Mayal Lang Homestay  1/1 by Tripoto
Spring
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Sight seeing, Learning to prepare sikkemese food & momos
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Settled amongst the trees is Mayal Lyang, a lovely house for a homestay. Mayal Lyang implies the 'Concealed Land' or 'Area favored by God' in the Lepcha dialect. A little stroll around the spot will disclose why we decided to call it so. Untouched by the traveler hustle clamor, this spot has shrouded fortunes behind each tree. Life here moves at its own particular pace. They will treat you like an augmented individual from the crew. The family you are living with would take you into their home and treat you like your relative. There is no less than one individual from the family who can communicate in English so if there is anything you have to request, you can do as such and make sure of an answer. They will go up against your visits around the wide open and acquaint you with their relatives and companions. They will reveal to all of you the excellence spots and clarify in detail every last plant and what its capacity is.
Ankit Sood
Sikkim is just a beautiful hidden jewel. This little kingdom became an Indian state in 1974 and largely remains a true wilderness area.....unexplored and small. Within this small kingdom i was surprised to find a reserve that protects one of the original tribes of Sikkim called the Lepcha's. This hidden area called dzongu is the bufferzone of the Kunchunjunga National Park, a designated world heritage site ! Anthropologists do not know where the Lepcha people originated. The Lepcha have no ancient story of migration; they believe they were born right there in their remote Himalayan valley, out of the elementsthe experience of the Mayal lang homestay is a truly journey into the seldom-glimpsed world of one of the most mysterious mountain cultures on earth - complete with close direct personal interaction of the host family. Staying with Lepcha families in their homes, guided by local shamans sharing stories and teaching us about the flora,fauna and legends, is an experience only Gyatso will share giving us an insight into the magnificent local mountain environment of Dzongu ! Dzongu is a piece of heaven … a reserve of the reserves for the indegeneous Lepcha Coomunity of Sikkim…a place where even the Sikkim people require a permit to enter. It’s a magical land consisting of great flora and fauna, immense natural beauty, waterfalls and some age old monasteries. This is topped up by the people of the area who are helpful and happy to have guests from all over the world. At Mayal Lang you could visit the following places by either a walk or hiring an in house cab. Hee Gyathang Village lies in Lower Dzongu and can be easily reached by jeep from Passingdang. Here, a small lake decorated with prayers flags is nestled between the trees and bushes. The Lepchas believe that the small silver fish in this lake were created from the lice of a goddess. It is said that a supernatural being fell in love with this divine princess. Their children and the subsequent generations are called the Heemo, a Lepcha clan which inhabits the village. Pentong is one of the last inhabited areas in Dzongu and is quite close to the snow peaks. You can trek there through dense forests and along spectacular cliffs. The area is in a relatively flat ground, some of which turns into lakes during the monsoons. Two hillocks here offer great viewpoints. They are called Tarbi and Tarbot by the locals and are considered the guards of Khanchendzonga. Tarbi is a local deity, whereas Tarbot is a demon. Both are considered powerful so the villagers give them offerings to keep them satisfied and calm. On the opposite side of the valley the Lepcha village, Sakyong can be seen. Anywhere you go in Dzongu, you'll never be too far from a waterfall. Dzongu is full of numerous big and small waterfalls cascading down the hills or falling off the sheer cliffs. Probably the best amongst them is Lingzya falls, on the way to Pentong. It is easily accessible by road and only about half hours drive from Passingdang. These falls forms a small pond at it's base, for which you have to get off the road and accross some vegetation. It forms an ideal, secluded picnic spot. While here, we suggest you shed your inhibitions and get into the water. Stand at the edge of the falling water and experience bliss as pure mountain water washes over you in great streams. Experience something unique here. Something which you may never be able to experience at any 'popular' tourist spot, anywhere. A Lepcha traditional house, which has been converted to a museum is located at Namprikdang. It is only a short drive from the Passingdang village, where our homestay is located. The construction of this house displays the ingenuity of an age old tradition of laying the super structure on open surface (over stone slabs) to counter the effects of powerful earthquakes. Another unique feature of a traditional Lepcha house is that no nails are used in this construction. The confluence of the Rongyung Chu, with the majestic Teesta is just a 5 minutes walk from there You can venture on a day-long trek through a beautiful riverbed to Tholung monastery. The monastery was founded in the late 18th century by Lhatsun Chenpo Lama to keep Buddhist manuscripts and sacred relics safe from the invading Gorkhas.Every three years, in spring, the Tholung treasures are opened up and shown to the pilgrims. From the monastery, you can see a waterfall, thundering through a deep gorge. Lepchas believe that the souls of departed pass through here on their way to the afterworld. In the surrounding hills there are caves in which Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated and hidden treasures. Enjoy the serenity of the place and spend some time meditating. A traditional bamboo bridge from here takes you to a hot water spring. Spend some time soothing your tired limbs here. Activities: • Trek • Cross Cane Bridges • Eat Organic Food • Watch birds • Watch Butterflies • Fish • Watch Cultural Programs • Understand & experience Tips: Dzongu requires a special permit to enter which requires some processing time so let the hosts know early of your arrival. Foreigners as well as Indians would require to send a copy of their passport by email along with a photograph t process the permit. Gyatso has some amazing fruit orchards. Do not foreget to visit them but make sure you are wearing leech guard or big gum boots often worn by the Lepcha people. A Taxi to Dzongu can be hired from the Vajra Taxi Stand in Gangtok. You can ride upto Mangan in a shared Taxi or an exclusive vehicle and then take another Taxi to Passingdang Village in Dzongu. However, special permits issued by the Government of India are required for entry into the Dzongu Lepcha reserve.