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Sikkim: Village Tourism, Adventure, Fun

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''Snow-capped Himalayas, flora & fauna, scent of flower-bedecked meadows, that's Sikkim for you.''

Why Go The Distance : As we know Sikkim is one place which is virtually untapped but is just BEAUTIFFUL as nature is at its best here. With dense forests, hilly expanses, flowing rivers - Teesta and Rangeet, hot springs, waterfalls and invigorating village life, Sikkim is sure to transport you to a different world.
If you are planning a trip to Sikkim, the state is divided into 4 districts: north, east, west, south. While you can’t do all the parts together, all of them are rich in culture & traditions.
Starting from village tourism where you get a sneak peek to the actual Sikkimese village life to adventure tourism like trekking, river rafting, mountain biking & yak riding, Sikkim has a lot to offer to its visitors. Plus, if you are a wellness freak, this is THE place.

Details of Village Tourism : The state has plenty of homestays. It’s in fact a state government initiative to rake up the number of homestays to generate employment for local people, while giving an opportunity to the others to enjoy true Sikkim life.

Popular Types of Homestays
Dzongu: Located in North Sikkim, Dzongu has about 8-12 homestays. Here you get to experience full Lepcha hospitality. Lepchas are an indigenous tribe of Sikkim. Dzongu offers a panoramic view of Mount Khangchendzonga. A few contacts: Dr. N.T. Lepcha: 09434179160; Mr. Mika Lepcha: 09434061387. Here, you can go for village hikes and visit the rich cardamom fields. Make sure you check out the cane bamboo bridge at Passingdang.

Kewzing Homestays: Located in South Sikkim, Kewzing is a typical quiet Bhutia village. It has some thirty houses. Accommodation here is very neat but nothing fancy. Comfort is assured. If you stay here, you can be a part of the daily chores of a family and relax completely by just doing nothing. If you want to be a little active, you can go for village hikes, short treks. You can see the monasteries at Ralang, Temi Tea Garden, Tibetan Carpet Centre. Contact: Mr. Jigme Bhutia: +91-3595-260141, 09434235508

Yuksum Homestays: They are more organised as they were started by the Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee in 2002. Yuksum is a touristy spot today and the starting point for many treks. Here, you can experience the traditional way of living and opt for local activities. Ladies, you can also learn how to cook local cuisine. Anyone interested? Contact: Mr. Pema G. Bhutia, Mr. Kinzong Bhutia: +91-3595-241211(O), 09832452527, 09733158268.

Hee-Bermiok Homestays : If you want a quiet holiday, this is the place. Located in West Sikkim, the place is truly appealing. Flora & fauna here are to die for. Contact: Email:
Other homestay options in the West are DARAP-Cherry Village (it is almost untapped) & Uttarey.

Kabi Homestays: They are very simple but meet the basic amenities. Here, you get a glimpse of a true village life. There are only 5 houses where you can opt for homestays. Contact: Tashi: +91 94743 48991; Topden: +91 94344 08977

Travel Tips (from Triponomics’ readers): : Shreya Jai (She is a journo with ET): If you are going to Gangtok first, make sure you visit the outskirts as they are better than the main town. The main market in Gangtok is best buy for alcohol – primarily there are 2 specialities and they are cheap & good quality - Kukri whiskey & Fireball rum. If you remember Danny Denzongpa, the Bollywood actor, he has a distillery here. It’s a must visit, though the beer isn't that great. It’s on the banks of Teesta, so the scenic view makes up for everything. You get a variety of Chinese crockeries. You can save some space in the suitcase to pick them up.

Debjani Gupta: If u r planning a trip to Sikkim (with your kids) this summer, I would suggest a nice place near Gangtok - KTC, Ranka. Contact Mr Moitra. Cell:09434196885. This resort has its own amusement park, having a space theatre, laser show musical fountain, fun rides and a lot more for children and adults to enjoy.

Source / Review By : Triponomics Team

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