Most traditional houses have a main entrance to the House called the Gomjore.
The Gomjore measuring about 200sqft has two traditional pillars made of a whole block of wood that stands to this day - untouched by the vagaries of weather or pests. Towards the southern part is the step traditional wooden staircase leading to the family shrine room.
The Gomjore at Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse houses some of the few relics and picture frames of days gone by.
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 & wild "spirits" (pyathem).
The special feature about this room is the three-foot wide walls on all sides and a lone traditional (wooden) pillar holding up the entire wooden structure above. The room remains cool in the summer and surprisingly warm during the winters.
It now serves as an exclusive dining hall.
A place to put up your feet and relax while raising a toast to the warm weather offset by the cool breeze is the traditional deck overlooking Oongko - the pool, amidst the lush valley and the mighty Khangchendzogna looming in the distance.
You can however, commandeer a private corner for Breakfast and Lunch. The thatch roof and the motley collection of old traditional implements on display give a very ethnic and rustic ambience. The soft background music invariably accompanied by the twitter of birds and cacophony of cicadas while being enveloped in the rawness of nature is indeed an experience to cherish and just BE.
The traditional hot stone herbal bath or “Menchu” - that was traditionally used for soothing the nerves, body aches and joint-pains is available on request.
The herbs are collected by a villager assigned to the Menchu and entail an extensive search of over 2 hours in the nearby forest. The procedure takes a further 4 – 5 hours for preparing the juice and heating the stones over wood-fire. The secret ingredients were picked up from his father who in turn was tutored by our ancestors. The Menchu is housed in an exclusive room with two wooden bathtubs. At least a 12-hour prior notice is required for guests wishing to experience this one-of-a-kind hot stone herbal bath, a hit with all our guests.
The traditional sauna at Menchu - the spa @ Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse is adjoining the hot stone herbal bath.
Guests may enjoy the fully wooden exclusive traditional sauna room at the Menchu after giving us a prior notice of 6 hours.
This one of a kind pool is ideal for the climate of Biksthang, since it can get quite warm during the summer. Our guests may enjoy a dip in our standard size infinity pool, the first of its kind in Sikkim ~ with an attached Kids pool and a Jacuzzi.
The pool was conceptualised keeping in mind the natural setting of the farm. It is unlike any swimming pool that you may see across this region, as a lot of care and imagination has been used to make sure that it is aesthetically done so as to blend in with the ethos of the land. It is modern, yet the use of stones and indigenous material gives it a rustic, natural feel.
Oongko lies picturesque below Dzomsa – the deck, with the spectacular Mt. Khangchendzogna / Khanchenjunga reflecting in its periphery amidst pristine nature and the various seasonal plantations of the farm.
In view of the demand made by our guests for souvenirs and mementoes of genuine Sikkimese handicrafts and other items, Khyom meaning gift in lhokay / Bhutia, is the little gift shop by the Heritage Wing. Khyom showcases authentic, some unique and exclusive gift items from the land that displays the artistic skill of our artisans.
"Kheka" means strength in lhokay / Bhutia. For those conscious of fitness, a mini gym is available.
Housed in a rustic, thatched and an airy-open hut, adjoinng the poolside, Kheka has all the basic modern gadgets available free of cost to all our in-house guests.