West Sikkim2019-03-29T16:49:29+00:00

WEST SIKKIM

West Sikkim, Sikkim
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OVERVIEW
PLACES TO VISIT

Overview

West Sikkim is a district of the Indian state of Sikkim. Its capital is Geyzing, also known as Gyalshing. The district is a favourite with trekkers due to the high elevations. Other important towns include Pelling and Yuksom. Local people also call as Pallo- Sikkim and Sano- Sikkim as commonly. West Sikkim covers an area of 1,166 square kilometres (450 sq mi). Attractions include the Khecheopalri Lake, where, according to legend, not a leaf is allowed to fall on the surface of the lake and the Dubdi Monastery, the first monastery of the state. The economy is mainly agrarian, despite most of the land being unfit for cultivation owing to the precipitous and rocky slopes. The region has many power projects and enjoys almost uninterrupted electricity. Roads are in poor condition owing to the frequent landslides. West Sikkim houses a great diversity of flora and fauna, many of which are used by Indigenous and local communities. Since most of the district is hilly it enjoys a temperate climate. Above 3,800 m (12,000 ft) the slopes are full of rhododendron forests. In 1977 West Sikkim district became home to Khangchendzonga National Park, which has an area of 1,784 km2 (688.8 sq mi). It shares the park with North Sikkim district.

Sightseeing

  • Pelling
  • Pemayangtse Monastery
  • Sangachoeling Gumpa
  • Rabdentse Ruins
  • Shingshore Suspension Bridge
  • Khecheopalri Lake
  • Yuksom

Place To Visit

Shingshore Suspension Bridge

Shingshore Suspension Bridge is worth seeing. The length and the gorge height is 680ft. It is the second highest bridge in Asia. The area also has its Khandu Sangphu or Hot spring and Cave.

Yuksom

Yuksom, the first capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim is the site of the coronation of the first Chogyal. Evidence of the enthronement ceremony can still be seen in the form of stone seats and a footprint of the Head Lama on a stone. The stone throne constructed for the great event stands today at Norbugang and has been declared a Heritage Site. Located on a hilltop above Yuksom is the Dubdi Monastery (1701), the first monastery established after the consecration of the first Chogyal. Surrounded by verdant forests, it is an ideal place for lamas seeking meditation and recluse. Dubdi means “the Hermit’s cell” (hermit here, refers to Lhatsun Chenpo). Yuksom is a trail head for trekkers to Dzongri. Kathok Tsho at Yuksom is a sacred lake.

Rabdentse Ruins

It is Sikkim’s second capital. The ruins Rabdentse are worth exploring. The winding track through the forest brings you to a small set of ruins of the early town and eventually on to the ruins of the palace with chorten (stupa) nearby. Farther a field are the Changay Falls.

Khecheopalri Lake

Past the ruins of ancient towns below monasteries tended by red robed lamas lie the crystalline, wish fulfilling waters of Khecheopalri lake. The sacred lake lies in a depression surrounded by prayer flags and forested hills. Above (1.5 km) is the Khecheopalri Gumpa.

Pelling

Pelling is a fast growing urban settlement which is situated at an altitude of 6,100 ft. It offers a good view of the mountain ranges. Due to its locational advantages many hotels and lodges have mushroomed in and around Pelling.