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West Sikkim

West SikkimGyalshing or Geyzing (Nepali : गेजिंग) is the capital of the district of West Sikkim in the Indian state of Sikkim. The town is connected to the capital Gangtok by a metalled road. Geyzing is also connected to the West Bengal towns of Darjeeling andKalimpong via Jorethang.

 

A few kilometres north is the town of Pelling. The town has a large Nepali population, and the Nepali language is the predominant language of the region. The town is situated at an altitude of about 6,500 feet (1,900 m). The town enjoys a temperate climate for most of the year and snow sometimes falls in the vicinity. Near Geyzing is the ancient town of Yuksom, the ancient capital of Sikkim built in 1642. Other attractions include Pemyangtse Monastery built in 1640, reputed to be Sikkim's oldest and Khecheopalri Lake which as legend has it not a leaf is allowed to float on the surface.

 

The town is the base for trekking in the Himalayas and professional expeditions to Mount Kanchenjunga. Geyzing has a couple of English medium schools including a convent school and a major hospital. It also has the district's only three star hotel The TashiGang hotel owned by the Bollywood actor Danny Denzongpa. Gyalshing is located at 27.28°N 88.27°E. It has an average elevation of 823 metres (2700 feet).


 

Tashiding Monastery

Tashiding Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism in Western Sikkim, northeastern India. It is located on top of the hill rising between the Rathong chu and the Rangeet River, 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Gyalshing and 19 kilometres (12 mi) to the south east of Yuksam meaning Yuk-Lamas, Sam- Three in Lepcha Language which signifies the meeting place of three holy lamas from Tibet in 1641 A.D. Tashiding is the nearest town to the Tashiding Monastery (Gompa), which is the most sacred and holiest monasteries in sikkim.

   

Yuksom

The first capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim and 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 .

   

Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake, originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri (meaning the heaven of Padmasambhava), is a sacred Lake for both Buddhists Hindus, which is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake. It is located near Khecheopalri village, 147 kilometres (91 mi) west of Gangtok and 34 kilometres (21 mi) to the northwest of Pelling town in the West Sikkim district of the Northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. The local name for the lake is Sho Dzo Sho, which means "Oh Lady, Sit Here". The popularly known name of the lake, considering its location is Khecheopalri Lake, ensconced in the midst of the Khechoedpaldri hill, which is also considered a sacred hill.

   

Pelling

Around 10 kms from Gyalshing, Pelling is today emerging as the second biggest tourist destination in the state after Gangtok. Although in itself it is little more than a strip of road lined with hotels, its main USP is the breathtaking view it offers of the Khangchendzonga and surrounding ranges, as well as the easy access it provides to tourist spots in the area.

   

Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary

The Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary (or Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary) is situated in Western Sikkim in Singalila Range forming a natural border with Nepal in The West. The sanctuary also borders the State West Bengal from Sikkim in the south by Rambong Khola stream. The entire sanctuary is spread over 104 km2, across the Singalila Range. The Varsey Sanctuary can be reached from three points, Hilley, Dentam and Soreng. The most popular entry is Hilley since it is approachable by road and Varsey is only 4 km trek from this point through the beautifully laid gravel path shaded by different species of rhododendron.

   

Rabdentse Ruins

Rabdentse was the second capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814. The capital city was destroyed by the invading Nepalese army and only the ruins of the palace and the chortens are seen here now. However, the ruins of this city are seen close to Pelling and in West Sikkim district in the Northeastern Indian state of present day Sikkim;

   

Pemayangtse Monastery

The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Pemayangtse, near Pelling in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, located 140 kilometres (87 mi) west of Gangtok. Planned, designed and founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705, it is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim. It is not only one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim but also the most famous in west Sikkim

   

Shiv mandir Legship

Also known as Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple, it is situated on the banks of beautiful Rangit River. A foot suspension bridge takes the devotees to its attractive location. People from all over the state visit this holy place of eminence. According to popular belief, whosoever worships here will earn virtues of two life times.

   

Khangchendzonga Waterfalls

After an hour and a half drive from Pelling, one comes across Khangchendzonga twin Water Falls. On way to Yuksom, it is a place not to be missed by the tourists for its breathtaking beauty of a wild torrent of water cascading down granite rocks. It is an amazing sight and most visitors stop to marvel at this great symbiosis of sound and sight.

   

Sanga-choling-Monastery

The Sanga Choeling Monastery, also spelt Sange Choeling Monastery, established in the 17th century by Lama Lhatsun Chempo, is one of the oldest monasteries in the Northeast Indian state of Sikkim. The literal meaning of Sanga Choeling is the "island of esoteric teaching". The Monastery is located on a ridge top above Pelling at a distance of 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Pemayangtse Monastery and is accessed by walking the steep hilly track of 4 kilometres (2.5 mi), which traverses through rich forest cover.

   

Phamrong waterfalls

Located between Yuksom and Gerethang this highest waterfall of West Sikkim presents a magnificent scenario especially during Monsoon. A gentle gradient footpath takes one to a viewpoint for a closer view of this mighty discharge of water.A cafeteria is being constructed for the benefit of tourists and the picnickers.

   

Kongri Labdang

There are other attraction around tashiding like sinon monastery,tso-nim dawa (pokhri danra) hungri monastery and pao-hungri .the paha khola falls on the way to kongri is worth visiting .the wild beehive on the side of the falls makes the visit more interesting .it is also an important point for the trekkers visiting kastura orar adjoining Khang-chen-Dzonga (Dzongri)trail.one can also visit jhang lhari nyingpo,one of the most sacred caves of sikkim from labdang.

   

Dentam

About an hour drive from Hee bermiok is attractive village of dentam.It is famous for the alpine gouda cheese factory,a product of indo-swiss collaboration.

   

Singshore Bridge ,Uttarey

Singshore Bridge is the highest bridge in Sikkim. This suspension bridge is located near Uttare in West Sikkim District. It is about 25 km away from Pemayangtse. This hanging bridge is a piece of mechanical marvel done by the engineers that connects two hills. The downward view from the bridge is a mind boggling one with the sight of beautiful waterfalls. .enroute is uttarey ,abase camp for trek to singalila range and other enchanting peak and places.

   

Durga Mandir,Uttarey

This tample lies at uttarey near the proposed artificial lake.This tample has been constructed by the big effort of the family of Shri P.L.Gurung and some other people ,who are citizen of that place.This mandir add a beauty to this valley and develop spiritual devlopment of the heart and mind of the people of that area.The temple needs institutional toilet and other facilities.