Situated in the west Sikkim at an altitude of 5576ft about 40km from Gangtok is Rinchenpong a cool and calm hamlet popularly known as the Silent valley. Cuddled in the lap of Himalayas, Rinchenpong has attracted travelers who like jungles, short hill treks, orchids and variety of birds towards it. The quaint village Rinchenpong has been of great prominence during the colonial years. Rinchenpong is famous among the travelers for its breathtaking and enchanting view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga range and some important monasteries.
Surrounded with the lush Himalayan forested area, Rinchenpong boost in some of the rare and exotic species of birds and butterfly. Apart from being endowed with the beautiful forest area Rinchenpong was famous in past for its astounding history. As per the story goes, when the British sent an expeditionary force to Sikkim in 1860, the Lepchas who were the natives of Sikkim poisoned the water of a pond which was the main source of water in the area by using herbs, thus killing almost half of the army. This act forced the army to retreat. Since then, the pond is named as Poison Pokhri. With amazing historical facts Rinchenpong also has trekking trails through wondrous lush green Himalayan forest. Opposite poison Pokhri there is a forest trail that leads to Rinchenpong Monastery that was built in 1717 which houses a very unique idol of Ati Buddha in Yub-Yum position. The trail further leads you to Reesum Monastery. Then again, if you keep on following the steps, you will find the traditional Lepcha house, that is built in the old Lepcha style. Some other places to explore around Rinchenpong include the Maggi Dara, a new monastery and a marble plaque with verses from Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali. This is known as Rabindra Smriti Van since Rabindranath Tagore stayed there for some days. There is also a decade year old British Bungalow hiding in forests of the upper regions of Rinchenpong. Built with wood and stone, spending a night in the bungalow is a great experience for the travelers. Exquisite location with serene ambiance and great history, Rinchenpong has made a special place in the heart of all people who visited this place.
Trekking through the dense forest while watching the breathtaking view of the adjacent valley and learning about the history which still lingers in the Rinchenpong has hyped the interest of many travelers making is one of the favored destination in travelers’ list. Rinchenpong is a place to bask in the magnificent view of the Mt Kanchenjunga amidst the lush green forest while getting the sense of peace and tranquility in the serene ambiance of Rinchenpong Monastery.