per night. Includes complementary breakfast
Nestled on a slope surrounded by acres of terraced paddy fields, lush bamboo groves and sub-tropical forest this enchanting Retreat is located only about 30 minutes drive out from the blare and babble of down-town Gangtok. Guests can enjoy the enchanting panoramic view of the Nathula-Himalayan range across the valley and the unique blend of Swiss-Sikkimese cuisine & hospitality.In the evening,guests can enjoy a drink by the cheminée-fire or try their unique regenerating herbal,or go for a very special local treat: ethnic hot stone bath.
This enchanting retreat is an ideal place to enjoy nature’s beauty while ensconced in cosy accommodation.
The retreat was established by Helen Kämpf of Switzerland and her Sikkimese Team this Retreat endeavors to bridge the cultures of the east and west by offering the best of and to each world. Helen has integrated the comforts of western modernity and design with the cultural heritage of the Himalayas and the Northeast.
Wellness treats include regenerating herbal baths, the freshly brewed herbal teas, meditation and Ayurvedic massages by a trained Ayurvedic Doctor or his assistant. Meditation-classes guided by a local monk are also available upon request
The view of Gangtok town at night is like a dark blanket sky with millions of little stars glittering at different locations. At the retreat, guests can taste Sikkim’s unique cuisine and spices, smell its herbs, touch its handicraft and textiles, dance & sing its rhythm and songs, read it’s history, understand Buddhist religion, practice mediation and re-connect to a natural and quiet way of life to revive your own roots and sense of belonging.
The Retreat also has a special honeymoon package where you can spend some quality time with your partner amidst terraced paddy fields, lush bamboo groves and sub-tropical forest.
Enjoy the fresh cool breeze, go for romantic walks in the neighborhood villages and visit world famous monasteries. Newly wedded couples will find time here to explore their own worlds of romance and can enjoy spending time together in complete privacy.
About the Location
Located about 23 km from Gangtok, Rumtek is famous because of Rumtek Monastery, which is the largest monastery in Sikkim. It is also the seat of the Karmapa Lama, the third highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism. It serves as one of the most important seats of the Kagyu (Black Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet and is also known as Dharmachakra Centre.
At an elevation of almost 5000 ft and surrounded by lush green landscape, the monastery is a visual treat besides offering spiritual solace. The architectural design is almost identical to the original Kagyu headquarters in Tibet. The Kagyu (also called Kagyupa or Kagyud) school is one of six main schools of Tibetan Buddhism.Foreign nationals need to obtain a permit to visit the monastery and the permit can be obtained from the main government office at Sikkim and Siliguri.
How to Reach
The Retreat is 30 minutes by car from Gangtok and 8 minutes from Rumtek monastery.
Guests need to take the Rumtek-road that forks off National Highway just opposite Mayfair Hotel above the town of Ranipool.
It takes about 4.5 hours by car to reach this Retreat from the closest indian Airport (Bagdogra near Siliguri) and about 4 hours from the railway station, New Jalpaiguri near Siliguri.
Things to do
Lepcha Cultural Experience
Experience the rich cultural heritage of Sikkim’s indigenous people, the Lepchas. The one-day Lepcha cultural experience includes:
– optional nature- & village walk through terraced paddy fields and a Lepcha village which is a 40 minute walk. Traditional welcome-ceremony conducted by the village’s shaman or the local monks and visit of the village monastery;cultural program with Lepcha-dances, songs and instrumental contributions.
- Traditional Lepcha-lunch with millet beer
- Visit traditional Lepcha-house
There is also the option of a reduced ½-day alternative program
Prior appointment is required
Spa-Treats: Traditional Open Air Hot Stone Bath
Traditional Open Air Hot Stone Bath – a truly Sikkimese experience!Experience Sikkim’s own wellness-treat at the Retreat.
Traditionally during the cold winter months country folks of Sikkim enjoy relaxing themselves in a nearby hot-spring or a traditional hot-stone-bath.
Sikkimese fill their wooden tub with fresh spring water. Meanwhile stones are heated in the fire. When the stones are hot they are added to the water. The stones release their heat and minerals to the spring-water. Various herbs or the bark of a certain tree is also added to the warm water for additional medicinal benefit. A traditional vegetable- or ‘Kowri’-soup is served during the bath.
Duration: max. 20 min. per person
Workshop on Local Culture, Philosophy and Arts
Workshops for visiting guests by our local instructors:
Upon prior notice, the guests can participate in workshops taught by local experts:
- Introduction to Meditation &/or introduction to Buddhist philosophy
- Interpretation / Explanation of Monastic Mural Paintings
- Tibetan, Indian and local ethnic Cooking Classes
- Tibetan Mandala Painting Workshop
- Bamboo-Basket Weaving Workshop
Spa - Regenerating Herbal Bath
Try the unique herbal-bath at the Retreat for a relaxing & regenerating experience.
The water of the oversized bathtub is enriched with a infusion of fresh herbs from the garden such as citronella and mints. Candle-light, seasonal flower-pedals and a freshly brewed herbal tea create a deeply relaxing atmosphere to sooth your senses.