With promises to be in touch and come back soon again, we bidded her and her family goodbye and started for Darjeeling!
Points To Remember : If you are planning to visit Chatakpur, please remember few points
Always have your reservation / booking. Chatakpur being very remote village, is a destination, run by around 15 families throughout the village. So as you can guess, the accommodation is very limited here. So book well in advance and try not to land up out of the blue. As most of the time it's either completely booked or they do not have enough stock to serve your. Chatakpur is a eco-friendly village and the villagers intends to continue the same (except 1-2 people who have been lured by money). I'd request you to help Chatakpur keep up to it. Else that day is not far, when it's going to be another Darjeeling Do not plan during 15th June 15th - 15th September. Chatakpur is within the Senchal Forest, and consdiering the monsoon, landslide and breeding season of various birds and animals, it's closed during that period. Well as the locals informed us, Chatakpur have experienced this kind of snowfall almost after 11 Years. So in my case (along with all the tourists who were there in Darjeeling on that day) it was a matter of luck. So you really cannot plan based on snow. Even the very next day, a lot of tourists rushed into Darjeeling by the news of snowfall, they could although see snow here and there which took a day or two to melt, but nothing more than that. Experiencing Snowfall in North Bengal is really something once in a decade.
Akriti Homestay : We booked this through our old friend - philosopher - (mis) Guide, the one and only Dipankar Da from North East Tours and Travels. I believe our stay at Akriti Homestay was worth every penny. Chatakpur is a beautiful, quaint, eco-friendly village right at the opposite of Tiger Hill. Chatakpur is famous for offering ubobstructed views of the whole range of Kanchenjunga right from your window. The rooms, washrooms and the whole property is very clean and well maintained. The rooms are really spacious in comparison to other homestays I have been to. And the thing that makes it special here - is the warmth of the wonderful host - Barsha Rai and her family. She along with her husband and 2 kids runs this homestay. Akriti is the name of her daugher - who is the elder one than her brother - Aryansh. Another wonderful thing here is the food, which is finger licking and heavenly. You can't believe the simple home-cooked food can be so tasty unless you spend a night here.
Well I can't promise you to find the snow (as we did), but I can surely tell you that you'd definitely rediscover your soul here in the vicinity of mother nature!
Akriti Homestay, Chatakpur : Rs. 11,200/- (1400 Per Head Per Day)
Lepchajagat - Chatakpur Vehicle : Rs. 2200/-
Akriti Homestay - Barsha Rai / Bikas Rai : +91-82072-21164 / +91-70296-26697 / +91-99331-04230
Ramesh (Driver - Lepchajagat - Chatakpur Drop) : +91-62945-46886. Ramesh is a very friendly and co-operating person driving a white Bolero by registration number WB 64L 3131. However this was a private vehicle which was arranged by Mr. Passang Tamang of Lepchajagat. I'm not sure if you can directly call him up to avail his service, as he do not have commercial registration.