Rinchenpong, a quiet and calm hamlet popularly known as the Silent Valley, is located in West Sikkim at a height of 5576ft, around 40 kilometers from Gangtok. Rinchenpong, nestled in the Himalayas, has drawn visitors who enjoy jungles, short hill walks, orchids, and a variety of birds. During the colonial period, the charming village of Rinchenpong rose to prominence. Rinchenpong is well-known among tourists for its spectacular and romantic views of the Kanchenjunga range, as well as a number of notable monasteries.
Rinchenpong's beauty can be enjoyed without any worry if you go for a well-planned tour package that includes all the amenities starting from a well-maintained car for pick-up, neat and clean accommodation, delicious foods, and car for sightseeing and drop.
Surrounded by the lush Himalayan forested area, Rinchenpong boasts some rare and exotic species of birds and butterflies. The sightseeing places in and around this place are as follows-
Poison Lake - Apart from being endowed with a beautiful forest area Rinchenpong was famous in past for its astounding history. As 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 Poison Pokhri.
Rinchenpong Monastery - With amazing historical facts, Rinchenpong also has trekking trails through the wondrous lush green Himalayan forest. Opposite poison Pokhri there is a forest trail leading to Rinchenpong Monastery, which was built in 1717 and houses a 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, which is built in the old Lepcha style.
Maggi Dara - 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.
Rinchenpong Bungalow - There is also a decade-year-old British Bungalow hiding in the forests of the upper regions of Rinchenpong. Built with wood and stone, spending a night in the bungalow is a great experience for 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.
Sirijunga Temple - Teyongsi Sirijunga Limboo Cultural Heritage and Research Center shortly known as Sirijunga Temple are one of the most popular attractions nearby. The temple is named after an 18th-century Limboo researcher whose 36 feet bronze statue can be seen here.
Chayatal Lake - A famous tourist attraction is a little lake with its plethora of fishes. From here, you may get a great view of the mountain range. A lakeside boating facility is also introduced.
Hee Water Garden - is a renowned tourist attraction near Hee and roughly 10 kilometers from Kaluk market. A cafe, two huge swimming pools, and a natural park, as well as a small river stream, are all part of the water garden.
Singshore Bridge - The magnificent hanging bridge of Singshore is located 24 kilometers from Kaluk and 27 kilometers from Rinchenpong. The bridge is reputed to be Asia's second-highest bridge.
By Air - For the air transport, the village relies on Bagdogra Airport which is located in North Bengal near Siliguri. From Bagdogra International Airport, the distance of Rinchenpong is around 135 km.
By Train - NJP, Siliguri Junction, etc are the nearest railway station. You can board a train to NJP from anywhere in West Bengal and the neighboring states. From the railway station, it is a journey of around 4 hours.
By Road - The village is easily accessible by road from all its nearby cities like Pelling, Darjeeling, Gangtok as well as Siliguri. A rented car will easily be able to help you reach Rinchenpong quite comfortably.
Have a look at the complete information regarding the village's weather and temperature-
During these months, the temperature fluctuates between 3 and 10 degrees Celsius. During the wintertime, it becomes exceedingly chilly here. However, this is when you can get the greatest views of the mountains. Bring plenty of warm clothing if you're visiting Sikkim in the winter.
March to May is quite an ideal time to go for Rinchenpong Tour. You can expect the temperature hovers from 10 degrees to 25-degree Celcius. Due to the soothing temperature, you can spend your summers in the beautiful village of Rinchenpong, which will serve as a welcome respite from the sweltering heat of other north Indian cities.
The highest temperature recorded is 30 degrees Celcius but the direct humidity of 77 percent makes this an excellent time to explore Rinchenpong. The average precipitation for this season is 21.77 mm.
From November to December, the temperature hovers between -2?C at the night, to 11?C. This season of winter is considered to be a great time too to enjoy the alluring view of Kanchenjunga. Make sure to bring some warm woolens with you to stay warm if you are planning to visit during any time of these months.
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 it one of the favored destinations on travelers' lists. Rinchenpong is a place to bask in the magnificent view of Mt Kanchenjunga amidst the lush green forest while getting a sense of peace and tranquility in the serene ambiance of Rinchenpong Monastery.