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Places of Interest in Dzongu

Lingdong village:

The village is situated in Lower Dzongu. One can easily see Mangan on other side of the valley. River Tista flows through the valley which separates Dzongu from Mangan/North Sikkim highway. There is monastery uphill between Lingdong Village and Barfok village. Its 1 hour easy trek from Lingdong. The specialty of this monastery is it is for nuns. On the way, you can see Cardamon fields. You can enjoy the breathtaking view of the mountains from this. Four kms from Lingdong towards south of Hee Gyathang, passes Rin Khola rive which further meets Teesta down the valley. Immediately after you cross the bridge on the river, you can easily go down to the river bed and enjoy a bath.

Purfok Village:

The village is situated in Lower Dzongu. One can easily see Mangan on other side of the valley, Hee Gyathng Village-Ravong-Breng village. It’s a 2 hour easy trek from Lingdong. On the way, you can see Cardamon fields. Further to 3 hours trek you reached Purfok Monastery you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the mountains and valleys from this.

 

 

 

 

Cane and Bamboo Bridges

Traditional Lepcha bridges are made from long sections of split bamboo, an ingenious feat of grass root engineering and can be seen at Rungkyoung and Passingdong and above Tholung Monastery. Village Cottage Industry: As a centre for both preservation and development of the traditional arts and crafts of Sikkim, the institute is located at Lingdong village. Carpets, traditional bags and other utility items, tables carved in local design, wooden masks are made there.

 

 

Cane and Bamboo craft Centre:

Cane and Bamboo forms an integral part in the lives of the Lepchas. Bamboo is used in many ways to make several articles and generally people use it in many ways to make those things which are required in their day to day lives. It is also an ecologically sustainable raw material which can offset the exploitation of our forests. Bamboo is also a major food crop.

 

 

 

 

The Traditional Lepcha House at Namprikdang

A Lepcha museum or a model of a Lepcha house constructed in its traditional style is located at Namprikdong, (close to Sangkalang police check post), at the confluence of river Teesta and Rongyoung. The model house displays the ingenuity of an age-old tradition of laying the superstructure on open surface (over stone slabs) to counter the effects of powerful earthquakes. The surrounding environment of the museum is a perfect spot for family picnic. While visiting the traditional house, one can take a 5 minute walk to see the confluence of the Teesta and Rongyoung River. This is an interesting point to begin ones’ exploration of Dzongu.

Lakes

Lakes are sacred to the Lepcha people as they believe that some of the clans originated from the lakes. Some important lakes with historical significance in Dzongu are Keushong, Tung Kyong and Dawathang Ruklu-Ringdem Village From Mantan take a left towards Kayeem and Ruklu-Lingdem villages. These villages are on opposite side the valley, other side being Lingzya waterfall. Rongyoung river divides the valley which further meets River Tista.

Lingzya Waterfall

Waterfalls are everywhere in Dzongu, with the biggest and the best is in Lingzya, on the way to Sakyong and Pentong. The Ruk Shot waterfall has a drop of 250 ft. It’s a half an hour drive from Lingdong village in interior Dzongu towards Tholung Monastery passing through Nom, Passingdang, Shibim villages lies this wonderful waterfall. The drive is scenic passing through mountains and bridges and tiny villages. Lingdem Hot Spring: Near Kayeem-Lingdem, there is a hot spring with separate enclosures for males/ females. You can soak in the bubbling Sulphur water at a leisure. On this route from Mantan to Kayeem, on a clear day, you can see Mount Khanchendzonga.

Lingthem

A trek through bamboo groves from Passingdang village takes you here. The trek offers breathtaking views of the Mt Khanchendzonga. It also has a old monastery.

Tingvong & Kusong

Both the villages are in interior Dzongu on the mountain slope before Lingzya waterfall. Tinvong village can be reached by road. Kusong village requires an hour of trek upwards from Tinvong. On the way to Kusong, there is monastery.

Pentong and Sakyong

These are the last inhabited areas of Dzongu giving very closure view of the snow clad mountains. By road you can only go only upto Lingzya and after that it takes around 5 hours or so trekking through dense forest. On the opposite side of the valley lies another village, Sakyong. From Sakyong, you can trek to Ruklu-Lingdem village through Leven village.

The Tholung Monastery

One of Sikkim’s oldest monasteries, Tholung Monastery was built during the first visit of Guru Lhatsun Chempo. Every three years a festival is celebrated which displays the treasured clothing of the revered Guru. It is a good place to explore around the periphery of the monastery. Hot springs and sacred caves could be found around the vicinity.

Near Dzongu

You can visit some beautiful places from Dzongu, a 1 - 2 day trip. These include the stunning Gurudongmar Lake, the picturesque Thangu village, Yumthang valley, zero point in North Sikkim. Pelling Kechoperi wishing Lake, Rabdentse Ruins palace in west Sikkim, Rabongla, Temi tea garden,Buddha park, Gurupadmasambhava statue, Chardham in Namchi, Darjeeling etc. We can make all the necessary arrangements for you to visit any of them.

Keushong

Keushong is considered the most beautiful place in Dzongu which has a very beautiful lake, also called as Keushong Lake, surrounded by hills. It takes 5 days to complete the trek from Tingvong. On day 1, you reach Tholung Monastery and take a halt. Next day you reach Keushong, third day at Keushong and other 2 days to return through same route. You need to arrange in advance.
We Offer:
Hiking
Angeling,
Mountain Biking
Buttefrly
Birds Watching,
Camping.

ANGLING:

Angling is possible in the rivers here. A little patience can bear results and could be a nice experience. River Teesta, Rungyoung chu and Rung Kyoung in Dzongu offers various species of Fish. Species like Trout, Mahseer, Asla, Katla and others could be caught here. MOUNTAIN BIKING: One of the adventure sports. The rugged and dramatic terrain of Area offers sure and exciting biking trails to the adventure lovers.

 

 

 

Butterfly:

More than 700 species have been recorded from Sikkim. The high diversity of butterflies has endowed them to inhabit different habitats, forests and climatic conditions. They are found everywhere right from the tropical valleys to the alpine meadows. However they are more abundant in the hot, humid river valleys and their number reduces with altitude. In Dzongu, as many as 27 species of Butterfly can be found on the bank of Rongyung Chu alone. Another great place to observe butterflies is Namprikdang and Lingdong villaage.

Bird Watching:

Dzongu is a natural paradise for birds and there are more than 200 species in the area. The sparse population with scattered houses, dense evergreen forests with topographical extremes creates a perfect arena for avifaunal diversity. Bird watching is an enjoyable and educative experience and Dzongu offers this opportunity. Of the 1200 species of birds found in India 550 species have been recorded in Sikkim. The Dzongu hills comprise an area that is approximately 540 sq km in area. The upper reaches comprise of glaciers, snow clad peaks, alpine lakes, moraine and meadows. A network of streams with several waterfalls along the course flows into the Ringpi Chu River. This river originates at the Kishong Lake, 4228 m and cascades down to meet the Rongyong Chhu at an altitude of 1085 m - all in a distance of 26 km. The lower half of the valley has mixed open forest with amazing biodiversity. The altitudinal variation, variety of trees and shrubs, lack of human population and vehicular traffic combine to make it a haven for birds, and a prime birding site.

Meditional Plants:

“Since the Bongthing of Lepcha is an inimitable system of healing, it needs to be documented and preserved. Lepcha’s indigenous medicinal knowledge is unique as this community uses more of the underground part of plants especially the plant family Zingiberaceae, as medicine. Lepchas in Dzongu primarily depend on Bongthing for almost all kinds of ailments. Even the younger generations have the least knowledge on local medicinal plants although they mainly depend on traditional system of medicine.