19 Jul ’16
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.