us some food too. Every night we had drinks and snacks before dinner, and every morning there was tea to wake us up. Can't forget the nice hot water bottles to keep us warm in the relatively cool mountain nights! Rooms were big and comfortable, and the balcony overlooking the garden and farm was a nice place to hang out. The bathrooms were clean, and the hot water buckets were a nice touch!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Stephanie S
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PravinDarjeeling, Manager at Tathagata Farm, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2013

Dear Stephanie,

Sorry it has taken so long to respond back. Firstly, we would like to thank you for your feedback and review the farmstay. It is such a delight to read our travelers enjoying the place. It gives us a sense of achievement to find out that travellers do enjoy simplicity and rural stay, it provides us with the impetus to do more and better the experience of our visitors.
We look forward to have you in the future to share that hot cup of Darjeeling.

Until then, thank you for the review and best of luck.

Tathagata Farm.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

The badest thing was, that i just had a two days-stay. I could have stayed there for weeks! And the boss of the farm Navin Tamang is a great conversationalist - i had a lot of fun with him, because at this moment i was his only guest!
It´s such a beautiful and peaceful place! And the same with the people, who are working there. They all were so friendly and and very obliging. The nepalese food got a great variety and was just delicious. It was made in a open kitchen on a fire!
The cottage was gorgeous - very lovely details, fresh flowers and a spacious bathroom. And of course a lovely balcony with flowers and the view on the hills of darjeeling!
I was also a lucky guy because they invented me to watch the traditional slaugthery of a pig in a very tiny village in the near of the farm. It was a great experience to watch how the whole family is working together on such a day. The people were so friendly and lovely - i couldn´t believe.
Its a perfect place to relax and to enjoy the nature and totally silence.
So at the end i can absolutely recommend a stay on this ecological farm with its great people and it´s professional guides and concepts!!!

Room Tip: Both rooms/cottages are great
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Out of a four month solo trip to India, the week I spent at Tathagata Farm in November 2012 was, without a doubt, the highlight. Navin, the warm and knowledgeable owner, made me feel like part of the family - we ate delicious home cooked meals in the open air dining room, visited with his friends and neighbors in the surrounding village, cheered at the village soccer tournament, planted potatoes and went for walks in the beautiful countryside. I was welcomed with smiles and interesting conversation by everyone we visited, and it was clear that Navin is adored and respected by the people of Mineral Springs. He and his lovely staff made me feel right at home on the beautiful farm, set on a lush hillside leading down to the river. I stayed in a lovely little cottage, simply designed with lots of natural light and pretty touches like fresh flowers on the bedside table. I woke each morning to birdsong (and no other sounds! a welcome relief after Darjeeling's clamor), and when I'd open my door to let in the air, within minutes one of the staff would deliver a pot of steaming homemade tea, which I sipped on my porch, looking out over the pepper plants and tea bushes and an unreal variety of butterflies. It was a perfect place to spend the day reading or writing, but Navin is also happy to arrange trips down to the river, treks in the surrounding area, momo cooking lessons, and other activities to keep you busy. Personally, I could spend hours just talking with him about his work helping local farmers organize into a fair trade organic cooperative, the permaculture courses he hosts at the farm, and exchanging ideas about sustainable agriculture and community development. I hope to be back in India again before too long, and Tathagata Farm is now a necessary part of any future trips I take to the subcontinent. Thank you for an incredible week!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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