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About Traditional Homestay in Sikkim

Picture this…. How many times have we entered the rooms in our house and wished.. Oh how I wish… I still had

that old Mug over the fire place, heartwarming yet intriguing conversations with cheerful beaming faces holding

that steaming cup of tea with the palms of our hands to drive away the loneliness filled days, that vulnerable

piece of antique jewelry which disappeared down the generation…The familiar aroma of vegetables, grown in the

backyard, being thoroughly enjoyed by the flames of the wild burning logs, the flames imparted by which, makes

us nostalgic about the house in the village which we once used to stay in or the village

we last visited!! If you

wish even one of the above then I, Sonam Norgay Lachung, warmly welcome you to give wings to your latent

desired by relieving those moments again in the warm hospitable Home Stay in my native state, SIKKIM, which

holds Eco-Tourism & Village-Tourism has its forte.  


The Sikkim home stays are spread in four different districts of Sikkim. Every place has its own distinctive flavor

that makes the travel experience unique.


According to preference to reside in:


  • Lepcha Home   Bhutia Home   Nepali Home
  • .


The Lepchas or as they called themselves, the Rong-pa (Raving Folk), Claim to be the Autoch-thones of Sikkim proper. Their physical characteristics stamp them as member of the Mongolian race, and certain peculiarities of Language and Religion render it probable that this tribe is a very Ancient Colony from Southern Tibet. Lepchas survive, like all natural societies Hunters & Gathers, they developed a pragmatic and caring attitude

towards their environs. Their collective experience has taught them that nature is fragile and they cannot effort

to be careless towards its.


Hence, they have imposed strict social and religious order upon themselves and their surroundings. They strongly

believed that everything belonging to the Ecosystem and the Environment is of great spiritual significance to

humans, Lepchas use 268 plants as a source of food – including mushroom of various kinds. These form of

alternative vegetables or fruits sources for the other also, there by broadening the base of our food security


The pholospy and the technique of neutralizing the toxic content of edible plants for their consumption as food is


called “Sim-Anyu-Mun”

The Traditional Lepchas residents also called “Li” is usually 4 to 5 feet above ground, rectangular in shape made of

Bamboo. (Or in short this can also be used)


The original inhabitants of Sikkim are said to be Lepchas. They existed much before the Bhutias & Nepalese

migrated to the state. Before adopting Buddhism or Christianity as their religion, the earliest Lepcha settlers were

believers in the Bone Faith or Mune Faith. This faith was basically based on sprits, good and bad. They

worshipped sprits of Mountains, Rivers and Forests which was but natural for a tribe that Coexisted so

harmoniously with the rich natural surroundings. The Lepcha (Dzongu) Folk-Lore is rich with stories. The Lepcha

Population is concentrated in the central part of Sikkim. This is the area that encompasses the confluence of

Lachen, Lachung rivers and Dikchu.


Life in a Lepcha dwelling is very simple. The male Lepcha wears a dress called a (Pagi) made of cotton, which

stripped. The females Lepcha wear a two piece dress. The Lepcha Speak a language Lepcha, although this

language is not very well developed but is rich in vocabulary related to the Flora and Funa of Sikkim. Lepchas are

very good at Archary. The Polyandry Marriages are permitted amongst the Lepcha.



The Bhutias are people of Tibetan origin. After the 15th century, these people migrated to Sikkim. The northern

part of Sikkim is basically inhabited by the Bhutias. These people speak 'Sikkimese' language. If compared with

the Lepchas, the Bhutias are dominating large number of villages. The rectangular shaped house of a 'Bhutia' is

known as 'Khin'.

The males wear a dress known as 'Bakhu', which is actually a loose cloak form garment with full sleeves. The

females wear a silken 'Honju' that is a full sleeve blouse with a loose gown type garment. The Bhutia ladies love

wearing heavy jewelry made of pure gold. Sikkim has its religion incorporated with Bhutias. Constituting around

16% of the total population of Sikkim, Bhutias regard priesthood as their academic as well as spiritual choice.






In Sikkim, the Nepalese came long after the Lepchas and Bhutias. They migrated to Sikkim in huge numbers and

rapidly, emerged as the leading community. In the present day, the Nepalese constitute 67% of the total

population of Sikkim. These people commenced terrace farming in the state. Cardamom is an important cash crop

that was cultivated by the Nepalese. The Nepalese are sub-divided into various castes and tribes like Bawans

(Brahmans), Chhetries, Gurungs, Tamangs, Rais, Limbus, Magars, Damais, Kamis etc.


The majority of their population follows Hinduism, whereas Buddhism is also practiced by some groups. These

people speak language that is similar to Hindi and is understood throughout the state of Sikkim. The traditional

Nepali dress for males comprises a long double breasted garment flowing below the waist along with a trouser

known as 'Daura Suruwal'. The traditional dress for females comprises of a double breasted garment known as

'Chow Bandi Choli'. The shawl wore by them is known as 'Majetro'. 'Khukri' is a heavy weapon that is carried in a

wooden or leather case known as "Daab".




As a tourist, you are accommodated in local homes as a guest. You stay with local families in their homes within

the particular destinations. All home stay hosts have been trained to provide clean furnishings and bed linens for

guest rooms. The restrooms are also clean and maintained so that they are acceptable to guests. The norms of

privacy and safety are also taken care of. Your home stay hosts are local villagers who are extremely hospitable

and will strive to make your visit comfortable in every way.


Meals : The home stay hosts are trained to provide food and drinking water in a hygienic and palatable manner.

Rice is the local food that is widely served. Traditional meals are also served to the guests.




Homestay in Different Places, Sikkim


Gangtok Aashishkhim Nepali
Sudhi's Home Stay Serviced Apartments Nepali
Dechen Dzong Homestay
Hidden Forest Retreat Bhutia
Dho-Tapu Guest House Bhutia
Rumtek Teen Taley Eco –Garden Resort Nepali
Dzongu Mayallang Home Stay Lepcha
Achulay Homestay Lepcha
Pelling/Darap Cherry village resort Nepali
Sukhim village Retreat (limbo home stay) Nepali
Daragaon Village Retreat (Gurung Homestay) Nepali
Rinchenpong Yangsum Farm House Bhutia
Rinchenpong village resort Bhutia
Kewzing Bon Farmhouse Bhutia
Mahindra home stay Nepali
Gyalshing Eurung Home Stay Nepali
Darjeeling Snow Lion Homestay Nepali
Himalayan Organic Farm Home Stay  
Darjeeling Duplex Nepali
Kalimpong Sherpa’s Home Stay Nepali
 Dew Drop HomeStay Nepali
Sorek Homesta Nepali
Sillery Home Stay Nepali
Samthar Farm House Nepali
Zuluk Palzor Homestay Bhutia
Zuluk Lungthung Homestay Nepali
Dil Maya Homestay Nepali
Aritar Reshi Eco Stay  


State Tourism Award 2014

State Tourism Award 2014

Dear Zigmee Thanks for a fabulous time in North Sikkim, highlight of the trip were staying with Chopal and sonam lachenpa in lachen and the journey to Gurudargma (well worth the many hours in the jeep and the cold air). It wasn't hard to imagine just being over the border in

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