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Sushil is President of the Darap Eco-Tourism Committee Project and will help you find somewhere to stay here, either in his own small resort or elsewhere in the village.

There are cultural sights all over this part of Sikkim, all of which can be easily accessed from Darap. We visited sacred Kechopari Lake (a half day's hike, or quick Jeep ride away) as well as Pemayantse Gompa and the Rabdentse Ruins near Pelling.

We were offered plenty of activities:

Folk singing & dancing
Jungle walks
Bird watching
Fishing
Cow milking
Village walks
Meditation
Rock climbing
Camp fire suppers
Low altitude treks

NETHAM CAVE TREK (10000 ft)
Netham Cave is a holy cave which fulfills whatever one desires or wishes. Many devotees, domestic and foreign, visit the cave all year round, usually for meditation. The views during this trek are spectacular.
1st DAY: Darap to Rani Dunga 7500ft
2nd DAY: Rani dunga to Tesenthang 6500ft
3rd DAY: Tesenthang to Netham Cave 10,000ft
4th DAY: Netham Cave to Back to Darap

Costs: At the height of the season it was around $30 a night for two for full board. If you eat elsewhere (on a trek or walk) the cost of each meal missed is deducted from your final bill.
Our village guide cost around $18 a day.

Suitable for adults or families. This area is extremely mountainous, so access might be more difficult for less able bodied travellers.

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Uploaded by Liz Cleere on Aug. 30, 2011.

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8 / 10
1 review

Liz Cleere (recommender) (8 / 10)

reviewed Aug. 30, 2011, 4:43 p.m.

Liz Cleere spent 5-10 days with Sushil Tamang.

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We stayed at Dara Goan Village Retreat with Shiva Gurung and his wife, Radha, sharing their one room sitting/dining area, and at night sleeping in our own simple wooden chalet in the garden. We ate home-cooked meals and I learnt how to make momos.

Without doubt, what made it special was getting to spend time with the local people in and around Darap. Sushil arranged for Purna, a young local student, to take us on a village and jungle trek. We met his family, who live high in the valley, in a 200 year old mud/bamboo hut. We drank butter and salt tea, rakshi -- a kind of schnapps made from rhododendrons or maize -- and milk straight from the cow. It was a great privilege to be welcomed into the homes of these simple, and welcoming people.

Best bits: Spending time with Purna's family in their mud house.
Worst bits: Leeches!

Ratings

Overall experience: 8 / 10
Value for money: 9 / 10
Eco impact: 9 / 10
Does the local understand eco issues? Yes