SUBJECT :Homestay tourism is catching up in Ramdhura and Ecchey forest village under Kalimpong Algarah block with tourists in large numbers visiting the area and staying in the homestays run by locals. 

The Ecchey village has become a village tourism destination. SE Pic

Kalimpong (West Bengal), February 1, 2018: Homestay tourism is catching up in Ramdhura and Ecchey forest village under Kalimpong Algarah block with tourists in large numbers visiting the area and staying in the homestays run by locals.

Rich in flora and fauna and the scenic beauty, around 19 homestays are running in Ramdhura and Ecchey. Ramdhura is around 17 kms from Kalimpong town and Ecchey some 3 kms from Ramdhura under Munsong cinchona plantation area.

Arun Khaling, who runs the Khaling homestay, informed that the area attracts tourist for almost 10 months except the monsoon season. Visitors mostly come to view the Kanchenjunga mountain range on the top and the Teesta river flowing below. Namchi, Rabongla and Namthang of Sikkim and parts of Darjeeling can also be seen from Ramdhura.

Sheyeshi Ganguly, tourist from Kolkata who stayed in one of the homestays said, “I feel that I am in my home. The hospitality which I witnessed in the homestay is fantastic.”

Currently, around 100 tourists mainly from Kolkata were staying in different homestays in the area despite the cold wave.

A tourist from Kolkata sharing his experience said he felt at home in Ecchey with the ethnic food, accommodation, bonfire and trekking among other activities. “I will share my experience back home and recommend others to come once and stay here,” he said.

Another homestay owner at Ecchey, D.K. Khawas shared that he has been running the homestay since the past five years and large number of tourists have visited and stayed.

“Earlier local youths had to go other place due to lack of jobs but the homestay business has created new employment avenues despite lack of any government aid,” said Khawas.


Source: Sikkim Express