Highest Altitude: 8, 500 ft
Best Time To Trek: June To September & October To Mid
RABONGLA TO MAENAM BHALEDUNGA TREK
To really see Sikkim,
it is necessary to leave the hamlets. It is impossible
not to be awed by Sikkim's sharp, lush hills, leaping waterfalls,
thundering rivers, and placid lakes. The people, sculpted by lives
of low-tech farming and mountainous travel, have behind them generations
of communal intermixing.
Foreign visitors to Sikkim must first get tourist
Meanam hill towers over Tendong
Hill on the other side overlooking the Rabongla bazar.The
trek from Rabongla to Meanam takes about four
hours and from Meanam hill-top on has the option to take the gentle
trek to Borong village or follow the more treacherous trails down
to Yangyang village.
Situated at an altitude of 10,300ft,
the scenic view from this height is perhaps, unmatched in this
part of the world. Mount Khanchandzonga and its surrounding ranges
loom above to dwarf the richly forested and rugged hills. On a
clear sunny day, it is possible to see the plains of Bengal spanning
across Kalimpong and Darjeeling hills in the south, right across
to the Indo-China border towards the north. A short walk from
here takes one to Bhaledunga - a peculiar looking cliff that protrudes
out and resembles the head of a cock. In the west the Khangchendzonga
range complete the scene.
This distinctive looking cliff
resembles the head of a cock. This distinctive looking feature
can be seen from miles away and during the old days used to serve
as a guiding landmark to travelers. From the top of this cliff,
there is a vertical five to six thousand feet fall. Far down,
teesta can be seen snaking its way like a giant python through
Tolung Monastery was first built in the reign of Chogyal Chakdor
Namgyal in the early 18th century. It contains rare and valuable
scriptures and artifacts of other monasteries that were brought
here for safety during the invasion of Sikkim
by the Nepalese during late 17th and early 19th century. A brass
Chorten within the monastery contains the ashes of one of the
incarnates of Lama Latsun Chembo, the patron saint of Sikkim.
All the relics are kept sealed in thirteen boxes under the supervision
of the government of Sikkim. Once every three
years in the month of April the relics are shown to the public
in the monastery complex. The last display of the relics was held
in April 91.
Tolung at an altitude of 8,000 ft lies in the sparsely Lepcha
populated Dzongu area of North Sikkim and falls in the restricted
area for which a inner line permit is required by Indian Nationals.
To reach Tolung, one has to travel by road upto Linzey. There
is a daily bus service from Gangtok to a place slightly short
of Linzey. From Linzey to Tolung is a 20-km walk and takes approximately
five hours along the thundering Tolung River through dense forests
and cardamom groves.
Precipitous cliffs surround the easy track, from which plummet
down waterfalls in white plumes hundreds of feet below into the
narrow gorges to the valley floor. Birds tweet louder to make
themselves heard over the sound of the waterfalls and the rivers.
Perched precariously on these cliffs here and there are the huts
of the hardy Lepchas.
one walks towards Tolung, the surrounding mountains on the top
of which ice clings tenaciously even during the summer seem to
close in. on reaching Tolung one can understand why the Sikkimese
chose this place to keep the relics here out of the reach of the
invading Nepalese. Because of its vantage location it was easy
to guard hence this place was selected for relics. There is a
pilgrims hut. An easy walk of about an hour along the Tolung River
takes one to a religious spot - Devta Pani.
- TENDONG TREK
Damthang is situated 14Kms from Namchi on
Gangtok-Namchi road. Trel to Tendong hill takes about two hours
on a footpath through the thick forest. The trek offers singular
experience of varied vegetation and exclusive fauna. Tendong is
at a height of 8530ft, surrounded by lush green ancient forest.
Historically, This place has been
a place of recluse for bhuddhist lamas who spend years in meditation
admidst the silent scenic grandeur.Legend says that tendong Hill
saved the Lepcha tribe from the ravages of deluge when the whole
world was flooded- legend similar to Noah's Ark of the Bible.Even
today, Lepchas perform pujas to pay reverence to the tendong
The view from the hill
is something to be cherished and enjoyed as it spans across the
plains of Bengal to the majestic heights of Himalayan ranges