Teen Taley Eco Garden resort, Rumtek is a pioneer in the new breed of eco-conscious resorts. It is set amidst landscaped gardens and lush forests, a mere 30 minute drive away from Gangtok, and a very walk able 1 km from the Rumtek Monastery, this little hideaway blends traditional architecture and interior design with modern amenities. A strict vigil is kept on preserving and conserving the environment.
A shelter from the frenzy of everyday life
The Resort is spread out over six and a half acres with a Main Block, Suite Block and two double-unit cottages. There are twelve rooms in total, each come with the spectacular views of Gangtok and Nathula range. The newly built bamboo restaurant is a beauty in itself. The resort also has an all- purpose hall and a sarva dharma temple.
The resort has a full-fledged park, with a variety of flora and fauna. Activities provided by the resort are – trekking, camping, guided walks, indoor games etc. You can also play Badminton or Tennis. The World Dharma Chakra Centre at Rumtek and the Nehru Botanical Park, is about 10 minutes away from the resort. The Zum Gharwang Monastery at Lingdum renowned for its spectacular architecture is another site well worth visiting.
The cuisine is traditional Sikkimese prepared with produce from the resort’s organically grown kitchen garden. The garden has special area of medicinal plants and herbs. Dairy, poultry and fresh meat products are also provided from the resort’s farm. All the help and staff of the Resort are taken to traditionalise even the finer details such as the crockery and cutlery used in the resort. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delights are prepared by the chef, guests also have the freedom to assist, guide the chef as well as pick vegetables of their choice from the garden and stir it up.
The Teen Taley Resort was started in 2005, with one building having three rooms and three staff members. The resort at the initial phase was conceived as a home stay and later as a village resort. The basic idea behind the establishment was as a getaway from the hectic pace of city life. The founders decided for this very reason to build a resort in Rumtek as it had a perfect location.It was conceptualized from the start as an environment friendly resort. Agriculture, animal husbandry and floriculture were given major emphasis right from the early days. The resort in the initial days also supplied milk to the diary as well as local consumers. One of the major resources of the resort has been its gardens; there was meticulous work and supervision of this. The resort in its initial days was not self- sustaining, it was turned slowly into a profitable venture through training of its staff and an understanding of the vision with which it started.The resort became successful only in the third year of its establishment, tourists slowly came to realize the charm of the village and it became popular through word of mouth. This popularity was primarily based on the service provided and the beauty, peace of a village setting. Interestingly one of the major causes for success is the nature of relation between the employer and the employee. Labor in this resort is given dignity, the owner, managers do not hesitate to work in the field or help out in the kitchen. This leads to a healthy relation between the staff and the management. This has been one of the highlights of the practices of the resort.
The resort drew inspiration from many sources one of them being Mt. Nursing, Ravangla. The technicalities of the tourism industry as well as that of a village resort were drawn from here. There have also been many others who believed in and nurtured this resort. The North East Development Fund provided the means for the resort to sustain itself economically in the initial phase.There has also been a continuous infrastructural expansion of the resort, two double cottages, a suite block, badminton court, an all- purpose hall, a sarva dharma temple were all gradually constructed in the resort. A newly built bamboo restaurant is the pride of the place.
Culturally, the resort has played a very important role. The uniforms of the staff from the very beginning represented the three major ethnic communities of Sikkim. The resort also hosted many cultural activities, it had dance troupes comprising of the villagers for performance during the tourist season.Teen Taley Resort with only seven years of experience has made itself a name in the tourism industry. Teen Taley Resort is not only a resort but also an institution; it caters to the local economy, environment, culture of Sikkim. In all of this it stands out because it is not a business venture, it is primarily a social enterprise.
One of the foundational conceptions of the resort has been to give back to the society. Ever since its inception the resort has employed local staff from Sikkim, the resort also employs families and provides for their medical expenditure, schooling and housing needs. Most of the staff that the resort has employed over a period of time are local youths who have not completed their education. They are given basic training by the resort and then send for further skill- building in tourism. They then become eligible for employment in various other tourism ventures.
The food used in the kitchen comes from the resort and nearby farms. This has given a boost to the local economy. Teen Taley Resort has been the frontrunner for organic farming as well. It encourages its staff and management to take an active role in organic farming. The resort hosts local meetings of groups on organic farming; it also sends its staff to participate in organic farming programs organized by the Government of Sikkim Teen Taley Resort also provides recreation and outings for children from orphanages and contributes monetarily for their upkeep. The resort hosts events for government schools and provides amenities for the children. The cultural programs that are hosted in the resort are carried out by local children and local groups.
Teen Taley Resort takes a keen interest in upholding their social responsibility. The resort contributes to the society both economically and social.
The achievements of the Teen Taley Resort in such a short period have been highlighted and appreciated by many. It has been a torch bearer in the field of eco- tourism. The resort employs local talents and local organic vegetables grown in the farm in order to provide the best eco- friendly experience for tourists. Considering their contribution they received -Award of Excellence- for the Best Eco Friendly Resort in 2008-2009 by the Government of Sikkim, Department of Tourism. The Teen Taley resort has also been host to eminent personalities like the Royal Family of Norway.
We were also awards Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for the year 2015 & 2017.
Teen Taley Eco Resort
Near Ani Gumpa, Rumtek
East Sikkim 737135
Tel.: +91-98320 14867