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!
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
While black tea is widely consumed in the himalayas – fresh herbal teas are not yet widely prepared here – introducing fresh organic herbal teas at Bamboo Retreat Hotel to our guests. … More Fresh Herbal Tea – what a treat!
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”
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
Fermentation is an old cultural technique that has been used since the Neolithic age for food preservation as well as for producing alcoholic beverages. 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). These microorganisms can be yeast or bacteria. … More Fermented Foods – Producing Local Radish Pickle (Mula Achar)
Daal is certainly one of the most popular staple dishes in India and there are probably as many recipes as there are communities in India. The local version is very simple. Aside from a a kind of pulse, water, and turmeric only the following ingredients are used to spice it up: tomatoes, onion, garlic, ginger, … More Sikkimese Daal – From Farm to Table
Sikkim is the land of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga. It is also one of the hotspots in India for trekking as it boasts of some of the best Himalayan trekking routes. From mountain peaks, flower valleys, forests, waterfalls, exotic birds, wildlife; there is everything you could wish for. It is considered a visual feast by … More 6 Popular Trekking Routes in Sikkim
Sikkim has a lots of wonderful moments, experiences and views to offer. You can spend endless amount of days in Sikkim, meditating, reading, and working because it offers a serene environment to focus and feel relaxed at the same time. But, if you are on a short trip to Sikkim and want to make the … More 6 Day Itinerary for Exploring Sikkim
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