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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.bam­boore­

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