Stevia, the natural sweetness without calories!

Stevia, the natural sweetener in the Bamboo Retreat Hotel, Sikkim Here at the Bamboo Retreat Hotel, which is located in Sikkim, in the beautiful hills of the Himalaya, we try to involve as much as possible of the unique and wonderful nature. We grow vegetables and herbs ourselves and use the harvest fresh from our … More Stevia, the natural sweetness without calories!

A Divine place of East Sikkim – Tsogmo lake & Baba Mandir

Every time my vehicle took a sharp turn, the best glimpse of nature’s beauty stirred a thrill and excitement in me. The adventurous route with well-built steep roads (except few bumpy encounters) made our journey full of amazement and fun and took us from the subtropical to the alpine zone. A clear, pristine blue water … More A Divine place of East Sikkim – Tsogmo lake & Baba Mandir

Sikkim Traditional Millet Beer “Chang”

Sikkim is breathtaking and so is “Chang” – Bhutia or Lepcha term for fermented alcoholic beverages. It’s always the local food and beverage which bring people closer to the place and its culture. I still remember those amusing nights and the enlightening, funny and surreal conversation I had with the wonderful people over the “Chang”. … More Sikkim Traditional Millet Beer “Chang”

“Gundruk” & “Sinki” – Fermented Food and Appetiser

Whether its soup or pickle, Gundruk is always inviting and pleasant in taste. One can sense the hard work, endurance and efforts put by Himalayan people especially women to prepare Gundruk; an accommodating mineral source during the off-season when diet is mostly starch with infinitesimal quantity of minerals. Gundruk can’t be cooked and usually served … More “Gundruk” & “Sinki” – Fermented Food and Appetiser

Fermented Foods – Producing Local Radish Pickle (Mula Achar)

Fermentation is an old cultural technique that has been used since the Neolithic age for food preservation as well as for producing alcoholic beverages.[1] Technically speaking fermentation is the process of converting carbohydrates to acids or alcohol using microorganisms under anaerobic conditions (i.e. in the absence of air).[2] These microorganisms can be yeast or bacteria. … More Fermented Foods – Producing Local Radish Pickle (Mula Achar)

Sikkim – The Ecotourism Capital of India

Today, no spot on earth is too far away to reach. With the help of technology, people are discovering new places everyday to explore and vacation. Visiting exotic locations is becoming more and more common today. Quaint locations in the hills, the deserts and the wildlife reserves are becoming hotspots for tourism. While it makes … More Sikkim – The Ecotourism Capital of India