A perfect gateway to escape the hectic urban lifestyle, Chaaya Taal or Chayatal is a newfound settlement in the Indian State of Sikkim. Situated in the Western Part of the Sikkim, the village is just 32 km away from a well-known hamlet named Pelling. Encompassed by luxuriant forest, blessed with a tranquil environment and ornamented with Mountain Peaks in the backdrop, Chaaya Taal turns out to be an alluring offbeat destination.
Far from the vacationist rush, Chayatal is a newfound jewel in the tourist map of the West Sikkim. Being an offbeat destination, Chaaya Taal and its scenic beauty are still untouched. The waterfall, Monasteries, Dense Forests, Rhododendrons, Red Pandas, Waterparks and the various species of Himalayan birds are what makes an abode captivating among the travel enthusiasts.
Chaya Lake is the major attraction of this alluring hamlet. While strolling around the lake, the emerald green water along with a placid ambience will surely soothe every kind of visitor's mind. Boating can be done here. Apart from Chaya Lake, one can have a short excursion to the adjacent Hee-Bermoik, a settlement quite renowned for offering a captivating vista of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Kabru and many other peaks.
Moreover, trekking enthusiasts can hire a car from Chaaya Taal to Okhrey and then start their trekking from the gateway of Varsey named "Red Panda Gate" to Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary through the trekking trails surrounded by lush green vegetation.
Chayatal, an alluring offbeat destination in Sikkim, can be reached from Bagdogra or NJP quite easily. From NJP, the village is about 140 km away and usually takes about 5 hours to reach. Bagdogra, the airport near Siliguri, is just 145 km away.
Being an offbeat destination, the accommodation options are limited in the village. However, there is a guest house to stay in Chayatal. Adjacent to the lake, there is a homestay which offers an amazing view of the surrounding as well as a tranquil ambience. Most of the basic facilities are also there like fine dining, hot water, satellite TV, common and attached bathroom, etc.
The season of spring (April to May) is considered to be the best time to visit Chayatal Village because of the magnificent vista of the blooming rhododendron can be seen in the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. Moreover, the celebration of Kalez valley heritage festival in the mid-May can also be enjoyed.
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