The village of Kaluk is located amidst the mountains of West Sikkim, at an altitude of 5600 feet. It is basically the buffer zone area of the renowned Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. The area abounds in natural resources. Kaluk is surrounded by the villages of Lepchas who are successful in preserving their tradition, culture and life-style. The other communities also live peacefully in the area such as Rais, Gurungs and more. The Government of Sikkim has considered this place as an Eco-Tourism thrust area of Sikkim. The village of Kaluk is considered important culturally, historically, religiously and naturally. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO KALUK
Places to see at Kaluk: The major tourist attractions of Kaluk comprises of Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary; Sai Mandir at Daramdin; Samduptse, Guru Padmasambhava’s statue and Heritage House. Khechipalru Lake; Hot Spring at Legship; Temi Tea Garden and Stone Throne of first Coronation King of Sikkim complete the list. You can also visit the Singshore Bridge, which is the second highest bridge in Asia and Ravangla.
Nearby attractions of Kaluk: A visit to nearby Rinchenpong village that houses a beautiful monastery can be interesting. Day trips can be availed to places like Geysing, Hilley, Ravangla and Pelling.
Things to do in Kaluk: You can opt for a variety of activities in Kaluk. You can enjoy the pristine beauty of nature and the breathtaking views of sunset and sunrise on Mount Kanchenjunga. In fact, Kaluk is one of the places that offer 180 degree view of Kanchenjunga and its neighboring ranges. You can also explore the Alpine forest that houses a variety of flora and fauna or opt for adventure sports like mountaineering, trekking, yak safari and rafting at Teesta River. You can visit the small bazaar that is situated nearby and avail various kinds of imported Chinese goods.
How to reach Kaluk: From Kolkata, you can reach Kaluk by train, via New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. The distance between Siliguri and Kaluk is 99 kilometers and the journey by road takes around 4 hours.
Best time to visit Kaluk: Kaluk can be visited throughout the year, except for the monsoon season. The best time to visit this place is during the months of April to mid-June. Winter season, comprising of the months of mid-September to mid-December, is ideal for those wanting to view the snow-capped Himalayan peaks.
Lodging and dining facilities at Kaluk: There are numerous eco resorts and budget hotels in Kaluk and adjoining area of Rinchenpong.