Pedong is a small picturesque hamlet situated on a ridge in the Eastern Himalayas, located at a height of 4100 feet .From pine forest, lavish green valleys to perfect view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Siniolchu this village has lot more to attract the travelers. . The village used to be a major transit hub on the ancient silk route that connected Tibet with India through the Jelep La Pass. . Pedong is only 21 kms away from Kalimpong and located on Kalimpong – Lava road. This small village is known for its historical charm and abundant natural beauty. Pedong is divided into two parts – lower and Upper Pedong. Pedong has been observer to the long standing quarrel among Lepchas and Bhutias that at last brought about the ruins of Damsang Fort. Pedong gets its name from a pine tree which is 30 meters in stature and 200 years of age and is situated in the core of the town.
Places to visit around Pedong
Dmsang Fort: It is the fort of last Lepcha King and the only fort in the hills of Darjeeling and Sikkim. Damsang Fort, located 4 km away from Sillery gaon. Although only the ruins of the fort are visible, there is a lot of history behind this fort… it was built by the Lepcha King Gyabo Achyok in 1690 to defend attacks from the Bhutias.
Cross Hill: It is a place of Pilgrimage for the Christian Community this cross was put as a milestone by father Augustine Desgodins in the year 1882.
Tin Chuley View Point:There is a fascinating hilltop near pedong famously known as Tin Chuley. You can enjoy a 360-degree view of the impressive Himalayas from this site. On a clear day you can also see at a distance the Jelepla Pass and famous nathula pass.
Ramitey view point : One of the best places to visit nearby is Ramitey View Point. Ramitey View Point offers the stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and its neighboring snow clad tops alongside the panoramic view of the winding River Teesta through the valleys with its 14 turn and the conversion of stream Teesta and Reshi . On a clear day the whole area from Teesta Bazar to Majhitar in Sikkim is visibly noticeable from Ramitey View Point.
Rikkisum: Arranged on top of a thickly forested slope near Algarah on Pedong – Lava road, Rickisum gives a bird eye view on the encompassing mountains including mount Kanchenjunga. There used to be an old British Bungalow worked in 1902. Be that as it may, the cabin has been decimated now. From here one can get an all encompassing perspective on the whole Kanchenjunga run just as a perspective on the towns of Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Pedong, and others.
Where to stay in Pedong
There are a couple of decent accommodations available at Pedong. There are few nice home stay and hotel available . Click here to view the home stay/hotel in pedong.
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