Rani Dhunga Jungle Trek, Pelling
By Rashi Madane
Trudging over a steep hilly track with a dense forest surrounding you on both sides is indeed the ultimate journey to exploring nature in all its glory. One of such gems which pave the path to experiencing natural tranquillity is the Rani Dhunga Trek. Situated in the majestic Himalayas at an altitude of 2680 metres, this massive rocky outcrop is also believed to be pious with mythological importance.
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The Rani Dhunga Trek has immense popularity in mythological legends, Devi Sita (an expansion of Lord Rama) once stepped on the rock and her footprints can be seen embedded in it. Another folk legend is that a long time ago this place used to be a hiding cave for the Queen of Sikkim when the kingdom was attacked by Nepal or Bhutan.
Situated about 6km to the North-East of Pelling, this place has a monsoon climate almost all-year round. This natural gem is a must-visit, which is just a short 20 minutes drive from The Elgin Mount Pandim, Pelling. So take the first step onto this holy trail, and return with a memorable experience.