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Geyzing, West Sikkim Overview

The capital city of the West Sikkim District, Geyzing, also known as Gyalshing is located at an altitude of 6,500 feet above the sea level with lofty and majestic mountains of the Himalayan range surrounding the city. The river Rangeet surges in the western part of the city. Keeping aside the scenic beauty of the nature that can be seen in Geyzing; the many monasteries situated here make it a major tourist attraction.

Geyzing is one of the major towns in West District of Sikkim as well as the district headquarter. The town is also famous as Gyalshing among the local people and is located at a distance of 10km from Pelling. With the increase in the number of tourists travelling here every year, Geyzing has become a tourist hotspot and it is the main trading and commercial town of this region too. Yangtey, a hilltop which is a few kms away from here, is sited on top of a cliff and offers a beautiful scenic view. Straight down is the river Rangeet and up ahead you can see the marvellous Kanchenjunga Mountains. Apart from its natural picturesque beauty, Geyzing is also famous for the monasteries which are visited by several Buddhist pilgrims.

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Geyzing Weather & Best Time to Visit

Though Geyzing is swarmed by tourists all round the year, summer season is the best time to visit the town as it witnesses a perfect temperature for outdoor activities and exploring the town.

Summer Season
It starts from April and lasts till June. The weather is extremely pleasant with the temperature hovering between 18 to 25 degrees Celsius. Besides comfortable weather, scenic views and outdoor fun make this season a perfect time to visit Geyzing.

Monsoon Season
Monsoon Season sets in the month of July and lasts till September. The temperature ranges between 10 to 15 degrees Celsius and the town receive mild to moderate rainfall. Though the beauty of Geyzing is at its peak during this time, it is advisable not to visit in rainy season as heavy downpours can disrupt your plans.

Winter Season
Winters begin from October and stay till February. The weather remains extremely cold characterized by heavy snowfall. Mercury hovers between -10 to -30 degrees Celsius and therefore, this season is not preferred by tourists to explore Geyzing.

Places to Visit in Geyzing

Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary- Established in 1996, this sanctuary is renowned for a wide variety of flora and fauna. A range of Himalayan animals like Red pandas, fox, Black Bear, Leopard cat, Himalayan Yellow Throated Marten can be found here. Situated on the Singalila Ridge, the sanctuary offers stunning views of snow-capped Kanchenjunga mountains. For nature and wildlife enthusiasts, Barsey is a place to be.

Yangtey- Located at a distance of 2 km from Geyzing at an altitude of 1828 metres, Yangtey is a small village blessed with surrounding Himalayan ranges, bushy grasslands, gushing waterfalls and cloudy skies. From Yangtey you can choose to explore the nearby attractions like Khecheopalri Lake, Rimbi Waterfalls, Rabdentse Ruins, Sewaro Rock Garden, Temi Tea Garden, Pemayangtse Monastery in Pelling and many others.

Khecheopalri Lake- Locally known as Sho Dzo Sho Lake, the name Khecheoplari comes from the surrounding Khecheopalri hill. The lake is considered to be holy by Hindu and Buddhist devotees and is worshipped by many followers around the globe. Many legends revolve around the lake and it is believed that one’s wishes are fulfilled here. It holds rich biodiversity and is a paradise for nature lovers.

Rabdentse Ruins- It is an archaeological site built by the tourism department of Sikkim and is a perfect attraction for those who want to dig into the state’s past. Just a walk away from Pemayangtse Monastery, it has lush green landscapes decorated with blooming flowers and trees. 

Sangachoeling Monastery- Established in the 17th century by Lama Lhatsun Chempo, it is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. Located at a distance of 7 km from Pemayangtse Monastery, it is perched on a ridge above Pelling. Built in the Tibetan style of architecture, the monastery is also known as the place of secret spells and was destroyed by fire several times since its inception.

Things to Do in Gyalshing

Dafeybhir Pass Trek- An unexplored and challenging trail, Dafeybhir Pass trek promises magnificent views of snow-clad mountains. It is the highest point in Singalila Trek and the path descends to Gomathang valley. As you make your way through the trek, you are rewarded with lush greenery and gushing waterfalls.
 
Shopping- Geyzing is a paradise for shoppers as it offers many local handicrafts and hand made products like carpets and woollens to take back home as souvenirs.   

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