Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Borong - A Less Known Place In South Sikkim

This is a heavenly place for nature lovers. If you want to experience exquisite grandeur of mighty Himalayas from a serene place you can surely bet on Borong.

Only 17 km from Ravangla situated at 5800 Ft. Borong has only one place to stay, the cottages of Wild Flower Retreat. The cottages are beautifully within the trees on the steps of the hill.

Himalayan Pheasants, blue and black magpie, scarlet minivet and so many colorful birds are there to welcome you in their empire. The only sound you will listen there are the chirps of them. The view of mighty snow peaks Narsingh, Pandim and Sinolchu will mesmerize you throughout the day.

Maenam peak is also trekkable from Borong and take less time than from Ravangla. Another very nice place to tek from here is Bhanjan valley. Lush green carpet decorated with tiny colorful flowers in between and the fascinating Himalayan peaks in front of you, a breath taking experience.

New and Old Ralong Monasteries are also very near to Borong just 5 Km. You can hire a car to see the places near by like Gurang Monastery, Barmely Bridge, Famtam village, Silver falls etc. Walk 3 Km up to Borong hot fountain. It will take only one hour to reach this hot fountain in the bank of Rangit river. A festival is held in February each year.

How to reach Borong:

Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. From New Jalpaiguri / Siliguri a car may be hired, which will drop you to Borong via Ravangla. The distance is 150 Km. The fare of car at present @INR 2500 - 2800.

You can come to Singtam or, Jorthang from Siliguri bus stand by shared car and from there to Borong to save money.

Borong can also be approached from Gangtok, Peling or, Rinchengpong. The car fare from these places @ INR 1500 - 2000.

Where to stay at Borong:

The only place to stay here is Wild Flower Retreat @ INR 1200 - 1500.
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