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West Sikkim

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Ideal duration: 2-4 days

Best time: Apr-Jun, Oct-Dec (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra (Check Flights)


"The base of Kangchenjunga"

West Sikkim Tourism

West Sikkim, located at the foothills of Mount Kanchenjunga, offers one of the best views of Southeast face of Mt. Kangchenjunga.

West Sikkim offers one of the best views of the south-east face of Mt. Kangchenjunga. This place is also famous for few of the oldest and holiest Buddhist Monasteries of the world. With the beautiful amalgamation of nature and religious history, the calm and peaceful environment of Pelling makes it a famous tourist destination in Sikkim. West Sikkim owes its tranquillity and calmness to the beautiful and age-old monasteries like Sangachoeling and Pemayansgtse Monasteries. The Kchehepalri Lake, situated in the midst of a dense forest is considered holy and is mesmerising to devotees and tourists alike.

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Yuksom is a quaint town located 36 km away from Pelling. This town was the first capital of Sikkim. It's a trekker's paradise, as this town is the starting point of the mountaineering treks to higher ranges of Kanchenjunga.The oldest monastery, i.e., the Dubdi Monastery also is in Yuksom. There are a lot of trekking options available. For novices, an hour's trek from Yuksom to Dubdi monastery is an ideal option. For professional the Dzongri trek is the right choice. The highest point on this trek is 4200mt above the sea level. Snowfall is common here, during winter months.

If you are planning for this trek, be prepared to face extreme cold climatic conditions around any time of the year. It takes around 6-7 days to complete this trek. Apart from this trek, Barsey Rhododendron trek, Goecha La trek, Kasturi trek are some of the other options available, which have moderate to a difficult gradient. Kanchenjunga National Park trek is one of its kind in the world. This park has many beautiful crystal-like glaciers, Zemu glacier being the most famous. You have to obtain all the permissions and permits before you start the trek. In this trek, you will get to see a wide variety of flora and fauna and experience the nature in its absolute form.

Sikkim is a subtle and natural blend of everything in and around. It gives birth to a unique culture which is colourful and twinkling and with which a huge part of the North-East is identified. The cuisine here follows pretty much the same pattern as it derives its flavors ingredients, styles and elements from Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and India, together. Sikkim's Cuisine, hence, draws inspiration from all that's around and the numerous cultures and religions that it, itself fosters to give you a cuisine that is authentic and defining to the area.
While staple items of the cuisine are Momos, Thukpa and a local beer 'Chang', fermented foods are popular given the natural conditions. Rice is almost essential in each meal. Add to it a dash of authentic and splendid soups, pickles and handful of meat and vegetable delicacies and you get the colourful and tasteful cuisine of Sikkim.

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Day 1: Arrive in Pelling. Check in at the hotel and relax. Later you can go to the Pemayangste Monastery. Experience the peace and calmness around. From the monastery, you can go to see the Rabtense Ruins. The scenic beauty of the snowcapped mountains and the valleys below is just incredible. Overnight stay at Pelling.

Day 2: In the morning you can go to the Khecheopalri Lake. Later on, you can go and see the oldest monastery in Sikkim, i.e., the Sangachoeling Monastery. Drive to Yuksom from here, a journey of about 1hr and 40 mins. Overnight stay at Yuksom.

Day 3: Being a trekkers paradise, you can get several options for trekking. If you are an amateur, you could probably try trekking from Yuksom to Dubdi monastery. In the evening, you can explore the village.

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8 months ago by Chirantan Batabyal

West Sikkim is perhaps one of the best places to trek in the Himalayas. It's the closest that you can get to 'the big mountains'! The Goecha La Trek through the Kanchendzonga National Park is the takes you through one of the best trails in India to the closest view of Mt. Kanchendzonga and Mt. Pandim, along with a plethora of other peaks!

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  What's Great?

Amazing place for adventure seekers.

  What's not so Great?

Accessibility only through road. The temperature gets down to sub-zero levels during winters.

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West-Sikkim is a perfect destination for couples, family vacationers, and adventure lovers. Should be visited by people looking for a peaceful and tranquil environment.

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How to Reach West Sikkim

Pelling is about 133 km away from Siliguri and 125 km from Gangtok. You can either take a jeep or a bus to reach the town. The quickest way to reach Pelling is to take a jeep from Geyzing, whi... (Read More)

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