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Yuksom

This small town in Sikkim is perfect for a serene vacation away from human existence. Renowned with the name of “gateway to Kangchendzongha”, Yuksom is a trekker’s paradise. Its prehistoric monasteries, splendid monuments, calm waterfalls and lakes leave travellers longing for more. Yuksom was once the first capital of Sikkim. Today, the town charms nature and animal lovers from all over the globe willing to discover the real meaning of existence.

Here are the top places to visit in Yuksom:

Khecheopalri Lake

Situated at a height of 6000 ft, Khecheopalri Lake is around 28 km from the main city. This is one of the largest lakes in Sikkim and thus, is frequented by many travellers. Locals link this lake with the Goddess Tara and can be seen performing various rituals here. Water of the lake is pristine and offers a great picnic site. Food outlets and lodging facilities are available around the lake to let visitors enjoy overnight camping amidst nature.

Tashiding Monastery

This ancient monastery is visited by those seeking enlightenment and spirituality. Its snowy backdrop and splendid architecture are enough to make visitors fall in love with it. It was built in the 17th century and it lies between Rangit and Rathong rivers. Path leading to the Tashiding Monastery is nestling with colourful fluttering prayer flags adding more beauty to this religious hub.

Dubdi Monastery

Dubdi Monastery was built in the year 1701 during the rule of Chogyal Namgyal. This is one of the ancient monasteries of Sikkim holding great importance among the locals. Its bewitching hilltop location adds to its popularity. Take the path to the monastery and you will be showered with panoramic vistas of the snow peaked mountains. The interiors of the monastery showcase images of divinities, saints and other religious symbols. Go through the huge collection of manuscripts and texts as well to understand the local cultures closely.

Khangchendzonga National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site spreads over 1784 sq km and acts home to spectacular wildlife, including Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Bharal, Musk deer Great Tibetan Sheep, etc. Bird watchers can take the pleasure of spotting beautiful birds here like Black-necked Crane, Grus nigricollis, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Himalayan Monal Pheasant and Satyr Tragopan some of which are rare ones. The 17 alpine lakes flowing through the park and sights of 19 Himalayan mountains peaks in the backdrop make it a real retreat for nature devotees as well.

Coronation Throne of Norbugang

This is the place where crowning of the first Chogyal king - Phuntsog Namgyal was conducted. Here a grand structure named as Norbugang chorten stands apart from seats of the 3 Lamas and the king. This is a popular hub among Buddhist pilgrims and has many monasteries like Dubdi Monastery, Kartok Monastery and Tashiding Monastery in its vicinity. The place has great religious and historical significance and remains on the itinerary of everyone visiting Sikkim.

Kartok Monastery

Kartok Monastery can be identified with its red structure outlined with golden and yellow colours. It has a typical Tibetan style of architecture and is a popular pilgrimage destination in the village of Yuksom.

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