Martam Village resort is approximately 30 kms short of Gangtok if you are coming from Bagdogra. It is located in upper Martam in a hilly terrain and you will need the owners / hotels assistance in locating it ( and the owner is very very helpful, the closer we got - the more frequent were his call to assist ). Once you reach the destination, hopefully in daylight, the experience begins. The hotel is built on a hill side with cottages on steps cut into the hill. The cottages are spacious and well maintained. We stayed there immediately after the monsoons but the rooms were clean with no trace of moistness / staleness common in most Hotels after monsoons. The staff is warm and cheerful and My Piam ( I am not sure I got the name right) is exceptionally helpful with suggestions and tying up local transport requirements.
Apart from enjoying the tranquil peace, the Hotel restaurant at the foothills prepares splendid and tasty preparations which have a touch of home cooking ! The food is easy on digestion (also helped by the climb back to your cottage).
For activities - there are two short treks available - one through a forested path leading to paddy fields and another through a village. Each path takes approx 30 - 45 minutes of fairly comfortable beaten paths. The locals are helpful should you need directions.
The Rumtek monastery is about 12 kms away and you will need transport to reach there unless you are in for a long trek and is the only tourist point in close vicinity. For the rest of the tourist places - it is better to shift base to Gangtok to avoid the commute time of over 2 hrs one way.
Stay at MVR to soak in the weather, unwind, relax and explore the countryside on your own.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Holiday in Martam Village Resort is a unique experience. Situated in the breathtaking and tranquil countryside of East Sikkim, in the foothills of the Himalayas, the resort overlooks a beautiful valley of rich terraced paddy fields, bounded by forest-covered hills. The resort overlooks endless rows of terraced paddy fields and is bounded by rich forest covered hills, which form a part of the Fambongla Wildlife Sanctuary. This is the perfect location for visitors who love nature or adventure and for those seeking peace and relaxation. Guests may enjoy a short trek to the top of the hills to see the rich and unique Himalayan flora and fauna or enjoy the fabled Sikkimese hospitality among the villagers. The Accommodation is in 13 thatched cottages built in traditional style to blend with the surrounding village. The cottages have twin bedded rooms with large picture windows framing the spectacular countryside. Each room has attached bath with modern facilities. Great care has been taken to blend the resort into the village, to maintain the ethnic style and culture of the area. To remain rustic, yet, provide for a pleasant and comfortable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Martam Village Resort Gangtok, Sikkim