A panoramic-view of and the allied peaks of Mt. Kanchenjungha, a winding river down the valley, a jungle in the backyard, a waterfall just 15 mins away, a monastery, a church – all that makes the little unknown village of Kaagey a charming getaway just 21 kms from Kalimpong. Kaagey is near to popular touristic destinations like Kalimpong, Pedong, Reshi and Sillery but far from the tourist rush. Kaagey is also known for its impressive bird population and its indigenous people and culture. Like other nearby destinations, enterprising individuals have developed home stays in Kaagey, which are clean, comfortable and very homely. If you are planning a trip to a destination where very few travellers have been before you, then drop at Kaagey to experience nature in all its glory. BOOKING DETAILS OF KAAGEY
Places to see in Kaagey: A 15 mins walk from Kaagey would take you to the 50 feet high Jhakri Falls where you can take your shower. There’s a small church and a smaller village monastery around 3 kms away. These structures may not be big or historical but they are simple and fit the place where they belong. It’s just like your childhood storybook villages, where a small church with a garden, a small school and lots of birds keep chirping all day long. There are a whole lot of opportunities at Kaagey for the nature lovers who like to trek and love bird watching. The Ramitey Dara viewpoint, which falls on the way to the village school, has one of the longest views of River Teesta meandering below in the gorges. The little-known Deorali Dara also offers great views of Eastern Sikkim and the snow capped mountains. You can also visit the nearby Lepcha village of Gerok to understand the traditional lifestyle of the Lepchas.
Nearby attractions of Kagay: Kaagey is 21 kms from Kalimpong and 15 kms from Pedong. You can take day tours to Damsang Fort, Sillery Gaon, Valley of Silence, Tinchuley View Point, Cross Hill, Pedong Monastery and numerous other sightseeing destinations. There is an 8 km long trek route from Kaagey to Reshikhola through the forests and villages, which is a heaven for birdwatchers. However, the motorable road to Reshikhola is a bit longer. Day tours to Lava, Loleygaon and Kalimpong can also be done from Kaagey comfortably.
Things to do at Kaagey: Trekking, bird watching, butterfly watching, village walks and soaking under the waterfall are few activities you can have at Kaagey after enjoying a mesmerizing sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha in the morning. You can take short walks around Kaagey to Jhakhri Falls (15 mins walk), Monastery (around 3 kms away), Deorali Dara (around 2 kms away), Kanchenjungha view point near Shivalaya mandir, the local Church and herbal garden (around 4 kms away). You can also trek to nearby Lingzey around 8 kms away to see a local temple and church. Apart from visiting all these destinations, you can enjoy short treks through jungles and villages to visit viewpoints all around Kaagey, which offers glimpses of Mudung Khola or Reshi Khola winding across the valleys and gorges.
How to reach Kaagey: The closest railway station from the destination is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport. Hired cars are available from both airport and railway stations to Kalimpong via Teesta Bazar. From Kalimpong you can take a pick-up to Kaagey village.
Best time to visit Kaagey: Winter is the best time for viewing Mt. Kanchenjungha and the other peaks from Kaagey and its adjacent areas. The monsoons fill up the rivers and waterfalls of Kaagey. The summers are cool in Kaagey and the winters are not that biting cold.
Lodging and dining facilities in Kaagey: Presently, Kaagey offers only one home stay facility, which provides furnished rooms with attached western bathrooms. Necessities like hot water, transport facilities and guides for local trek are also arranged. There are Double Bedrooms, Triple Bedrooms and even family rooms in the home stay. All rooms come with attached western bathrooms and clean beds. The food is essentially Indian and home cooked and the vegetables are picked from the kitchen garden in the backyard.