a patch of legacy
West Sikkim, Sikkim
Arrive at this gorgeous heritage farmhouse after a beautiful drive through bamboo groves. This farm is hidden away from the crowds, and in an idyllic countryside with a backdrop of Mt. Khangchendzonga and the skyline of the Singalila range. The home was built in 1832 and remodelled in 1965. It is run by a Sikkimese couple who are one with nature and live with values that bring their sustainable lifestyle to the fore. The accommodation is simple and rustic with wood-panelled standard and heritage rooms. The 45-acre mountain farm spans a mixed forest of pine, Himalayan Alder, chestnut and cherry trees, rhododendron and magnolia flowers and tea terraces. The farm also has cardamom, ginger, mango trees, and peach orchards.
The farm consists of 6, Tibetan-style rooms that are bright and colourful with fabrics, family photos, and Sikkimese artefacts. All rooms come with attached bathrooms. There’s a communal sitting room, a traditional Buddhist altar room and a courtyard where one can sit in the sun during the day and enjoy starlit views at night. All rooms have access to spacious verandahs where one can choose to have their meals served, or just while away the time enjoying the leafy views while reading a book. At this homestay, take a journey above the clouds to a lush and tranquil setting that offers peace and calm. Exchange the city noise and polluted air for the sounds of birds and cicadas, and breathe in the fresh mist of the valleys. The property is functional all year long.
The hosts offer organic meals and source the vegetables and animals from their very own farm. They grow a variety of produce including cardamom, avocados, oranges, bananas, pears, apricots, and mangoes. Cultivated agriculture yields maize, paddy, millet, potatoes, ginger, turmeric, and sweet potatoes. In addition to these, seasonal vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes and peas are also grown. Guests are encouraged to volunteer to help on the farm and pick vegetables and fruit that they would like to include in their meals.
The property is ideal for travellers who enjoy and respect oneness with nature. Individuals interested in farming will find the opportunity to learn indigenous Sikkimese tips and techniques. This space is also ideal for hikers, trekkers, rafters, and bird watchers. Those who enjoy getting an insight into Buddhist culture will find the surroundings especially rich with several monasteries to visit.
The property is located in West Sikkim region, 120kms from the capital Gangtok. Accurate details will be provided at the time of confirmation.
things to do
There are a variety of activities to keep one busy on the farm apart from relaxing and soaking in the views of the mountains. Guests can help on the organic farm during the day and take cooking classes in local Sikkimese dishes if they wish to. There are several trails close to the property. Nature and village walks are quite popular, if one wishes to observe the unique lifestyle of the locals.
Sightseeing tours in West and South Sikkim can be arranged and these usually include day-long trips to various Buddhist monasteries, citadel ruins, Buddha parks, sacred lakes, etc. For the more adventurous traveller, the white waters of the Teesta river and the Rangit rivers offer some good stretches of thrilling rapids. The rapids are rated at grade 2 and 3. There are also guided 8-10km treks one can participate in to visit Barsey Rhododendron sanctuary at 10000ft above msl and Maenam at 11000 ft above msl. Get in touch for more details.
Starting at Rs. 6,500 for double occupancy with all meals included.
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