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Geyzing, West Sikkim Overview

The capital city of the West Sikkim District, Geyzing 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 this city; 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 marvelous Kanchenjunga Mountains. Apart from its natural picturesque beauty, this hill station is also famous for the monasteries which are visited by several Buddhist pilgrims. Pemayangtse Monastery, situated at a distance of 6 km from the region, is a beautiful monastery and one of the major tourist attractions of Geyzing. Travellers who visit this monastery can also see the ruins of the first palace of the Chogyal Kingdom. Another major attraction of Geyzing is Pelling where tourists can catch glimpses of many peaks which include Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Kumbhakarna, Shimbho, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Narsing and Siniyalchu.

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The weather is pleasant all year long in Geyzing, so you can visit the place at any time of the year. However, the best months to visit this place are the months of March, April, May and June.

Taxis are available in Geyzing to travel within the area.

There are many beautiful hotels and resorts in the area. The resorts have comfortable cottages where one can relax without any disturbance from the other tourist crowd. Norbugang Spa Resort, Pachu Resort, Tashi Gang Resort, etc. are some of the resorts in Geyzing which are perched on top a mountain with a beautiful view. You will definitely cherish your stay here.

Pemayangtse Monastery which is believed to be one of the oldest and also one of the most important monasteries of Sikkim is a great sight-seeing spot. There are some beautiful drawings and impressive sculptures on the monastery_Ñés first floor. Yangtey is a great option for sight-seeing as it provides a splendid view of the Mt Kanchenjunga and other nearby peaks. Khecheopalri Lake which is believed to be one of the most holy lakes in the entire Indian state of Sikkim is visited by several tourists every year. Vershey is a little rhododendron sanctuary that one can visit to enjoy bird watching and wildlife spotting. Pelling is just 3km from here and it is worth a visit. You can also visit the villages of Yuksam and Ravangla which are pretty close to Geyzing too.

You can also go for skiing and trekking at nearby places.

Geyzing is a shopper's delight especially if you want to buy woolens and beautiful carpets. The local handicrafts of the place are exquisite. City Mall, Namchi Shopping Center, LADURAM GANGARAM,Mahabir Khadyan Kharid Bikari Kendra, etc. are some of the shopping centers in Geyzing where you can fill your shopping bags.

The town is inhabited mostly by Nepalese people and the main language spoken here is Nepali.

The place has quite a nightlife with many clubs and bars which can have a good time at. Haidar Para Sporting Club, Agragami Sangha, Sri Ram Krishna Byam Siksha Sangha, Jewel Athletic Club, etc. are a few of them.

The local cuisine of this place is definitely worth trying. Their unique dish is Tosha Gyari a set non veg rice meal served in brassware rice plate and their traditional drink is solchhyang Brewed millet beer which is served in bamboo decorated with silver strips.ë_

There are a number of good restaurants here. Khana Khajana, Boney's Snack Bar, Indian Pagoda, Punjabi Kadhai, etc. are a few of them. You can check out many more restaurants here at Geyzing which serve delicious meals.

Reach Geyzing and check into a hotel. Hire a taxi and guide and go for sightseeing at the Pemayangtse Monastery which is the major tourist attraction here. Visit the other places of tourist attractions here such as Yangtey, Khecheopalri Lake, etc. Have a meal at some nearby good restaurant and return to your hotel for the night. The next day set out to see the nearby town of Pelling which has a number of sightseeing spots too.

A mythical story related to the Khecheopalri lake is that, the birds that live around the lake do not permit a even one leaf to stay on the lake_Ñés surface. ë_ ë_ ë_ ë_ ë_ ë_ ë_ ë_ ë_ ë_ ë_

It is advisable to travel with a guide. It is customary to leave a donation at a monastery and to circle shrines in clockwise direction. Don_Ñét disturb wildlife or its habitat here. Don_Ñét smoke, drink alcohol or talk loudly at the monasteries.

  • Air: The Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport to Geyzing. It is 124 kms away from Geyzing. You will have to take a taxi from the airport to reach Geyzing.

  • Rail: The closest railway station is located in New Jalpaiguri. From there, taxis are available to travel within the area.

  • Road: Buses are available for tourists from places like Gangtok, Pelling, Jorethang, Yuksom, Darjeeling, Tashiding and Siliguri to reach Geyzing. It is well connected by road.

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