Apart from all the glamour and the majestic mountains, Sikkim treasures a picturesque hamlet surrounded by sheer highlands. At an altitude of 5600 feet, Kaluk captures the soothing aura of Mt. Kanchenjunga. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what Kaluk has to offer; this quaint settlement in West Sikkim is an abode of crude elegance with its rich culture, nature and religious creed, making it one of the top tourist sites in Sikkim.
Around 104 kilometers from Gangtok, Kaluk highlights the vibrant vista of Rhododendron in Varsey Sanctuary in the months of April to June. But during July to September, Kaluk remains cloaked underneath the mist and is even soaked by the average rainfall. Between October and March, tourists partake in trekking and bird watching while gazing over the phenomenal horizon of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga mountain range.
This place falls right at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and has got a bunch of locales surrounding the mainland that one must not miss. Starting from the Singshore Bridge, the highest bridge in Sikkim and the second highest in Asia, to Rinchonpong which is also the boundary of Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Geysins, Ravangla and Pelling are the other few famous sites in and around this place. Some of the other environs completing the list of places to visit here are - Sai Mandir at Daramdin, Samdruptse, Heritage House, the Guru Padmasambhava’s statue, a hot Spring at Legship, Temi Tea Garden, Khechipalru Lake and the Stone Throne Of The Coronation King Of Sikkim.
There is also a unique thing about Kaluk; this place offers a 180 degree view of Kanchenjunga and its ranges. There a number of activities that you can opt for in Kaluk such as trekking, Yak Safari, Mountaineering and rafting at Teesta River. Visitors can even explore the wide variety of flora and fauna at the heart of the Alpine forests here. There is also a small market nearby where you will find imported Chinese goods and you can actually collect numerous souvenirs without burning a hole in your pocket.
The route to Kaluk is a picturesque one especially if you travel by road, although there are available means of transportation to Kaluk, be it airways, railways or roadways. I would personally suggest you to take the roadways as you will be able to witness the curvy and mesmerizing sights of the highlands. One can travel the distance from New Jalpaiguri or Bagdora to Kaluk by directly hiring a car. It is a distance of 125 kilometres from Bagdora to Kaluk. Rails take around four and a half hours from New Jalpaiguri to Kaluk.
If you want to chase down mountains and cover the extra mile to explore the divine beauty of nature, Kaluk is the place for you. Book your tickets this winter through WeCare Holidays and spend your vacations in a Sikkimese Shangri-La.