Homestays provide a cocoon of safety and much-awaited privacy far from the madding crowd. Moreover, they provide the perfect setting for cost-effective lodging for the travellers. Homestays are dotting various tourist destinations as small business enterprises, and, undoubtedly, these modest facilities play a pivotal role in making the journeys memorable as they ooze with homely ambience and serve some delectable local cuisines.
One such popular homestay that has taken social media by storm is the ‘Birdsong’ homestay at Mirik in Darjeeling in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.
Mirik, which is one of the most enchanting places in the picturesque Darjeeling, is a sought-after destination of tourists. The pleasant cool climate and bewitching natural beauty attract travellers to Mirik. The main attractions of this exotic place include Savitri Pushpodyan (garden) and Sumendu Lake. Mirik bazaar, Thana Line, Krishnanagar, Deuseydara, Thurbo, Mirik Basti and Byapari Golai are some of places that boast of exceptional facilities for backpackers.
The ‘Birdsong’ has a romantic touch to it as the homestay is situated in a verdant forest filled with pine trees. Moreover, the view of the Kanchenjunga mountains decked in golden yellow is simply jaw-dropping. Besides the breathtaking 360 degree view of the surroundings from the living room and bedroom of the homestay, one can also enjoy the ravishing beauty of nature from a wooden deck. Evenings can also be fun with camp fire and mouthwatering barbecues.
With fresh air in abundance, a walk around the homestay can be invigorating. One can amble through the tea plantations and also get a feel of the process involved in making tea powder. Tea aficionados can have a great time as they can taste different types of tea from nearby cafes. Boating on the Mirik Lake is another attraction of travellers visiting this paradise on earth. A visit to the nearby Buddhist centres can also lift your spirits.