Kaluk, perched at an elevation of 5600ft nearby Gyalsing is a pictorial village of West Bengal. Gyalsing is capital town of West Sikkim. Kaluk is located at a distance of 103km from Gangtok and 35kkm from Pelling. Nestled on the Himalayan foothills amidst the mountain of West Sikkim, Kaluk is renowned among the travelers for its natural beauty. Kaluk is considered as one of the important village with cultural, historical, religious and natural significance due to which government of Sikkim has declared Kaluk as the Eco-tourism thrust area of Sikkim.
Sited in the buffer zone of famous Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Kaluk is endowed with rich flora and fauna of Himalayan region. The Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary or Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is situated in Western Sikkim in Singalila Range forming a natural border with Nepal in The West. The prime attraction of Kaluk is the great views of the snow peaked Kanchenjunga. The people of Kaluk use to depend on the agricultural but lately tourism is playing an important role and now there can be seen many homestays. Kaluk with its unique location within the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is known for being one of the windiest places in Sikkim. Besides offering the magnificent view of Mt Kanchenjunga, there are many sightseeing places in Kaluk which can be reached by a short trek through lush forest of rhododendron tree, one of those places being Rinchenpong monastery. Established in 1730 by the Ngadakpa Lama in the village of Rinchenpong, Rinchenpong monastery is the 3rd oldest monastery of Sikkim. It is famous among the tourist for its singular statue of Buddha and surreal scenic beauty. Bermiok is another picture-perfect hilly village nearby Kaluk which can be reached after covering a distance of 4km. Trekking in the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is one of the famous activity which has spiked the interest of tourist travelling in Sikkim.The sanctuary is also the habitat to the elusive Red Panda. There are about 13 species of Rhododendrons in the sanctuary and if visited in spring the trekkers get to feast their eyes with the pictorial sight of valley covered in the vibrant shade of red. Apart from the awe-inspiring sights travelers can also learn about the Lepcha culture which has been successfully preserved by the Lepcha’s people in the surrounding villages while visiting Kaluk.
Far from the maddening crowd listen to the alluring chirping of some exotic Himalayan birds, while basking in the pristine beauty of nature and witnessing the breathtaking views of sunset and sunrise over Mt Kanchenjunga. Kaluk in the west Sikkim has become the safe haven for the travelers who want to spend their weekend amidst the nature. Snugly tucked in the mountainous valley of Himalayan region in Sikkim, Kaluk with its trekking trail through the lush forest of rhododendron and panoramic view of the third highest mountain has become a must visit tourist destination of Sikkim.
Apart from monsoon season when the roads are prone to landslide Kaluk can be visited throughout the year. But if visitors want to witness Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in its prime state best time to visit Kaluk is from April to mid-June. Winter is another favored time to visit Kaluk. During this season visitors can get an unhindered view or snow capped Himalayan Range.
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