High across the valley from Jorethang, the illumination of Darjeeling twinkle provocatively, as if pointed foreign visitors wish they could purely drive there directly and cross the river. Certainly most global travellers only find themselves in “Jorethang” because they didn’t realise that the Sikkim–West Bengal boundary was stopped up to them here.
The town centre is a busy but charmless transport hub where most of West Sikkim comes to shop. Rows of dreary real blocks are separated by straight roads, valleys in which lurk mostly unappetising budget hotels, though some of the widest lanes have been part-pedestrianised and a new park offer minor interval.
Best Places to visit in Jorethang
- Shiv Temple
- himalayan free church
- Katyeshwar Devalaya
- Kali Mandir
Singalila in Jorethang
Total area of the park is 78.60 Km2. Singalila National Park was recognized in the year of 1986. The national park is very famous for its trekking trails. Trekking is at its peak all through March and April when orchids bloom and rhododendrons. National park is an area which is harshly reserved for the betterment of the biodiversity, wildlife and where actions like poaching, developmental, hunting, forestry and grazing on farming are not permitted. Their borders are well marked and restricted.
The park also provide appropriate habitat to species like Pangolin, Leopard, Chinkara, Barking deer, Elephant, Clouded Leopard, Pangolin, Black Panther, Chinese Himalayan Black Bear etc., and bird species like Satyr tragopan, Scarlet Minivet, Red Throated Hill Partridge, kalij pheasant, Blood pheasant, Sylendor Billed Babbler etc.
Kokthang in Jorethang
We turned our attention to Kokthang (20,166 feet) when after a long wait we conventional a telegram from the Sikkim Darbar moribund our application for the unclimbed Gocha Peak (20,075 feet). The area of Gocha La was consider sacred, hence our apply for was twisted down. We had fully ready for an journey to the Gocha Peak, and were rather dissatisfied, but soon geared ourselves to our alternative objective of Kokthang, also an unclimbed peak on the western border ridge between Nepal and Sikkim. A week was spent at Darjeeling to purchase food and stores, sorting, checking up climbing equipment and packing up loads and attractive 52 porters to lift a total of 3,120 lb. of our stores and equipment.
The work of art of our team remained uncertain till the last month. I think it was the first Indian women’s expedition to the Himalayas. After the hectic last minute preparations, we left Bombay on March 24. Besides myself, our team finally consisted of Gira Shah, Dr. Meena Agrawal, Praveen Sharma, Neela Pandit, and Lakhpa Sherpa. Most of us had climb together during our Basic and Advanced training at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling.
Best time to visit Pelling
The most excellent time to visit the Jorethang is during the summer and winter seasons. The summer seasons straddling from March to May which is very favourable and enjoyable for sightseeing in Jorethang. The winter season is cold with temperature dipping to as low as -5 degrees Celsius, but Jorethang is totally attractive during this time as well, a good number of tourists gather to the town during winters too. Winters in Jorethang starts in December and go on until February.
How to reach Jorethang
By Air : Jorethang is located on the way to Pelling from Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Siliguri. It is well linked by jeeps, buses and private cars.
By Train : The closest railway station to Jorethang is the New “Jaipaigui” which is close to Siiguri. It is present at a distance of 92 km away from Jorethang.
By Road : The closest helipad to Jorethang is the one at “Namch”i which is at a distance of approximately 25 km.
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