What we love
- Nestled in the midst of deep valleys and mystical jungles of Sikkim, more than 1500m above sea level, this hidden gem with a strong focus on all things eco and sustainable, is an experience that makes you seriously disconnect and savour the rich Lepcha culture and Sikkimese natural wonders! Snowy white in the winters and emerald green in the summers, the virgins areas around are fabled for glacial streams, high waterfalls gushing down cliffs and several natural hot springs amidst among natural splendours.
- In the spirit of preserving the natural and cultural wonders of the area, this estate has only a couple of eco-friendly cottages, each made using locally available materials of bamboo and wood and furnished with local woodwork. Some of the cottages have charming sit-out areas from where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains! The ensuite bathrooms are modern and come fitted with basic amenities.
- Discover the magic of Sikkimese cuisine in homestyle meals made with locally sourced ingredients. Try meat flavoured with wild herbs and cooked in bamboo shoots or stew made of fern or the delicious traditional thukpa (noodles in a vegetable or meat broth). Savour these delights while you sip on some locally brewed alcohol made from wild berries or wine from local fruits!
- It’s often said that the Sikkimese are amongst the most hospitable - this will be confirmed after your stay here! The owner and the staff go out of their way to personalise your experience and accommodate your needs. As native Lepchas, members of the staff are likely to regale you with interesting folklore and history as well as show you around the local village.
What to know
- Visiting age old monasteries, discovering jaw dropping terrains while going on guided long standing marked trails and treks, sharing a cup of tea with the local community, crossing high altitude bridges, enjoying picnics by the riverside or just taking in the sounds of nature - the enriching and soulful experiences here are starkly different from those we’re used to.
- Given the remote location of the property and the general bad condition of the roads, the journey from Gangtok is likely to be a slow and bumpy one. The last stretch especially is rough with muddy roads, stones and pebbles. Depending on the exact road condition when you visit, special jeep transfers may be required. We do not recommend the place to those with back problems or to elderly folks. Those with young children are also advised caution before booking their stay here.
- The property is situated in a protected area of Sikkim (about 2.5 to 3 hours drive from Gangtok) that requires special permits to be applied for ahead of time. Entry will be denied at check posts incase the relevant permits are not there.
- We only recommend this breathtaking virgin terrain and its eco friendly cottages to those who can appreciate and enjoy ‘responsible tourism’ or and to those who are fiercely passionate about nature. Sometimes things may not go as expected or planned (e.g. if the lights go out, you may have to make do with candles). Venture here with an adventurous heart and be prepared to live with nature!