Tinkitam is a residential community in South Sikkim, India. The town is situated 45 minutes from the district headquaters Namchi. The town is being advanced as a visitor destination. Tinkitam is the birthplace of the acclaimed Indian footballer named Baichung Bhutia. Many individuals from his family still keep on living in the town. The economy of this town fundamentally concerns its cardamom ranches. Local people are basically of Bhutia and Nepali heritage. Nepali is the prevalent dialect. The town has a calm climate. The neighborhood contains special types of orchids and Paphiopedilum Faireanum and different orchids of the Cypripedioideae class, also known as "Woman's slipper". Tinkitam offers a perspective of a lethargic volcano of gushing lava that one can run over on the trek from Dentham to Tendong National Park. Most orchids close to this town are terrestrial, blossoming in October and November. The Temi Tea Gardens is very close to this place which is also the main tea home of Sikkim.
Best Time To Visit
September to December
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
The Darjeeling Zoo is also known as the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park to honor the ex- governor of West Bengal, Padmaja Naidu. This is a beautiful zoo where you can find some of the high altitutde animals as well as some endangered species of animals too. The zoo is in the Birch Hill area which is presently known as the Jawahar Parvat. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had dedicated the zoo in the honor of Padmaja Naidu who was also a poet and the daughter of the famous freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu. This is one of the best zoos in the world and is the first recipient of the International award of "The Earth Heroes 2014". This is an award given away by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The reason this zoo was chosen among more than 300 zoos all over the world is that it has successfully conserved and looked after Himalayan Animals and also those which are of the Alpine Region. You will find the endangered species such as Red Panda, Snow leopard and Tibetian Wolf here among many others. There are also a number of Siberian Togers and Yaks here. Very old herbs, shrubs, climbers, medicinal plants and orchids cover most of the zoo and you will also find trees such as birch and aldar here. There is a huge aviary too where very bautiful birds find home. The birds conserved here include Rose ringed Parakeets, Ring Necked Pheasants, Himalayan Mynahs, Blue- Gold Mackaws and others. There are steps on many sides inside the zoo and these are for the ones in search of extra adventures. Beyond these steps are the area which are home to H8imalayan bears, Sambhar deer, Blue Sheep. tahr, barking deer, goral and Musk Deer. They roam about openly ball around and thus a trained guide is a must when you opt for these places. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is also closeby.
Gurudongmar Lake, also noted as Gurudogmar Lake, the lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava, otherwise called Guru Rinpoche, originator of Tibetan Buddhism who went to the lake in the eighth century. It is one of the most noteworthy lakes on the planet, situated at a height of 17,800 ft in the Indian state of Sikkim. The lake can be reached by street from Lachen via Thangu. As indicated by a legend, when Padmasambhava went to the lake he saw a favorable phenomenon in the lake and after that he thought of it as a decent augury to enter the territory of Sikkim, then known as Demojong. It is currently said that the lake provides a shelter to any pregnant lady offering prayers to God at the lake. The lake looks small at the spot where devotees offer love, yet the bigger piece of the lake is not visible because of uneven geography impeding the complete perspective at this area.
The Rumtek Monastery also noted as the Dharmachakra Center, is a gompa situated in the Indian state of Sikkim close to the capital Gangtok. It is a point of convergence for the sectarian pressures inside of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism that portray the Karmapa controversy. Initially constructed under the course of Changchub Dorje, twelfth Karmapa Lama in the mid-1700s, Rumtek served as the fundamental seat of the Karma Kagyu heredity in Sikkim for quite a while. The religious community is at present the biggest in Sikkim. It is home to the group of monks and where they perform the customs and practices of the Karma Kagyu ancestry. A stupa made of gold contains the relics of the sixteenth Karmapa. Inverse to that building is a school, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies. The Rumtek Monastery is highlighted in the 2014 Indian mystery thriller novel, The emperor's riddles by Satyarth Nayak.
Temi Tea Garden
The Temi Tea Garden set up in 1969 by the Government of Sikkim spreads over an area of 440 acres. The greenery enclosure lies in the middle of Damthang and Temi Bazaar along the road to Singtam.The tea delivered here is appreciated worldwide, commanding high prices in world auctions. The government possessed Tea estate today creates around 1 lakh kg of tea every year. Temi tea is planted along steep slopes running from 1200-1800m. The production line is arranged at 1500m and the street upto it, is lined with cherry bloom trees. Driving in November when these trees are in blossom is similar to traveling through a pink fog past, which one can see the sparkling snows of Khangchendzonga.The drive upto Temi takes you through mountain sides rich with greeneries. As of late the Institute of Marketology (IMO) of Switzerland has certified this tea garden as organic and thus the quality and interest of this guaranteed item has increased rapidly.
Yuksom Dzongri Trek is one the most mainstream short high elevation trekking destination in Sikkim. Dzongri trek is a shorter variant of the Goechala Trek. This specific trek begins from Yuksam and winds up at Yuksam in 5 days. Dzongri trek is extraordinarily suitable and intended for the trekkers who needed to investigate more in shorter duration of time. Indeed Dzongri and Dzongri La is the best spot for a mountains' perspective and its extents in the Sikkim Himalayas. Alongside Mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga 8585m - The third most noteworthy mountains on the planet, the absolute beauty seen amid this trek from Dzongri, View Points from here are Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabur north, Mt. Kabur south, Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Simvo and many more. The best time to visit Dzongri is from mid March-April, and afterward from September to mid October, in order to maintain a strategic distance from snowfall and storm downpours.
After the dropping of bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Buddhist saint Fuiji decided to spread the message of peace and harmony all around the world and this pagoda in Darjeeling is just one example of the movement. This is a Japanese Style pagoda built by the Buddhist Monk. The foundation stone was laid down in 1972 by Nichidatsu Fujii and the pagoda was completed by his biggest disciple Guruji Fuiji and opened in 1992. It is a white pagoda and white is the symbol of peace. The aim of this place was to entertain everyone irrespective of their caste and religion. You will find immense peace when you come here.
Neora Valley National Park
A pristine heritage forest of North Bengal that is an abode to many endangered wild species like Red Panda, Chinese Pangolin, Clouded Leopard and snow leopard. The forest, because of it dense flora and fauna covers the area of 140 sq.km approx and has diverse altitude starting from 200 mts to 3200 mts above the sea level. Most of the forest is still unexplored because of its uneven terrains . The forest also shares the state border of Sikkim and international Border of Bhutan with West Bengal and Sikkim and India nationally and India and Bhutan Internationally.
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway
The Ropeway is probably the best way to get a birds eye view of the spectacular valley below. it was started in the year 1968 by the forest development authority. After an accident in 2003, it was shut down for tourists and was restarted in 2012. There are two lines which go to and fro between the 'North Point', and Singla on either end. If you want a quick view of the entire valley in just a few minutes, then the Ropeway is the place you should head to. However, be prepared for a serpentine queue as almost every tourist in Darjeeling eventually makes his way to the Ropeway.
Happy Valley Tea Estate
This is a tea estate in Darjeeling and rolling meadows of emerald green tea plantations. It is a bliss watching the women plucking carefully the tea leaves. There is also a factory where you can see the making of tea and fermentation processes. It is both an entertaining as well as educational trip
Khecheoplari Tsho is a huge lake found 27 kms from Pelling and is a very common visitor touring point. The lake is thought to be one of the sacred pools of Sikkim. The lake stays covered up in the rich forest spread. It is said that birds don't allow even a solitary leaf to glide on the Khecheoplari lake surface. There is a motorable street from Pelling straight up to the lake area. The spot is well known among trekkers. There is also a mobile trail from Pelling to Khecheoplari (5 hours). It is also possible to trek to Yuksom from Khecheoplari which takes 4 hours. For those keen on spending a night or two in this spot, there are a couple of basic inns in the town close-by. There is also a traveler's hut intended to give housing to the general population who go on pilgrimage trips to visit Khecheoplari. The tour begins at Pelling and proceeds through Darap Village and Rimbi falls before coming to Khecheoplari.
Sachen is the spot that is not explored to the world. Discussing improvement, the city is not having numerous assets. It is the slope station having constrained convenience and facilities. Sachen is found near another slope station of Sikkim known as Goechala La Pass. Goechala is well known for trekking and experience significant others are coming to the town at incessant interims. On the off chance that you plan to reach Sachen, then you are finding the opportunity to visit Goechala also. Next close traveler spot is Yuksom that is one all the more trekking spot. Discussing Yuksom it is the chronicled town of West Sikkim set up in 1642 ADs. There are numerous base camps in Yuksom, however you need to enroll for this camp ahead of time. The seats are constrained, and individuals from diverse roots are continually attempting to reach Yuksom. One will consider themselves lucky after visiting this place.
"The Buddha Park of Ravangla, otherwise called Tathagata Tsal, is located close to Rabong (Ravangla) in South Sikkim area, Sikkim, India. It was developed somewhere around 2006 and 2013 and highlights a 130-foot high statue of the Buddha as its center of attraction.The statue was consecrated on 25 March 2013 by the fourteenth Dalai Lama, and turned into a major stop by on the 'Himalayan Buddhist Circuit'. The statue of the Buddha marks the event of the 2550th conception commemoration of Gautama Buddha. The Buddhist circuit of this park was fabricated here under a State government venture, for boosting pilgrimage.The park region is perfectly finished making abundant walkway, gardens and space for guests to appreciate the quiet environment. The site summons excellent perspectives of the mountains and the profound climate of the area adds to the guest experience. The site likewise has extra base made for a museum meditation centre and for Buddhist gathering. "
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or more dearly known as the Toy Train. With its narrow gauge trains of two feet, things do not get more exciting than when one is on a ride on the toy train. The length that the train covers is about 80 kilometers. The starting point is New Jalpaiguri in the district of West Bengal and the train goes past Siliguri, then Kurseong and Ghum while chugging along many loops and reverses. After having been out of service for quite some time, the toy train is now back in action and promises one a ride of a lifetime.
Char Dham or Siddheshwar Dham is a popular vacation spot in Sikkim. It is a copy of all the 12 Jyotirlingas and Char Dhams in India. You'll discover here a 33 m tall Shiva statue raised on the Solophok peak. It's an enormous journey complex with Hindu sanctuaries all around. Generally, it's a decent place that gives you positive vibes. Char Dham is a journey destination arranged at Solophok Hill, which is at a separation of around 5 km from Namchi Town. Solophok Hill has a verifiable and religious significance, as it is trusted that meeting this spot washes away one's sins. The venture is visioned by CM of Sikkim. They have built the sanctuaries of all the 12 jyotirlinga, Char dham and other essential sanctuaries. The sight is awesome and you will love to see the climate there. Best time to visit Char Dham or Siddheshwar Dham is during summer or during winter.
Deolo Cliff Eco Resort, Kalimpong, charms guests with breathtaking views of river Teesta and misty Kanchenjunga. The rocky terrains that form a part of the resort's design add a natural touch. The rooms are tastefully done up and offer ultimate comfort. With various amenities, thrilling activities and gratifying hospitality, this resort offers the true pleasures of vacationing.
Near the giant Buddha Statue in the Thai Temple Complex is the Idosun Nippon Japanese Temple. This is a typical Japanese Temple which was made quite a few years ago but has recently opened up for the public. The temple posses very authentic, minimal designs like many other Japanes temples. There is a huge, 80 ft idol of Lord Buddha inside the temple and from outside it looks nothing but a nice, Japanese mansion and nothing more. There are a number of temples close to the Mahabodhi Tree and this is one of those. All of these are equally beautiful and has a unique charm. Make sure that you have enough time in your hands to explore all of these.
The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist religious community in Pemayangtse, close to Pelling in the north eastern Indian state of Sikkim, situated 140 kilometers west of Gangtok. About 2kms from Pelling, you can visit the principal monastery belonging to the Ngingma group (one of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism) which was implicit in the year 1705 AD. One of the first and couple of oldest monastery in Sikkim, it was fabricated by Gyalwa Lhatsun Namkha Jigme.The most important one amongst three monks, who blessed the first religious ruler of Sikkim at Yuksam in 1641 AD. These days, the child monks get a legitimate classroom and teachings by the educators in the correct monastic school called Laptha. Today numerous youngsters having a place with this religious community are in the enormous Buddhist learning centers in different states of India, such as Namdoling Monastery of H.H. Penor Rempoche (Mysore), Mindoling Monastery of Thichen Rempoche (Mousori) and inside Sikkim are Takche Dubda of Ven.
Well, in my case, my mood swing takes me to both these places. This March, my curiosity took me to this place near Darjeeling, which goes by the name “Tinchuley”. Visiting Himalayas has always been special for me. This was more so because it was my first visit to the mountains with my family.
Kalimpong Science Centre
During the winters, tourist footfall is the least as compared to any other month in the year and this makes January the best time to visit Kalimpong. Monasteries in and around Kalimpong are open to visitors. The Zong Dhog Monastery is a must visit for Buddhist enthusiasts. The sky is clear and gives a good view of Kanchenjunga peak covered in snow at this particular time.The nearest airport is Bagdogra near Siliguri and is connected to New Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata. Kalimpong is 79 km away from Siliguri; hire a taxi, which will take 2 hours (approx) to cover this distance.
Around 3 kms from Pelling and couple of minutes walk further down from Pemayangtse Monastery are the Rabdentse ruins the second capital of Sikkim, established in the year 1670. The spot has stunning perspectives inundated with history all around. All around secured remains with clear signs of the rooms and other areas. These remnants are accessed by a short wooden walk which is extremely wonderful. The stroll from the sanctuary to the remnants will simply make your day. But these remnants have a story to tell. Its a half kilometer stroll from the main street perhaps a little more. In any case, once there, your effort is justified. Everywhere in this place you will see what remains. Not a large territory to cover so it's manageable by walking and on the off chance that you stroll up here from Pelling, you may have a decent half day trip. This spot is genuine amazement, regardless of the possibility that somebody is not excited to watch historical ruins, he can still visit for stunning perspectives.
The Dhungay Estate & Home Stay
Dhungay Estate and Home stay is situated at the foot of Rhododendron Sanctuary at a disclosure of 1500m. This huge estate is only five minutes tough stroll from the main jeep road. The house is encompassed by terraced ranches, profound valleys, so typical of West Sikkim. The house has five people living in it. Ran Bdr is the family's Head a Retried Spice (cardamom) merchant, who now meets expectations in the ranch. His wife Deo Maya is a house wife, Ganesh is a farmer, who helps the family doing family unit tasks. Padma Chhetri instructs in adjacent schools, and at night helps family to run the homestay. The family is warm and invites you into their home as well as their group. In any case, this is not at all noisy or oblivious of one's space. There are particular dinner times in the old style family kitchen and the food served is delicious.
Bon Farm House
Situated in the midst of the fine forest in Kewzing, South Sikkim,the Bon Farm House has a phenomenal climate. The hospitality and comfort offered was exceptionally customary yet homely. The food served is freshly prepared and gives amazing taste and smell. The farmhouse has rich domesticated animals stock for giving fresh milk and eggs for a nutritious meal. The Farmhouse has a region of four acres of land of cultivated fields, tea greenhouses and six acres of land of lavish green cardamom backwoods.Encompassing the Farmhouse making your stay unwinding and mesmerizing in the midst of the natural town climate promising a decent breakaway from the bustle and clamor of daily life. The Farmhouse stay is not quite the same as a common inn or a resort basically because you can enjoy the luxury of a homely atmosphere. The best part being all suppers arranged from freshly grown natural vegetables from the close-by fields.
Lava is an entry to the Neora Valley National Park in Kalimpong and is a favorite of the tourists of West Bengal. The Lava Monastery is a major reason of the tourist footfall here. There is a statue of the Buddha here and the Tibetian Monks are settled over here. You will find immense peace here and thus refresh yourself before you can restart your day. In the National Park, you find animals such as black bears, Barking deer and other flora varieties as well. The waterfalls around this place look very beautiful too.
At Yangsum Farm, which is a local families homestay with four rooms and have renovated it sympathetically. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, wooden floors and can be configured to be either a double or a twin. For larger groups, one can use one of the other four en-suite rooms available at Yangsum . There is also a dining room/living room which we share with the rest of the homestay. Located in West Sikkim, 2 kms from the small bazaar village of Rinchenpong, at an altitude of 1500 metres Yangsum , a 44 acre heritage farm.Built in 1833 and refurbished in 1966 , into a fabulous home-stay, now grows from cardamom and ginger to avocados , to oranges, peaches , apricots , mangoes and tea. With accommodation, four spacious, well furnished , simple double bedrooms, two with semi-attached bathrooms and two with en-suite bathrooms with modern fittings and running hot and cold water. There is also a communal sitting room and a courtyard where guests can sit and enjoy the sun and nature. The food served is all organic, tasty and given personal touch by the owners. The guests, besides the Indian get a chance to go for Sikkimese food like nettles, ferns and bamboo. With activities, guests are suggested to go for trek, where the owners, show some great paths to walk on, or to go for white water rafting, monastery tour or learn the Sikkim cooking where guests get an excellent opportunity to be taught traditional recipes and cooking methods of Sikkim on a wood burning hearth. Yangsum Heritage Farm, a beautiful home-stay in peace and beauty. A real escape from the noise and rush of city life in midst of the beautiful scenery of Rinchenpong !
Bengal Natural History Museum
It is a house of various birds, mammals and animals. The displays here are the specimen of real creatures that had been captured and preserved. It had been started with an effort to display butterfies and birds of Darjeeling but fortunately it now has collection of various animals.
Pelling is approximately 130 km far from Siliguri and 115 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and is very well connected by transport and jeep services. The lovely little town of Pelling is popular for magnificient views of the snow-topped Kanchenjunga range, the third most elevated crest in the world.The Placid town pulls a large portion of the guests for its representative status in history, and nature of the state of Sikkim. Situated at a height of 6,800 ft, Pelling offers great perspective of the whole Kanchenjunga mountain reach including Koktang, Kumbhakaran , Rathong, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Siniolchu and many more. This is as close as you can get to the Kanchenjunga range without leaving the material solace of good lodgings. Because of its worthwhile area, numerous hotels and cabins have come up in and around Pelling taking into account shifted tastes and budgets. Also the climate in Pelling may change from bright and sunny to blurred and miserable in a matter of minutes.
Pradeep:- "Oh Please!! Tiger hill is the most overrated and crowded place in Darjeeling....why don't you find your own place to witness the sunrise."Early morning, around some 4:30 am, when I was having a very peaceful sleep my alarm rang. I woke up and was in 'To go or not to go' stage to witness the sunrise. I pushed myself and walked down in this cold weather which was about 11-12°©. After walking some distance, I stopped and turned back towards my hotel to take a nap, considering the fact that I love sleeping. But then suddenly I heard a sound of a bell....loud and clear.Yea, this might be some indication, maybe the supreme source of energy was indicating me something. But what? I cancelled and walked down to witness the sunrise. I waited...waited...waited and then I saw this...
After a short nap I headed towards Sanga Choling. Sanga Choling is situated on the other side of Pelling which requires a moderate trek to a hill top. I had carried sufficient energy bars and water with me. From the top of the mountain I was able to get the view of Buddha park at Ravangla which made me feel more happy. The Sanga Choling means 'The Place of Secret Spell'. It is the oldest monastery in Sikkim. There are usually four 'Kings of the Quarters', who guard the universe against the outer demons. Exploring the oldest monastery it took an hour for me and enjoying the beautiful landscape by side it started getting dark. I started my trek back at 1745 hrs and reached my hotel by 1830 hrs.
The grand Singshore Bridge is touted as the highest bridge in Sikkim and the second highest gorge bridge in Asia. An architectural brilliance with a length of 198 m, the bridge is built in between two hills. An extremely popular tourist spot, the bridge is about 5 km away from Pelling.
Hotel Garuda is just at the peak of Pelling providing some fascinating views of the mighty Kangchenjunga range.All of their rooms are comfortable but for nature lovers my one-stop suggestion would be room 'Nima' as from its private attached balcony the divine peak appears as if just a hand away.Hotel staff is very amiable and always active in their service.
Golden Tips Tea
Pradeep: "You don't like tea? Well okay......but try Darjeeling's tea" After the spiritual experience, I kept walking in the streets of Darjeeling and I reached to a point where I could smell the aroma of a beverage. It was Golden tips, a very famous place in Darjeeling were one gets a taste of diverse varieties of tea. When I entered the shop, a lady welcomed me to a point, where from one end I could get an excellent view of the mountains and from the other end, there was a large end-to-end wall painting that added to the grandeur of the lounge. I wondered what made this place and the tea so special and so I ordered a Kashmiri Khawa. After having a cup of Kashmiri Khawa I do admit that I don't like tea but if the tea is from Darjeeling then I need to think about it.
Hello everyone ! I am here to share my experience about this exquisite place "Tathagata Tsal". This exactly is located in Ravangla which is a small tourist town in the district of South Sikkim. Clean, Serene and the most peaceful place I have ever been to. I don't know why off late I have been getting attracted towards every Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites. So from Chennai I booked up a flight to Bagdogra.. But unfortunately I couldn't take up this flight as I did not report one hour before the departure time at the counter.. So guys, please make sure you are atleast taking up ur boarding pass an hour before the departure.. So I instantly called up a friend in Bagdogra with whom I was supposed to visit Gangtok and Booked up a flight till Kolkatta and from their took up an connecting flight to Bagdogra.. Pheww !! From Bagdogra Airport it is 3hours(minus the vehicle traffic, land and tree slide traffic) drive to Ravangla..
Pelling is about 10km away from Geyzing and is well-connected by regular bus service. The pleasant town of Pelling is famous for magnificent views of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga range. Famous places here to visit would be Sanga Choeling Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, Sangay Waterfall. Due to its strategic location, many hotels and lodges have come up. I stayed at the Elgin Mt. Pandim.
Shrubbery Nightingale Park
Formerly the private courtyard in front of the Bungalow of Sir Thomas Tartan and a meeting place for English women during the British Raj, the Shrubbery Nightingale Park in Darjeeling now stands as a great tourist place. The park was destroyed during an earthquake in the year 1934. It was rebuilt and began to be used as a famous Bollywood movie shooting spot during the 1950s and 60s. But the growing tension in the hills caused the place to be neglected. It was in 2011that the park was given facelift and restored to its former glory.
Bada Mangwa Orange villa
A beautiful homestay located in the middle of orange orchard in the rural area of Darjeeling. It is the famous orange garden of Darjeeling, that is a paradise for the researchers, farm lovers and agro -students . The place also provides volunteering accommodation to students and travelers from all around the world.