Details about Singhik, Djonghu or any other off-beat destinations nearby Gangtok

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Hi Sagarneel, Cutiepie, Travo and lots of other IM friends,

We (may be 4-6... not settled yet !!!) planned to visit any off beat place near Gangtok during Diwali holidays. Our trip will be max 4-5 days (availing the Kali puja, Diwali, Bhai phonta holidays) I read about Singhik with stunning views of Kanchenjungha and Dzonghu.... Can anybody please help us with the details of these places.... or any kind soul can suggest any nice off-beat place near Gangtok...may be 1 or 2 night stay....We will not be able to make North Sikkim this time....may be sometime else....(I alone have been there once... but will definitely go again)

So friends pls help with your superb destinations as you always do....

Love to go Sikkim again.....

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Hey Amit...Have you been to Borong? Yuksom is also a great place,if you havent already been there.
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I can recommend Singhik. It has a marvellous view of Kangchenjunga. You need to stay there for a night at least to see the sunrise
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Originally Posted by cutiepie View Post Hey Amit...Have you been to Borong? Yuksom is also a great place,if you havent already been there.
Thanks cutie for your quick reply.....
No I haven't been to Borong....Can you pass me the details... Can you see Kanchenjungha from there??? I want to have Kanchenjungha in my trip....How far is it from Gangtok?? I need to read Sagarneel's thread " off beat... Sikkim".... but before that can you please help me with specific details about Borong...

Yes I have been to Yuksom during my Kaluk, Uttare, Pelling trip....

Please suggest any other options....
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Originally Posted by Sujoy View Post I can recommend Singhik. It has a marvellous view of Kangchenjunga. You need to stay there for a night at least to see the sunrise
Thanks Sujoy for replying.... I have read about Singhik and its stunning views of Kanchenjungha... Have you been there??? when?? Can you please provide us the details.. I mean accomodation options, distance from Gangtok, time to reach and places to see around...
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where else I can go???
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Originally Posted by hazra_amit View Post Thanks cutie for your quick reply.....
No I haven't been to Borong....Can you pass me the details... Can you see Kanchenjungha from there??? I want to have Kanchenjungha in my trip....How far is it from Gangtok?? I need to read Sagarneel's thread " off beat... Sikkim".... but before that can you please help me with specific details about Borong...

Yes I have been to Yuksom during my Kaluk, Uttare, Pelling trip....

Please suggest any other options....
You cant see Kanchanjunga from Borong but you can see other huge snow capped peaks right from ur hotel bedroom window. Its an awesome place, with an awesome resort(Wild Flower Retreat,which has 5 to 6 cottages scattered accross the slopes of the mountains.

But again if you want Kanchanjunga,then Singhik is a good choice. Also there are Dzongri, Tshoka etc. but Dzongri needs a trek as far as i know.
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Hi Amit
I went to Singhik in 1986! Stayed at the Dak Bungalow.. there was nothing else there.. beautiful!
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wow... In 1986 Singhik must have been quite virgin. Anyway..now there are couple more accomodations in Singhik and tourist lodges. But hey Amit, please stay in the Dak Bunglow if its still there and if you finaise on Singhik. It would be a great experience i am sure.

Singhik is approx 70km from Gangtok, and very near to Mangan. Have you been to North Sikkim by the way? Singhik falls on the way to Lachen/Lachung from Gangtok. It is supposed to give spectacular and close views of Kanchanjunga but unfortunately when we were headed to North Sikkim the peaks were covered with the monstrous clouds We had stopped there to have tea.
But you would get a magnificent view of the snow ranges on a clear day. The area also has streams & a number of interesting short nature trails along the higher ridges of the surrounding mountains. Mt. Siniolchu is also visible from there. You can go to the ancient Singhik monastery which is a half an hour uphill trek.
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Hey Amit, You can also try Dzongu. Dzongu is a place with striking beauty very near to Mangan, quite virgin and least populated place in Sikkim. It has been made accessible to the tourists very recently.
Maximum area of Dzongu is covered by thick forests. Both Kanchanjunga and Mt Siniolchu are visible from here.
There are no hotels and resorts in Dzongu. There are 8 to 12 Homestays where accommodation and food are arranged for all the visitors. All basic amenities with clean room, attached bath, hot water, and local Lepcha meal are provided in these Homestays. But for this you have to go thru a travel agent. Individually the arrangement cant be done.
Approx three hours drive from Gangtok. Dzongu can also be approached directly from Siliguri via the Singtam road, takes about five hours.
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Originally Posted by cutiepie View Post You cant see Kanchanjunga from Borong but you can see other huge snow capped peaks right from ur hotel bedroom window. Its an awesome place, with an awesome resort(Wild Flower Retreat,which has 5 to 6 cottages scattered accross the slopes of the mountains.

But again if you want Kanchanjunga,then Singhik is a good choice. Also there are Dzongri, Tshoka etc. but Dzongri needs a trek as far as i know.
Thanks Cutie for your valuable suggestions.....

Can you please share your experience in Borong with all the details. Please...
1.How far is it from Gangtok?
2.Can I make Shinghik and Borong both? I mean Gangtok to Singhik, back to Gangtok and then Gangtok to Borong and Borong to NJP????
3. Also the expenses in Borong
4. Details about Singhik, and the Dak Bunglow.... where to book, price.. etc

I want details as you have suggested for Lepchajagat..

Thanks again
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I went to Singhik in 1986! Stayed at the Dak Bungalow.. there was nothing else there.. beautiful!
Please tell us your experience in Singhik....Hope you still remember....25 yrs.... not a matter of joke...
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Originally Posted by cutiepie View Post Hey Amit, You can also try Dzongu. Dzongu is a place with striking beauty very near to Mangan, quite virgin and least populated place in Sikkim. It has been made accessible to the tourists very recently.
Maximum area of Dzongu is covered by thick forests. Both Kanchanjunga and Mt Siniolchu are visible from here.
There are no hotels and resorts in Dzongu. There are 8 to 12 Homestays where accommodation and food are arranged for all the visitors. All basic amenities with clean room, attached bath, hot water, and local Lepcha meal are provided in these Homestays. But for this you have to go thru a travel agent. Individually the arrangement cant be done.
Approx three hours drive from Gangtok. Dzongu can also be approached directly from Siliguri via the Singtam road, takes about five hours.
Hi Cutie,

I don't know how to thank you.... The word thanks is really small for your help... You seem to be a master database of Sikkim....

My questions are:
1. How far is Dzongu from Singhik?Is it on the way? Can I make both Singhik and Dzongu from Gangtok at a single go?
2. Can you please provide the contacts of Dzongu, I would really love to go there...How to make arrangements for the homestays???
3. Have you been to Dzongu?? then I want to hear from the horses mouth....
4. Do you have any idea about Phalung in North sikkim? you have to go there from Thangu and stay in a tent...
I have been to North Sikkim once (including Gurudongmar) but haven't been to Phalung....

Please answer my questions as you always do
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Hi Amit.. Here goes as much info as I have.. anything I have missed can always be covered later as and when you have any queries.

Distance of Borong from Gangtok - Have you been to Ravangla? Borong is just 8 kms from Ravangla. (Ravangla is approx 65kms from Gangtok.)

Singhik is in North Sikkim, and Borong is South Sikkim. You can club those two, but the journey will take up an entire day,or you might stay in Gantok also for one night during this break journey. How many days are you going for? A more wise decision would be to club Dzongu with Singhik.Both are in North Sikkim and both are very ner to Mangan. So travelling wont be hectic for you.

Expenses in Borong - There was only one place to stay there called Wild Flower Retreat,till recently another resort called Borong Retreat came up(which is very costly) Wild Flower Retreat is the best place to stay in the lap of nature. You have single cottages scattered across the slopes,made all of wood. Tariff is Rs.1200 per night, and its worth it.

I wont be able to provide you exact details about staying in Singhik as I didnít stay there. We just stopped there for about 15 mins on our way to Lachung. All I know is that there is a tourist lodge in Singhik and a couple of hotels. Contact a travel agent to plan your trip and he will definitely know about how to book and where to book. Sujoy can provide you first hand info about the Dak Bunglow.

Dzongu is quite near to Singhik.Both are short distances from Mangan. You can definitely make both Singhik and Dzongu from Gangtok at a single go.
For booking homestays in Dzongu,you HAVE to go through a travel agent. You cannot book that yourself. Travel agents make all the necessary arrangements for homestays.I have not been there myself,but a few of my friends have been there.

Never been to Phalung. It was possible to go and camp there some months back,but what i heard is travel agents dont do this anymore. Maybe in near future they would start again.
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OK Amit since you asked for it .. here goes!

I was starting my photography project for a book in Sikkim that year 1986. I was 24 years old. It was October after the Pujas but there were hardly any tourists in Gangtok. I took the 1 pm SNT Bus to Mangan and reached Mangan around 6 pm. It was dark. There was no transport from Mangan.. it is around 5 to 6 km I think. I was standing with my rucksack on the road when an army jeep came up and stopped. The Major who was going to Chungthang very kindly gave me a lift to Singhik. I reached around 6 30 pm and walked up to the Dak Bungalow. It is just above the road on the highway. I managed to get the chowkidar out of his quarter and opened one room. There was no electricity in those days. The chowkidar gave me part of his meal - rice , dal and vegetables. I put out my sleeping bag lit one candle and went to sleep. The bungalow is supposed to be haunted, Frank Smythe had some experiences there but I did no have any problems. The morning was crystal clear and there across the valley looking up towards Dzongu was a brilliant view of Kanchendzonga, one of the very best that I have seen.

Well worth a visit go for it!
You can do Dzongu along with Singhik as it is on the other side of the valley from Mangan.

I will post the view from Singhik very soon!

You cant compare Borong view with Singhik!
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Yes Sujoy is right. You cannot compare Borong to Singhik as far as view of Kanchanjunga is concerned. from Borong other snow capped mountain are visible. Singhik being in North Sikkim commands a bette view of huge mountains. Brong has other charms of its own though. Anyway,since your major objective is viewing Kanchanjunga Amit, you can leave Brong for the next trip and go to Singhik & Dzongu this time.
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