Yuksom, a small village, and an alluring place nestled in the heart of the mountains covered with green vegetation in the western region of Sikkim is renowned for its natural beauty. Also known as the “gateway to Kanchenjunga”, Yuksom is an attractive tourist hub. The village provides access to the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga and for some of the most adventurous treks in Yuksom itself, and to Tashiding/Dzongri Peak/Goecha La.
So, if you are a travel enthusiast, and looking forward to exploring Yuksom, we are provding you the list of top 7 places to visit in Yuksom. Those are as follows:
1. Dubdi Monastery:
Nestled on a fascinating stretch of green land, the Dubdi Monastery means “the retreat”. It is also known as Yuksom Monastery. It is one of the significant places to visit in Yuksom. The interior has been magnificently painted and sculpted Buddhist patterns, images of saints, Buddhist symbols and even Manuscripts. It is said to have been established by Chogyar Namgyal in the year 1701.
2. Khecheopalri Lake:
Khecheopalri Lake is the largest lake in Sikkim and thus it attracts a lot of tourists. Situated amid a forest this lake is considered to be sacred as well. The lake has immaculate and clean waters and the surface of the lake always remains clean. Legends declare the lake to be related with Goddess Tara. Different stories about the lake can be heard from the locals. All of them regard the lake to be holy. It is one of the must visit places for the peaceseekers.
3. Kanchenjunga National Park:
Kanchenjunga National Park is regarded as one of the best national parks in India because it is located at a very high altitude and remains unaffected by human intervention. Spread over the area of 820sq km, Kanchenjunga National Park is abode to various Himalayan creatures like snow leopard, sloth bear, Himalayan black deer, and red panda. The park is also a habitation to over 500 different species of plants and birds.
4. Tashiding Monastery:
Several sacred ceremonies are performed in the monastery and one should surely pay a visit to this place to experience the Buddhist culture and local way of life. According to the legends, Tashiding Monastery was visited by the Buddhist master; Guru Padmasambhava, hence it is a very crucial place for the Buddhists. The monastery has radiant hues and beautiful Buddhist architecture and a tranquil atmosphere.
5. Tashi Teenka:
Travelers must explore this place to testify the heritage of Yuksom City as well as the natural breath-taking beauty around the spot. The royal complex of Tashi Teenka was built when the town of Yuksom happened to be the capital of Sikkim. It is established on a ridge and thus it provides a full 360-degree glimpse of the entire city.
6. Kartok Monastery:
Located on the opposite side of the Kartok Lake, Kartok Monastery has been titled after the Lama who was a part of the crowning of the first sovereign of Sikkim. The monastery bestows a glimpse into the Buddhist way of worship. Adorned in the intricate Buddhist architecture and dazzling hues, it is one of the most crucial monasteries in town.
7. Narbugang Coronation Throne:
This serene place is adorned by the Buddhist prayer flag, and thus emits a divine feeling into the air. This place is an essence of Yuksom’s cultural and religious heritage. It is one of the must visit palce in Yuksom for the serene aura seekers. The three Lamas used to gather here to preach Buddhism. The Norbugang Coronation Throne is of great religious and cultural significance because This is where Phutsog Namgyal was crowned as the first Chyogyal of Sikkim.
8. How to reach Yuksom:
The nearest railway station is NJP, amd the nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport. Travelers can Take a vehicle to Gangtok. The distance between Yuksom to Gangtok is about 119km; that is 4hours 38 minutes. Taxi services are accessible from Gangtok to Yuksom. It is well connected to strong road network to major cities.