Borong is a small beautiful village near Ravangla in South Sikkim at an altitude of 5800 ft. With Himalayan Mountains as the backdrop, Borong is an ideal place for those looking for some peace and tranquility. You can enjoy a comfortable stay at icebeards Wild Flower Retreat in our cottages around a wildflower garden or in well appointed rooms, and catch a beautiful view of the snow-covered Himalayan Mountains from all of them. When the sun kisses the snow peaks at the time of sunrise, it is a sight that is worth the effort that you put in to visit this quaint hotel in Sikkim. You can also relish this splendid scenery from your room while listening to the chirping of unique birds. To be very frank, if you include the various species of birds that we see in our garden, we find enough points of flying interests within our property and then there are the wildflowers, butterflies, snowcapped mountains and the forests around us. But just in case, you are the active one and would like to discover in and around Borong, here are a few points of interests. We will be more than happy to organize a transport to reach some of these places, if you do not have one of your own.
This Handmade Paper unit is located within icebeards Wild Flower Retreat Premises. Established in 2003, the Borong-Polok Handmade Paper Unit is a successful venture by the Sikkim Development Foundation with equity capital and local participation from local households. The locals first discovered the paper making technique involving the use of raw plant barks to make paper, without pollution or logging of trees while on a trip to a neighbouring state. They saw this as a business opportunity to provide the villagers with additional source of income and also a way to promote entrepreneurial spirit among them. Paper handicrafts items and decorated paper stock are sold here for all visitors. It is the only unit of its kind in Sikkim.
Ravangla is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Sikkim. At an altitude of 7000 ft, located on a ridge between Maenam and Tendong Hill, Ravangla offers unmatched views of the Greater Himalayas. The beauty of its landscape and its location as a transit point to nearby destinations has made Ravangla a must-visit place. Ravangla stages the Pang Lhabsol festival in a grand manner every year around August-September. The festivities last for three days, culminating in the traditional dances known as ‘Chaam’ on the last day. In April Ravangla stages its own Tourism, Culture and Crafts Festival.
Situated 4 Kilometres from Borong, the old Ralang monastery, Karma Rabten Choeling, was built in 1730. The monastery is known for its annual “Pang Lhabsol” (worship of Mt Khangchendzonga) and “Kagyad” Chaam (religious mask dance). The Ralang monastery belongs to the black hat sect of Buddhism.It is also called the Kargyu sect. It is the first Kagyupa Monastery in Sikkim.
Situated 5 Kilometres from Borong, The New Ralang Monastery (Palchen Choeling Monastic Institute) was built by the XIIth Gyaltsab Rinpoche, one of the four regents of the Karma Kagyu lineage in 1995. One of the biggest monasteries in Sikkim, its architecture and paintings retains the authenticity of the Kagyupa monasteries from Tibet. The Black Hat dance and the display of Magen Garsum takes place in February while the Tsechu Chaam and Vajra Kilaya Chaam are performed in alternate years on the 4th Buddhist month (May-June).
Situated 12 kms from Borong, Tathagata Tsal is a beautiful 20-acre size Buddha Park that features a giant statue of Sakyamuni Buddha (130 ft high). The park is beautifully landscaped, creating ample walkway, gardens and space for visitors to enjoy the serene surroundings. The park has a meditation centre which is used for Buddhist conclaves.
Barmeley Bridge (hanging suspension bridge) about 5 kms from Wild Flower Retreat present picturesque views of the surrounding mountains, accompanied with the chirping sounds of colourful birds. The bridge is on river Rangeet. It is easily accessible by car or on foot and is a popular stop-over for trekkers heading to Phamtam village.
Located 12 Kilometres from Wild Flower Retreat, locals claim it is Sikkim’s best viewpoint of Mount Kanchenjungha.
This is a place near Namchi in South Sikkim in Samdruptse which means in Bhutia language “The Wish Fulfilling Hill”. A 135 ft unique statue of Guru Padmasambhava is installed at the top of Samdruptse. His Holiness the Dalai Lama laid the foundation stone of the statue. It is said to be the highest statue of Guru Padmasambhava in the world.
At an altitude of 8530 ft. this prominent landmark of South Sikkim, Tendong is immersed in myths and lore passed down through generations of the ethnic Lepchas. It gets its name, meaning “the upraised horn” from the Lepcha lore that when their land was submerged in water, Tendong supported a boat containing some people and rose up like a horn above the flood waters. When the water subsided, so did Tendong. To this day, a monk leaves for the Tendong hilltop with the arrival of monsoons. He stays there throughout the rains, praying that the calamity does not repeat.
The one and only tea garden in Sikkim produces top quality tea for the international market. The garden spreads out on a gentle hill slope and provides a panoramic view
In Kewizing, you can visit the only Bon religion monastery in Sikkim. The Tibetan Buddhism had emerged from this ancient religion in Tibet. The Bon religion predates Buddhism by thousands of years, and most of what is known about it is shrouded in mystery…. The sacred holy Bon scriptures were not allowed to ever be translated into any other language, and very little that is written about them is accurate. The Bon faith was prevalent in Tibet until the 8th Century AD (before the advent of Buddhism). Presumably many of its rituals were taken over by Buddhism, such as the prayer flags and the burning of incense.
Sikip, located in South District of Sikkim is a very famous destination for its beautiful atmosphere. Situated on the banks of Rangeet River, the place boasts splendid natural surroundings and excellent opportunities for camping and angling. Besides, the turbulent waters of Rangeet River offer perfect opportunities for rafting. With lot of angling, camping and rafting, Sikip is the paradise for adventure lovers.
There are numerous small treks and hikes. While we have tried to name some of them here, we are sure you can find many more in and around the forest paths, near the streams and rivers or through the silent valleys that surround icebeards Wild Flower Retreat, our hotel in Sikkim.
Hot water spring on the bank of River Rangit. One has to travel 7 Kms by car and then 30 minutes of moderate hiking.
The Hill towers over South Sikkim with Tendong on one side and Ravangla Bazaar on the other.
This lake is about 15 kms of moderate trekking from Borong. A visit to the beautiful Dhappar lake will require a one night halt
This is a one day trek from Dhappar Lake. It will require camping which can be arranged by Wild Flower Retreat upon prior request.
This is a trekking route that starts from Namchi and ends in Borong which takes about 6 days to complete.