Darap Cherry Village is one of the some places undiscovered where travelers looking for a taste of country life can flee from the annoying crowd of touristic places. The word Darap is initiate from the separating line word “Tan-lop” which exactly means a plain or even land. It is located just 8 km away from Pelling on the way to Yuksam and Khecheopelri. The region is mainly occupied by the Limboo Community, other small community like the Chettris, Bhutias, Tamangs, Gurungs, Rais and Lepchas live in harmony.
The scenery is smoothly sloped unlike any other location in the west of Sikkim. Because of its shut nearness to Pelling, Darap has now turn out to be a possible purpose for Village tourism. There are a variety of ways one can be busy in gardening in the fields, milking the cows in the evening and morning, interaction with the local children, walking in the villages and nearby streams, processing butter and cheese, hiking to other nearby villages, engaging in the daily activities of the village people and a visit to the 200 year old Limboo traditional house. This very old structure, with solid mud floor and tar-encrusted ceiling from the continually burning fire, has been approved down from age group to generation of Nepali Limboo tribesmen.
Best Places to visit in Darap
- Pemayangtse Monastery
- Sanga Choeling Monastery
- Kanchenjunga Falls
- Rabdentse Ruins
- Singshore Bridge
- Rimbi Water Falls
- Phamrong Falls
- Statue of Teyongsi
- Sirijunga Sin Thebe
Pemayangtse Monastery in Darap
Occupying a small part of attractiveness at the privileged end of western Sikkim, a famous monastery of Pemayangtse is situated. The word Pemayangtse mean “Perfect Sublime Lotus”, it is a well-known tourist attraction and widely visit by many travellers all year round. With a mere distance of 2 kms from Pelling, this magnetism is an simple walk. You can unravel Sikkim’s major attractiveness by visiting through the spring-summer season when the sky clear. “Pemayangtse Monastery” offers a thoughtful environ silently set amidst woods.
Sanga Choeling Monastery in Darap
Sanga Choling monastery is situated on a hill top at the back of the town of Pelling in the western part of the state of Sikkim. One have to undertake an climbing hike for around forty minutes to arrive at the monastery. Construct in 1697, the monastery is the formation of Gyalwa Lhatsum Chempo, is remarkably acclaimed among the followers of the Nyingmapa sect of the very old school of Tibetan Buddhism. Overwhelmed by fire, it has been remodel and abodes some of the exclusive clay statue.
Situated on the top of high ridge, “Sangachoeling Monastery” is located opposite to Pemayangtse Monastery. Entrance into the Sangachoeling Monastery is strictly controlled to the Lepcha and Bhutia communities. An old crematorium is situated close to the “Sangachoeling Monastery” which has seen use from last three centuries.
Best time to visit Darap
The best time to visit the Darap is during the winter and summer seasons. The summer seasons spanning from “March to May” which is very favourable and pleasant for sightseeing in Darap. The winter season is chilly with temperature dipping to as low as -5 degrees Celsius, but Darap is completely beautiful during this time as well, a good number of tourists flock to the town during winters too. Winters in Darap starts in December and go on until February.
How to reach Pelling
By Air : “Bagdogra Airport” is the closest airport from Darap, situated around 160 km away. It is connected to Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. One can hire take a shared cab from Siliguri to reach Darap.
By Train : New Jalpaiguri Station, at a distance of 152 km away. It is connected to Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai. Taxis are easily accessible outside the station.
By Road : The roads in Darap are in a nice state, thus taking a bus or a private vehicle is a good idea. On the other hand, owing to high altitude it’s better visited in similar vehicle.
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