Enveloped with tranquility, Sillery Gaon is a picture-perfect Himalayan hamlet, which nestles at a height of around 6000 feet. Sillery is located 96 kms from New Jalpaiguri via Kalimpong. The scenic beauty of the place is undoubtedly eye appealing. Gorgeous view of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjungha can be savored from Sillery Gaon. The music of wilderness, the chirping of the birds and the fragrance of nature of this pristine hamlet will soothe your senses and refresh your mind. This intimate village adorned with pine trees is nowadays lovingly called New Darjeeling. This charming village is the haven of varieties of exotic bird species, which makes it an ideal place for passionate bird watchers. Enjoy a nature trail, while enjoying the beauty of the picturesque landscape of the destination.
What to see in Sillery Gaon:
An excellent and outstanding tourism spot, Sillery Gaon boasts immense travel potential. There is a fascinating hilltop near Sillery Gaon, famously known as Tin Chuley. You can enjoy a 360-degree view of the mighty Himalayas from this site, along with the town of Sikkim, Jeep La and Nathu La. This place can be reached by car or you can also trek to Tin Chuley. Another amazing site near Sillery Gaon is Ramitey Dara, a famous vantage point, which offers a panoramic view of the winding River Teesta, with around 14 turns along the legendary Himalayas. A visit to the Damsang Fort, located 4 km away from Sillery Gaon is also worth a visit. The fort was constructed in 1690 by the Lepchas. However, only the ruins of the fort exist now, since it was destroyed by the British, post Anglo-Bhutan War of 1864. Wind up your day by appreciating the breathtaking beauty of the Silence Valley, a small stretch of forest with grassy land, shrouded with ultimate serenity.
Sillery Gaon is encircled by Pedong, Rishi and Aritar. The village is the home to the highly revered Sanghen Dorjee Monastery, located near Pedong. The origin of the monastery can be traced back 300 years ago, during the rule of Bhutanese in Pedong. The old section of the monastery is decked with some beautiful wall paintings, depicting Tantrik Buddhism. The center of attraction of the monastery is the mummified body of a holy Bhutanese priest.
If you are visiting the place in April-May, do not miss the “Chyam” dance held at this place. Tourists also visit Cross Hill near Pedong, built by Fr. Augustine Desgodins in 1882. It is highly revered as a site of Pilgrimage for the local Christian community. Shahid Park is another “must visit” location of the destination, located 2 km from Pedong bazaar. A memorial stone has been laid at the park, to honor the memory of a local young soldier of Indian army, Late Palender Raj, who sacrificed his life at Thangdhar Jammu & Kashmir sector (Kargil War). Panoramic view of Sikkim can be viewed from this park.
There is a wonderful viewpoint called Rikisum, on the way from Algarah to Lava, which is worth visiting. The scenic beauty of Kashyone village, located 8 km from Pedong Bazar truly offers visual splendor. The splendid view of the union of Tista River and Rongpo Khola, makes an incredible sight behind this village. This pristine village is dotted with Cinchona plantation. Explore a little further to visit the beautiful Ranibon that has been declared as a preserved forest. The place houses a 300-year old Lepcha house, which is the only specimen of the exquisite Lepcha craft works.
Trips can also be made to Reshi Bridge and Reshi Khola, nestled 15 km from Pedong Bazaar. Reshi Khola is a wonderful romantic escape. The Aritar Lake or Lampokhri is a remarkable eco tourism spot, located 16 km from Reshi Bridge in East Sikkim. The highest point here is famously called Mankhim, which offers a striking view of the majestic Mt. Kanchenjungha on the southwest and Jelep La and Nathu La towards the northeast. Another celebrated viewpoint at Aritar is Love Dara.
Accommodation in Sillery Gaon:
Sillery Gaon is a very small village and it does not host any plush hotel. But the experience of home stay amidst the bounty of nature with the local people is just unforgettable. Home stay has a unique essence of hospitality, which offers an unmatched feeling. The rooms are quite furnished, equipped with attached Western Bath. All basic amenities like hot water, electricity, transport facilities and guides for local trek are provided in home stay. The home cooked food provided in home stay is truly awesome.
Best time to visit Sillery Gaon:
Sillery Gaon welcomes tourists all through the year. However, it is advised to avoid the rainy season. Winter is the most preferred season, since clear view of the range of Mt Kanchenjungha can be seen during this time.