At an altitude of about 5576ft, Rinchenpong is the latest addition to the tourist map of West Sikkim. The place is famous for the beautiful view of the Kanchenjunga range of mountains. The Kaluk - Rinchenpong area is the buffer zone of
Apart from the natural beauty of the surroundings, the place is also quite significant from historical point of view.
Rinchenpong is a small village next to Kaluk. To get there, you first have to reach Kaluk which is the main road junction. From here a small road goes down to Rinchenpong a couple of km ahead.
from NJP or Bagdogra, you would be coming via Melli – Jorethang – Reshi – to reach Kaluk. The distance is about 135 km.
From Darjeeling you may come via Jorethang and Reshi. But the road is mostly in bad shape, you would probably be better off by travelling through the Peshok road and Melli before reaching Jorethang and then Reshi. Through this route the distance would be about 130 km.
From Pelling you may come to Rinchinpong either via Dentam or via Legship. The Dentam route is less travelled and more beautiful, but one needs to reconfirm the status of the road as landslide is not uncommon and the road may remain closed.
From Gangtok you may either follow the Ravangla – Legship – Reshi – Rinchinpong route or the Melli – Jorethang – Reshi route. The distance is about 137 km through the second route.
Rinchenpong is more famous for its natural beauty rather than sightseeing points. If you want to soak in the music of the birds and views of Kanchenjunga on a clear day and enjoy some ethnic music during the evening. This is the place for you. There are a few places of tourist interest around here.
Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary: The place is famous for the variety of Rhododendron that come in full bloom during March and April. The Sanctuary is also home for a number of wild animals including the rare Red Panda.
Nighdoh: The famous pond which has high religious significance to the Sikkimese.
Tato Pani: This is a hot water spring about 20 km from Rinchenpong
Rinchenpong Monastery : There is an exotic and beautiful statue of Lord Buddha inside the Monastery. The statue is commonly known as the Atibuddha statue. The Monastery is the 3rd oldest in Sikkim being build in 1730.
Rishum Monastery : This 18th century monastery located near Rinchenpong is at an altitude of about 6250 ft. Rishum is also a hilltop offering excellent view all around.
Shrijanga Temple: About 8 km from Rinchenpong , the Shrijanga Temple site is a common picnic spot for the locals. The Limbu tribe of Sikkim worship at this temple. A waterfall nearby adds to the beauty of the place.
The Rhododendron sanctuary near Rinchenpong also attracts a number of tourists especially during the summer month of April when the flowers are in full bloom.
Latitude - N 27° 14'
Longitude - E 88° 16'
Elevation - 5576 ft
District - West Sikkim
Where to Stay
Mandarin Village Resort