History Discussions over Home-Grown & Brewed Seychhang
To get to know your host family better, you may opt to spend one of your evenings with a member of the family over our very specially prepared "Seychhang" - honorific for millet beer or simply "Chhang" in lhokay / Bhutia, over historical or general discussions.
Seychhang is not our typical fast, modern drink -rather it is an intriguingly smooth drink of patience and conversations, brewed traditionally from finger millet, grown in the farm itself.
Definitely try the Seychhang while staying with us at Biksthang, since we do not brew it on a large commercial scale but more so for personal consumption only.
Drinking Sechhang is an experience in itself, since not only is it a uniquely Sikkimese drink but also comes with an equally unique special wood container. Due to the popularity of this alcoholic beverage of Sikkim, chhang or “tongba” in Nepalese, has now spread widely to other part in the Himalayan region.
For those wanting to try something stronger, traditionally distilled chhang or "Arak" equivalent to Sake in Japan may just be available at the farm.
As the adage "when solitude is the only luxury you seek" that we at Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse have created -it is
our goal to preserve the acres of lush green farmlands still untouched by human habitation and nurture this tiny
haven away from the rest of the word.
Oftentimes we have noticed guests come to Biksthang with packed itineraries that they eventually bypass,
rather choosing to stay in the farm - exploring or simply relaxing by surrendering to nature,
the breathtaking view, the serenity, solitude and learning that sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.
In doing so Biksthang has been an inspiration to artists from all fields - writers, historians, painters,
photographers, activists, progressive farmers and educationists to name a few.
To take it up a notch, we have the age old Traditional 'Menchu' Spa that comes highly recommended by our guests.
Short Treks & Village Walks
If you are among those who can never resist the call of a trail - then the following hikes designed at Biksthang are
just for you. Depending on your ability to walk, we suggest the following treks (long or short) through quaint
village paths, forests or tarred roads with splendid views and fresh, crisp mountain air.
You may take a leisurely 20 - minute walk to the village town of 'Sigrang' now known as Mangalbarey.
A neat little village town and experience the weekly haat on Tuesdays.
For the more adventurous, you make hike up to Lhuentse Gompa, the village monastery perched atop the hill
above Mangalbarey. On a clear day you can enjoy a 360*view from the climb uphill. This hike may take you 2 hours or more.
Trek downhill from the farmhouse through the village of Tsochen / Chuchen to the intriguing and sacred Rahuney Cave where Guru Padmasambhava is known to have meditated in the 8th Century.
We can also recommend other leisurely village walks for those keen on nature and forest trails.
It is advisable to take a local guide for the latter two treks.
Back to Basics - Slow Cooking
Calling all foodies and food lovers!!
Guests who have a keen interest in culinary art - in the traditional art of cooking over wood fire & slow cooked meals, this package is tailor made for you.
Not only is this about going back to your roots but also an art and a form of meditation in itself. Simultaneously, you may exchange recipes, learn about the ingredients and the various properties of the food you consume on a day-to-day basis - something that you may at other times not give much thought to!
Depending on the season, you may even pickle seasonal fruits and vegetables and take home what you manage to create at the Biksthang Farm.
Working on the Farm
For those daring enough to get a feel of the farm life, you may engage yourself with spending half the day working on the farm
- tilling the fields, digging up furrows and beds to sow seasonal fruits and vegetables, plants and flowers or simply
feel free to come gardening with us.
You may even help to cut fodder for the cows, go milking in the mornings and evenings or feed the chickens while
checking for fresh eggs laid in the chicken coupe.
Get a general feel of the farmhouse by being part of the family and working on the farm, taking the rest of the
afternoon off just in case it gets a tad bit too tiring for you!
Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse now welcomes limited groups interested in yoga and meditation, wellness and other
Keeping in mind the remoteness and the pristine, natural environment - fresh air, water and wholesome food,
coupled with the breathtaking view of Mt. Khangchendzogna and the Himalayan range as the picturesque backdrop - Biksthang
is not only the ideal place for such a convention but also the place to be!