Darap Village

Darap Village

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-02-01

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Darap Village

Ten minutes drive downhill from Pelling winding through cardamom coppice and terraced paddy fields, with the view of Mt. Khangchendzonga in the backdrop and the villages of Yuksam and Khecheopalri garnishing the foreground, one reaches the picturesque village of Darap in West Sikkim. Located 8 km from Pelling on the way to Khecheopelri and Yuksam, the villae is mainly inhabited by the Limboo Community. Traditional hospitality and rural Sikkim is a major highlight in this area.

Darap Cherry Village is one of the few places undiscovered where travelers looking for a taste of bucolic life can escape from the maddening crowds of touristic places. The word Darap is originated from the limbo word & Tan-lop which literally means a plain or even land. It is located just 8 km from Pelling on the way to Khecheopalri and Yuksam. The area is mainly inhabited by the Limboo Community and other small communities like the Bhutias, Chettris, Tamangs, Rais, Gurungs and Lepchas live in harmony. The landscape is gently sloped unlike any other locations in the west of Sikkim. Because of its close proximity to Pelling, Darap has now become a potential destination for Village tourism. There are various ways one can be engaged in: milking the cows in the morning and evening; gardening in the fields; interaction with the local children; processing butter and cheese; walking in the villages and nearby streams; hiking to other nearby villages; engaging in the daily activities of the village people; and a visit to the 200 year old Limboo traditional house. This ancient structure, with solid mud floors and tar-encrusted ceilings from the constantly burning fire, has been passed down from generation to generation of Nepali Limboo tribesmen. The village is a living testimony of the Limboo culture and tradition that blend with natural resources and bio diversity, more than elsewhere in the state of Sikkim. Local homestays of Darap offer a village retreat gifting you a quiet holiday amidst the glorious scenic wonders of the charismatic village. The road infrastructure from the village to Nambu leads to one of the holiest cave where Guru Padsambhava had meditated, Nub Dechen Phug and the route further connects to Singalila Range through Yambong trek.


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