THE BAMBOO RETREAT
A stay in this paddy field surrounded, slopey retreat might just get you interested in permaculture and organic gardening. Treated to the panoramic views of the mighty Nathula Himalayan range, you can indulge in various therapies, like the regenerating herbal bath, Sikkimese open air stone bath, massages, yoga and ayurveda. The unique Sikkimese open air stone bath is not to be missed during your stay—it is a relaxing experience as the hot stone master fills your wooden tub with spring water and adds stones that are heated in the fire, while enjoying the traditional kowri soup served during the bath. You could also learn the nuances of Sikkim and Tibetan cuisine in their ethnic cooking classes, or benefit from the meditation classes conducted by the lama or nuns. You needn’t just enjoy the pleasures indoor but can also head out into the wilderness as for hikes as well as village and monastic tours.
THE BAMBOO RETREAT Rumtek, Sikkim P.O. Box 20, Head Post Office, Gangtok - 737101 Sikkim www.bambooretreat.in