Yangsum Heritage Farm, West Sikkim, India

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yangsum1650Located in West Sikkim, North East India, Yangsum Heritage Farm is a 44 acre mountain farm, situated in the remote countryside with a backdrop of the famous Khangchendzonga (or Kanchenjunga) mountain range and the skyline of the Singalila Ridge, known for offering one of the best treks in the world.

Thendup , his wife Pema and children

 

The Yangsum Heritage Farm deservedly features in our Green Showcase, as it embodies the values and core principles of sustainability.

Originally built in 1833, it was restored and remodelled in 1966 into a four-bedroom home stay by Thendup Tashi, the great grandson of the owner.

Thendup who manages the farm along with his wife Pema, led the remodelling project and is instrumental in ensuring the farmhouse follows the environmental best practices, and engages with the local community to contribute to their social and economic development.

 

Restoration features

  • Local carpenters and masons were employed to reconstruct the stone walls using locally available materials and the traditional dry-stack technique of construction. The stone walls retain the sun’s warmth, an important consideration as the farm is at an altitude of nearly 1900 metres
  • The indigenous style of architecture has been retained to preserve and honour the culture and heritage of the century-old farmhouse building
  • The guestrooms have been repurposed from the erstwhile warehouse that was used for storage purposes. These have been decorated in the traditional Sikkimese style.
  • Locally sourced wood has been used for wall panelling, flooring and ceiling, to provide insulation against the cold
  • The kitchen is a converted barn that was once used to prepare fodder for the farm animals
  • Overall, modern intervention has been minimal, restricted mainly to the bathrooms for better functionality and hygiene standards