Martam, as the very name suggests, is a land of butter. Stories tell us that the
first king of Sikkim, Chogyal Phuntsog Namgyal, on his way to Yuksam by
way of Rumtek, left the butter he was carrying at Martam - so that he could
take it on his way back. Another version goes like this - Martam is a new form
of Makthang (war ground), a place where locals and the Bhutanese fought.
Many believe this version because of the presence of manidara (a stone
hillock that functioned as the boundary line during war) amidst the terraced
The stone hillock there is a masterpiece, which was built as a remembrance of the defeat of the Bhutanese army. This army was turned back from Martam when they invaded Sikkim.
According to ancestral stories, the British troops along with the help of locals had built stone hearths and choedtens (stupas) at the highest point (6,800-ft) of the village. A place, many point out is the base of Teenjhurey or the three- humped hillock, also called Jhyo Rathey, the abode of the local deity, towering over Martam village. The stones were passed from one person to another in a line from river Teesta, without dropping a single stone on the ground.
The village is also famous for its terraced paddy fields, facing the beautiful Martam Village Resort. The swathes of paddy fields and so generously endowed with hills of forests and rivulets, are often cited as one of Sikkim's important heritage landscape, and also by it's another sobriquet,the rice bowl of Sikkim.
Martam is made up of six small villages – Gangkha, where Martam Village Resort and Martam Retreat, which is a sister property is located; Thangkha; Yangthang; Lingtam; Bar Changay and Ledong Chuja. The first four names hint us that these are places where Bhutia tribes live, and forms the upper block, and the last two names are Nepali villages
Martam Village Resort
P.O. Gangkha, Martam
Via Singtam East Sikkim-737134
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