Martam, West Sikkim – Serenity meets Simplicity

by Aug 13, 2018Northeast India, Sikkim, Weekend Getaways from Kolkata

Mountains and monsoon make a lethal combination. With the clouds rolling on the mountain tops and a dreamy atmosphere all around, monsoons create a magical canvas in the mountains. Don’t you think so? To experience this magic, we travelled to West Sikkim on an extended weekend. This time we went to Martam and Sribadam.

Martam is a quaint hamlet on the Hee-Bermiok road away from the rush of tourists. And we decided to stay at a cosy homestay at the Martam village, a few kilometers from the main road. The homestay is in the middle of cardamom fields and was the perfect place to spend a weekend away from Kolkata or even Siliguri.

Martam, West Sikkim

The beauty of Martam

Martam literally means “The lap of God“. And indeed the place is heavenly. The village is surrounded by two rivers, one of them being the Kalez River. The second one, the villagers could not tell us. With small houses having colourful gardens and terraced green farms all around, the place is soothing to the eyes. And right across, you can see the mountain ranges. If the weather is clear, Kanchenjunga too appears in all its glory at Upper Martam. But we went there to enjoy the mountains and rains. The snow-clad ranges would have to wait!

Martam, West Sikkim, weekend destination from Kolkata

The Homestay at Martam

The best part of the place was definitely the homestay. Situated in the midst of farms, the place was everything that we could ask for. We could see the mountains from our room and the green farmland below. And the hospitality we received there was totally unmatched. This place was indeed a home away from the home. We were welcomed by Yogesh and Yowan, two brothers at the homestay. And we made friends for lifetime. It was good to listen to their stories and life at the village. Yowan also treated us with a homemade wine in the evening! It was made by him. He even promised us to treat with all the local delicacies the next time we visit there.

Martam, West Sikkim, weekend destination from Kolkata

Martam, West Sikkim, weekend destination from Kolkata

Martam, West Sikkim, weekend destination from Kolkata

Things to do at Martam

Martam is a perfect weekend destination from Kolkata where you can simply relax. The village itself is so beautiful that you can spend your time exploring the place. Sikkim is a paradise for birdwatchers and you will find the beautiful Himalayan birds here also.

You can also select Martam as your base and explore the various places of West Sikkim. Chayataal, another picturesque Sikkimese village is just 8 km from here. Hee-Bermiok, Kaluk, Rinchenpong, Sribadam can all be explored from here. The Srijunga Waterfalls is an hour trek from Bermiok Bazar. The sacred Srijunga cave is also nearby the waterfalls. Locally the cave is known as Srijunga Phuku.

Martam, West Sikkim, weekend destination from Kolkata

How to reach Martam

The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport and the nearest Railhead is New Jalpaiguri (NJP). Martam is situated around 105 km from Siliguri.

We took a shared Sumo from SNT Bus Stand at Siliguri to Jorethang (it took us almost 3.5 hours to reach). From Jorethang, we took another shared sumo towards Bermiok which dropped us at Martam. This one took around 1 hour 45 minutes.

Best Time to visit Martam

This weekend getaway from Kolkata can be visited at any time of the year. And it definitely serves as a perfect summer getaway too. But if you want to see the Kanchenjunga ranges in full glory, visit the place between November to February.

Recommended Read: 52 Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Kolkata

Here are a few more pictures that might fuel your wanderlust!

Martam, West Sikkim, weekend destination from Kolkata

Martam, West Sikkim, weekend destination from Kolkata

Martam, West Sikkim, weekend destination from Kolkata

Martam, West Sikkim, weekend destination from Kolkata

Martam, West Sikkim, weekend destinations from Kolkata

Martam, West Sikkim, weekend destination from Kolkata

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