Kaluk, a small Himalayan hamlet is a nature lover’s paradise and is a hot choice for honeymoon getaways. If you have been planning to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, to finish off your novel, or enjoy a quiet retreat, Kaluk is a preferred location. The calm, serene atmosphere, the snow-capped mountains, and the cascade lilt make for an idyllic setting.
Situated in West Sikkim, Kaluk is fast growing as a major tourist attraction. With the magnificent Kanchenjunga drawing thousands of tourists every year, Kaluk is a hot favorite with both backpackers and luxury travelers. Rinchenpong is only 3 km away from Kaluk.
Kaluk – Rinchenpong – Kaluk, this trio can be included with either Hilley-Barsey-Okhrey Trekking schedule or a simple Pelling Ravangla tour chart. The famous Uttarey is also quite close to this place, and well-connected by road transport network. Chhaya Tal, another beautiful lake that can also be covered during daily sightseeing from Kaluk.
None other than Rabindranath Tagore had spent a couple of days in this area in the 1920s. Rabindranath Smriti Van, the house where the poet stayed and enjoyed the scenic view of the Himalayas, is just 2 km from Rinchenpong bazaar. It is a major tourist draw and has been maintained well.
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Snugly located in the mountainous realms of western Sikkim, the renowned monastery of Pemayangtse is a major tourist attraction. The word Pemayangtse means ‘Perfect Sublime Lotus’. With barely 2 kilometers from Pelling, Pemayangtse Monastery is the ideal place for a quiet retreat. About 300 years old, it is known for the rich architecture and the unwavering faith of the Buddhist followers. The three-storied building has many statues of saints and Rinpoches, including Padmasambhava (Lotus Born). The main prayer hall is decorated with paintings and also the doors and windows are beautifully painted in traditional Tibetan design. The best time to visit Pemayangtse Monastery is from March to June.
Sangachoeling is one of the most prestigious monasteries in Sikkim. Moreover, it offers a splendid view of the snow-clad peaks. Sangachoeling was built in the year 1697 by Gyalwa Lhatsum Chempo who was the follower of the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Every year scores of tourists visit the magnificent monastery, which is known for the ancient wall paintings, statues, unique clay statues, and scriptures.
Sangachoeling Monastery can be reached by going for an hour and a half trek. It is 3-kilometer walking distance via Rani Dhunga Jungle Trek path. The best time to visit Sangachoeling Monastery is from March to June when the weather is pleasant.
Located at an altitude of about 5576 ft, Rinchenpong is famous for the beautiful views of the Kanchenjunga range of mountains. Apart from the natural beauty of the surroundings, the place is also quite significant from a historical point of view.
Rinchenpong lays close to the site of a historical battle fought between the forces of the then Chogyal (King) of Sikkim and the invading British forces. The Lepcha tribesmen used a concoction of unidentified herbs to poison the only water source, a lake (local term: pokhri). As a result, more than half of the British forces were killed, which stopped the British invasion and resulted in an accord.
Singshore Bridge, one of the major tourist attractions in Kaluk, is the highest bridge in Sikkim and the second highest bridge in Asia. It has a height of over 100 m and 240 m in length. The bridge offers a spectacular view of immense greenery between the lowlands and the mountains. The river flowing through the uneven rocks seems breathtaking along with the effusive sound of the waterfalls. It is one among the oldest bridge that connects two hills and shortens the travel time as well as the distance for the trekkers.
Other than the monsoon months from June - August, all the other months are suitable for visiting the Singshore Bridge. The bridge is open on all days of the week from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm with no entry charges.
The Changey falls offers a soothing experience with a perfect place for camping, bird watching, sky watching and adventure activity. The water cascade seems from a lofty height is a cherishing sight. There are also sheds with sitting arrangement to enjoy the view of a falling stream in cool comfort.
What more? Get spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Listen to the delightful chirps of exotic birds like White Capped Water Redstart, Verditer Flycatcher, Niltava, Blue Fronted Redstart, Grey Treepie, Indian Robin, and Blue Whistling Thrush.
Well known as a land of utmost calmness and serenity, Kaluk makes a picturesque settlement for that best offbeat retreat in Sikkim. In the western region of Sikkim, the small town of Kaluk is located at a height of 5600 ft above the sea level. Blessed with natural beauty, the town is also enriched with rich history, spirituality, and culture that altogether make Kaluk one of the must-visit tourist places in Sikkim. Tourist must enjoy the hiking experience to Rinchenpong from where they can see the white clouds. Besides, the beautiful panoramic of the world’s third highest mountains – Kanchenjunga is something which you cannot afford to miss out while spending a day around Kaluk.
Explore Ravishing Ravangla. See the Buddha Park, Ralong Monastery, Borong, Titanic View Point and more.
Offers spectacular views of Kanchenjunga range of mountains
Plan sight-seeing tours to Bermiok, Uttarey, and Rinchenpong
Trek your way to Pemayangtse Gompa and Sangha Choeling
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