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In pictures: A slice of serenity in West Sikkim — Kaluk

An ideal mountain retreat for some quiet time, meandering walks, and stunning views of Kanchenjunga

By Pooja Mitra | Published 04.01.23, 02:27 PM
1/9 Kaluk is one of the lesser known zen destinations in Sikkim. Situated at about 5,600 feet above sea level, it is approximately 43km from Pelling and 2km from Rinchenpong and offers spectacular views of Mt Kanchenjunga on a clear day. The little hamlet is known for its 360-degree views of the Eastern Himalayas. So if you miss out on a clear sighting in the morning, fret not because chances are you will be treated to a pristine panorama sometime in the day

Kaluk is one of the lesser known zen destinations in Sikkim. Situated at about 5,600 feet above sea level, it is approximately 43km from Pelling and 2km from Rinchenpong and offers spectacular views of Mt Kanchenjunga on a clear day. The little hamlet is known for its 360-degree views of the Eastern Himalayas. So if you miss out on a clear sighting in the morning, fret not because chances are you will be treated to a pristine panorama sometime in the day

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2/9 Ideal for a quiet vacation, the best way to explore the quaint hamlet is on foot. Take a walk on the winding roads to soak in the abundance of natural beauty in the region

Ideal for a quiet vacation, the best way to explore the quaint hamlet is on foot. Take a walk on the winding roads to soak in the abundance of natural beauty in the region

3/9 Each turn has a surprise in store, with waterfalls, forests and mountains engulfed in a carpet of green

Each turn has a surprise in store, with waterfalls, forests and mountains engulfed in a carpet of green

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4/9 Fresh mustard greens, chicken delicacies or soul food ‘dal-bhaat’, the organic produce and simple meals of the many homestays in Kaluk make the culinary experience equally memorable. You may also try the locally brewed ‘chhaang’

Fresh mustard greens, chicken delicacies or soul food ‘dal-bhaat’, the organic produce and simple meals of the many homestays in Kaluk make the culinary experience equally memorable. You may also try the locally brewed ‘chhaang’

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5/9 Make a stop at the handmade paper factory at Borong for an insightful tour. The factory also has a gift store, if you want to shop for diaries, puppets and more

Make a stop at the handmade paper factory at Borong for an insightful tour. The factory also has a gift store, if you want to shop for diaries, puppets and more

6/9 Also stop by the Kaluk rock garden that has a gurgling stream running through it and stunning vistas of misty green hills

Also stop by the Kaluk rock garden that has a gurgling stream running through it and stunning vistas of misty green hills

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7/9 Kaluk is also home to a wide variety of birds. Dawn and dusk in the Sikkimese village is marked by birdsong and it is an ideal getaway for birdwatchers

Kaluk is also home to a wide variety of birds. Dawn and dusk in the Sikkimese village is marked by birdsong and it is an ideal getaway for birdwatchers

8/9 Dusk in Kaluk is a magical time. With the changing hues of the sky, the sun playing peek-a-boo with the evening clouds creates a watercolour painting of nature unfolding in front of your eyes

Dusk in Kaluk is a magical time. With the changing hues of the sky, the sun playing peek-a-boo with the evening clouds creates a watercolour painting of nature unfolding in front of your eyes

9/9 Ways to reach Kaluk: By air to Bagdogra, and then by car (125 km from Bagdogra). By train to NJP station, and a car ride (121 km from NJP). The hill station has several resorts and homestays offering accommodation. You can plan a trip to Ravangla, Pelling or Darjeeling from Kaluk

Ways to reach Kaluk: By air to Bagdogra, and then by car (125 km from Bagdogra). By train to NJP station, and a car ride (121 km from NJP). The hill station has several resorts and homestays offering accommodation. You can plan a trip to Ravangla, Pelling or Darjeeling from Kaluk

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