Folklore has it that Biksthang is derived from the Monree (Lepcha) word 'bik mon' meaning 'the place where a tiger ate a cow'. The Lhopos (Bhutias) aver that 'biks thang' means 'a place with a wide variety of special stones'.
The area was earlier known as Mangbir or 'the place where millet is grown’. Officially, the village is known as Tsochen (Chuchen) meaning 'Big Lake'.
Biksthang, at an altitude of about 4100 feet, is a well-known bird watching hot spot. Its pristine wilderness and pleasant climate offer a serene environ well-suited to avid nature loves as well as world-weary travelers.
We, at the Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse aim to preserve the acres of lush green farmlands still untouched by human habitation and nurture this tiny haven away from the rest of the world.
The farmhouse directly faces Ghangchhen mZho Nga (Khangchendzogna), the guardian deity of Sikkim, which is the repository of five treasures, symbolized by the five peaks of Mt Khangchendzogna , Mt. Gabur Gangtsen (Kabru), Mt. Pandim, Mt. Narsing and Mt. Simvo.
The guardian deity not only protects but ensure the bounty in Sikkim.
A page out of the Royal History of Sikkim:
A Chronical of the House of Namgyal
Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse is built on the estate of the Sharkahlon family. Settled in this area in the early 18th century.
Sharkahlon Kalzang Thendup, the first Sharpe to have set foot in Denjong (Sikkim), was the foremost disciple of Gyalwa Lhatsun Chenpo (Patron Saint of Sikkim), who was deputed to search for the first Chogyal (Dharma King) of Sikkim.
Fourteen generations of the family have lived here. The original house built by Sharkahlon Tshering Thondup, a prominent minister in the 18th century, stands to this day. The place was selected due to its remoteness, as a safe haven from marauding invaders from across the borders. The main floor of the house now serves as the reception centre.
The present generation of the family has converted the ancestral property to a modern resort. It is our cherished dream to extend out hospitality and share our culture with the world.
In keeping with our family tradition, the welfare of the surrounding village is deepy ingrained. Our aim is to operate a viable resort and farm to maximize our collective economic potetial. Villagers are encouraged to provide auxiliary services and their family members are on staff at the resort.
'Kahlon House' Biksthang 1948.