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Sillery - A tiny hamlet


Areal view of Sillery village. / ©Photo : Praveen Chettri

Sillery, a tiny hamlet, nestled at a height of 6000 ft. used to be a home to just four families working in Cinchona plantation. Today, this village has grown big and has around 32 families and has become the major village tourism destination.

The name Sillery has been derived from the plant that used to grow abundantly in the region.

The plantation of Cinchona plant was started by the British in this region to derive Quinine to fight Malaria and is still cultivated today.


GLIMPSES OF RURAL LIFE

Sillery goan is located above Pedong, 23 Kms away from Kalimpong town and is famous for its clean eco-friendly home-stays surrounded with tall pine trees, which right away takes you to a surreal world where you can slow yourself down and be lost and relax all day long.

The mesmerising view of Kanchenjunga, River Teesta, short trekking trails, hotspot for birds and rural lifestyle experience are some of its main attractions that brings tourist from far away.

Even though today Sillery is entirely dependent on village-tourisim, its amazing to see how this village have adapted themselves and welcomed the change by making a conscious effort of keeping it clean and simple without disturbing their daily rural lifestyle.

Tourists enjoying the village walk / ©Photo : Praveen Chettri
Panoramic view of the mighty Teesta river and Sikkim from Ramitey Dara. / ©Photo : Praveen Chettri

BEST TIME TO VISIT SILLERY GOAN -

Panoramic view of Kanchenjunga Range / Photo : Atri Sengupta - Instagram @aseng17.03

Summer - Enjoy the pleasant weather with the enchanted monsoon magic.

Winter - Witness the panoramic view of the magnificent Mt. Kanchanjunga range (3rd highest peak in the world)


THINGS TO DO -

Nature hike towards Ramitey Dara. / ©Photo : Praveen Chettri

Rejuvenate yourself in the lap of mother nature.

Hike in and around the village to enjoy the best of nature and simplicity of life at its best.

Enjoy local food, learn about culture and tradition.

Home to many exotic birds, Sillery makes it a hotspot for ardent bird watchers.


HOW TO REACH -


Way towards Sillery village. / ©Photo : Praveen Chettri

Sillery Gaon is 23 kms away from Kalimpong town. You can reach Sillery gaon by a car which will take you around an hour. From Kalimpong town you need to take Pedong - Reshi road via Algarah and reach 20th Mile , from where you need to take an unpavedroad that leads to the village which is around 4 Kms.


Flowers in full bloom. / ©Photo : Praveen Chettri

 

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