We were a party of 12 with kids and adults. We had booked all the 4 rooms. Rooms are spacious and nicely done.
We are all vegetarians and Ashish and Vijaya prepared such delicious dishes for us (though Ashish mentioned that non-veg items are their specialities).
They prepared north indian dishes, italian and continental dishes. All the dishes were delicious and authentic and were prepared using fresh ingredients from the farm.
They had a huge buffet spread for dinner everyday that we couldnt stop over eating.
Ashish was also very excited that we had small kids in our group and catered to their needs.
Vijaya also gave us recommendations for shopping in the Kalimong area. We got many cute antique and curios from there.
Bablu was very helpful running up nd down to bring what we need.
Domino the lab mix was very friendly and the kids were especially thrilled to see her month old puppies.
The hill views are amazing from the farm. They also have lots of place for the kids to run around and go for walks. Wish we had time for some trekking to nearby places.
The only concern for us was there were too many insects that entered the rooms and dining area during the late evening attracted by the lights. Ashish told us it happens during hot and dry months. This was a bit uncomfortable especially for the kids. If not for that I would have given 5 star rating.
Thanks for your hospitality. Hope to visit you again sometime.
Auks farm is in the Soreng Hill area. This hill has mostly Buddhist households. Our stay coincided with Buddha Purnima, so we were treated to a colorful procession, and chants echoing in the hills (ps: for us it was just that one day. However, if you're looking for silence in the hills, do check in advance for marriage/ festival season).
The accommodation is tastefully done up. We had booked the whole place. There's an isolated cabin with a balcony. Ask for it, if a private balcony view is important for you.
The dining room, has a collection of books, and a sound system.
Non-veg is the core competence of the Auks Farm kitchen. If you're veg, have a chat in advance, so that you have a sense of the meals that will be prepared during your stay.
We missed doing a bonfire. And that's to do with the unpredictable weather in the hills. On the other hand we had a few hours of a splendid view of the Himalayas. The view from Auks Farm is unique as you view the Himalayas above, alongwith the meandering Teesta (Valley) below.
The charm is to stay at Auks farm and do activities around the farm. Though, Kalimpong is close (c. 1.5h), and Darjeeling is (2.5h) - but account for long traffic snarls in Darjeeling.
Strongly recommend the walk to the Monasteries. It's a good quality road, that has local houses and schools, giving a peek into the local culture.
Never thought of staying in a farm in India. Auks Farm was an unexpected experience!! The hosts are good and caring. We were served by home made dishes with veggies from the farm, every bite was fresh, healthy and delicious.
The farm is surrounded by mountains and the view is spectacular though sometimes power failure. We enjoyed the sunrise every quiet morning. It's a place where you can stay, doing nothing and just relax with the sounds of nature.
It's a pity that we didn't have enough time to do the Shared Kitchen. Hope this could be done when we come to Auks Farm again.
Sushmita & Ashish, thanks very much for accompaning us on our shopping and bringing us to the Monastery and fishing. We enjoyed every moment we stayed in Auks Farm.
I am a regular homestay and farmstay traveler. And among all the one's that have hosted me, Auks Farm was undoubtedly the best. If you're looking for a review to decide, then the TLDR part is this - if you're looking for a quiet getaway in the hills of North Bengal, in a semirural setting but don't want to give up on the niceties of food and cleanliness and have the urge to meet great people, THEN BOOK AUKS FARM. IT'S BRILLIANT AND THE HOSTS ARE THE NICEST FOLKS YOU'LL EVER MEET.
Now the longer version. I landed up in Auks Farm with my wife right the day after our reception. We both love mountains, have a weakness for homestays or farmstays and shirk away from the hotels. We selected Auks Farm and Soreng for this and one major reason - after the maddening marriage thing we needed a break from it all. Given that we were short on time, Auks Farm and a few other places were on the list, all in North Bengal.
The reason we hit on and stuck with Auks Farm was that from the very first contact, Sushmita, our lovely host was extremely open and helpful. She was charming to talk to, easy to deal with and knowledgeable about all the weird questions a new groom asks!
And then we reached the property. It's tuck on a hill slope smack opposite Kalimpong.
It's a big farm with 4 accommodations - cottages of varying construction. One bamboo hut, a mud hut, a newly built (and may I say very lovingly constructed) wooden hut and a brick mortar one. All of them are small and cozy but big enough to accommodate families. And they do not lack any of the things you are used to - the bathrooms are modern and very clean, the beds are super nice, the decor is simple but tasteful, the furniture ample. Check the pics if you are in a rush. The total accommodation is limited to 16 max and that's by choice. Too much of a crowd would actually take a lot away from the hospitality that we found so endearing!
And the hospitality. Sushmita and her family are the owner's of the place. It's her brother, his wife and their mum who stay on the farm along with Sushmita. They are the loveliest and nicest hosts I've met in a long time. You could easily chat with them over a bonfire and a drink for hours on end and just have the best time. They cook all the food on their own and from produces from the farm itself.
And oh the food ! Imagine mouth watering pork, home made garlic bread, tossed chicken, freshly made pasta dinner or even the rice-dal-chicken lunch. The food was lip smacking and the lovely dining room was a place to just lol around. We were even served a barbeque of some of the most succulent pork ribs on our second evening. Sad that we were too busy eating and forget taking pics. They were served with so much care and good love that we were overwhelmed.
To end it all, even if I was a cynical critic of homestays, I don't I would find a single out of place at Auks Farm. The place, the people, the food, the hills - IT WAS A STAY WORTH REMEMBERING.
We will be back.
Keep em ribs ready Sushmita!
Excellent hospitality and delicious recipes have actually surged the comfort during our stay in Auks Farm . In the midst of serene nature we have nurtured our originality. The cottages in the Farm are nicely built to offer all the basis amenities and the surrounding flora adds beauty by all means. Anyone can re-discover himself while his stay in Auks Farm.
Love to visit again!!!