Ralong and Borong are two natural hot springs located in Ravangla (7000 ft), South Sikkim. South Sikkim is an emerging tourist hotspot, endowed with areas rich in flora and fauna, along with wonderful monasteries, this part of Sikkim is on its way to become a popular tourist destination. Numerous travel enthusiasts were unaware of the tourism potential of South Sikkim. Nevertheless, recent years have shown a growth in the tourist influx. The top two attractions of South Sikkim reside in Ravangla and they are the Ralong and Borong Hot springs.
Ralong and Borong Hot Springs are situated along the banks of river Rangit. Ralong Cha-Chu or Borong Cha-Chu as they are locally called, consists of sulfuric water that has the potential to tackle skin problems. Immersing oneself in these hot springs is a wholesome therapeutic sauna experience. The two hot springs are 7 km apart from each other and can be easily reached on foot. What better, than a pool of healing water awaiting you after a long trek? The hot water spring is definitely worth the trek. Apart from the remedial pools, birds and unique butterflies wander around these areas awaiting you, thus making it an ideal spot for nature lovers and a trekker’s bliss.
The best time to visit the pool is from March to May when the weather is pleasant and blooming rhododendrons greet you. The hot springs are open from 7 A.M. to 7P.M. regardless of any public holidays.
These two pools are an hour or two trek away from Ralong Monastery depending on the type of trekker you are. It is an arduous journey. Nonetheless, the mountains with its lush green composition, definitely encourages you towards your destination, making you forget the fatigue by the scenic beauty it has to offer in every step you take. It is a 40 minute drive from Ravangla to the base from where the hour long trek begins. If you decide to stay overnight, temporary huts are at your service. However, you need to carry you own bedding and food. Visitors usually decide on staying overnight instead of wearing out their bodies and spending more time in nature. Borang requires a seven km drive back to Ralong Monastery and requires yet another trek of around 45 minutes downhill.
A trip to these two hot springs is an adventure in itself and is a trekker’s paradise. Apart from these two tourist attractions, Ravangla has many more to offer. While in Ravangla, trekkers can undertake yet another trek to Maenam Peak and visit the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is a paradise for bird enthusiasts. The Ralong Monastery: a place so peaceful and tranquil in South Sikkim that it cannot be left out of the list. If you happen to be in Ravangla somewhere between September and December, you can witness the three major festivals held in the monastery namely Pang Lhabso, Chaam and Mahakala. Culture curious tourists can also visit nearby villages like Borong Village, Kewzig Village and get a whiff of the culture in these villages. Temi tea garden is another spot near Ravangla worth visiting.
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Located at a distance of 131 km from the capital Gangtok and 10 km from Geyzing, the district headquarters of West Sikkim, Pelling is a small town in the district of West Sikkim. Perched at an altitude of 7200 ft., the town is always welcoming the travellers with its beautiful alpine vegetation, spectacular waterfalls, and sacred monasteries and nearby hamlets in the lap of Himalayas. Named after the founder Freddie (Pelling), Pelling is a place where you can experience the breath-taking view of Mt. Kanchenjungha along with its range even without leaving the comforts of the hotel rooms.
There are quite a few places to visit and explore in Pelling and in its surrounding, among those, I will focus on some of the famous ones here. This peaceful mountain town offers you a visit to the historic Pemayangtse monastery built in 1705. This three-storied monastery decorated with sculptures and wall paintings is one of the most sacred pilgrim destinations for the Buddhist communities of Sikkim. Another one from the list of oldest monasteries of the state is Sanga Choeling Monastery which is situated on a ridge above Pelling and it was built in 1697.
Now coming to the water falls nearby to this place, one of the must visit tourist destinations of Pelling is the Kanchenjunga falls, which is one of the top most beautiful waterfalls of Sikkim. You can enjoy the drizzles of the water of this majestic falls from a distance. Another beautiful waterfall of Pelling is the Rimbi waterfalls which turns into Rimbi River. This waterfalls will definitely make you fall in love with the place even more.
The next place which is coming into mind is the Khecheopalri Lake where beauty and divinity blend together. This serene lake holds a religious significance for both Buddhists and Hindus. This is a must go place for the explorers. If you go to Pelling then you should not miss the opportunity to see the Singshore Bridge, which is the highest bridge of Sikkim with an elevation of 198 m above the ground and also one of the highest ones in the whole of Asia. This bridge ensures spectacular views and mind blowing clickable sights.
If you want to spend a night at a homestay at a small mountain village and enjoy the warm hospitality of the villagers then nearby Darap village, which is 7 km on the way from Pelling to Yuksam, is the perfect destination for you. Some other famous tourist destinations near Pelling are Sewaro Rock Garden, Changey waterfall, Khangchendzonga National Park.
Normally the best time to visit Pelling is during the summer and after the monsoon from September to December. But despite of this, each place has some specified best time to visit and almost every season in Pelling has its own charm to welcome the travellers with its beauty.
So if your soul is already feeling the calls of the mountain, then start packing you bag and get ready to enjoy the snow-capped Himalayan ranges in Pelling with WeCare Holidays.
The biota of Yumthung Valley presents a paradisiacal spectacle. The scenery leaves an everlasting imprint on the visitors’ heart and soul. The Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley Flowers Sanctuary is home to a wide range of flora and fauna blanketing the meadows and adorning the banks of the river. It is situated in North Sikkim and is close to the Indo-China Border at a distance of approximately 130 km from the capital Gangtok.
Located at an elevation of 3,564 m (11,693ft.) there are hardly any trees in the valley. Rather, the vast meadow is sheathed by over 20 types of rhododendrons which is also the state flower. The valley encompasses the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary within its vast meadows. The sanctuary, apart from being home to over 40 different types of Rhododendron species, is also a habitat for birds like Wood snipe and Hoary-throated barwing. During the flower season, the valley adorns a multicolor sheet of flowery gown that will leave beholders fascinated. Mere words fall short to describe the spectacular scenery this valley presents and one need only to visit to comprehend the beauty. Besides the flower keeping you company, cattle graze in the meadows during particular times of the year and this is known as Yaylag pastoralism, giving us a mirror image of those western meadows and valleys we see on the telly. This picturesque composition includes a river nearby along with a natural hot spring within the valley.
The myriad of flowers dancing under the summer sun is a view to behold. However, something this grand does not come easy and it is an arduous journey to reach Yumthang Valley via Lachung. Since it is in proximity to the Indo-China border, tourist movement is controlled in this area. A permit is required to visit the valley. Even if one is granted a permit, it is not until nine in the morning that the journey is confirmed after the vehicle you booked receives a green signal. Weather changes and landslides are frequent in this area, which is Mother Nature’s way of controlling traffic.
Travel to Yumthung valley comes in tour packages. Lachung is the only place close to Yumthung valley that has proper accommodation facilities ranging from modest hotels to 4-star resorts. The hotels are booked as part of the package tour. So, you need to choose your package wisely keeping in view the expenses and the number of days to spend under unadulterated atmosphere. Overnight stay is a necessity as the journey itself takes 6 to 7 hours and it gets dark quite early in this area. Yumthung valley is just 40 minutes ride from Lachung, and allows tourists to immerse themselves in the beauty for most of the day. The flowering season starts in late February and is in full bloom by mid-June. Mid-April to Mid-May is the best time to visit the place and the weather is pleasant during this time. The valley is shut during December to March due to heavy snowfall.
There are other places in and around Yumthang worth visiting. Zero point or Yumesamdong is about 23 km from Yumthang. One can witness the vast flat Tibetan plateau at a distance. Other spots like Lachung Monastery, Chungthang, Lachen Monastery and Yumthung River are an hour or two ride away from Yumthang valley and Lachung. If you are all set to visit Yumthang and inhale the bounteous beauty, call WeCare Holidays and get ready to immerse yourself into the flowery meadows.
Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir or Baba Mandir in short, is located in East Sikkim en-route to Tsomgo Lake and the Nathula Pass at a distance of about 60 kilometers from the capital Gangtok. The story of Captain ‘Baba’ Harbhajan Singh is profound on a spiritual and patriotic level. Baba Harbhajan Singh, who hailed from Punjab, joined the Indian army and enlisted in Amritsar in the Punjab regiment at the prime age of 22. He was posted in Sikkim in the Indo-China border at a time when tensions from the Sino-Indian War two years ago was still lingering. Just three years into the army, the young man fell prey to the harsh circumstances that prevail at altitudes soaring ten thousand feet and more. In 1968 he was guiding a mule column carrying supplies to an army post from Tukla to Deng Chukla, when he fell into a glacier and drowned. His body was found three days after the incident. It is said that ‘Baba’ himself led the search party to his frozen body. He appeared in a soldier’s dream and informed about the whereabouts of his dead body and requested that a shrine be built in his memory. This is how the Baba Mandir came into being.
The new Baba Mandir or Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial was constructed on 1982 while the old Baba mandir is located 12 kms away. The old Baba Mandir or ‘Babaji ka Bunker’ is where the ‘samadhi’ of the late army captain lies. This is the bunker where he was originally posted. If you want to visit the original Baba Mandir, you are required to carry a permit from the nearest check point or you can use the Tsomgo Lake pass which is inclusive of Baba mandir.
The new Baba mandir is a reconstruction of the ‘samadhi’ of the old one and is located at Kupup Gnathang road junction and is in proximity to Memencho Lake. This is a hotspot for both devotees and tourists as it is situated just beside the road and is easily accessible. In the case of the old Baba mandir, one needs to climb up about 50 steps to reach the ‘samadhi’. The newly constructed shrine has three rooms. The central room is filled with images of gods and ‘gurus’ from Hindu and Sikh religions alongside Baba’s photo. One of the remaining rooms is for Baba’s personal use filled with all the basic amenities like bed, utensils and his service outfits, which are well maintained on a daily basis. The remaining room is allotted as his office. No prior permission is required to visit the new Baba mandir.
Though this a devotional place and there is nothing much to do around, the scenery surrounding the temple is sensational. Given that it is located at an altitude of approximately 4000 m, the weather plays a dramatic role here. It can be bone-chilling at times, even on a bright sunny day. Therefore, it is advisable that you carry warm clothing and an umbrella when you visit that part of Sikkim. If you are tired after travelling those winding pathways to get there, you can relax and have refreshments at the café run by the Army or at Café 13th Thousand. And if you want to explore the areas in and around, there are many places to do so. There is a Bholenath temple within walking distance, the Menmencho Lake, Sarathang Lake, Nathula Pass, Nathang Valley, Zuluk Wildlife Area are some other major attractions situated within 3 to 15 km from Baba Mandir.
The best time to visit the Shrine is subjective. If you are someone who enjoys cold and snow, then January to March is the best time, as you will be treated to a blanket of snow. But it is extremely cold during this time of the year and it is advisable that the travelers undergo a health check-up and pack warm clothing before embarking on the journey to Baba Mandir. And if you want to grace your eyes to spectacular views of Rhododendrons and Orchids along the way, April to May is the best time. However, most people suggest visiting during September to October when the temperature is pleasant and the weather is clear enough to give a clear view of the breathtaking hills in and around.
It is to be noted that Foreign Nationals incuding NRIs are restricted from visiting Baba Mandir. Native tourists need to carry along proper Identity Proof and at least two passport size photos in order to get their permit ready and it is advisable to apply for the permit a day in advance.
So plan your trip to this Northeastern Indian state and visit the very place where Baba Harbhajan’s legend has its origin. So contact WeCare Holidays to make this trip to Baba Mandir a success and know, upclose, the legend of the Saint Soldier, Captain ‘Baba’ Harbhajan Singh.
At a distance of 65 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and 89 km from Pelling, there is a tiny gem called Ravangla. Situated at an altitude of 7000 feet in South Sikkim district, Ravangla is a small hill town connecting Gangtok and Pelling.
Located on a ridge between Maenam and Tendong Hill, Ravangla has many things to offer to the tourists in its showcase. From pilgrimages to wildlife sanctuary treks, from tea gardens and the view of the majestic Himalayan ranges to ethnic culture and festivals, this picturesque place will quench your mountain travel thirst.
Let us start from the Buddha Park. Constructed between 2006 and 2013 to celebrate the 2550th Birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, the Buddha Park features a 130-foot high statue of the Lord Buddha as its centre of attraction and this place is one of the main pilgrim as well as tourist attractions of Ravangla. The Cho-Dzo Lake is located within the complex of this well maintained park, surrounded by forests. Not only the Buddha Park there are quite a few Buddhist monasteries near to Ravangla and the most famous of them is the Ralang Monastery which belongs to the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it is one of the most sacred monasteries in Sikkim. The original monastery is located at a distance of 3 km from the new one and the new Ralang Monastery is one of the biggest monasteries in Sikkim now. The monastery hosts the annual Pang Lhabsol festival in which Mount Kanchenjunga is worshipped. This festival starts on the 15th day of the 7th month of Buddhist calendar (August-September) and ends on the 29th day of the 10th month of the Buddhist Calendar (December). This monastery is also famous for its Mahakala Dance that takes place every year in the month of November. Apart from the Buddha Park and the Ralang monastery you can also visit Bon Monastery and Doling Monastery which are nearly 6 km away from the town.
Ravangla is also the starting point for the famous Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary Trek. The 12 km trek route passes through the Maenam Sanctuary which houses a rare collection of Himalayan species like red panda, Himalayan black bear, leopard cat, black pheasant cat and if you are into birding then Ravangla is a paradise for you. Another 1.5 km uphill trek leads to Bhaledunga, a hilltop offering beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
At a distance of 20 km from Ravangla, you must visit the beautiful Temi Tea Garden which is considered one of the best tea gardens of India. And on the way to Temi Tea garden there is another must visit place named as the Rayong Sunrise View point. Perched at an altitude of 6700 ft this view point offers a breath-taking sunrise view of the first rays of sun falling on the snowy peaks of Mt. Narsing, Mt. Jopuno, Mt. Kabru covering the Sangalila range and the Chola range and the rest of the Himalayan range.
Ravangla is known for its ethnic culture and festivals. A one week long tourist festival at Cho-Dzo Lake is organized by Sikkim Tourism department every year in April. The festival hosts an exhibition cum sale of handicrafts from Sikkim and other North Eastern states of India and Bhutan. There, you can also get the taste of local food, culture, music and fashion shows.
You can get several options for accommodation ranging from budget hotels to luxury ones or even the classic guest houses and will be definitely overwhelmed by the warm hospitality of the mountain people of Ravangla.
The weather of the place is pleasant almost throughout the whole year but for the travellers it is better to avoid the monsoon and the severe winter months. So the best time to be there is definitely in summer to enjoy the cool climate or you can also go in other months to enjoy the beauty of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges and the charmingly rare flowers blooming in the mountains
So why wait? book your tickets to Sikkim and witness the majestic Buddha Statue with WeCare Holidays.
Worth stopping and soaking in the serene beauty while sipping from a steaming mug of coffee along with some delicious Sikkimese momos, Changu Lake, as the locals call it, is a glacial lake in Sikkim at an altitude of 12,310 feet. This lake falls in the district of East Sikkim and remains frozen during the whole of winter. Tsomgo or as the name suggests the ‘source of water’, is located about 35 kms from Gangtok on the Jawaharlal Nehru Road which goes on to join Nathula Pass. This place is mesmerizingly beautiful in the way it highlights different hues at different seasons. Although it remains snow covered in winter, colourful Primula flowers bloom around the lake during summer and autumn along with alpine vegetation. The lake is also the resting place for a large number of migratory ducks.
Surrounded by lushy landscapes and alpine forests, the lake bears a mythical history and the localites acclaim it to be a sacred lake. There are sayings that long ago, Buddhist monks could forecast the future by studying the changing colours of the water. The lake is also the venue for the Guru Purnima festival which coincides with Raksha Bandhan where the faith healers known as Jhakirs congregate at the lake.
This oval shaped lake is covered by steep mountains along with the installation of prayer wheels and a temple of Lord Shiva. Moreover this dream destination offers a wonderful outing for tourists with experiences varying from yak and mule rides at the lake site to trekking and varieties of food and drink stalls. There are certain stalls that rent out snow boots, jackets, and gum boots as well to the tourists. There is also a passenger ropeway (cable car) on the way to Nathula Pass and Baba Mandir. Tourists get a much more pleasant glimpse of the scenic beauty on the ropeway. The only thing that this place falls short of is that there are no lodging provisions to stay in this area overnight.
One thing to keep in mind before visiting Tsomgo Lake is that a permit is compulsory to visit it. One can get a permit from the Sikkim Tourist Information Centre at MG Marg in Gangtok or can enquire any travel agent to arrange their permits along with their accommodation and other necessities. There are ample means of transport (Sumos, Scorpios, etc) and one can either hire a reserved vehicle or engage in a group tour on a share basis. During winter the routes sometimes get blocked due to heavy snowing.
So planning for a trip to Sikkim? Do not and I repeat, do not miss out on Tsomgo Lake. It is a sight to behold. So what are you waiting for? Call up WeCare Holidays and book your Sikkim tour with our help because “We Care” about your experiences.
An erstwhile Himalayan monarchy and part of the fabled Silk Route to China, Sikkim is the second largest state in India and forms a part of the mesmerizing North Eastern part of India. Previously, an autonomous regime, Sikkim was indicted into mainland India in 1975 under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. This memorandum has opened the doors of Sikkim to the outside world to witness the natural bounty abound in this small state.
Sikkim’s small size geographically often belies the vast natural diversity that it has to offer. Housing the world’s third highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga in the North and temperate vegetation in the South of Sikkim, Sikkim’s landscape changes within a few square kilometers. Sikkim is divided into four districts – North, East, South, and West – and each of these has a multitude of experiences to offer. To name a few, the East district, with the administrative center at Gangtok, is the heart of Sikkim’s business and economy. The East district also houses the Tsomgo Lake and the historically important Nathula Pass. The South, with its mesmerizing villages and hills flanking them, is right out of Lord of the Rings. The West is the historical part of the state and is replete with culture and heritage. Some of the holiest and key shrines in Sikkim are located in this region. It also boasts of having a beautiful terrain abounding with lakes, waterfalls and some very popular trekking routes. This is the key reason why people make sure that when traveling to Sikkim, all the four sides of the state are a definite addition in their Sikkim Honeymoon Tour Packages.
Hence, I can say that this the best part of Sikkim Honeymoon Tour Packages on offer. Last, but not the least, the North district, home to Mt. Kanchenjunga, this district is teeming with gorgeous alpine sceneries and landscapes and valleys like Yumthang, which transforms into a sea of flowers during spring, is enough to satiate the most avid hearts. Sikkim, in its vast repertoire of natural vistas, also has two rivers to add to it. The Teesta and the Rangeet, both having their origin in the high altitudes of the Himalayas, snake across the length of Sikkim, into the plains of West Bengal finally joining the Brahmaputra in Bangladesh which makes a must do visit when looking for best Sikkim Honeymoon Packages.
Sikkim also has ample opportunities like Paragliding, River Rafting, etc. for the adventure junkies to satiate their hunger for adrenaline. Also, a new adventure activity for the enthusiasts who like to experience the local culture first hand has settled its roots in the Sikkim adventure tourism field – Mountain Biking. The rugged terrain of the landscape in Sikkim has made way for a number of cycling trails to become popular all over India. For the foodie, Sikkimese cuisine finds its roots in the intermingling of different ethnic communities – the Bhutias, the Nepalese and the Lepcha. Starting from soft melt-in-your-mouth dumplings called Momos to Thukpa - a noodle based dish of Tibetan origin, Sikkimese cuisine has a lot to offer.
Right out of a fantasy novel, Sikkim is and should be in the bucket list of every nature enthusiast from not just in India, but all over the world. Travelers bound for Sikkim are in for a journey into the seamless intertwining of mythical heritage and natural bounty, which is a strong reason to just give a break to your predefined itineraries and click the Book Now button right away on the page showing Best Sikkim Tour Packages. The panoramic magnificence of the snow-capped Himalayas, the invigorating scent of meadows covered in flowers, the vibrant culture and colorful festivals, the infinite variety of flora and fauna, the awe-inspiring monasteries all make Sikkim a perfect holiday destination for both families and friends alike, as a part of your Best Sikkim Honeymoon packages.
Zuluk, also known as Dzuluk, was once a transit point to the historic Silk Route, from Tibet to India. Today, it is fast emerging as a popular albeit offbeat tourist destination. Located at a height of 10,100 feet, Zuluk is a quaint little hamlet with a population of about 700. The road to Zuluk is nothing short of an engineering feat – 32 hairpin bends crisscrossing across the valley in three tiers. These bends also make Zuluk a popular adventure destination, as bikers and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world, come here to ride on these bends and add a feather to their hat.
Zuluk holds the boast-worthy position of being a vantage point for offering magical panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and its allied ranges from Thambi View Point (which is about 14 kms away) at 11,200 feet and it is a must to witness the sunrise here. The glittering rays of the rising sun falling gently on snow-clad mountain peaks, which slowly changes colour as time passes, is truly breathtaking. Zuluk also has a lot to offer for the birds and animals lover as a variety of fauna take refuge in the virgin forests surrounding this quaint little town. Birds like the Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Monal (the National Bird of Nepal), Kalij Pheasant can be sighted here. Also sightings of Wild Deer, Himalayan Bear and Red Panda have been recorded. During the summer months, the Zuluk valley becomes a riot of flowers as the area and its surrounding hills are covered with thousands of blooming Rhododendron.
Other noteworthy places to explore in and around Zuluk, beside Thambi Point, are the Nag Temple, Padamchen, Lungthung, Nathang, Kupup Lake, Baba Mandir, Memenchu Lake among many other spots located on the Silk Route. There are various routes to reach Zuluk, the best one is a bit subjective and depends on the person. Also, people need a permit to enter the Silk Route and can be collected from the DFO, Padamchen. In terms of accommodation, a few decades back, Zuluk used to be explored quite rarely and had just a couple of places to stay the night. But now with the boom in tourism to the area, there are numerous homestays located in and around Zuluk providing clean and basic amenities. Also the food options are generally Indian ranging from rice, vegetables and chicken. Also, you can definitely fill your stomach with the delectable Sikkimese momos.
Again, the best time to visit Zuluk is a subjective topic and varies with every individual. The months of August, September and early October are some of the most popular months as Zuluk is covered by a colourful blanket of Rhododendron flowers. The winters in Zuluk are covered in snow and has a surreal feel about it, with the three tiered switchback roads being blanketed in snow.
So, what are you waiting for? Book those tickets and come to Zuluk, and spend some days in absolute peace and tranquillity with magical views of the third highest peak in the world. Call up WeCare Holidays and book your trip to Sikkim and breathe in the serene mountain air.
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.
Sillery Gaon, a small hamlet at a height of 6000 feet is becoming one of the favourite destinations for the tourists who search for an offbeat place for a long weekend around Darjeeling, near the West Bengal and Sikkim border. Located in the newly formed Kalimpong district at a distance of 5 km from Pedong and 23 km from the Kalimpong town, this beautiful serene villege is lovingly called as ‘New Darjeeling’ by the locals.
The sweet name Sillery was taken from a local plant that grows there in abundance. This area is also replete with Cinchona Plantation which was introduced in this region by the British, as a source of Quinine used for the treatment of Malaria. However, despite alternative quinine derivatives,
The village has only a few families and they depend mostly on agriculture and now they are concentrating in growing the tourism at their place. There are rarely any hotels in the village; the places where the travellers stays are the homestays provided by the villagers. Almost every house of the village has its own garden and from the balcony and even from the windows of the rooms, the majestic Mt. Kanchendzonga along with its equally majestic ranges are visible.
Being a small remote village, it is quite surprising to find electricity in every homestay and if you are not unlucky enough then you do not need to worry a lot about the mobile network at least for making calls. The village does not has its own market, the nearest market is at Pedong.
All the villagers are making a well-organized effort to maintain the ambience of the clean village. Sillery Gaon offers a regal view of the Mt. Kanchendzonga and provide trekkers with a chance to hike to some of the awesome sights around the village like the Ramitey View Point, the Tinchuley View Point, Silent Valley, Ichhe Gaon and Damsang Fort. From the Ramitey View Point, you can see the 14 turns of the river Teesta and the small match box like mountain villages of Sikkim. All the treks to these view points are through forests which makes the place a paradise for the bird watchers and the photographers who are into birding. But be careful from the leeches during your treks and wear covered shoes or gumboots. And after coming to your homestay from your sojourn, you can light a campfire under the starry sky and enjoy the chilly mountain wind with your dear ones. The things which will make you fall in love with this place even more is the hospitality of the simple and friendly villagers.
Now as I have already warned you about the leeches so it is obviously advisable not to go there during the monsoons except if you really want to enjoy the unique beauty of rains in a peaceful mountain village in the monsoons. The best time to be there is from October to May. In the winters, as the weather remains clear so the visibility becomes high and the view of the ranges becomes even clearer and beautiful.
So, what are you waiting for? winter is here, so book your tickets to Darjeeling and breathe in a bit of mountain air with WeCare Holidays.