Temi Tarku - the emerging homestay tourism destination
Gangtok, 21 Mar:
Sikkim offers varied forms of tourism including adventure tourism, nature tourism, pilgrimage tourism, ecotourism, etc. Among them, homestay and village tourism have become increasingly popular. Most rural hamlets in the State offer the homestay experience to tourists who want to spend days surrounded by nature with exposure to agrarian lifestyle, culture and peace.
Temi, the picturesque hillock in South Sikkim, has also been adapting with the concept of homestay and village tourism. Already famous among tourists for its organic tea estate and scenic beauty, the locals gradually realized the potential of offering the best homestay facilities in the State.
Today, 22 families in Temi are engaged in homestay tourism alongside farming with the belief that it will help them improve their socio-economic condition.
One such homestay is Temi Khoti Homestay located along Temi-Damthang road in Lower Temi, run by local youth, Aakash Chand Pradhan .
Speaking to SummitTimes, Aakash expresses, “Homestays have seen a steady growth among tourists. People here are traditional farmers but now they are taking up home stay business as an additional source of income and the results seem to be encouraging with the rising number of tourists visiting the area.”
The Temi Kothi offers guests the experience and opportunity to live with local villagers and share their lifestyle, enjoy local culture and local food and beverages. One gets a panoramic view of the Temi tea garden and the mountains from the homestay.
The allure of the lush green tea estate is enhanced by cherry blossoms during winters and the mighty Mount Khangchendzonga in the backdrop, Temi and Tarku areas have emerged as some of the most attractive tourist spots in the State. And with homestays picking up the pace steadily, the entire area is heading towards becoming the new village tourism destination for tourists visiting Sikkim.
Apart from Temi Kothi, other home stays offering rural Sikkimese experience in Temi and surrounding areas are Sarika Homestay, Aansham Kutir, Attreya Home, Bamboo Grove, etc.