Folklore has it that Biksthang is derived from the Monree (Lepcha) word 'bik mon' meaning 'the place where a tiger ate a cow'. The Lhopos (Bhutias) aver that 'biks thang' means 'a place with a wide variety of special stones'.
The village is known as Mangbir or 'the place where millet is grown’. However, officially the village is known as Tsochen (Chuchen) meaning 'Big Lake'.
Biksthang, at an altitude of about 4200 feet, is a well-known bird watching hot spot. Its pristine wilderness and pleasant climate offer a serene environ well suited to avid nature lovers as well as world-weary travelers.
At the Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse we aim to preserve the acres of lush green farmlands still untouched by human habitation and nurture this tiny haven away from the rest of the world.
There are 8 cottages in total, spread across a working farm of about 50 acres. Please note that our cottages are of 3 categories: the Exclusive Single - Unit Suites, the Select Double - Unit Suites and the Superior Double - Units. Since the USP of Biksthang is nature, space and privacy (in that order!), kindly note that each cottage is spread out from the Heritage Wing and requires some walking over cobbled footpath. Every room comes with its own unique view of the mountains, hills & the farm.
Further details on the various cottages are under the subsequent header marked ‘Accommodation’.
The farmhouse directly faces Ghangchhen-mZho-Nga (Mt. Khangchendzogna / Khenchenjunga), the 3rd highest peak in the world (8586m) more importantly, regarded as the guardian deity of Sikkim, which is the repository of five treasures, symbolized by the five peaks of Mt Khangchendzogna, Mt. Gabur Gangtsen (Kabru), Mt. Pandim, Mt. Narsing and Mt. Simvo.
The guardian deity not only protects but also ensures the bounty in Sikkim.
Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse is built on the estate of the Sharkahlon family. Settled in this area in the early 18th century. Sharkahlon Kalzang Thendup, the first Sharpe to have set foot in Denjong (Sikkim), was the foremost disciple of Gyalwa Lhatsun Chenpo (Patron Saint of Sikkim), who was deputed to search for the first Chogyal (Dharma King) of Sikkim. Fourteen generations of the family have lived here.
The original house built by Sharkahlon Tshering Thondup, a prominent minister in the 18th century, stands to this day. The place was selected due to its remoteness, as a safe haven from marauding invaders from across the borders. The main floor of the house now serves as the reception centre. The present generation of the family has converted the ancestral property to a modern resort. It is our cherished dream to extend out hospitality and share our culture with the world.
In keeping with our family tradition, the welfare of the surrounding village is deepy ingrained. Our aim is to operate a viable resort and farm to maximize our collective economic potential. Villagers are encouraged to provide auxiliary services and their family members are on staff at the resort.