Alastair Sawday's Top Ten Places to Stay in India


  • Special Activities

    Hiking & Trekking

    hiking trekking Whether it's a leisurely stroll through the garden, a three-hour hike to visit local villages and
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    Cookery Lesson

    cookery lesson The farmhouse serves various Sikkimese cuisines which are prepared from
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  • Hearty meals

    hearty meals

    At Yangsum, you'll enjoy freshly -prepared, hearty meals to suit non-vegetarians or vegetarians. Wherever possible, fresh organic farm produce is used and you can sample Sikkim cheese, nettle soup and a wide range of other tasty, local dishes. Dine in Thendup and Pema's cosy living room or choose to be served on your verandah or in a gazebo overlooking the fields and hills.

  • Organic Farm

    organic farm

    While relaxing on your holiday it is easy to forget that Yangsum is a working farm. Cultivated agriculture yields maize, paddy, millet, potatoes, ginger, turmeric,and sweet potatoes. In addition to these, seasonal vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes and peas are also grown. The farm is fully organic.

  • Buddhist serenity


    Visit local Buddhist monasteries, some of them hundreds of years old. Watch young monks at their lessons or going about their chores. Spin prayer wheels, listen to chanting or just sit and enjoy the tranquility of these hilltop settings.

  • Misty citadel


    Visit Sikkim's former capital of Rabdentse, dating from the 17th century. Walk through lush forests to this hilltop citadel and see ruins of the palace in its well-tended gardens.


"An Unexpected Delight in Sikkim"
         What a pleasant surprise! Our two-night stay at the farm was just wonderful. The rooms are very pleasant and ample. The location is great for day-trips and hikes. The owner and his wife are great company. Most importantly, the cooking is creative and delicious and virtually all of the food is from their organic garden. Furthermore, they are willing to prepare virtually any native foods that you might request (of course, within reason). Our guide wanted us to try some native dishes, and they were only too willing to prepare them for us. The recently constructed dining area is also quite pleasant. And, they even volunteered to launder our heavily soiled clothing. All in all, it was a very pleasant, different kind of stay at the farm.

•   Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
Daniel R
Bethesda, Maryland

"A Memorable Stay"
         Stayed at Yangsum farm for a week in October 2012 while my friend hiked Kachenjunga. It was a comfortable and peaceful holiday, really feeling that I was a guest of the family. Indeed it was difficult to get there or anywhere near by road but that will keep Sikkim peaceful. The food is honest Sikkimese fare, not gourmet but plentiful, varied and delicious. Pema, Thendup, their family and staff are lovely. I was lucky to have had the little cabin all to myself with views of Mt Kachenjunga shining into the window in the morning. Prakash, a young English speaking fellow from the nearby village walked me around the hills to farms, villages, monasteries. He also took me by car over the mountains to other important monasteries. All in all it is one of the most memorable weeks of my life.

•   Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
Susan C

"This is a wonderful place and experience"
         I highly recommend Yangsum farm. It is beautifully situated, well set up, Thendup and his wife are excellent hosts and very helpful. Room is comfortable and very clean, and the food is outstanding. There are fantastic walks all around. We loved it and really hope we can visit again.
Bangkok, Thailand