About This Listing
A large family room with a view which can comfortably fit a family of 5 with space for extra beds.
Basic necessities like 24 hot/cold water,32 ' Led satellite T.V. and 6 inch foam beds are provided.
A tea maker is also provided in the rooms.
Sikkim, the Hidden Land of Sacred Treasures and blessed by the great Tantric Master, Guru Padmasambhava, is a pristine land decreed to be a "beyul", a place where the Saintly and the devout shall seek and find refuge during cataclysmic times. Most hilltops have a monastery and the flutter of prayer flags and the chant of monks in their daily ablutions reflect the deep singularity with which Buddhism has taken root in this ephemeral land.
Sikkim is one of the biodiversity hotspots in the world and boasts of a wide swathe of exotic flora and endangered fauna: 600 species of orchids and an equal number of bird and butterfly species and 36 species of rhododendron that burst with colour during spring.
Within a five-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Gangtok town, the quiet stillness and tranquility pervades the idyllic location of The Shire, where you can sip tea in the garden ad-midst flowers blooming and with the quiet companionship of the flutter of butterfly wings.
The mighty Khangchendzonga, the guardian deity of Sikkim lies resplendent in all its glory showering munificence on all who gaze at her.
The tradition of Sikkimese hospitality is evident from the fact that The Shire is a home away from home.
Guest will have access to the Garden and the terrace area right outside if they would like to relax and breath in the fresh mountain air.
Interaction with Guests
Yes we do interact with guests,from the time of check in till check out without being intrusive.
The property is a 10 Mins walk to the main town yet it is peaceful with a lots of greenery.
Taxis are available for hire and we have ample space for parking.On prior notice we do arrange for pick up and drops to the airport/Train station.We also provide tips for travelling in and around and refer our guest to Travel agencies whenever required.
Other Things to Note
The approach Road is a bit steep as it is the mountains,but taxis do come till the property if there are any aged Adults.
No loud music and smoking in the rooms.The outside garden area can be used for smoking.
No local persons can stay over.
We stayed at The Shire from 4-8 May 2015
The stay was comfortable, host (Mr. Karma) was a nice guy and always available for us. The food was good and it was a very homely feeling.
Mr Karma and his family were very nice and also assisted us plan our itinerary. It was a lovely vacation well spent at The Shire.
Thank you for the hospitability.
Mandar Joshi (Dombivli-Mumbai)
The Shire is an absolutely beautiful place to stay - the house and gardens are immaculate and Karma and his family are so welcoming! They really make you feel at home. There is a great view over Gangtok - the house is peaceful yet still very close by to the main centre of Gangtok. The freshly prepared local food that Karma's family cook in the restaurant was so tasty - my favourite food from my whole time in India! Spending some quality time with the family dog (outdoors) was also great, since I'd been very homesick from my own - he was very friendly and a delight to play with :)
If you are travelling to Sikkim and don't hold an Indian passport please be aware that you need a special permit to cross the border - I was unaware of this and we were kept at the Border for a substantial time on the way there whilst this was sorted out - take plenty copies of your passport and visa and also several spare passport photos and you'll be able to obtain a permit to cross the border (extra permits also needed for visiting places further North in Sikkim).
Also note that from here, the Himalayas can only be viewed on a clear day and if you get up early around 5am!
Thanks for everything Karma and good luck with the Orchids!
About the Host, Karma Tempa Chogyal
Hi this is Karma from Sikkim running a family guesthouse for the past 7 years.
We believe in trying to provide comfortable rooms in a spacious environment.We also love to share with our guests history,culture,food and just about everything under a Sikkimese sun.We also believe in building a sustainable environment for the future.