Sitla Estate in Mukteshwar may not experience tons of snow, but the stunning views of the peaks will send shivers down your spine. An airy 350 km drive from Delhi, the house between the hills and the orchard belongs to the adventurous and environmentalist Vikram Maira, who stopped his career in television to open his house to guests for a true holiday and a taste of quiet adventure, far from their city life . Choose between colonial-style rooms with wooden floors and fireplaces or modern rooms with elegant wood accents and dramatic framing of wooded slopes in the foreground. As for the meals, think crispy salads, fresh-from-the-oven fruit crumbs, homemade bread, jams, jams served in the yard in the shade of the fruit trees. Double from 7,800 Rs, including breakfast and taxes. Website
Hotels and homestay in Sikkim
Yarlam Resort, Lachung
If you are here for snow, Lachung is the place to be. Located at 8,610 feet, the mountain town about 120 km from Gangtok receives some of the heaviest snowfall in the region. The Lachung River divides the village into two parts. West of the river is Yarlam Resort, where each of the rooms and suites overlooks the valley. In addition to Sikkimese delicacies, the restaurant also serves North Indian, Chinese and European dishes. There is also a bar offering views of snow-capped peaks with a side of aperitifs and a fine selection of Scotch, Irish and bourbon whiskeys. Double from 12,712 Rs. Website.
Pema Bayul Homestay, Lachung
If you are looking for a homely atmosphere in Lachung, consider this stay. A five-minute drive up the main road, just a short distance from where the road ends in the mountains, this two-room affair scores full points for location. Run by Pema Wangyal and his wife, Rinchen, you are promised good food. All the dishes are prepared with love by the family itself, and Pema prepares a local wine of wild blueberries. The rooms are spartan but spotless clean. Also, stop by the craft center for traditional woven rugs and rugs. Double from Rs3,500, including breakfast and dinner. Website.
Summit Khangri Karpo Retreat and Spa, Lachung
At the summit, the Himalayan mountains tower above, and Lachung snakes its way through the meadows covered with snow below. Whether it’s a deluxe, premium or family room, they all have a balcony to see the dramatic views the hotel has to offer. Walk around the lawns, relax in the spa, sit down for a drink in the bar overlooking the river, or curl up by the fire under Lachung’s starry sky. Double from 4,208 Rs. Website.