The traditional alcoholic beverage Tongba is meticulously prepared over days. What makes the drink so unique is the way it is served – warm water is poured over the fermented millet and drunk with a handmade bamboo straw. Also called hot beer, this drink can be consumed till the alcohol on the millet grains are exhausted, by simply refilling the container with more warm water.
Tongba is a must try in Sikkim, drawing the curious and seasoned minds of travellers, tourists, foodies and the local people. In a clever twist, Tong Bar is named after this indigenous drink that warms up the body and soul in the cold landscape.