Around 20 kms from Rongli in East Sikkim is this new-found heaven for birdwatchers and solace seekers. Here in Rolep, you can try your angling skills to catch trout in the Shokey Khola River or get wet at the 45-foot high Buddha waterfall. You can also take village walks and get closer to learning the skills of living in harmony with nature and try bird watching in the forests. Rolep is one of the most favorable destinations within the Silk Route circuit to embark on your high – altitude trip to Lungthung or Nathang. The lush greenery, the serene village life and the gushing waterfall and rivers of Rolep would rejuvenate you in your silk Route trip.
Rolep is a small but beautiful village & most the serene and esplanade village of Sikkim in East Sikkim district, with inhabitant of all indigenous communities such as Gurung, Bhutia, Sherpas, Chettri, Sharma and Rai. This is a new addition destination of Old silk route or Zuluk trip itinerary. It is a part of old Silk route which is connected to China through Nathula route for the propagation of trade & pilgrimage.
The village situated at the bottom of Memencho Lake and Tshangu Lake along with the \’Rangpoo khola\’ (River Rangpoo) belt which is famous for Trout fishing and fresh cool water.The homestays of Rolep have started organizing Fishing trips on this river for the guests too. If you are really fond of local culture, then few home stays in Rolep can also organise a traditional “Lepcha Hot Stone Bath” for you in the river valley. Visitors can enjoy the scenic view of fresh tea gardens & plunder the merriment of river Rangpo & its tributaries, religious temples and monasteries. Rolep is heavily forested and is safe heaven for a wide variety of birds. If you are longing for a bird watching trip then a few days at Rolep would be very rewarding. The paddy fields, natural forests and the river valley of Rolep is home to a very healthy bird population.
You would find a dried up lake bed of the erstwhile Chochen Lake within the terraced paddy fields of Rolep and a gushing 45-feet high waterfall across a hanging bridge. The Shokey Khola River meets the Rolep river at the foot of Rolep which originates at Menmecho Lake. Here, a viewpoint gives you a panoramic view of the Rolep Valley. You can try angling or traditional Hot Stone Bath in Rolep or spend some time introspecting at Dekiling Monastery.
Spending a few days in Rolep village would surely help you to rejuvenate your soul. Apart from taking a dip in the Rolep River and resting on the wet boulders, you can visit the 40-feet high Buddha Waterfalls on Shokey Khola River or trek to the Buddha Cave, which is a local pilgrimage site. You can also visit the dried valley of Chochen Natural Lake and pray at the Dekiling Monastery. For visiting Rolep, guests would need to cross the motorable hanging bridge also known as Rangkey Bridge.