Birds Eye G/house - Excellent brand new budget g/house in Darjeeling

#1 Oct 29th, 2008, 16:19
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Hi folks

Recently spent 2 weeks or so in Darjeeling. Initially stayed at Andy's guesthouse (which was fine and has an excellent viewing platform on the roof). We met a canadian guy in a tea shop and he was raving about a new guesthouse he had found the day before. We agreed to go and take a look and we are very glad we did.

Birds Eye Guesthouse is further up the road (and hill) from Hotel Aliment (which is popular as it is in the Lonely Planet but the rooms are not a patch on Birds Eye). If you are prepared to walk as far Hotel Aliment then for just an extra 5 minutes walk you will be there.

Basically you pass Aliment on your left, keep on the same road, when the road bends round to the right follow it round the hill and then continue upwards for a few hundred metres and Birds Eye is on the right. Your efforts will be rewarded with a stunning view of the valley, the town and the mountains.

Uttam is the guy that runs the place and he only opened on 2nd October. We were his second guests! He has 5 rooms, 3 with double beds that cost 300 rupees per night and 2 twin rooms which cost 400 rupees per night. 4 of the rooms have attached bathrooms and Uttam will supply a bucket of hot water for showering whenever you ask for it.

There is a communal sitting area where you can have breakfast with spectacular views of Darjeeling town and IMO an unrivalled view of the Khangchengzonga range. He has recently installed a wood burner in this area which is very cosy early morning and late evening. Or some evenings we sat on the rooftop around a fire.

Uttam's mobile number is 09775972955 and he is a really nice guy.

Hopefully some of you heading to Darjeeling soon will at least go and have a look to see for yourselves.

Cheers
Sian
#2 Dec 6th, 2008, 15:21
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Thanks a lot for this piece of information Sian
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#3 Dec 6th, 2008, 22:06
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Thanks for this great tidbit! Darjeeling is next on my list of places to go !
#4 Dec 7th, 2008, 00:51
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The way you describe it, your Birds Eye like Andy's seem to be awfully low, as is your reference point Hotel Aliment. I have spent some two weeks in Darjeeling, and could certainly consider returning. But I would prefer a place not too far from Chowrasta. I accepted Alice Villa, despite the lousy breakfast, having it instead at Keventer's on the Mall, but for example looked at, and skipped, the Bellevues.

Even the Seven Seventeen, seemingly sufficiently higher than the Birds Eye, was way to low for my taste (and slightly too cold in November), but with a good view of Hill cart Rd surrounding as well as a fair sighting of the Kanchenjanga from the uppermost stories.

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