Our story:

Ours is a passionate endeavor to offer locals and travelers to the Darjeeling hills with a unique and memorable experience in Himalayan hospitality and fine dining. We believe there is a bit of the Himalayan spirit in everyone and we help you discover it and celebrate it here.

Staying with us is a hosted experience, where you come as a guest and leave as family. We make every effort to make you feel at home. A patron once described his experience as coming to a favorite grand relative’s home during school holidays, where you get to laze in cosy rooms, are pampered with home-made exotic food and bakes through out the day, where you are regaled with stories of the past, and from where you leave with a deeper understanding of culture, nature and history.

Your hosts, Neena & Jivan are well known in this region. Neena is known for her food and hospitality. Her fame was such that when a large Indian business house wanted to establish the first tea resort in Darjeeling on their plantation, they got in touch with her. The rest is history. Neena developed this secluded property into what is today an internationally recognized award winning luxury tea resort. Since then she has advised other tea resorts, bakeries and food & hospitality ventures while opening her own home in the Kalimpong countryside to a select clientele.

Jivan retired as a senior tea planter after nearly 40 years with one of the largest tea companies in the world, where he managed some of their highest performing tea estates in Darjeeling and the Dooars. A reservoir of information on the history of this region and of course on the tea industry, he enjoys sharing his stories and giving guests an impromptu lesson on tea tasting.

Our establishment has many offerings and we are flexible in customizing our services to meet your needs. Come over to our garden restaurant for a sumptuous meal. Call us if you want to make your guests remember what they ate at your special occasion at your place. Take a class on cooking and baking or send your children to learn. Stay with us and enjoy a few unhurried days of fine food and warm hospitality. Explore this unique region with ‘Paila’, our curated tours and activities. Take home a taste of Kalimpong with organic preserves and pickles and food hampers all created at our kitchen with local ingredients.