Home-Stays of North Bengal– Michilingma Homestay

The True Concept of Home-Stay :


North Bengal Homestays - Michilingma
Rural Tourism has now emerged with a new perspective that reveals deeper aspects of environmentalism, socialism and economical benefits.  India being a country, dominated by rural sector, has anticipated the fact that appalls the policies to be prominently designed for rural destinations. In this context the brighter side of Rural Tourism has been inevitably taken into account that can be an important aid in solving several social, economical and ecological hindrances of the nation. However, Rural Tourism has its own set of rules and limitations that if not followed can drive the chariot towards the opposite direction of all the expectations.

In the name of Home- Stays, the hosts often follow the culture of commercialized hotel, and that is the important part considered to be totally unacceptable in the concept. Rural tourism does not aim to be heavier on its economical sector but it is always an alternative source equally distributed on the other social and ecological aspects. This true culture is seldom followed by the home-stays of North Bengal because of lack of true knowledge of Home-Stay and Rural Tourism Concept.
Dalgaon- North Bengal Offbeat Destinations

We are solemnly thankful to the West Bengal Tourism Department for taking this matter more seriously. Their initiative to train the rural community under the course named “Home Stay Hospitality and Rural Tourism Entrepreneurship Course” was highly praiseworthy that meant to be a true orientation program for the developmental sector of the state. The training was first of its kind in India and may soon be replicated in other states as well.

After the training, the results are proclaiming axiomatically the true goal of the training program. Some of the trainees have even implemented the concept and have already given a start. One such initiative can be seen in a place called Dalgaon that falls on the way towards Jholung- Bindu in North Bengal.

Dalgaon :

Dalgaon View Point in North Bengal

Dalgaon is a beautiful place nearby other renowned destinations like Samsing, Suntalekhola, Paren, Jhaolung, Bindu, Neora Valley National Park etc. The place is accessible to some of the best experiences of North Bengal like a visit to the oldest Hydel-Project Of India – Jaldhaka Hydel Project, The oldest Cinchona Plantation of India that still manually produces Quinine-The anti-malaria drug, Jadhaka river adventure activities, organic tea garden like Kumai, Some beautiful jungle experiences of Neora Valley NationalPark, a visit to the renowned watch towers and jungle safari of Gorumara, Chaparamari and Lataguri forests, etc.  So the Home-Stay can not only reveal its true essence of rural tourism concept but along with can also be tested for its other responsibilities that are inevitable in the concept.

Michilingma Home Stay in Dalgaon:



Michilingma Home Stays - Hotels and homestays of India
The Home –Stay has been established by a community worker named Sangram Sotang, who has given the home stay a cultural name – Michilingma Home Stay. The homestay is near one of the beautiful view points of the areas Dalgaon View Point and provides a picturesque view of the old house decorated by the colorful flowers. “ The only change I have made are the Toilets because that is the basic I am appalled to follow, rest is just as it was” Says Sangram Sotang who is also a local musician and often freelances his sound editing services to the documentary movie makers.   The charges and food can give a true Idea that the home-stay owner has just taken it as an alternative source of income for him. “I still do the same job in the plantation, and offer the same locally grown food instead of following the menu of those commercial cuisines. I candidly tell the guests that we will do our best, but in addition I also tell them that they are not the tourists, whom I need to serve in exchange of money, but they are the guests, whom I need to serve like a guest in my culture. I am not worried even if no guests come because it was my house and it is still my house, and I don’t have any overhead expenses like hotel owners.” says Mr. Sotang wearing a chastened smile on his face.  Michilingma Home stay at Dalgaon, North Bengal has definitely set an example how a true concept of Home-stay can bring changes in the society.
Homestays of North Bengal Michilingma Home Stay 

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