Parkha – A new offbeat destination in East Sikkim

Parkha – A new offbeat destination in East Sikkim

Reading Time: 4 minutesParkha – A new offbeat destination in East Sikkim Parkha is a small eco village lies in the eastern part of Sikkim (India)(Sikkim is India’s First Organic State).It is situated at an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level. It is 150 km from NJP Railway Station and 170km away from Bagdogra Airport at Siliguri (WB). It takes 4 hr drive from Siliguri to reach Parkha. (one and half hour drive from Gangtok). On the way one can visit Saramsa Garden (also called as Epica Garden) highly decorated with natural flowers at Ranipool, and many other small falls as well. The name of the village PARKHA is Tibetan word (Parkha is a word used in Tibetan astrology,it is eight trigrims of Tibetan astrology )and in olden days the old silk route was also done from here with Tibet. Parkha village is (approx 60km) below Changu Lake and it is surrounded by green forest, small hills, rivers and streams as well. What to do at Parkha : One can experience the nature walk in and around village through forest trails , Parkha view point where entire village is seen from the top, Machong Monastry one of the oldest Monastery in Sikkim,Parkha Gurung Gumpa, Makhim At Rekyap, Barapathing Zheel and also experience the River walk , Buddha falls at rolep and do River bathing, swimming ,Ratey khola cave and many more. For the bird lovers one can experience the Himalayan bird which are found abundantly in the village and little above in the forest as well. Parkha sightseeing: One may visit Machong Monastery, the oldest monastery in Sikkim....
Mangalbarey – A new offbeat destination of West Sikkim

Mangalbarey – A new offbeat destination of West Sikkim

Reading Time: 3 minutesMangalbarey – A new offbeat destination of West Sikkim Are you looking for a new offbeat destination, where you can hide yourself from the hustle and bustle of daily life? So here is a new place for you on the way to Rinchengpong of West Sikkim. Mangalbarey is a beautiful and scenic destination of west Sikkim. Here you will enjoy lush green hilly village, village life, a small Town, Monastery, rauney Buddha, an year old cave and organic farm. How to reach : Mangalbarey can be reach by share car or direct hired car from Siliguri Junction. Regular share car ply between Siliguri and Mangalbarey or Rinchengpong/ Kaluk. It will cost around ₹200-250. Where to stay : There is brand new beautiful guest house located in this village. The host in his own word “Myself Boonu Dong. We are a family of 3. My parents are both school teachers and I am a graduate, pursuing post graduate. We have started this homestay from last month. The name is Hyangla Namsha Retreat. We are located on Mangbir Village, Mangalbarey on Reshi Kaluk road.” Call : Boonu Dong 9733293343 (Note: While calling dont forget to mention our name 🙏) Location : Hyangla Namsha Retreat Mangbir Village, Mangalbarey, Sikkim 737121 Google Map Location Get out :  One can hire a cab and may visit Singsore bridge, Ravangla or Temi Tea Garden of Sikkim. Do you know Temi is the only tea garden of Sikkim? If you don’t know check this write up here. Want to visit Ravangla? Read it before going there. Ravangla- Pelling travel guide Want to visit...
Borong – An offbeat Destination in South Sikkim

Borong – An offbeat Destination in South Sikkim

Reading Time: 3 minutes Borong – A Birder’s Paradise About 17 km from Ravangla, Borong is a small hamlet in south Sikkim which is mostly famous among the Ornithologists as it is filled with exotic flora and hundreds of chirping birds. There is a beautiful homestay nestled in the lap of nature, named Himalayan View Homestay. This Homestay is hosted by Manjeel Gurung who is still studying. All his family members are taking care of the problems of the guests. Himalayan View Homestay is located in the lap of snow peaks mountains with clear vision of Mt.Narsing, Pandim, Sinolchu and even Kanchenjunga. As the village is the paradise of lovely birds, you can find the varieties of birds chirriping from early morning itself. How to reach : From the town Ravangla, these Homestay is 18 kms away, which is far away from all the crowds and city life. Ravangla which is about 125kms from NJP railway station or Bagdogra airport. It will take nearly 5 hours to reach Ravangla from Bagdogra/NJP. From Ravangla, Borong is further 17kms (takes about 45 minutes by car). The small reserved taxi will charge you 1500 INR for a round trip to Borong from Ravangla. You can ask the homestay owner for pick up and drop from NJP. Best Time to Visit : Borong is enjoyable throughout the year. But if you want to experience the festival taking place at the bank of Rangeet River, then you must come in the month of February. Places to Visit nearby : On the way towards your destination, you can visit different spots like Buddha park, Ralong...
Lossing and Rangpokhola – A offbeat gateway of east sikkim

Lossing and Rangpokhola – A offbeat gateway of east sikkim

Reading Time: 4 minutesপূর্ব সিকিমের অচিন গাঁ লোসিং (Lossing) এবং রংপোখোলা(Rangpo Khola) নদী- অতনু চক্রবর্ত্তীর কলমে সিল্ক রুট ভ্রমনের এই পর্বে আমাদের আজকের গন্তব্যস্থল রোলেপখোলা হয়ে লোসিং গ্রাম। নিউ জলপাইগুড়ি থেকে একটা গাড়ি নিয়ে দুপুর একটা নাগাদ পৌঁছে গেলাম রংলি। গাড়িটা রংলি থেকে বামদিকে কিছুটা যেতেই আশেপাশের সবুজ দৃশ্যাবলী চোখে পড়লো। ডানদিকে পাহাড় আর বাঁদিকে সবুজ উপত্যকা রংপোখোলা, মাঝখানে ঝকঝকে রাস্তা দিয়ে গাড়ি ছুটে চলল। দুপাশে অনিন্দ্য সুন্দর দৃশ্যাবলী,খানিক দূর অন্তর ছবির মতো ততোধিক সুন্দর পাহাড়ি গ্রাম। নীচে রুপোলী রেখার মতো চোখে পড়ল একটি পাহাড়ি নদী, সেই জন্যই দুটি পাহাড়ের মাঝখানে সৃষ্টি হয়েছে গভীর নদীখাদ। বেশ কয়েকটা বাঁক ঘুরে আরও কিছুটা যাবার পরে চোখে পড়ল একটি ঝুলন্ত পুরানো সেতু আর তার নিচ দিয়ে বয়ে চলেছে উদ্দাম রোলেপখোলা নদী। পুরানো সেতুর ঠিক পাশেই একটা পাকা সেতুও দেখতে পেলাম। নদীটি যেন পাহাড়ের বুক চিরে নেমে এসেছে। সে এক অনির্বচনীয় দৃশ্য। প্রকৃতি তার অপার সৌন্দর্য্যের ডালি সাজিয়ে রেখেছে আমাদের উপভোগ করার জন্য। খরস্রোতা নদীটি বোল্ডারে ধাক্কা খেয়ে রীতিমত গর্জন করতে করতে নিচে নেমে আসছে।   ফটো তোলা শেষ করে গাড়ি ফিরতি পথে এগিয়ে গেল বুদ্ধ জলপ্রপাতের (Buddha Falls) দিকে।গাড়ি থেকে নেমে পাহাড়ি রাস্তায় কিছুটা হেঁটে নামতে হয়, ঝরনার কাছে পৌঁছাতে হলে। খুব সাবধানে আস্তে আস্তে হেঁটে আমরা ঝরনার কাছে গেলাম। ওপর থেকে সশব্দে নেমে আসছে সাদা জলের ধারা। পাহাড়ি পথে ধাক্কা খেতে খেতে বয়ে চলেছে ঝরনার জলরাশি। এদিকে দুটো বাজে, পেট খিদেয় চুঁইচুঁই করছে তাই আর দেরি না করে এগিয়ে গেলাম লোসিংয়ের উদ্দেশ্যে। আসা যাবার পথে অনেক পাখী উড়ে যেতে দেখলাম। অবশেষে ক্লান্ত শরীরে প্রায় পৌনে তিনটের সময় পৌঁছয়ে গেলাম রংপোখোলার (River Valley Home Stay) হোমস্টেটে।     হাতে গোনা দুটি হোমস্টে নিয়ে গড়ে উঠেছে গ্রামীণ পর্যটনের এই নতুন ঠিকানা রংপোখোলা। হোমস্টের...
Is Temi, the only tea garden of Sikkim, your next weekend destination?

Is Temi, the only tea garden of Sikkim, your next weekend destination?

Reading Time: 4 minutes After a lot of hustle bustle throughout the weekdays, we want to spend our weekends in a place where nobody will disturb you, can enjoy the nature by sitting at the veranda of a resort, do not have to run for too many places to visit. Well there is an ideal place for you. Temi Tea Garden Temi Tea Garden, the only tea garden in Sikkim state. It is also considered as one of the best tea garden in India for both the quality of tea produced in this estate and for natural beauty. Though I have visited this place during my Ravangla-Pelling trip, but have collected enough information by which one can plan their weekend trip also. Tea shop at the entry of Temi Tea Garden About Temi Tea Garden : The tea estate was established in 1969 and spreads across 440 acre of land. Prior to that there used to be a Sherpa village here as well as plant nurseries of Forest Department, and missionary buildings. The tea garden stretches out all over a mild hill slope that begins from the Tendong Hill and creates the scope of a majestic view of the nearby terraced slopes and villages. The approach road and surroundings are filled with pine and prune trees and there are numerous walking trails all around. Temi is not only rich for its natural beauty, but also in producing one of the finest tea in the world and commands high prices in the world market. Way towards Temi Tea Garden There is a small shop in front of the garden where one...
TRAVEL GUIDE ON NAMCHI RAVANGLA PELLING

TRAVEL GUIDE ON NAMCHI RAVANGLA PELLING

Reading Time: 9 minutes GANGTOK, NAMCHI, RAVANGLA AND PELLING IN 3 NIGHTS 4 DAYS – by Anindita Barui We, Bengalis, are known for our passion for travelling. Whenever we get a chance we strat making plans for a holiday. Be it a weekend trip or a long holiday we are always ready to explore new places. Me & my husband are no different. Last year two of us along with our two friends suddenly made a plan for Ravangla in South Sikkim. 3 NIGHTS – 4 DAYS ITINERARY Day 1 : Reach Gangtok & go for sightseeing. Night stay at Gangtok. Day 2 : Travel from Gangtok to Ravangla. Enroute Temi Tea Garden & Namchi. Night stay at Ravangla. Day 3: Maenam hill trek. Night stay at Ravangla. (We had a back up plan to visit Pelling on this day as there was a chance for raining). Day 4 : Ravangla sightseeing & return to NJP. So after all the bookings, we started our journey on 27th april, 2018. We had our booking in ‘Uttarbanga Express’ from sealdah station to reach New Jalpaiguri. After reaching New Jalpaiguri in the next morning, we hired a car for Gangtok. Luckily, it was a sumo & costs 2500 rupee only after bargaining. So whenever you are hiring a car outside NJP railway station, must bargain with the driver. Our plan was to reach gangtok before lunch. But due to heavy traffic we reached ‘Deorali’ at 3.15 pm. From here one has to take another car to reach gangtok. The distance is almost 5km & it charged Rs. 300 for the trip. So...