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Introducing Jorethang

This useful transport hub between West Sikkim, Namchi and Darjeeling/Siliguri could make a launching point for visits to interesting but lesser-known Sikkimese villages like Rinchenpong (country getaways) or Reishi (hot springs and holy cave).

At its westernmost edge, Jorethang’s most striking feature is the Akar Suspension Bridge, 400m north of which are the passingly photogenic roadside Shiva niches of Sisne Mandir (Legship Rd).

The brightest, friendliest accommodation option remains Hotel Namgyal (276852; d Rs 350), on the main drag 70m east of the bridge just before the SNT bus station. Across the road beside the Darjeeling jeep stand there’s a particularly helpful tourist office and several other hotels. One longish block further east, turn right to find the main market and several cheap eateries, including Sanjay Hotel (snack meals Rs 10). Had you turned left instead, you’d have found the bustling main jeep stand hiding one short block north of the main road.