This beautiful organic farmstay in West Sikkim is an experiential hillside heritage farmstay built in the 18th century, spread over 44 acres of mixed forest of pine, Himalayan alder, schima, chestnut, magnolia, rhododendrons, cherry etc. Activities offered include village and nature walks, bird watching, strolling, hiking, trekking, white water rafting, monastery tour and cooking lessons on Sikkimese cuisine. Highly Recommended for experiential travellers.The view of the entire range of the Kanchengunga, the lush greenery all around, the delicious meals and helpful host and staff all make it really worthwhile.
This beautiful organic Farmstay is tucked away far from the crowds, in an idyllic countryside with a backdrop of the Khangchendzonga group of peaks and the skyline of the Singelila Range. It is a quaint, serene and rustic farm stay which gives you a warm and comfortable experience making it feel like a home away from home.
The heritage farmhouse was built in 1833 and remodeled in 1966. The farmhouse has 44 acres mountain farm which has pine, Himalayan alder, schima, chestnut, magnolia, rhododendrons, cherry and other trees. It is located in West Sikkim, 2 kms from the small bazaar village of Rinchenpong at an altitude of 1500 metres (four hours drive from Bagdogra airport). This rustic farm style homestay has beautiful large rooms simply furnished with wood panelling and traditional charm. Traditional sikkimese meals are served from the organic farm.
About the Location
Rinchenpong, a hamlet tucked in the midst of the undulating mountains of west Sikkim is an ideal location to laze and experience the sounds of silence and enjoy nature at its best. An isolated place providing an opportunity to glimpse the beautiful Mount Khanchendzonga in 180 degree view and the lush green slopes. The Lepcha Heritage House constructed about two centuries ago by a renowned landlord can still be seen here today. The house was built precisely for the accommodation of the British Governor who used to visit the place. A glimpse of lepcha people in their traditional attire could be seen around the nearby villages of the heritage house.
The famous Rigsum monastery set amidst tranquil surroundings is worth the visit. It houses the rare idol of Ati Buddha in Yub – yum position was constructed in 1717. But the recorded history of Rinchenpong only dates back to 1860, when the British attacked Sikkim.
A British Dak Bungalow set on top of a hillock is famous in the area. The famous Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore, spent his time in the Dak Bungalow and is believed to have written a piece of Geetanjali there.
How to Reach
Rinchenpong is located 39 km from Pelling, 133 km from Gangtok and 150 km from Bagdogra Airport via Jorethang & Melli. Regular flights connect Bagdogra with Guwahati, Kolkata, New Delhi and Bangalore.
The nearest railway station is NJP (New Jalpaiguri) 151 km from where shared and reserved taxis are available for visitors. There are direct jeep taxi services to Siliguri and Gangtok.
Things to do
Nature Walk in Village
There are number of trails around this organic farm and Rinchenpong, where hikers get to experience the rich and diverse vegetation of Sikkim. The walks are through villages, forest along plain ridges with undulating elevation making the walks easy and less tiring.There are also walks One can also see the unique cultivation practises and varied range of crops planted by the farmers of villages.
Learn the art of Sikkimese Cuisines
An excellent opportunity to be taught traditional receipts and cooking methods of Sikkim on a wood burning hearth.The farmhouse serves various Sikkimese cuisines which are prepared from fully organic vegetables cultivated in the farm premises. Visitors are invited to learn to prepare the delicious Sikkimese cuisines at kitchen of the farmhouse.
Things to do
From Rinchenpong, the guided tour starts with a visit to Pemayangtse, the Perfect Sublime Lotus, a magnificant monastery in western Sikkim commanding one of the finest views of the Kangchendzonga range. From there you travel to Sangacholing an even older monastery than Pemayangtse. Next you visit the sacred lake of Khechopalri and the monastery closely.
Sikkim has a rich diversity of various bird species and offers a good list of sighting for an avid bird watcher. The farmhouse has good knowledge of birding and the various locations for the sightings and we can arrange bird watching tours for the interested visitors.