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Kaluk in West Sikkim

Kaluk is a village 2 kms from Rinchenpong located at an altitude of 5300 feet (1620 meter). It is part of the slightly offbeat Rinchenpong, Kaluk, Hee Bermiok sector in West Sikkim. The destinations are quite close to one another and can be covered from any one place out of the above. The principal attraction of the place is the great views of the Kanchenjunga offered from here. Together Rinchenpong and Kaluk can be considered as almost the same destination one can literally walk from one destination to the other. Whereas most budget tourist accommodations are available at Rinchenpong, Kaluk is home for some of the better accommodations in the area.

To See

Tourists visit Kaluk to luxuriate in the peaceful and pollution free surrounding and the see the great view of the mountains including Kanchenjunga range. Typical sightseeing options as available in more popular touristic destinations such as Pelling is not available here. However you may look at some of the following options.

Gurung Monastery – The monastery is located at a vantage point on top of the hill not far from the main road. From here you can have grand views of the southern hills although the snow capped mountains of the North are not visible from here.

Rinchenpong Monastery – Further south on the same ridge and at a slightly lower altitude the Rinchepong Monastery is located. From here you can have great views of Kanchenjunga range on a clear day.

Heritage House – The Lepcha heritage house was built in 1860. It contains rich paintings and will take you back in history.

You can also visit the Rinchenpong, Hee, Bermiok, Pelling, Hilley, Varsey etc from here which are all within an hours distance.

Places Around

Rinchepong – 2 kms
Hee – 11 kms (30 minutes)
Bermiok – 8 kms (20 minutes)
Soreng – 20 kms (1 hour)
Jorethang – 35 kms (2 hours)
Legship – 11 kms (40 minutes)
Pelling – 35 kms (1.5 hours)
Ravangla – 36 kms (1.5 hours)
Gangtok – 105 kms (4 hours)
Darjeeling – 100 kms through the main road (4 hours), 58 km through a shortcut (2.5 hours)
Kalimpong – 78 kms (3 hours)
NJP and Bagdogra – 125 kms (5 hours)

Weather

Kaluk is quite windy so a windcheater would be helpful any time of the year. Rainy season witness very heavy rainfall and landslide is quite common between July and August. Rest of the year is suitable for travel. Carry light woollen during summer and heavy woollen during winter. Temperature never goes below freezing point here.

Map of Kaluk

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