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Jorethang

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Jorethang is a town in South Sikkim, which falls on the way to Pelling for many routes. It is situated along the Rangeet River, a branch of the Teesta River. It is a town with a higher literacy rate than the average literacy rate for Sikkim, and a big chunk of its population of 9000-10,000 is young, making the town in Sikkim unique. The city is at an altitude of 300 m and is in the foothills of the Himalayas.

What to see

Jorethang is famous for its Maghe Mela, a cultural festival that happens in January every year. It is celebrated at the time of Makar Sankranti, or the appearance of the Sun into the Makar (Capricorn) Rashi. It is marked by cultural dances from the troops across Sikkim with the setting up of stalls selling different artistic and traditional wares, and many other cultural activities organized on a large scale. It is a cultural fantasy, that gives the locals and the tourists equal, a sneak peek into the cultural heritage and richness of the place. Some featured events are dance contests, a para-gliding show, a hot balloon show, a beauty pageant, and the Jorethang marathon. There is an agricultural fair that has been celebrated since the year 1955. It also includes modern-day entertainment to tend to the big crowds it draws.
Jorethang is a beautiful place for river rafting, trekking, and short walks to nearby spots. It is advisable to enquire about the best times for river rafting before making a trip, as the river water is best suited for river rafting in certain seasons.

Jorethang Traditional Dance
Jorethang Traditional Dance

When to reach

Jorethang enjoys a moderate climate and is pleasant most of the year round. The best time to visit is the summer between March to June, though other seasons are also relatively pleasant.

How to reach

Jorethang is well connected by road to all of Sikkim’s major cities and towns. The closest airport is Pakyong Airport, and the nearest railway station is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. One can take a cab directly from the airport or the railway station, or reach one of the main cities like Gangtok, and hire a taxi from there. Jorethang is approximately 85km from the capital city of Gangtok through traveling via NH10.

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