Ever since travel has become more about meeting and interacting with local people for me, my choice of accommodation has been anything which offers me an easy way out to interact with them. And what could be easier than staying with the locals at their home, in other words, homestays. Rather than staying at some resorts or hotels and be surrounded with the tourists I prefer being with the local people.
In the spirit of travelling to an off-the-tourist trail, we (me and my husband) decided to step into the new phase of our life (married life) amidst the silence and tranquility of nature rather than the usual honeymoon spots full of newly married couples all around you. After spending a good amount of time browsing the internet and researching we decided on Dzongu in North Sikkim.
Not being a regular tourist place it was little difficult to find a homestay in Dzongu. There was not much information about Dzongu and even the tour operators discouraged us to visit the place scaring us with “there is nothing in Dzongu except wild bears“. Despite all the discouragement I was very sure that I wanted to discover this less travelled place. Only people crazy for travel can believe that I was more excited about my trip rather than my marriage ;). After a lot of research we were able to find three homestays in Dzongu and after interacting with all of them, we decided on one which was owned by now our friend Kachyo Lepcha.
We did not know anything more than that we were staying at the home of a Lepcha Family. (If you do not know about Lepcha, it is a indigenous community of Sikkim. Wait for next post to know more about the Lepchas). Driving through the dirt track along the green mountain and then walking through the steep path in the dark we climbed up to our homestay. Continue reading