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Kaluk sikkim a place known for peace and serenity


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Kaluk is a small town in Sikkim that is located on the Himalayan foothill and is at the height of 1620 feet. This beautiful village is grabbing the attention of tourists to visit and enjoy the lofty valleys and snow-capped mountains. This place has a serene ambiance and amazing weather. It is a perfect getaway for tourists from their busy life. You can stay away from the hustle and bustle of city life by flying to this place. The breathtaking view of Mt Kanchenjunga would not let people take off their eyes from its beauty. This is the place where heavy winds blow. This place is declared as an eco-tourism area by the Sikkim government. This has a rich natural splendor and scenic delights. This has plentiful natural resources. The traditional culture can be felt at this place by the tourists. The culture has been preserved by the Lepchas who are living in the villages that are surrounding Kaluk. Earlier, Kaluk has depended only on horticulture and has been declared as an eco-tourism area by the government due to its rich, lush green fillers and carpet of greenery. Horticulture is the main source of income for the people of Kaluk.

This place is located in the western part of Sikkim that gives the complete 180-degree view of Mt Kanchenjunga and the other Himalayan ranges surrounding this place. The alpine forest in this place is filled with rich flora and fauna, thus making it the perfect destination for nature lovers to enjoy the enchanting beauty of nature to the core. This place is free from pollution and hassles of city life. People can get away from their hectic life by landing at this beautiful destination filled with breathtaking views. Every season has its own charm and the right season to enjoy the stunning beauty of this place is during April. The whole valley of Kaluk is covered with rhododendron flowers, giving a visual treat to the eyes. The aromatic fragrance and vibrant red color will not let you take off the eyes from its dazzling beauty.

This place has a rich history, culture, nature, and religious ethic. You can explore the hamlet of nature in Kaluk.

What is the best time to visit Kaluk?

Every season at Kaluk has its own charm. Based on the beauty you would like to witness and enjoy, you need to visit this place. The best time to visit Kaluk from April to June. During this period, you can witness the beauty of red-colored rhododendron flowers spread across the valley. You can witness the beauty of these flowers by visiting the Varsey sanctuary.

You can also visit this place from July to September where you can see the place that is nestled in the white mist if there are average rainfalls. 

You can also visit this place during the months of October to March to watch birds and go trekking to witness the stunning and breathtaking view of Khangchendzonga that is above the hill surrounding this small town.

 

What are the best means of visiting Kaluk?

The following are the modes of transportation you can take to reach this foothill destination:

By Air: The nearest airport to reach Kaluk is Bagdogra. It takes just 4.5 hours to reach the Kaluk destination. After getting down from the airport, you can get a taxi or cab or buses to reach Kaluk. The distance from Bagdogra to Kaluk would be around 125 km.

By Rail: The closest railway to reach Kaluk is the New Jalpaiguri Railway station. It takes just 4.5 hours to reach Kaluk from the railway station. There are many taxis and cabs available to take you to Kaluk. The distance from the railway station to Kaluk is 121 km.

Travelers can hire a cab to reach Kaluk at a reasonable price. You can also take roadways to reach this destination. 

 

Things to do in Kaluk

Following are the tourist attractions to visit in Kaluk. The natural splendor and rich climate make it the best destination to visit by tourists from across the globe.

Pemyangtse Monastery: This is the Buddhist heritage that was built way back in the 17th century. This three-storied structure is the most attractive place that is visited by tourists. They can immerse in spirituality in this peaceful place. The sculptures and paintings will elevate the beauty of the Monastery. The most important part of this structure is the seven-tiered model of Guru Rimpoche. This is made of wood and is adorned with fairies and rainbows. This Monastery is at the height of 6840 feet. This is the place where people can witness the scriptures of Buddhists, antiques, artifacts, and sculptures. There is a statue of Guru Padmasambhava also known as Guru Rimpoche that is restored back from the Buddhist of Tibet. The symbols of divinities are painted perfects with different colors. The name of this monastery states Idealizes sublime Lotus. The best time to visit this Monastery is from the month of March to June. You can enjoy the beauty of this holistic site and the view of the Himalayas from this Monastery. The prayer hall of this Monastery is decorated with different paintings that you can also observe on the doors and windows of the hall in the Tibetan design.

You can witness the ancient manuscripts of the bygone era and scriptures on the pillars and walls of this place. This place makes you feel serenity as you step in.

Rabtense Ruins: This place is very close to Pemyangtse Monastery that is encompassed by thick woods and sparkling lakes. This is one of the most popular attractions of Kaluk. This is listed as the most important historic site with a magnificent view by the archeological survey of India. Chador Namgyal is the person who built this in the year 1670 prior to moving the capital from Yuksom. However, this architecture was completely ruined by the Gurkha Army. There are only a few traces of the architecture, and chortens are left to see for the tourists. The tour to Kaluk is complete without visiting this place. This takes you to history back in the 1800s. Rabdentse stood as the capital of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814. The remains of the royal residence can be viewed by the tourists. This is the place that has to be visited by history lovers to learn the history of Sikkim. From this place, you can enjoy the stunning view of Mt. Kachendzonga. The place will take you to another world. You can see the richness of the royal residence from every corner. You can hear the sounds of drums and trumpets as you walk down through the history of this amazing place.

Singshore Bridge: This is the highest bridge that is in Sikkim with an elevation of 198m from the ground level and 220 m inside and out. This offers a stunning view of the lofty valleys and snow-capped mountains from where you can capture the beautiful pictures in your camera. This is also known to be the highest gorge bridge in Asia. This is surrounded by lush green fillers and cascading waterfalls and has become the most popular attraction of Kaluk. This gives the interface of two Himalayan mountains. When a coin is dropped from the bridge, it takes 10 seconds for it to get in contact with the ground. When you take a look at the structural wonder of the bridge, it shivers down your spine. Though there are scaffolding and support to hold, still, you feel the swinging and the vibration of the bridge when you stand on it. Though it is scary to look down the bridge, it gives you a great feeling. From this place, you can enjoy the breeze and a stunning view of nature.

Temi tea garden: This is the most famous attraction in Kaluk. This is the place that you have to visit when you are in Kaluk without giving a miss. This is the biggest tea garden in Sikkim that produces superior quality tea, which is imported into the international market. The tea is grown in Tendong Hill. You can also visit the tea factory to learn how the tea is processed. This place makes you feel like it is covered with the carpet of a manicured tea garden.

Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary: This is the ideal destination for the trekkers to go on trekking and have ample fun. This is a trekking paradise that was started in 1998. This sanctuary covers areas of 104 square kilometers. This gives the greatest and stunning views of the Kanchenjunga range. This is the most attractive destination to visit in Kaluk when you are in Sikkim. This grabs the attention of both local and foreign tourists. This sanctuary is surrounded by 600 different types of species. This is the place where you can see Rhododendron flowers blooming during the months of March and April. This place starts to spread a wonderful fragrance all around Kaluk. This is a real visual treat that you should never miss when you are in Sikkim. This place is the home of different species of flora and fauna.

Trekking and Yak Safari: You can go on a Yak safari at this place. This is an adventurous and thrilling experience you can have at this place. When you sit on the yak, you can enjoy the ride and can witness the scenic delights around. In addition to safaris, you can also go on trekking in places filled with greenery on all sides. This allows you to spend some quality time in the lap of nature and away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can also go mountaineering and rafting in the Teesta River. The highly recommended trekking spot is from Kaluk in Rinchenpong. This refreshing trek will let you explore the world of wood meadows and lush fillers filled with calmness.

Small local markets: The local market is the perfect place to taste the local cuisine of Kaluk that you cannot find in the city. You can also buy Chinese goods as souvenirs and give them to your friends. This is the place to find different types of souvenirs for your friends and family without burning holes in the pockets.

Khecheopalri Lake: This is the Lake that is a blend of serenity and purity. This is the scenic delight in Kaluk, which also has religious importance. This Lake is considered to be divine by the Hindus and Buddhists. This is the best place that has to be explored by travelers who are in Kaluk. Many trekkers and explorers would visit this place to enjoy the serenity and wonderful climate. There are many Homestays close by to this Lake to spend the night and have quick access to the Lake. You need to visit this Lake during the Maghe Purne Festival. During this time, people will be floating diyas and also offer food. This is a 2-day festival that is celebrated in the month of March and April.

Samdruptse: This is the hill that is situated at an altitude of 2134 feet. This has gained the status of Guru Padmasambhava. He is a patron saint who has bestowed his blessings for 1200 years. The statue is 45 meters tall and would shine in golden color when sun rays fall on it. The hill will give a stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the dense forest. This place has a good collection of historical photographs and is the ideal place for history buffs to visit. It took seven years to engineer this statue under the sponsorship of the Sikkim government. The stone to construct this statue was laid by the Dalai Lama in 1997. The ideal time to visit this place is during the months of February and May and from September to December as the weather would be pleasing, and the view would fill your souls with joy.

Bird’s watching: You can listen to the chirping sound made by the different species of birds at this beautiful place. You can also witness the rarest species of Himalayan birds in Kaluk closer to your home stays. You can bask in the beauty of nature and witness the stunning view besides watching the soothing sounds made by the birds.

Lepcha heritage house: This historic building was constructed way back in 1860 where the British governor used to reside. The beautiful design and architecture of the building will take you back to those days. You have to visit this place when you are in Kaluk.

Changey falls: The water gushing from the heights is soothing to listen to your ears. This is just 30 km away from Kaluk. This waterfall is surrounded by dense greenery and looks very pretty when waterfalls from the height of 300 m. This is the best place that should not be missed by nature lovers.

Rinchenpong Dak Bungalow: Rabindra Nath Tagore was a famous poet who had visited this Bungalow and stayed there when he visited Darjeeling. This Bungalow is named the Tagore Smriti van by the local people in memory of this famous poet. There is also a small lake that is closer to this Bungalow. You can have a great time visiting this Bungalow on your visit to Kaluk.

Various outdoor activities

  • You can carry out the following outdoor activities when you are in Kaluk:
  • You can visit monasteries, Rinchenpong Village, and monasteries
  • You can visit different monasteries such as Resum Monastery, Srebaddam Monastery, and Pemyangtse Monastery.
  • You can enjoy nature by going for a walk in the alpine forest and watch the sounds made by the beautiful birds
  • Enjoy trekking, mountaineering, and river rafting
  • See the view of Kanchenjunga in the 180-degree view
  • Go shopping in the local market to buy Chinese goods

Accommodation

Kaluk is a famous destination for tourists in Sikkim, so there are many hotels and Homestays available for the tourists for a comfortable stay. The hotels are available within the budget. There are many hotels that accept bookings right from your place. You can book the homestay as per your preferences and budget. There are also luxury hotels available with all the facilities. There are many luxuries that are offered at Kaluk hotel since people come here to enjoy nature and luxuries. The best thing is that every homestay will offer you the scenic beauty of the mountains and lush greenery.

Conclusion

Kaluk is a beautiful place that is at the foothill surrounded by greenery, and snow-capped mountains have been a famous destination for nature and history lovers. This place has abundant natural resources, rich culture, and a great lifestyle. Nature has blessed this place in abundance. This is not just rich in natural beauty, but also rich historically and culturally. The Sikkim government has named this place the eco-tourism area in Sikkim. There is a different community of people residing at this place, such as Gurungs and Rais. This is the best place to get away during weekends and vacations.

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