Naku: Travel Report of Unsung Hamlet

#1 Oct 16th, 2017, 12:43
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Prologue: It was a fine morning in my locality with good sunshine before Durgapuja holidays, but a phone call from Linzey village made the morning bitter for me. Due to the Gorkhaland issue, the North Bengal totally declared as the most disturbed area in September but I had a keen desire that may be Mulkharka trek will be possible as it is so far from disturbed Darjeeling region. But Mother Nature planned for my trip in other way. Mr. Lalit of Golsimal Homestay, Linzey informed me not to move their as the situation became worst even in Kalimpong sides. He was failed to arrange car from NJP to move to his location due to strike on hill. He advised me for further planning the trek either in Feb or March 2018. So what Next.......Train tickets were only then in my hand........

Immediately the situation was discussed with my friends who are the co-traveler of Mulkharka Trek and finally decided not to cancel the tickets & try to search for other options which can be started from NJP but not belongs to disturbed zone. Dooars was not my cup of tea on that time as it surely overcrowded with lots of Darjeeling/Kalimpong cancelled tourists and I was eagerly searching for a place which is not so touristy or little known. Searching for suitable options had started but all were in vain. Time and energy both were intact enough to go anywhere; we were desperate to move ahead to whatever location we can. After 2-3 days, suddenly I had found a place outskirt of Pelling which is serene, calm and have 2-3 small simple resorts/homestays for nightstay. In 2005, West Sikkim was last visited by me & my betterhalf with our 3 years daughter and lastly I decided to visit in that area after a long break. So Naku Village, positioned in Gyalshing Block of West Sikkim was our final destination......

Just three and a half km away from Pelling market area, Naku is a small settlement surrounded by nature. The aesthetically built cottages at Naku are set in a peaceful and quaint rural Sikkimese life.




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Sightseeing...Sightseeing..... .
Naku......? So again you are planning a trip only for enjoying the Nature. Just reach on the spot, roaming here & there within the village or take a cup of tea & camera and enjoying the beauties of Himalayas from the balcony or Terrace. The nearby other sightseeing will be surely ignored. There are so many places near-by to visit. "How many times you will visit the same location when we have more enough new places (read touristy with full day sightseeing) to explore only in Sikkim?????" Leave it for you, we need some variations. Another problem likely explored from my co-travelers as for the 4N-5D trip I had included RavangLa & Namchi (Visited in 2015) again in this time. So further searching with numerous phone calls took place but all the locations with decent night-stay options around Pelling like Bermeoik, Uttarey, Yaksom not succeeded. Another bad news came from Indian Rail by cancelling our return train (Uttarbanga Exp.) on 3rd October. Bus journey (at least 14-15 hours) was firmly denied by some of my co-travelers, Tour again were in danger. My friend, Amit finally rescued me by arranging 3AC tickets for us from Alipurduar(boarding at NJP) and the trip viewed the day-light. The strike in WB hills also called off before on my journey but there was a forecast of raining in Sikkim region during our travel time. So we were 9+1 at last. 2 cars or big van (not available in this region) essential for smooth journey, I had called one of my friends to arrange for the Savari Car (Share Route Car), even from Jorethang for the upward journey & so-called sightseeing. One bolero from NJP was pre-booked through agency and we had started our journey on 27th Sept, 2017 with minimum uncertainty but full of energy intact enough to go anywhere but obviously with some sightseeing............


Surprisingly Padatik Exp. had left us in NJP with very minimum late and after some tea & snacks our car started running towards Sevoke bridge with all belongings & 5+1 travelers. The rest 4 including me had moved to Siliguri, arranged a Mahindra Max and meet with the Bolero at Sevoke for breakfast. The dull sky with blue hills in its backdrop had showing the forecast should be going to real state. The sightseeing lovers were totally lost their hopes in advance and my junior team confirmedly declared: “Mighty Kanchenjungha surely move again to vacation before our reaching....... “




No any stop over before reaching Teesta Bazar. The weather had slightly improved & hopes begin. For stretching our legs for some times, we stopped the cars on the bridge, had taken some snaps and move towards Jorethang with some very bad shaped muddy roads after WB-Sikkim border. Most of the time my camera preferred to sleep in Lowepro bag, took more time to reach on Jorethang in single piece, but the crystal clear sky in Jorethang region greeted us warmly after arrival.










Our Driver Mr. Tenzing Sherpa waited for us with his new Savari car and as soon as we had reached, he quickly transferred our entire luggage on the roof of his car. It was 3 pm and all of us darely need some foods to satisfy our hunger. As per Mr. Tenzing the road ahead towards Legship is in worst condition and we need another 3 hours to reach without stop. So no break before Geyzing, we started our second innings in Savari.........Naku was not so far away..................
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Naku - never heard of this place. So waiting to read more . Enjoying the report , debashishda
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Where was the Resort???

The road from Jorethang to Legship totally were in bad shape due to heavy rainfall before and with any noticeable event we had reached near Geyzing & had stopped beside a local tea-shop to refresh. The Rangeet is flowing nearby and we had utilized the tea-making time by strolling near the river bed. We had spent some beautiful time there & finally started towards Pelling.


It was 5:30 pm and my driver was not so confident about the location of Lumthang Resort, Naku. We had reached the junction of Lower & Middle pelling, took right turn from Fuel Station and started our journey towards the village after some chit-chat with local people. It was covered with dense long trees and within darkness all of us was looking here & there to find the resort direction. Road was not so smooth, after 15-20 minutes Mr Tenzing helplessly asked me to call the resort again for proper direction. Suddenly I had found a board of Naku Resort with black arrow sign which indicate to go further down. There was another resort named Ifseen Villa just beside the road. We had stopped, but there was not a single person nearby to enquire about our resort. The road was bending full and after some downward proceeding, we found another direction board with a bulb glowing on top. The long arrow indicated to move further downwards.

There was absolutely no one along the trail and the forest was really dense with very little light entering. I had asked to stop the car, started telephonic conversation with the Manager:

Manager: Did you find the Glow-sign board?

Me: No, but find 2 boards, one without light & another one with a 100W bulb glowing on it. We had just crossed Ifseen Villa.

Manager: Ohh, you are still 500mt upward. Our resort is below. I want to talk with your driver.

I had immediately handed-over my phone to Mr. Tenzing and after some drive in dark condition, we found the board and spotted the well-lit resort straight 100m below. We managed to find our hotel with great difficulty as it was on the outskirts of town with not properly lit signage and all the roads were pitch dark What a relief...Naku at last...


We had finally reached. As soon as we had reached before the resort, the manager himself greeted us with warm smile. Two of his persons helped us to carry our luggage into our rooms. I loved the resort at very first sighting; the rooms were awesome & so spacious for 4 persons. The wooden interior design really caught my attention. Before the cottage there was a small garden with some wooden benches & a well-designed place used for bon-fire. The dotted lights of Yaksum & Gyalshing block were properly visible from here. Wow, what a location..........


It was 7 O’clock in Naku. The tea was served in room but we preferred to have it in balcony. Cloud-Moonlight combination made our evening chit-chat more interesting & memorable. We had our dinner at 10 pm and went for sleep to overcome the 7 hours tiredness in road. Good Night........
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Waiting for the next part !!!
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In these ferns and the frost.
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Wow , wow and just Wow !!!

New place in my list
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Nice!! Never heard of it before. In my list as well.
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