This Remote Homestay in Sikkim Is the Perfect Place to Unwind over a Long Weekend

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Whenever we think of Sikkim, it's the tourist spots like Gangtok and Pelling that come to mind. But there's a lot more to Sikkim than its mainstream destinations. If you are looking for an unexplored destination that boasts of natural beauty and warm hospitality, Turuk is the place to be. Located in South Sikkim, this small hamlet provides a charming recluse away from the city life and takes you back in time.

Most of Turuk’s charm and attraction is centred around the Heritage Home at Turuk–also known as the Turuk Kothi. The place is full of stories of the bygone era.

About Turuk Heritage Bungalow

Turuk Kothi or Heritage Bungalow is the home to Laxmi Das Pradhan, the first coin-minter of Sikkim. It served as the district headquarters for many years as well and today bears testimony to the thriving economy of the state. Pradhan, a tradesman, introduced the coinage system in Sikkim in 1848 under the rule of Chogyal Thutob Namgyal. Till then barter system was prevalent in the area.

Accommodation

The estate is spread over nine acres of lush gardens and boasts of exotic flora and fauna. The cottage has two bedrooms and can accommodate four guests at a time. Each room has veranda overlooking the gardens. The furniture is vintage and the entire place has a certain old world charm to it.

For the most part, traditional architecture has been kept intact but rooms have been equipped with all modern amenities keeping in mind comfort of the guests. You'll find antique carpets and vintage dressing tables in the same space as modern room heaters and coffee makers.

Photo of Turuk, Sikkim, India by Amrita
Photo of Turuk, Sikkim, India by Amrita
Photo of Turuk, Sikkim, India by Amrita
Photo of Turuk, Sikkim, India by Amrita

Cost

The tariff for the cottage ranges between Rs 6,000 to Rs 8,000 per night depending on the season. It is inclusive of all meals.

Things to do in and around Turuk Kothi

Bird watching

Turuk is a bird watchers’ paradise. Since the place is located amidst lush green environs, away from all the chaos of city life, you can find a variety of exotic birds here. Rare species like the Oriental White Eye, Red Vented Bulbul, Owl and many more can be spotted in the garden itself.

Nature walks and hiking

The estate in itself is quite big, giving you an opportunity to walk around and explore the area on foot. There is also a short trek nearby that will take you through the forest of green vegetation and medicinal plants. You can also take a walk along the village and experience the simple lifestyle of the villagers there.

Sightseeing

Tarey Bhir, a major attraction near Turuk, is a cliff-top from where you get panoramic views of the Teesta and Rangeet rivers flowing 4,000 feet below. You can also visit Namchi city and the small town of Ravangla for day trips from Turuk.

Photo of This Remote Homestay in Sikkim Is the Perfect Place to Unwind over a Long Weekend by Amrita
Photo of This Remote Homestay in Sikkim Is the Perfect Place to Unwind over a Long Weekend by Amrita
Photo of This Remote Homestay in Sikkim Is the Perfect Place to Unwind over a Long Weekend by Amrita
Photo of This Remote Homestay in Sikkim Is the Perfect Place to Unwind over a Long Weekend by Amrita

How to reach Turuk

By air

The nearest airport is at Bagdogra which is about 121 km from Turuk. From the airport, you need to take a cab to Melli Bazar, a town on the West Bengal-Sikkim border. From there you take another taxi to Turuk, which takes about 30 minutes.

By rail

The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 115 km from Turuk. From here you follow a similar route as from the airport.

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Photo of This Remote Homestay in Sikkim Is the Perfect Place to Unwind over a Long Weekend by Amrita
Photo of This Remote Homestay in Sikkim Is the Perfect Place to Unwind over a Long Weekend by Amrita
Photo of This Remote Homestay in Sikkim Is the Perfect Place to Unwind over a Long Weekend by Amrita
Photo of This Remote Homestay in Sikkim Is the Perfect Place to Unwind over a Long Weekend by Amrita
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