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Stevia, the natural sweetness without calories!

Stevia, the natural sweetener in the Bamboo Retreat Hotel, Sikkim

Stevia, Mt. Kanchenjunga West SikkimHere at the Bamboo Retreat Hotel, which is located in Sikkim, in the beautiful hills of the Himalaya, we try to involve as much as possible of the unique and wonderful nature. We grow vegetables and herbs ourselves and use the harvest fresh from our garden. All our herbs are organically grown and we try to cook without any form of additives. This also includes white sugar.

On average, we consume 100 grams of sugar every day. On an annual basis, this equals nearly 40 kg of sugar. I certainly don’t need to tell you how this affects our bodies.

At Bamboo Retreat Hotel we offer herbal tea sweetened with stevia.

Stevia has caused a hype, like no other plant

Stevia Plant
Stevia Plant

Stevia rebaudiana – also called sweet herb – is a herb which was discovered in South America in 1887 and first found its use only in toothpaste. Today, stevia leaves are approved as a food, especially its extract is used as a sweetener. Many people actually prefer this sweetener to the traditional sugar.

It is unbelievable that stevia is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar, and it is completely free of calories. The human organism completely discards stevia and as well for your teeth, it is better than sugar, because tooth decay and plaque is not encouraged by its consumption.

On the other hand, stevia does have one negative aspect. Some people do not like the slightly bitter aftertaste of stevia – but others are not aware of this.

However, I encourage you to try it! For our herbal teas, we use stevia as a sweetener and rely entirely on the natural sweetness!

Tea with stevia
Tea with stevia

Sitting on the terrace of Bamboo Retreat Hotel, holding a hot cup of tea in your hand
while enjoying the pleasant mountain view, will make you forget everything around you. This is the perfect way to conclude an exciting and inspiring day.

Here we pick our mint for the tea
Hier pflücken wir unsere Minze für den Tee / Here we pick our mint for the tea

All herbal teas are collected from freshly harvested herbs at Bamboo Retreat Hotel and our organic stevia and mints can be purchased by our guests in the in-house shop in Sikkim. We provide stevia in the form of dried leaf, usually as a part of a herbal tea mixture containing dried mint leaf too. Definitely, a nice souvenir to bring back home and to remind you of the wonderful time you had on your vacation.


At a glance: Stevia sweetener obtained from the leaves of the stevia plant is available as dry leaf. Free of calories, suitable for diabetics and non-cariogenic, ideal as a sweetener for hot and cold drinks!

Are you interested in learning more about stevia and it’s using? Then we can highly recommend “The Stevia Story” written by Bill Bonvie, Donna Gates and Linda Bonvie.

If you have any questions or would like to have any additional information about the Bamboo Retreat Hotel in Sikkim, India, please contact us.

As well we are happy to prepare a personal offer for you to get to know the northern region of India. Bamboo Retreat Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore Sikkim and the surrounding area. Terralaya Travels has been specializing for many years in organizing individual trips to India (especially Northeast India and the Indian Himalayas), Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Mongolia.

You love to travel and want to get to know foreign cultures?

Then perhaps a working holiday at the Bamboo Retreat in Sikkim, India is the right choice for you! We are looking for people with experience in permaculture, hotel or restaurant management, preservation or with social media skills. Here you can find more information about our volunteer program.

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