Borong, in South Sikkim is located at an altitude of 5800 feet and is a heavenly place for nature lovers. A picturesque landscape, surrounded by snow covered mountains. Borong is small village is still untouched by commercialization.
Our visit to Borong was quite by chance. We planned a 4 day trip starting on 31st March 2016.Ravangala was in our mind, but we were wondering how to utilize one more day that we had after two days stay at Ravangala.one of our team member mentioned Borong to us. Although quite skeptical in the beginning, we decided to visit the place.
We started early in the morning. Borong is only 17 km from Ravangala. So we hired a Mahindra Bolero, by the time we reached, it was 10.30 Am. A small elevated place with one or two shops near road side. It was beautiful and clean. The Sikkimese knows how to keep their places clean.
Borong has only one place to stay, the cottages of The Wild Flower Retreat. They have double bedded beautiful cottages and a building near road side with three rooms in first floor and three in ground floor. We booked two rooms in ground floor. They have their own restaurant but you need to order 2-3 hours before. The pleasing beauty of Borong has compelled a huge number of regional and international tourists to visit this place from across the globe. The place has rich varieties of migrated birds like a magpie, scarlet minuet, Himalayan pheasants etc. The only sound you will hear there, are the chirps of them. The view of mighty snow peaks Narsingh, Pandim and Sinolchu will mesmerize you throughout the day.
If can trek to maenam peak from Borong it take less time than from Ravangla.
Another very nice place to trek from here is Bhanjan valley. Lush green carpet decorated with tiny colorful flowers in between and the fascinating Himalayan peaks in front of you, a breath taking experience. Ralong Monastery is just 5km from borong , it is the biggest monastery in Sikkim, built in 1995 walk 3 km to Borong Tsa-Chu, a popular hot spring, thought to have medicinal properties which heal ailments. A festival is held in February each year.
We simply walked lazily around the place in the evening. The day we spent in Borong was so delightful and the break so refreshing. The place has really become special to us.
Some useful facts about Borong:
How to reach: Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. From New Jalpaiguri / Siliguri a car may be hired, which will drop you to Borong. The distance is 150 Km. The fare of car at present @INR 3500 – 4000.
There are two ways of reaching this place
Route 1: Via Sevoke road on NH 31A,
Melli checkpost (have to take a right from main road, NH 31A, to come up on the bridge at the end of which is the check post), Kitam Bird Sanctuary (lovely roads), Namchi (town), Damthang (village), Ravangla and then to Borong.
Route 2: Via Sevoke road on NH 31A, move straight ahead on NH 31A and not taking the right for Melli. Cross Rangpo, travel ahead and take a left from Singtam. Travel ahead to Ravangla through some dense forest and then to Borong.
Places to stay: The only place to stay here is Wild Flower Retreat @ INR 1200 – 1500. Ph: +91 94331 19535, +91 33 24302005
Eat at: Wild Flower Retreat has its own restaurant.
Best time to visit: Throughout the year.
Tips: When it rains, beware of leeches. Carry a pouch of salt with you to ward off leeches.