Silery Gaon, Darjeeling

Silery Gaon

Nestled on the lap of Himalayan Nature amidst the pine forest of Damsang at an altitude of 6000ft is a picturesque village called Silery Gaon which is fondly considered as the new Darjeeling. The serene ambiance and the pictorial view which Silery Gaon offer made the people daub it with the title of New Darjeeling. The name Silery Gaon represents a plant named called Sillery that grows there in abundant. The sight of the silver shimmering Kanchenjunga, which will leave every traveler in awe is few of the factor which has lured travelers toward Silery Gaon.

Apart from growing sillery the forefathers of Silery Gaon were cinchona planters that were planted there by the British for the production of Quinine to cure Malaria, and there were only 30 families in the beginning habilitating in Silery Gaon. Surrounded by lush pine tree Silery Gaon is the haven of varieties of exotic bird species, which makes it an ideal place for passionate bird watchers. And travelers can witness the panoramic view of the Himalayan range along with the town of Sikkim, Jeep La and Nathula from a hill top near Silery Gaon known as Tinchuley. A visit to the Damsang Fort, located 4 km away from Sillery Gaon is also worth a visit. The fort was constructed in 1690 by the Lepchas. However, only the ruins of the fort exist now, since it was destroyed by the British, post Anglo-Bhutan War of 1864. Being sparsely populated Silery Gaon is still a new found destination in the travelers’ list. The basic livelihood of the people of Silery Gaon came from farming but after being introduced in the field of tourism, Silery Gaon has gladly accepted the concept of Eco-tourism making it a secondary option for increasing the economy. The beauty of Silery Gaon can only be appreciated by the people who loves admiring nature and simplicity of life since it can only offer its visitor with enchanting view of the snow clad mountains and lush green valley. Silery Gaon has a soothing and salubrious climate throughout the year which gives the travelers to relish the beauty of this picturesque village during any season.

Explore the rolling meadow of green grass land amidst the dense pine forest with the backdrop view of the Mt Kanchenjunga whilst dwelling in the ruins of decade old fort in Silery Gaon. Travelers can engulf themselves in the serene ambiance of Silery Gaon while listening to the chirping of Himalayan birds. Silery Gaon is an ideal place if you long for solitude which you cannot be found in your tedious city life.

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