Soreng, Sikkim

19 Jul ’16

Amazing views from the top of a small hillock near Soreng.Soreng is a small sleepy town in the foothills of the Himalaya in West Sikkim. It has no particular claim to fame, but the thing with quaint hill towns is that they don’t need one. The beauty of the Himalayas, the pureness of the air, and the laid back lifestyle is enough to warrant attention. Big city folk can just stand by the side of the road and get lost in the vista all around them. It’s not a place on the tourist on the tourist map of Sikkim, yet it’s charms are more than a few. It is close to Pelling which is a very popular tourist spot in Sikkim. Agriculture and the government are the major sources of employment.

The photo above is from the top of a hillock. Splendid views abound in all directions. My visit to Soreng happened on account of it being my girlfriend’s hometown. I visited the small town during Diwali in 2010. Yep, I am very quick with regards to posting the photographs :/

Soreng is about 45 kilometres by road from Darjeeling and 104 kilometres from the capital Gangtok. From Siliguri/New Jalpaiguri one can reach Soreng in a shared taxi. You might have to change cars at Jorethang. The whole journey of around 110 kms takes around 4-5 hours. Sundays can be a little slow due to less availability of the shared taxis.

The brilliant valley below Soreng.The valley below Soreng as seen from ‘Suicide Point’, a high cliff on the road to the town centre.

The lovely colours of the local flora in Soreng, Sikkim.The lovely colours of the local flora.

Both the flora and fauna are bright, colourful and plentiful.Both the flora and fauna are bright, colourful and plentiful in this beautiful place.

Rolling green hills of the foothills of the Himalayas.Rolling green hills of the foothills of the Himalayas.

The Soreng Health Centre on the slope of a hill amidst the trees.The Soreng Health Centre on the slope of a hill amidst the trees. That is where you go if you fall sick in this town.

Don Bosco Malbasey as seen under the fading glow of the evening sun.Don Bosco Malbasey as seen under the fading glow of the evening sun.

Darjeeling town on the opposite slopes.Though the road distance between Darjeeling and Soreng is around 45 km, they are actually much closer if you draw a straight line. That’s Darjeeling town on the opposite slopes.

Waterfalls and beautiful woods surround quaint Soreng.Waterfalls and beautiful woods surround quaint Soreng.

The extremely ornamental gate of a small Buddhist monastery in Soreng.The extremely ornamental gate of a small Buddhist monastery in Soreng.

Buddhist flags outside the monastery.

Inside the Buddhist Monastery in Soreng, Sikkim.

Stairs on the slope through the trees.Stairs on the slope through the trees.

Hills stretch out in the horizon as seen from somewhere in Soreng.Hills stretch out in the horizon as far as the eye can see.

The mighty Kanchenjunga is visible over the green hills.The mighty Kanchenjunga is visible over the green hills. The view of 3rd highest mountain in the world is simply splendid from here. Unfortunately this isn’t the best photo of the view.

Precious flora.

More beautiful flora.

The local flora in Soreng, Sikkim.

Graffiti in Soreng.Graffiti somewhere in Soreng.