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....
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...
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...
Top 12 Places to Visit in India in March

Top 12 Places to Visit in India in March

Reading Time: 10 minutes Top 12 Places to Visit in India in March March is considered as the end of tourism season in India. Though the temperature starts to rise by the end of the March, it is the best time to visit many places in India. Moreover peoples from different part of India begin celebrating various fun packed festivals in this month. So, it is the ideal time to visit as well as to enjoy festivals. Let’s discuss about the places where people can visit in March. 1. Shantiniketan Where : West Bengal, India MajorAttractions : Visva Bharati University, Chhatimtala, Khoai, Amar Kutir, Sonajhuri, Kopai River Famous for : Sightseeing, Festival, Shopping, Culture Shantiniketan is an ideal place specially for the literature and culture lovers. It is around 160 km from Kolkata. So, the people around Kolkata can easily visit to Shantiniketan in any weekend. In march, Holi is celebrated as Basanta Utsav here. This festival was started by famous Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in his Vishva Bharati University at Shantiniketan. The celebrations start a day earlier than Holi. Now a days, a huge number of tourists arrive every year at Shantiniketan as they want to witnes and participate in these celebrations. Therefore, you can consider a weekend trip here in March. To know more in you can visit this link. 2. Aizawl Where : Mizoram, India Major Attractions : Hmuifang, Serchhip, Lunglei, Durtlang Hills, Tamdil Lake Famous for : Hills, Nature, Culture, Festival Aizawl, the state’s capital city, is located in a picturesque setting on the ridges of hills overlooking valley and hill ranges...