The home-stay offers the unique experience for the visitors to taste the local cuisine in a clean environment. The visitors will also be able to understand the local traditions, food habits, observe local lifestyle, participate in the celebration of festivals, rituals and other forms of cultural expression. Home-stay is managed in such a way keeping the convenience of the visitors in concern. Home-stay is well standardized in the services. There are provision for proper sanitation and electricity. Home-stay provides the traditional foods of different communities like Rai and Bhutia cuisine which are further served in a traditional manner.
We are Kulung tribe of Rai people of Sikkim living in a village called Pastanga. Pastanga a small village, situated in the East District of Sikkim state, at an altitude of 1423 meter is an ideal place for those who wish to experience the sampling of traditional Sikkimese village life. The village is well connected by road via Ranipool and Bhusuk, and is just an hour scenic drive from the capital city, Gangtok. One can easily get a shared taxi or book an entire taxi to reach the village. The village derived its name from the fact that the more then twelve varieties of bamboo thrive in the area and the near by alpine hills. In olden times the village was known as “Pa-Sing-Tel” in Kulung Language “Rai” which means “forefather's wood collecting place” and on the other hand “Pasing Tengkha” in Bhutia language meaning “below bamboo forest”. Gradually with the passage of time the name changed into Pastanga. Pastanga is exotic village encompassing natural attraction and there is abundance of various flora and fauna…….. every corner is graced by orchids and rhododendrons so it is the destination for naturalists and eco-lovers. The village is also a bird watcher's paradise as various species of birds are seen in the area. In-fact, Pastanga has host of things to offer to visitors.
People of pastanga village are hospitable, generous with ever smiling face and simplicity is innate culture. The village is inhabited by three ethnic communities namely Rai, Bhutia and Lepcha. The majorities of the population are pre-dominantly farmers and earn the livelihood through traditional organic agriculture. Besides, the horticulture practice and diary farming are also the blooming sector. The village is one of the main producers of large cardamom and ginger. The village has total of 95 house hold constituting the population around 500 people. The majorities among the population are Rai mainly “Pilmong and Kulung”, followed by Bhutias and the rest are Lepcha. The village folks have lived in close harmony through the ages and have a symbiotic relationship in the community. The beautiful village of Pastanga has a rich culture which spans over centuries and tradition woven from the linen of intriguing myths. Each community of Pastanga village is well accustomed by their own culture and tradition. Rai and Lepcha are nature worshiper while Bhutia follows Buddhism.