The main aim of locating the resort in the village was, to provide a glimpse of the lifestyle of the three ethnic communities of Sikkim . The visitors to Sikkim can also experience the rich flora and fauna available in our State while staying at Martam. With that in mind the activities listed below are suggested.
Day-Trek into the Phambongla Wild Life Sanctuary
After an early breakfast, with a local guide and some packed lunch the adventure for the day begins. The trek begins from the resort and you start climbing up towards the forest area. The forest itself is mixed tropical forest with different varieties of trees and vegetation. Fortunately the forest is well preserved as felling of trees is strictly prohibited by the Government. Along the climb one can see the different plants and herbs that the locals use for food and medicinal purpose. As you climb along one can also catch sight of birds, butterflies, and other animals that live in the forest. The barking deer, caveats, monkeys, pheasants, wild rabbits, mountain goats, porcupine, are some of the animals one might chance to come across. If lucky the elusive red panda may also surprise you with a sighting. On top of the hill there is a small lake and a viewing tower from where the majestic Kanchenjunga range can be seen. After refreshing oneself with the packed lunch, the trek back to the resort begins. Once you leave the forest you will be walking through Bhutia villages and you can also visit the local monastery there and the retreat center where monks live cut off from any contact with the outside world for three years, three months and three days in meditation. While there it is advised that visitors make no noise and not enter the premises of the retreat so as not to disturb the monks. After the day long trek a hot cup of tea and a warm bath awaits the adventurers at the resort.
Guided Village Tour
Take a guided tour around the village, visiting homes and interacting with the locals: This activity has been specially designed so that our guests get a glimpse of the ethnic lifestyle of the Sikkimese. The three ethnic communities that make up the people of Sikkim are namely the Lepchas, Bhutias and the Nepalies. The tour around the village will take you into the homes of these people and give you an insight into their culture, lifestyle, eating habits etc. As the Sikkimese are known for their simplicity and hospitality, you will be welcomed into their homes. During this visit you can interact with the locals and exchange ideas and gain knowledge of our people.
Nature-walk, in the village to experience and partake in the cultivating and harvesting activities and learn of the different herbs and plants: Along with the local guide, you will be taken for a short trek into the countryside. As you walk along the guide will introduce you to the different plants and herbs wich are used in the daily lives of the village folks. If cultivation is taking place the guide will encourage you to take part in the activity so that one can experience the farming technique practiced here. Also on this short trek one will be able to see animal husbandry practice that villagers undertake to supplement their income. Some birds and butterflies and other animals may also be seen.
Visit the close by monasteries of Rumtek and Sang
The world famous Rumtek Monastery, the main seat of the Karmapas outside Tibet is located just 6 KM from the resort. One can either drive there for a days visit or you can walk to Rumtek, which would take just about an hour and half. While in the Rumtek area on can also visit the Nehru Botanical Park and the other Rumtek Monastery which is run by the Sikkimese monks. After returning to the resort for lunch if one still wants to visit a monastery, then the Sang Monastery is 6 KM from the resort above a village town called Sang. This too is a Sikkimese Monastery.
Day Excursion to Temi Tea Garden
This involves a drive of about 2 hours one way. After hiring a jeep and getting packed lunch ready one can set off on this drive through beautiful countryside. The road that one follows is the road which goes towards South Sikkim . Temi is in South Sikkim . This is the only tea garden is Sikkim and it is run by the Government. Temi tea is world famous and fetches very high prices at the tea auctions. After reaching Temi tea factory, you can go on a tour of the factory and see the processing of the tea leaves into the tea that is packed and sold in the market. While driving to the factory you will see tea pickers harvesting the tea leaves which are then weighed and sent to the factory for processing within a stipulated time as the leaves get spoilt after being plucked within a certain time. After learning the processing of tea the journey back to the resort is pleasantly interrupted for a picnic lunch at a nice secluded spot over looking the Teesta river.
Fishing, Mountain Biking or Picnic by the Riverside
These activities are for pass time at the resort. Villagers can take you to the rivers and streams that run through the village to fish in the way they do with bamboo fishing rods. Picnicking by the streams in the fields is a nice experience. If you are lucky to get any catches you can have it for lunch. We have a few mountain cycles which one can use just to cycle around the village.
Retreat / Meditation
The tranquil surrounding is also excellent for conducting retreat, meditation and religious courses: As the surrounding of the Resort is ideal for conducting retreats, we have had many groups coming to conduct religious teachings and meditations. Teachers in Buddhism can be invited to the resort to give on an introduction into Buddhism. Other religious groups can also avail of the facilities of the resort as the tranquil and peaceful surroundings is conducive for such gathering.
Gangtok Day Trip
Visit Gangtok and the surrounding sightseeing areas for the day: A days trip into Gangtok (Hour and half drive) for sight seeing with hot lunch at Sonam Delek Hotel and return to the resort by night fall. While at Gangtok one can visit the Institute of Tibetology , Chorten Monastery, Cottage Industry, Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok, Enchay Monastery, The Flower Show etc.
Tibet Border Day Trip - Nathula and Changu Lake
This involves registering for the trip at least one day in advance with authorized Travel Agents by the Government. The day would begin with an early breakfast and then being picked up by the Travel Agent for the trip to Nathula. One way drive would be approximately 4 hours. A stop at Changu Lake either on the way up to Nathula or on the way back is a must. On the way back to the resort as Gangtok falls on the way one can spend some time in Gangtok before driving on to Martam.
Birding and Butterflies
Martam and surrounding areas are good spots for bird and butterfly enthusiasts: We have had many bird and butterfly enthusiasts using Martam as their base to explore for birds and butterflies. Surrounding areas of Martam including Martam has been a fruitful experience for these naturalists.
Conference / Workshop
Or just relax at the resort with some books from our library.
The resort ideal for small group conferences: The tranquil and peaceful surrounding of the resort combined with the service in the resort is an ideal place to hold small group and executive conferences. Many NGO's have held their meetings here and found that the surroundings provide for and absolute relaxed, creative and fruitful sessions.