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
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
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
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
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.