Dibongo Homestay is a beautiful Sikkim homestay that is taken care of by Sangtik Lepcha. The house is built partly with bamboo and mud and the open community kitchen allows the guests to be able to sit with the family while having their meals. You will be able to see that the cooking practice that takes place over the open and slow burning wood though takes a lot of time to prepare the food, but does not seem too long as the conversations keep going, the house gives a very rural feeling owing to the traditional manual methods adopted for the construction of this homestay, traditionally designed by the Lepcha communities.
Dibongo Homestay is located near Lum Village. The homestay has 1 room with common washroom.
You get to experience the local culture in every small habit of the locals living here, for example you will be able to see the wide practice of serving ‘Chi’ which is considered to be a religious practice where an alcoholic beverage brewed from millet is said to have a divine origin wherein, the recipe has been brought from a sorceress in the netherworld by a cockroach.
-Chi or the fermented beverage is as symbolic as the blood that flows through the body in Lepcha culture
Experience the bóngthíng religious practice (usually male) or a mun (usually female) who are healers, exorcists, nature worshipers/guardians, and responsible for guiding the dead to the afterlife.
The old people and young folk alike join hands to sing, dance and indulge in merry making. Traditional Lepcha traditional dance forms are showcased here. This famous folk dance of Lepcha community shows normal activities such as sowing, reaping and harvesting of paddy. The graceful movements of male and female dancers become more noticeable with the background of pleasant
- Experience the Lepcha language which is now to be seen in very few parts of India.
ABOUT THE HOST-
Sangtik Lepcha, the owner, has been living in North Sikkim for years.
HOW TO REACH-
Dibongo Homestay is 40 km from the nearest town of Gangtok. The closest railway station is Bagdogra, the closest bus stand is Gangtok and the closest airport is Bagdogra. Our host will coordinate with you to post your booking.