Sikkim Food Trail

Celebrate the cultural diversity of Bhutia, Lepcha and Limboo communities from Sikkim, through their culinary traditions and farming practices


  •   Dates: 25 Nov – 03 Dec 2023
  •   Region: Sikkim
  •   Duration: 9 days
  •   Activity: Food Trail
  •   Grade: Easy
  •   Price: Rs.60,000/-  (+5% GST)
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Nestled in the Himalayas, the mountainous state of Sikkim offers a unique Indian experience like none other. Khangchendzonga ( the third highest peak in the world) forms a natural border with Nepal on the west, while the highlands to the north and the east borders Tibet (China) and Bhutan. This distinctive geography makes Sikkim a natural home to the six major tribes that inhabit it, namely the Bhutias, Lepchas, Limboos, Chettris, and Gurungs.Buddhism though is the predominant religion, having a long history attached to it.

With cultural diversity comes culinary diversity and with craggy terrain comes a wide range of growth regions, all in all leading to delicious agro-biodiversity. Like its neighbor Bhutan, the state of Sikkim has striven to become 100% organic this year. Come with us and celebrate the food traditions and the local food of this organic region on our Sikkim Food Trail.

This trip will be led by renowned cheesemaker and chef Aditya Raghavan. He has worked in several restaurants in Canada, has consulted with farms across India, and has also written many articles on food and travel in renowned periodicals. His passion for learning and educating people on traditional foods will be the driving force of our trip.

  • Walk through terraced black cardamom farms and Sikkim mandarin orchards
  • Drink Chaang, a local millet beer and understand how it is brewed
  • Learn how to make Churpi, a local cheese
  • Foraging wild edibles and medicinal plants
  • Hands-on lesson to make Tibetan momos and Bhutia noodles
  • Hands-on organic farming and understanding the cyclic connections to the environment.
  • Farm walks, market walks
  • Trip will be led by renowned cheesemaker and chef Aditya Raghavan

Day 1: Bagdogra to Darap                                                         Drive time: 5.5 hours

Pickup from Bagdogra airport and drive to Darap, a picturesque village 6 kilometers from Pelling . Darap is a hotbed of cultural diversity with Limboo, Bhutia, Gurung and Rai tribes coexisting in harmony. Gently sloped terraced fields with panoramic views of snow capped mountains welcome you to the village. It is an ideal place to experience the rural Sikkimese way of life. O/n at a homestay in Darap village

Day 2: Darap

Start our day with a traditional breakfast consisting of Fafar, a local millet flatbread and farm fresh vegetables. Post breakfast we go for a walk through the terraced village, skirting black cardamom fields, absorbing the routines of farm life here. We hike up to a local Limboo house in the village for lunch. Starting with Khodo, a tea made out of corn, main course will involve rice with various varieties of grown and foraged vegetables.

In the early evening we learn how to prepare Churpi,a local soft cheese,used in many of their dishes. The later half of the evening, we warm up around a fire and sip local millet beer, known asChang, out of traditional wooden casks called Tungba.Supper will involve a fermented spinach soup called Gundruk, followed by Churpiand other farm vegetables.

Day 3: Darap to Kewzing

After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts. On the way we visitKhecheopalrilake, a sacred lake nestled in the hills. Considered to be of great reverence for both Buddhists and Hindus in these parts, it is believed to fulfil any wish asked by a devotee. From here we drive to Yuksom, the first capital of Sikkim, where the first Chogyal (holy King) was coroneted in 1642. We will visit the site and see the stone throne.

From Yuksom drive on to Kewzing.  For dinner we will have some special delicacies made out of pork: Gyari – a pork stew using local spices and Gyuma– a local sausage prepared out of Pork mince. O/n at a Homestay in Kewzing

Day 4: Kewzing

Kewzing which translates to ‘Land of Wheat Fields’ is a predominantly Bhutia village. With three monasteries belonging to different Buddhist sects,it the ideal place to experience the Buddhist way of life. The village boasts of the only Bon monastery in all of Sikkim.

For breakfast we will have Gyathuk, a local broth made of vegetables and handmade noodles, learn hands on how to prepare this broth with your hosts. After breakfast we set out to explore the village and the scenic fields where they grow a variety of vegetables and crops. We will learn how to prepare distilled alcohol out of corn. From here we trek uphill through a mixture of forest and open fields to the Bon monastery.

In the evening we learn to make Momos, or Tibetan dumplings. O/n at a Homestay in Kewzing

Day 5: Kewzing to Dzongu                                                                                       Drive time: 5  hours

Our culinary journey takes us farther, to Dzongu -the homeland of the Lepchas. The Lepchas an indigenous community of Sikkim, referrer to this area as ‘Mayal Lyang’ , meaning the Hidden Paradise.

After lunch there will be a demonstration on the entire process of making ‘Chi’ the local brew made out of millet. Later in the evening over a warm bon fire we will sample its flavors, while being regaled by local folk stories by a village elder. O/n at a homestay

Day 6: Dzongu

In the morning set out to the fields for a hands on session which will give us a deeper understanding of organic farming and its relationship with the environment . Thereafter we will drive down to the Rong river from some local fishing and a traditional meal cooked in bamboo.

In the second half we will drive to some waterfalls and visit some other villages , enjoying the breathtaking landscapes of this little know part of Sikkim . For dinner we enjoy some traditional Lepcha dishes like Khuree (Buckwheat rolls), Po nguzom ( rice and meat cooked in bamboo), and Kanne Cheyu ( mushroom curry) . O/n at a homestay

Day 7: Dzongu

Most indigenous communities possess an incredible amount of knowledge about the forests, both in terms of food and medicine.  This traditional knowledge has been fine tuned through centuries of  interaction with mother nature. Today we will set off on a guided walk through the forest to acquire some of this information as we go about foraging for varieties of plants.

In the second half we will learn to make come chutneys out of the foraged  plants and herbs. O/n at a homestay

Day 8: Hee Gyathang to Gangtok                                                                                        Drive time: 2 hours

Bid farewell to our hosts and drive to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim.

In the evening we will visit the fresh market in Gangtok to see the diversity of fresh vegetables and other items sold over there. O/n at Rhenock House  or similar

Day 9: Gangtok to Bagdogra                                                                                  Drive time: 5.5 hours

Drop to Bagdogra airport. Participants are advised to book flights leaving after 2 pm


Cost per person: Rs.60,000/-  (+ 5% GT)


  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis
  • All meals from dinnner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 9
  • Transfers and sightseeing using a Innova / Xylo or similar SUV

Not Included

  • Flights
  • GST
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, bottled water, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, liquor charges, tips
  • Any other item not mentioned in “Included” section above
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