Settled on the lap of Himalayan Mountains in West Sikkim at an elevation of 1620 feet is a pleasant town called Kaluk which is well known among the voyager for its dreamlike common magnificence. Far from the noisy city life, Kaluk offers its guests with the most beautiful views of the Mt Kanchenjunga. It is one of the breeziest places in Sikkim and 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 the look at the conventional culture which has been effectively saved by the Lepchas people from the encompassing towns while visiting. In the previous year’s people of Kaluk were exclusively subject to agriculture yet after been proclaimed as the eco-tourism territory has turned into the major part of the industry for the general population of Kaluk.
What to see
As you enter an ornate entrance to the Rabdentse ruins on the Pelling–Geyzing road, a lovely trek through a forest of chestnut trees, past an enchanting lake, brings you to the debris of what once was the fortification wall that surrounded this medieval capital. Walk up a bit further and you will encounter the Namphogang a 3 tall chortens, standing like sentinels on an elevated stone platform, overlooking the surrounding mountains. It was from here that the Chogyal along with his courtiers carried on his daily activities as a king and spiritual head, making important decisions and passing judgments. Next to the Namphogang lies the king’s austere throne made of stone, still intact.
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Singshore Bridge, with a height of over 100 m and 240 m in length, is the highest bridge in Sikkim and the second-highest bridge in Asia. It is truly a man-made marvel that offers the spectacular base view of immense greenery that makes it difficult to distinguish between the lowlands and the mountains. You can feel the thrill when you are standing in the middle of the bridge and the strong wind blows. The river flowing through the uneven rocks seems breathtaking along with the effusive sound of the waterfalls. It is one of the oldest bridge that connects two hills and shortens the travel time as well as the distance for the trekkers. This engineer’s triumph is certainly one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sikkim.
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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 that 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.