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Trek to Sillery Gaon and Damsang FortOn the second day of our stay, just after having some poori and aloo ki sabji as our breakfast, we went out with for a trek to Sillery Gaon and Damsang Fort, which is situated at the opposite side of the hill. On the whole trek, Samding (our guide) and two of the village dogs accompanied us and we were relieved of any potential threats. We crossed maize and Elaichi (cardamom) fields and through the hilly forest track to reach Sillery Gaon (popularly known as New Darjeeling) and ruins of Damsang fort. Damsang Fort was built in 1690 and it was the last home of the Lepcha King- Gyabo Achuk. Currently, it is in ruins and nothing much of the fort apart from some rock walls which tells us about the rich past of the area.Total time taken from Icche Gaon to Sillery Gaon, Damsang fort and back took 5 hours. We stopped at Sillery Gaon, on the way back from Damsang fort to enjoy a cup of Darjeeling tea and bowl of Wai Wai noodles to fill our hungry stomach.Unfortunately, due to poor visibility and lack of time, we ditched the idea to trek to Ramitey view point. The view point is one of the vantage locations to view both the Kanchendzonga above and offers the longest view of the Teesta meandering through the valley with its 14 bends. I would like to come back again and see the mighty Teesta on a bright clear day.
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