Tourist Attractions at Kaleej Valley
Kaleej Valley is adorned with rolling green farm fields along with the meandering Kaleej Khola which enhance the beauty of the place. Some of the exotic species of flora and fauna can also be spotted here. The region is mostly dominated by the local communities and the exquisite cultural heritage of Kaleej Valley is another treasure which allures a number of tourists. The charming landscapes of Kaleej Valley have a spellbinding beauty. A beautiful temple of Yuma Samyo Manghim stands there where the devotees follow Samyo religion worship. In front of the temple, there is a huge stone where the great mystic Guru Teyongsi Srijunga used to sit for delivering Yuma Samyo sermons to the followers.
A ten minutes walk from Kaleej Valley leads to the Kailash Pati Gufa, which is an ancient cave temple dating back to centuries ago. It is revered place for both locals and tourists and during Shivaratri gathers a huge crowd. Ally cave, also known as Allay gufa is also located nearby. There is also an ancient cave temple, where Lord Shiva is the presiding deity. Above the Alley cave temple, there is a watchtower which offers panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Another cherished destination of Kaleej Valley is the Srijunga Falls and caves. The Srijunga waterfall, along Reshi River, exhibits a splendid beauty. It is also known as Srijunga Wadhan. Srijunga Phuku or caves possesses historical significance. The point of convergence of Kaleez and Rangsang Rivers is called Berthang Berfok Mangerjong.
Tourists at Kaleej Valley should also not miss Pheng Doji Falls nestled at a deserted place at Hee-Gaon along Hee Khola. Close to the place is situated Phur-Tsa-Chau, a sulphur mixed hot spring. Tourists can also explore the Rabindranath Smritiban which has been named in the honour of the Noble Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore who had spent sometime here. Kaleej Valley is ideal for trekking enthusiast.
Hee Water Garden
At the bank of Hee-Khola is located the Hee Water Garden which admired for the biggest Mani Chukar of the world which is the Buddhist prayer wheel rotated by the current of water. The picturesque water garden also hosts a swimming pool, a temple of Lord Shiva, a cafeteria and a resting place.
Nearby Attractions of Kaleej Valley
Tourists at Kaleej Valley can explore a plethora of tourist places in the nearby region. There is a grand statue of Teyongsi Sirijunga atop Yumang Thegu which rises to a height of 65 feet. Just besides it, there is a lake called Chaaya Taal which offers boating facilities. Resum Monastery can also be visited in the early morning from where magnificent view of sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha can be witnessed. Other places of attraction include Nunthaley grassy flat field, Pelling, Rabdentse Ruins, Pemayangtse Monastery, Singshore Bridge, Changay Falls, Bajrathey Temple, Narayan Gumpa, Goru Jurey and Jor Pokhari.
Kaleej Valley can be visited all through the year however the brilliance of Mt. Kanchenjungha can be seen between October and February. Trekking along the valley is best cherished from March to April when the blooming Rhododendrons exhibit their full vigour. A tourist festival is organized in April and May by the Hee Bermiok Tourism Development and Heritage Conservation Society showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the place. Bagdogra Airport, 150 kilometres away, is the nearest airport whereas New Jalpaiguri, 140 kilometres, is the nearest railhead. Cars and bus services can also be availed from New Jalpaiguri or Pelling to reach Kaleej Valley.
(Last Updated on : 10-09-2014)
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