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Pedong / Rikissum / Sillery

Pedong / Rikissum / Damsang Fort  - Pedong is a beautiful valley and an ideal spot for leisure holiday. Pedong is a small town nearly 25 kilometers from Kalimpong on the way to Arhitar. There is a monastery which was built in 1837 and is worth visiting. It is possible to travel to Jelep La pass and Nathu La pass; four to five hours drive and the permit can be obtained from Rhenock in Sikkim. Rikkissum a small valley lies on the way; it has a monastery named Chu - machein. Other popular tourist spots like  Relly Khola, Samthar Valley, Lava, Lolaygaon, Rikkisum, Reshi Khola, Pedong, Neora Valley, Mongsong and Rishyap are situated very close to this places and one can stay in any one of the place with sight seeing at all the rest. These beautiful locations are all well connected by roads and are ideal for leisure holidays. Pedong is one of the most beautiful places around Kalimpong and is only Rikkisum is 7 kilometers, Damsang Fort is 5 kilometers, Bird's Eye View is 2 kilometers, Silence Valley is 2.5 kilometers, Tinchuley is nearly 3 kilometers, Sillery Gaon is close to 4.5 kilometers, Ramitey is 6 kilometers, Sanchen Dorji Monastery is 1 kilometers, Cross Hill is 4 kilometers, Reshi Khola is close to 15 kilometers and these are the places one can visit from Pedong. Ramitey - Close to Pedong is Ramitey. This place offers the longest view of river Teesta. Nearly fourteen bend of the river at a glance. This place offers the best view of the Teesta flowing. On a clear day guest can view the Himalayan range which  adds to the beauty of the place. Tinchuley Hill - This is a offbeat destination. A lone hill amongst others is the Tinchuley hill and it offers one of the best views of Pedong and its surrounding area. A climb / trek  for about 30 minutes to reach the hilltop is magnificient and one feel majestic. It is surrounded by the thick pine forests below and the Himalayan view in front. Silent Valley - One of the finest location and a great meadow.Practically a huge pasture surrounded by thick pine trees, a perfect picnic and can be best enjoyed by camping. During the rainy season this waterlogging turns this polace into a pond. It is said that in earlier days this was originally a lake long asper the elders of the region. Damsang Fort - This fort is the only fort to the last Lepcha King- Gyabo Achuk. Lepchas are the original natives of this place. Lepchas has to concede this fort to the Bhutanese who then lost it to the British in the Anglo-Bhutanese war of 1864 AD. The fort ever since is in ruins. One can hikes to this fort. Huge fir trees line this place and the view from here is stunning. Rikkisum - Located at one of the best places just outskirt of Kalimpong. Rikkisum consists of the ruins of an old British bungalow. It was used as the resting point of British travelers when on their way to Tibet.  There is a strech of meadows with house lining on one side gives a feeling of the English county. It has a sunrise points and a great view point of the Himalayan range. 

 

Sangchen Dorjee Monastery - One of the oldest monasteries in Pedong. This Monastery was established around the early 1700 A D. It provides historical insight into the history and culture of the place. Sangchen Dorjee Gumba also has fresco paintings on the inner walls of the main chamber depicting Tantric Buddhism. Chyaam dance or the Buddhist Mask dance is also held here every year. Franco Swiss Museum - Fathers of the Foreign Missions Society of Paris (called MEP in French i.e. Missions Estrangeres de Paris) were given the charge of evangelizing Tibet 1846. Fr. Augustine Desgodins was here in 1880 to explore the possibility of entering Tibet by the south. Pedong seemed to be the most suitable place so he settled down there in 11th November 1882. The mission failed. The Franco - Swiss Missionary Museum was set up at Pedong on 20th January 2005 in memory and the dedication and sacrifices of the French and Swiss Fathers Crosshill - During the mission or Tibet Mission a lot of Evangelists lost their lives or never came back from Tibet. Fr. Augustine Desgodins in memory of them erected a cross at a vantage point facing Tibet directly with a hope that someday the evangelists may return. The Crosshill is located at such a point wherein the view of the facing mountains is magnificient. From here one can get a glimpmse of Tibet or now the The peoples Republic of Chinese border. It is perfect sunset point. Reshi Khola - Any guest who is interested in angling / fishing can spend some time here. Reshi Khola can be most rejuvenating and fun spot of the region. One can also visit Jelep La Pass from here or Lava Lolaygaon. Bathing, or spending time with some beer is the favourite place. cool dip every now and then or simply sitting on a rock with your feet in the water with a bottle of beer or juice can completely take you to new heights. If you are lucky you can also order for some fresh river trout. Sillery Gaon - This is a small village with nearly 30 families in the middle of the forest. There is no electricity or transport is what makes Sillery Gaon a perfect eco tourism center. Situated away from the main line and from modern civilization Sillery is a place where one finds perfect serenity. Situated at an altitude of nearly 6000 feet it offers beautiful views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the sunrise and makes it a perfect place for one to unwind.

 
 

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Airways – Bagdogra Airport (IXB) is approximately 115 kilometers from Pedong / Sillery or Rikissum.  Bagdogra airport is served by regular Indian Airlines, Spice Jet, Go Air, Druk Air, Indian Airlines and Jet Airways. There are daily flights from Chennai., Bangalore, Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi, etc. The airport is well connected by roadways and railways. The drive will be roughly 04 hours from Bagdogra Airport . Taxi as well as Private vehicles for nearby tourist spots are available from the airport.  It is advisable to book vehicle earlier through net or contact as during season & festival the supply reduces. 

Railways – New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) is approximately 110 kilometers away and is the nearest major railway station. Pedong / Sillery do not have railway station neither do Kalimpong.  New Jalpaiguri (NJP) station has all the three gauges i.e. Narrow, Meter and Broad. There are regular train services to all the major railway station like Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Patna, Mumbai, Guwahati, Bangalore, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Jaipur, Agra, etc. Taxi as well as Private vehicles for nearby tourist spots are available from the Railway Station (NJP)  / Siliguri Junction or Siliguri Town Station 

Roadways – Situated in the extreme end of National Highway number 55, State highway 12, National Highway 31 criss cross the district. Pedong is nearly 110 kilometers and is roughly 21 kilometers from Kalimpong. Sillery is 4 kilometers from Pedong and Rikissum is nearly 14 kilometers from Kalimpong. Theere are two major routes to Pedong one is along the River Teesta and then through Kalimpong to Pedong / Sillery or Rikissum. National Highway 10 is to Gangtok and one has to travel along the route till Chitrey / Teesta Bazaar and then turn to Kalimpomg. The other route is via Dooars which is longer via Gorubathan & Lava. 

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