Reshi is a new tourist spot just on the bank of river Reshikhola which meets Teesta at Rangeet, the gateway of Sikkim. This border village of east Sikkim, is surrounded with mountains and forest. This hamlet is another example of Sikkim’s new village tourism. Here tourist houses are made with big bamboo trunks. During day-time, tourists can enjoy angling in the river Reshi. In the evening they serve deep-fried fish for snacks.
At about 90 kms from Reshi, there is Kupup Lake at the Indo-china border. The lake is one of the largest in Sikkim at an altitude of 14000 feet. The Indian Army calls it as Elephant lake since it resembles a large Elephant. In fact there are two other lakes on the way to Kupup.
Reshi to Kupup
Taxi/trekkers are available for booking at Reshi. You will need the inner line entry permit and for that you have to go to Rangli Bazar, which is at around 10 kms from Reshi. After half an hour drive from Rangli bazar, there is Lingtam, the check post where entry permit will be checked. The first night halt is at Dzuluk village at an altitude of 10000 feet above the MSL. At Dzuluk there is only one hotel. The hotel is run by a village lady, Ms Furpa Lamu.
Next day early in the morning, the journey starts towards Kupup. After about a hour’s drive, the car reaches Thambi view point. This is a unique road on its own, with almost a hundred turns that one has to cross in zigzag manner. If you reach Thambi, early you may experience the sunrise with all its grandeurs. It is a bliss to watch the first ray of morning sun kissing Mount Kanchenjunga!
This area is the natural habitat of Red Panda and the queen of the Himalaya,the Munal, both considered as endangered species. With a little support from your lady luck, you may be able to see a red panda or a munal.
You must not miss the temple of Baba Harbhajan Sing, a very colourful temple in the almost barren Tibetan plateau. There is a story that during Indo-China war in the year 1961 Harbhajan Sing died, after gallantly saving many villagers from Chinese aggression. The Indian army saluted him as saviour of the Himalaya and built temple after him. Even today he is worshiped in this temple.
Finally the car reaches Kupup lake. The blue water glitters with the sun shine. There is a 18-hole golf course, for the army officers, which is now recognized as the highest golf course in the World. By the side of the lake there is a small market and a village. Lhasa is only 520 kms from Kupup.
How to reach Reshi
Reshi is just 37 kms from Kalimpong,one of the beautifull hill station in Darjeeling Dist. of West Bengal. Kalimpong is 66 kms from NJP ( New Jalpaiguri ) or siliguri. On the way to Reshi from Kalimpong, there is Pedong, another mountain village tourism spot, launched recently.
Regular taxi service is available from NJP or Siliguri, just 4 km away from NJP.
Where to stay
For night stay at Reshi and tour to Kupup, one may contact Mr.Sebastian Pradhan [Ph no is +919932744407 / +919932680170] ,the founder of Reshi tourism.
Room Tariff: Rs 400 per day per person for food & lodging.
Taxi fair along with permit is Rs 4000 for one night and two days. Rate is inclusive of night stay charge & food.