Places of Interest

Most traditional houses have a main entrance to the House called the Gomjore.
The Gomjore measuring about 200sqft has two traditional pillars made of a whole block of wood that stands to this day - untouched by the vagaries of weather or pests. Towards the southern part is the step traditional wooden staircase leading to the family shrine room.
The Gomjore at Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse houses some of the few relics and picture frames of days gone by.

The Dugkhang or the Main Hall in centuries past was used as a detention room and later as cold storage. Traditionally the Sikkimese did not reside in the ground floor as a safety precautionary measure against wild animals & wild "spirits" (pyathem).
The special feature about this room is the three-foot wide walls on all sides and a lone traditional (wooden) pillar holding up the entire wooden structure above. The room remains cool in the summer and surprisingly warm during the winters.
It now serves as an exclusive dining hall.

A place to put up your feet and relax while raising a toast to the warm weather offset by the cool breeze is the traditional deck overlooking Oongko - the pool, amidst the lush valley and the mighty Khangchendzogna looming in the distance.
You can however, commandeer a private corner for Breakfast and Lunch. The thatch roof and the motley collection of old traditional implements on display give a very ethnic and rustic ambience. The soft background music invariably accompanied by the twitter of birds and cacophony of cicadas while being enveloped in the rawness of nature is indeed an experience to cherish and just BE.

The traditional hot stone herbal bath or “Menchu” - that was traditionally used for soothing the nerves, body aches and joint-pains is available on request.
The herbs are collected by a villager assigned to the Menchu and entail an extensive search of over 2 hours in the nearby forest. The procedure takes a further 4 – 5 hours for preparing the juice and heating the stones over wood-fire. The secret ingredients were picked up from his father who in turn was tutored by our ancestors. The Menchu is housed in an exclusive room with two wooden bathtubs. At least a 12-hour prior notice is required for guests wishing to experience this one-of-a-kind hot stone herbal bath, a hit with all our guests.

The traditional sauna at Menchu - the spa @ Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse is adjoining the hot stone herbal bath.
Guests may enjoy the fully wooden exclusive traditional sauna room at the Menchu after giving us a prior notice of 6 hours.

This one of a kind pool is ideal for the climate of Biksthang, since it can get quite warm during the summer. Our guests may enjoy a dip in our standard size infinity pool, the first of its kind in Sikkim ~ with an attached Kids pool and a Jacuzzi.
The pool was conceptualised keeping in mind the natural setting of the farm. It is unlike any swimming pool that you may see across this region, as a lot of care and imagination has been used to make sure that it is aesthetically done so as to blend in with the ethos of the land. It is modern, yet the use of stones and indigenous material gives it a rustic, natural feel.
Oongko lies picturesque below Dzomsa – the deck, with the spectacular Mt. Khangchendzogna / Khanchenjunga reflecting in its periphery amidst pristine nature and the various seasonal plantations of the farm.

In view of the demand made by our guests for souvenirs and mementoes of genuine Sikkimese handicrafts and other items, Khyom meaning gift in lhokay / Bhutia, is the little gift shop by the Heritage Wing. Khyom showcases authentic, some unique and exclusive gift items from the land that displays the artistic skill of our artisans.

"Kheka" means strength in lhokay / Bhutia. For those conscious of fitness, a mini gym is available.
Housed in a rustic, thatched and an airy-open hut, adjoinng the poolside, Kheka has all the basic modern gadgets available free of cost to all our in-house guests.

DAY TRIPS

Places of interest in and around Biksthang
  • Lhuntse (lofty summit) Gompa, at an altitude of about 6000 feet is 6 kms away. Established in 1850, the monastery is a branch of the famous Dzogchen Nigmapa Pemongchi Monastery of Pelling. A lhapta (monastic school) is also run by the Monastery.
  • The intriguing Rahuney, sacred caves where Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) meditated in the 8th century is just about 4 kms away and makes for a good hiking trail through the village. It is believed that the Guru subdued all the evil forces and made them the protecting deities of the locality.
  • Khandosangphug at Sanganath about 15 kms away is another famous cave. Phurtshachu (hot springs - seasonal) renowned for its healing powers is popular and sought after by locals and visitors alike.
  • It is said that Pemiongchi meaning “the sublime perfect lotus” was designed, if not actually built, by Gyalwa Lhatsun Chenpo, is about 1.5 hour drive from the farmhouse. The privilege and honour of coronating the Chogyals (Dharma Kings) of Sikkim was reserved for the monks of Pemiongchi alone.
  • Ruins of the second capital of Sikkim, Rabdentse, now a heritage site is walking distance from Pemiongchi.
  • Sangnachholing Monastery- “the place of secret spells”- is accessible to all members of all classes of Sikkim, even women and deformed persons. It was built in 1697. It is about a 10-minute drive from Pemiongchi Monastery.
  • Tashiding is the home of the most revered chorten (stupa) Thong~wa Rangdol or 'Liberation by mere sight' in Sikkim built in 1716. It is said to cleanse one from all sin, just by the mere act of beholding it. Considered the most sacred pilgrimage site, the annual Buddhist festival (Bhumchhu) is held on the 15th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. Tashiding about a 1-hour 45-minute drive from the farmhouse.
  • A good 2.5 hour drive is Yuksom, the first capital of Sikkim and home to the oldest monastery: Dub – de, meaning “the hermits cell”, founded by the pioneer Gyalwa Lhatsun Chenpo in 1642. Norbugang or the site of the first stone coronation throne of Chogyal Phuntsok Namgyal is also in Yuksom – now a National Heritage Site.
  • About 18 kms away towards the east of Biksthang is the small town of Rinchenpong. The Monastery at Rinchenpong- meaning the 'precious knoll, was established in 1730 by a Terton (religious treasure revealer), Guru Chewang.
  • About 4 kms further on from Rinchenpong is Kaluk - Tadong, the latter being the site of the British assault on the Sikkimese on 1860; a skirmish where the British Forces beat a hasty retreat due to the ingenuity of the Sikkimese Forces. You may then proceed on to Singshore Bridge (one of the highest bridges in Asia) via Dentam, a sleepy town renowned for its cheese factory.
  • A 30-minute drive from the farmhouse is the Azings Model Farm en route Rinchenpong. It is a trip that is well worth your while.
  • Tathagathasal ~ The Buddha Park, in Rabong about 2 hours from the Farmhouse is among the upcoming hot spot for guests visiting Sikkim.
  • A 2-hour drive from the Farmhouse is Namchi, from where you may proceed on to visit the CharDham temple and should time permits also visit Samdruptse, one of the tallest statues of Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche).
  • Darjeeling is about a 1 hr 45 minutes drive from the farmhouse through scenic tea gardens. The short-cut uphill via Singmari / Singla is however only meant for domestic guests wanting to visit this once summer resort for the British Raj elite- as there are no boarder check posts for foreigners.