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Kaluk

Settled on the lap of the Himalayan Mountains in West Sikkim at an elevation of 1620 feet is a pleasant town called Kaluk which is well known among the voyagers for its dreamlike common magnificence.

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Settled on the lap of the Himalayan Mountains in West Sikkim at an elevation of 1620 feet is a pleasant town called Kaluk which is well known among the voyagers for its dreamlike common magnificence. Far from the noisy city life, Kaluk offers its guests the most beautiful views of Mt Kanchenjunga. It is one of the breeziest places in Sikkim and is noted for places like the Durga Mandir, Rinchenpong Monastery, and Megi Dara.

Lying in the cushion zone of the famous Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Kaluk is acknowledged with the characteristic assets in the bonus. Guests can get a look at the conventional culture which has been effectively saved by the Lepchas people from the encompassing towns while visiting. In the previous years’s people of Kaluk were exclusively subject to agriculture yet after being proclaimed as an eco-tourism territory has turned into the major part of the industry for the general population of Kaluk.

What to see

Rabtense Ruins

Rabdentse Ruins
Rabdentse Ruins

Like most stories that revolve around Sikkim’s history, the history of the Chogyals too is closely connected with Guru Padmasambhava who travelled through this region in the 8th century, for it was he who foretold the rule of kings in Sikkim. Exploring Rabdentse ruins, the medieval capital of the kingdom of Sikkim is like peeping through a glass into the past of this Himalayan kingdom.

Singshore Bridge

Singshore-Bridge
Singshore Bridge

West Sikkim is fully covered with high mountain ranges and it is not the place for tourism, rather it is the place for the mountaineers. However, still, there are two places to be visited at the place and they are concentrated around Pelling – the queen of the West Sikkim. One of the two things to be watched around the place is the mountain bridge of Singshore. If you have not seen this bridge hanging from one mountain to another, you have missed so many things and almost missed the magic of Sikkim.

When to reach

Kaluk can be visited consistently, except for the monsoon season. The best time to visit this place is between the long periods of April to mid-June. Winter season, including the long periods of mid-September to mid-December, is perfect for those who enjoy the views of the snow-topped Himalayan summits.

Kaluk is mostly surrounded by the Lepcha community who are fruitful in safeguarding their custom, culture, and way of life. Different groups of community likewise live peacefully in this town, for example, Rais, Gurungs, and others. The Sikkim Government has named this place as an “Eco-Tourism thrust area of Sikkim”. The town of Kaluk is held of high importance socially, historically, and religiously.

How to reach

Kaluk is accessible by both air and train. You can book a flight to Pakyong Airport and avail of the transport services to Kaluk.

If you are on the train, stop at New Jalpaiguri Station. Once you reach here head to the bus station and board a bus, cab, or jeep to Kaluk.

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