Pedong is located on the road that
connects Kalimpong - Algarah to
Sikkim. It is one of the
oldest towns in this region with significant historical importance.
Pedong is divided into two parts - lower and Upper Pedong.
Famous St. Georges School is situated at the lower part. In
the past, when Kalimpong was a major trading place, the road
through here was used for trade between India and Tibet through
Zuluk and Jelepla. Today the same route has become common
Places around Pedong
Tinchule view point - This is the
highest point in the region with excellent view of almost
the entire mountain range of Darjeeling
and Sikkim including parts
of Bhutan and Tibet. About 180 degrees in front, one can see
the snow capped mountains. The hills rising from the Tista
river and going up to the highest mountains of Kanchanjunga
are all visible from this place. The place is unique as it
gives clear view of the major towns of the hills including
Gangtok, Darjeeling and
Kalimpong. The place is also an excellent point for Hangliding.
view point - Parched at a hill top, this is the location
for a 19th Century bungalow. The bungalow is now deserted
and destroyed and a proposal is mooted to build a new tourist
complex around the place. The upcoming tourist destination
of Rishop is visible in front. Rikisum
in fact, allows a better view of the hills than the existing
view points at Rishap.
Pedong monastery is one place that
attracts a lot of outsiders. The monastery is considered especially
holy by the Bhutanese Buddhists who visit Pedong in large
numbers. The monastery was constructed by the Bhutan's king
in 1873. The Monastery showcases large number of very old
Damsung fort is one of the oldest forts of the region.
Located at a hilltop about 3 - 4 km from the monastery, the
fort is at present in ruins, but the unique location allows
beautiful view of the hills and the plains. When the famous
Damsung Fort collapsed the valuables of this fort was transferred
to the Pedong monastery.
Cross Hill is named so because of
the holy cross that adorns the hill. Christian missionaries
made this during the 19th century. This place gained tourist
significance due to the clear view of Kanchenjunga that it
allows. Kashioni Village is quite near from this hill.
Traveling to Pedong
You can visit Pedong on a day outing from Kalimpong /
Lava or Lolegaon.
Where to stay
There are a couple of decent accommodations
available at Pedong. This are budget accommodations and not
upmarket facilities should be expected except for a clean
stay. The tariff for these accommodations vary between Rs.
450-800. naturebeyond arranges stay in these accommodation
for its guests. For exclusive hotel booking at Pedong a transaction
fee will be levied by naturebeyond.