Sillery Gaon- Nestled on the lap of Himalayan Nature amidst the pine forest of Damsang at an altitude of 6000ft is a picturesque village called Sillery Gaon which is fondly considered the new Darjeeling. The serene ambiance and the pictorial view that Sillery Gaon offered made the people daub it with the title of New Darjeeling. The name Sillery Gaon represents a plant named called Sillery that grows there in abundance. The sight of the silver shimmering Kanchenjunga, which will leave every traveler in awe is few of the factors which have lured travelers toward Sillery Gaon.
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Being sparsely populated Sillery Gaon is still a newfound destination on the travelers' lists. The basic livelihood of the people of Sillery Gaon came from farming but after being introduced to the field of tourism, Sillery Gaon has gladly accepted the concept of Eco-tourism making it a secondary option for increasing the economy. The beauty of Sillery Gaon can only be appreciated by the people who love admiring nature and the simplicity of life since it can only offer its visitor an enchanting view of the snow-clad mountains and lush green valleys.
Apart from growing Sillery the forefathers of Sillery 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 Sillery Gaon. Surrounded by lush pine trees Sillery 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 hilltop near Sillery 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. Just after trekking a little upward from Damsang fort, you will get to see another sightseeing attraction named Hanuman Top. The tall sculpture of the Lord Hanuman made the place quite popular among tourists. From this site, you will also be able to get a sweeping panoramic view of the entire Kalimpong town and its surrounding areas.
The Silent Valley adjacent to Silery Gaon is another worth noting sightseeing site to visit. The entire hilly valley is surrounded by tall pine trees and the serenity of its atmosphere is able to soothe the minds of every distressed mind visiting it for the first time. The chirping of the numerous colorful Himalayan birds makes the valley quite a preferred one among the bird enthusiasts too. Trekking through the lush forest of the valley is one of the finest activities you can do.
Not more than 10 km from Sillerygaon, Cross Hill is another attractive tourist site. Built by Fr. Augustine Desgodins in the year 1882, Cross Hill is a sacred pilgrimage site for the local Christian community. If you are visiting the place during the time of April and May, you would love to witness the "chyam" dance here. The place is also one of the finest sunset points in the region from where travelers will be getting a stunning panoramic view of Himalayan Peaks including Kanchenjunga. The region of Tibet is also visible on a clear day.
Explore the rolling meadow of green grassland amidst the dense pine forest with the backdrop view of Mt Kanchenjunga whilst dwelling in the ruins of a decade-old fort in Sillery Gaon. Travelers can engulf themselves in the serene ambiance of Sillery Gaon while listening to the chirping of Himalayan birds. Sillery Gaon is an ideal place if you long for solitude which you cannot find in your tedious city life.
Sillery 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. However, considering the splendid weather and the view of the breathtaking Himalayas, the best time to visit would be March to June and then again from October to November. The months from December to February can also be considered an ideal time to go for a Sillerygaon tour. July to September is not a great time as it is the season of monsoon when heavy rainfall causes frequent landslides and because of this, the road becomes inaccessible.
By Train: New Jalpaiguri rail station, about 94 kilometers from Sillery Gaon, is the nearby railhead. There are several cars, jeeps, and other vehicles to hire outside the rail station
By Air: Bagdogra Airport is also the closest airport at a distance of around 100 kilometers via NH 10. The hired car from outside the airport will take you to your destination via Teesta Bazar and Aligarh in the Kalimpong area.
By Road: The road is the most convenient way to reach the village from any major nearby cities of Sillerygaon. From Siliguri and even from Kolkata, cars can be hired to reach the village.
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Sillery Gaon is quite a small village and as a result, there are no luxury hotels. Instead of the hotel, you can stay at the homestays run by the local villagers. The experience of staying at a local villager's home in the middle of nature's wealth is truly unforgettable. Home stays provide a distinct sense of hospitality that provides an unrivalled experience. The rooms are well-appointed, with Western bathrooms attached to them. All the basic amenities are there such as geysers, 24 hours electricity, transportation, foods sourced from locally grown vegetables. The home-cooked meals served during the stay are quite delicious and mouth-watering. Our package will include accommodation facilitates so that our visitors don't require to brainstorm in finding a great home stay to stay in.