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 and wild “spirits” (pyathem). The special feature about this room is the three-foot wide stonewall and the lone wooden pillar in the centre holding up the entire house. The room remains cool in the summer and surprisingly warm during the winters.
It as a real task working on the conservation of these rooms- the Dugkhang in particular. Since there was no electricity in those times, most of the electrical wiring has been done below the flooring after digging up the foundation so as to have greater height in the room, now used a an exclusive dining hall as well.
As this room was earlier a detention hall, there were no windows so we had to work on opening out two windows carefully turning the other four small wooden openings into showcase windows that now house some of the antiques used by our ancestors.
There are probably no traditional houses left in Sikkim that has still retained any of the old structures and in that way, Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse remains an important heritage house for keen guests visiting for all over, even those visiting us from within our own state.