Altitude Approx 5000 ft above sea level Average Temp in Celsius Summer: 15 to 25 degrees Winter: 2 to 16 degrees
Pedong is a sub-division of Kalimpong and is 21 Kms away from this town. It touches the border of East Sikkim at a distance of 16 Kms and is well connected to all major towns and also nearby popular tourist destinations like Lava, Loley Gaon, Rishop, Charcoal, Aritaar which are all within an average distance of 1hr to 1.5hrs. The terrain is easily negotiable and provides some of the breath taking views of the landscape including the Omnipresent Kanchenjunga in the back drop. As a destination, Pedong has the perfect ambiance for the relaxed traveler; alongside a touch of history to beckon with.
airport / railway station
Nearest Airport Bagdogra 3.5 hours drive.
Average Flying Time to Bagdogra Kolkata 50mins / Delhi 2hrs / Mumbai 4hr / Bangalore 4hrs / Pune 5.15hrs / Chennai 4.15hrs / Hyderabad 5.30hrs
Nearest Railhead New Jalpaiguri 3hrs 15 mins drive.
Rail Time to NJP Kolkata 8-10hrs / Delhi 18-20hrs / Guwahati – 6hrs
PEDONG to Major Town & Cities
BAGDOGRA AIRPORT -
3.45HRS NJP- 3.15HRS
SILIGURI - 3HRS
KALIMPONG - 45MINS
DARJEELING - 2.5HRS
GANGTOK - 3HRS PELLING - 4HRS
PEDONG to Nearby Offbeat Destinations
LAVA - 1HR LOLEYGOAN - 2HRS
RISHOP - 50MINS
CHARCOAL - 2.5HRS
KOLAKHAM - 2HRS
DOOARS - 3 HRS
ZULUK - 4 HRS
KUPUP - 4.5 HRS
NATHANG - 4.5 HRS
PLACES OF INTEREST
Pedong comprises of a variety of places which one can explore and they are mostly based on the lines of nature with a lot of virgin areas to cover and some history to beckon with. Please click here for a detailed info on Places of Interest.
Things to do at Pedong
• Sightseeing trips to various places of interest
• Hiking in the Forest Area
• Rural Village Walks
• River-side activities at Reshi River
• Adventure Sports - Rock & Rope Activities / Mountain Biking
• Campfire / Live Barbecue
This is what we would like to call the pride of Pedong. Ramitey offers the longest view of river Teesta which is the biggest river of Sikkim & Darjeeling. Approximately fourteen turns at a glance, this is by far the best view of the Teesta in this entire region. On a clear day, you can see the Himalayan range as well from here which all the more adds to the beauty of it.
A lone majestic hill, standing tall amongst others is the Tinchuley hill. It offers one of the best 360 degree views in Pedong but also demands a stiff uphill hike for about 30 minutes to reach the hilltop. And when on top, it is you who suddenly feels majestic, surrounded by the thick pine forests below you and the Himalayan range in front of you. But always do keep the weather in mind. It sometimes plays a spoilsport.
Many who have visited this place has described it as a miniature enclosed Switzerland. It is a huge pasture surrounded by thick pine trees, a perfect picnic and a camping spot. During the rainy season this little place becomes something like a small lake. According to old locals, this was originally a lake long before.
The Damsang fort is the only fort in the entire district of Darjeeling. It was home to the last Lepcha King- Gyabo Achuk as the Lepcha people are the real natives of this place. After the Lepchas this fort came under the Bhutanese who then lost it to the British in the Anglo-Bhutanese war of 1864 AD. The fort ever since then has lain in ruins but it still makes for one of the best hikes to go for. Huge fir trees which have six shoots growing together in one and their roots making a jungle staircase is a signature on its own.
Sangchen Dorjee Monastery
This is the one of the oldest monasteries in Pedong and its surrounding areas. Established in and around the early 1700 AD it provides tremendous historical insight into the history and culture of this place. The Sangchen Dorjee Gumba also has some amazing fresco paintings on the inner walls of the main chamber depicting Tantric Buddhism. The Chyaam dance or the Buddhist Mask dance is also held here every year.
In the Tibet Mission a lot of Evangelists lost their lives or never came back from Tibet. Fr. Augustine Desgodins in due memory of them erected a cross at a vantage point facing Tibet directly with a hope that someday the evangelists may return. The Crosshill is located at such a vantage point wherein the view of the facing mountains is simply fabulous. Here one can see the Tibet or now the Chinese border and is also the perfect sunset point in Pedong.
If you would like to unwind then this is the place to do it. Being at Reshi River can be most rejuvenating and fun. A cool dip every now and then or simply sitting on a rock with your feet in the water with a bottle of beer or juice can completely take you to new heights. If you are lucky you can also order for some fresh river trout.
A village with approximately 30 families in the middle of the jungle with no electricity or transport is what Sillery Gaon is about. Neatly tucked away from modern civilization Sillery Gaon (village) is a place where one finds perfect serenity. Located at around 6000ft it offers beautiful views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the sunrise and makes it a perfect place for one to unwind.