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Have you ever spent a day in the lap of lush green hills? If not, then you should plan your next vacation  to Kashyem Cinchona Plantation. . Wide range of this area covers the plantations of various medicinal plants and herbs including Cinchona, Yakung (Ground apple), Texas (used in Cancer medication), Kiwi fruits, Cardamom etc. A Pleasant atmosphere prevails here throughout the year. Unexploited greenery lets the area to be occupied with fresh oxygen, colourful wild flowers and magnificent birds. This small hilly village Kashyem also offers breath-taking view of almighty Mt. Kanchendzonga and meandering Teesta River. Kashyem is situated at the mid-point of Silk Route. So you may take a relaxing halt here while tripping Silk Route or other destinations of East Sikkim.

Although there are lot of things to enjoy in and around Kashyem throughout but you may indulge yourself in taking tour around the nearby places too:

  • Nature walk through the plantations and community village,
  • Short hiking up to Sillerygaon,
  • Exploring Silent Valley and Damsang Gari,
  • Enjoying scenic beauty of Himalayan ranges from Ramitey View point,
  • Paying a visit to Bambahadur Bungalow.

Generally, all these spots are at walking distance from the homestays of Kashyem however local transports are available for sightseeing at an affordable cost.

Kashyem is situated at a distance of 24km from Kalimpong Bazaar and 17 km from Rangpo. It is well connected by motorable road with Kalimpong and other major hilly points of North Bengal. If you want to get connected with nature and feel relaxed amidst the hilly tropical cinchona plantation then Kashyem would be the ideal weekend gateway for you. As Kashyem is at the midway of Silk route so it is easy to trip Changu Lake, Baba Mandir and popular tourist attractions of East Sikkim and Gangtok from here.

  • Newly inaugurated Pakyoung Airport (Sikkim) is closest to Kashyem although it is easily accessible from Bagdogra Airport too. It will take around 3-4 hours to reach Kashyem from Bagdogra airport (Siliguri) by private or shared cars. The road journey from Siliguri to Kashyem would itself be a memorable experience.
  • New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) is the mostly used railway station to reach Kashyem. Regular super-fast express trains - Darjeeling Mail, Kanchankanya Express, and Uttarbanga Express etc. ply between Sealdah or Howrah Railway station (Kolkata) and NJP. From NJP station's entrance, plenty of shared or private cars head towards Kalimpong at an affordable cost. The drive takes approximately 1-2 hours to reach Kurseong from Siliguri. From Kalimpong bazaar, you would get rental cars or pickup services to reach Kashyem within an hour. From Rangpo it will take about an hour’s drive to reach Kashyem.
  • AC/Non AC Volvo buses also depart daily from Esplanade bus terminus (Kolkata) as well as other particular towns and arrive in Siliguri within 8-9 hours. Shared and private rental vehicles are easily available from Siliguri bus stand to reach Kalimpong and from there you have to take cars or jeeps up to
  • A good number of well-maintained homestays have sprung up in the laps of Kashyem. These wooden homestays are fully furnished with modern furniture and daily necessities. Being located in and around the Cinchona plantation, the homestays provide majestic view of the hills as well as the village.
  • Traditional home made hilly style Mom’s meals are served here in a healthy & hygienic way. Simple yet delicious dishes are prepared from freshly plucked home-grown vegetables. Warm hospitality and unconditional care are key motto of these homestays. In road side eateries you would also get sumptuous delicious local hilly delicacies.

Itineraries

Day 1

Greetings from Kashyem

When I reached Siliguri bus stand, it was around 10 am of a sunny bright day. It was a sudden plan so I couldn’t arrange the train tickets. Last night, I started my journey from Esplanade bus terminus (Kolkata). A hectic bus journey of almost 8 hours finally took me to the heart of North Bengal - Siliguri. I gave a call to my local host (of Meaningful Travel India) 2 hours before reaching Siliguri. I met my local host at Siliguri bus stand and we headed towards Kashyem immediately. The road leading to the hills was more beautiful than expected. An hours’ drive took me to Kalimpong Bazaar where I had some light breakfast. Then we started our journey towards Kashyem. When the car was entering into the plantation, my eyes got stuck to its lush greenery. Chilled hilly breeze welcomed us to Kashyem. Family members of my pre booked homestay were at the door to welcome me. It was already late afternoon so without wasting much time I rushed to my room, freshened up and went for the lunch. At the dining hall of the homestay, delicious Bengali meal was served for me. During lunch, I chalked out my plan with my local host and younger members of the homestay. Taking a short nap on the comfy bed of my cozy room, I went out to enjoy a nature walk through the village trails. The village was covered by a mystic darkness. Only the tiny households and homestays were lightened with dimmed lights. Thus my much-needed vacation was started in Kashyem with soothing weather, uneven narrow trails, friendly dwellers, and piping hot local homemade Momos.

Day 2

Roaming in and around Kashyem

As decided in the dinner table, I woke up early in the morning as I was eager to capture the breath-taking beauty of almighty Mt. Kanchendzonga. The queen of hills was in her best attire that day. Her peak was ornamented with first rays of Sun and I was just spellbound at her beauty. Accompanied by my local host, I went for a short hiking up to Sillerygaon- the neighbouring village of Kashyem. On the way back to home, we took a halt at Ramtey View point where I was mesmerised by the unexploited view of meandering Teesta and its surrounding. Having breakfast at our homestay, we drove towards Silent valley and Damsang Gari. The hilly narrow road was surrounded by widespread plantation of Texas, Cardamom, Yakung, Kiwi and many other medicinal plants. Our next destination was Bambahadur Bungalow. This heritage bungalow was built in 1920. The wooden and stone crafted architecture of Bambahadur bungalow was worth mentioning. We returned back to the homestay before lunch and enjoyed the homemade hilly delicacies served with much care and affection. In the late afternoon, I packed my bag and headed towards my next destination – Silk route. While tripping Silk route or East Sikkim, Kashyem is one the best places to take a night halt. It would not only ease the hectic journey but also it would give you a chance to explore the nature closely.

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