West Sikkim

West Sikkim is the second largest district in the state of Sikkim. Characterized by great tracts of virgin forest and deep river valley, it is home to Sikkim’s ancient monasteries such as Pemayangtse, Tashiding, Sanga Choeling and Dubdi monastery. West Sikkim is also the starting point to treks like Dzongri and Goechela, Kanchenjunga etc., besides there are also several low-altitude trekking options that provide ample opportunities to enjoy the wonderful profusion of orchids, rhododendron forests, waterfalls and terraced hillsides with a backdrop of majestic vistas.
The district headquarter is Gyalshing, also known as Geyzing and is well connected to the capital Gangtok.
Other main tourist attractions in west Sikkim include Varsey or Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary with tranquil Rinchenpong village, Kechopari lake near Pelling and Dubdi, the first monastery of Sikkim.

Attractions in West Sikkim, around and from West Sikkim

  • Darap village Darap village situated about 8 Kms from Pelling is one of the few places that offers a refuge from the noise and the crowd of the city. The majority of the people belongs to the Limboo community along

  • Dubdi Monastery Dubdi monastery which is also known as the Yuksom monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is situated at an altitude of 2100mts and is also known as the Hermits cell after its

  • Khecheopalri Lake Khecheopalri (wish fulfilling lake) is a small tranquil Lake, surrounded by prayers flags and forested hills. It is located about 34kms away from Pelling. The significance of the lake lies in the fact

  • Norbughang Throne The Norbugang Coronation Throne is of great importance to the people of Sikkim because it was here Phuntsog Namgyal, the first Chogyal (King) of Sikkim was crowned by the three wise lamas and this is

  • Pelling Pelling perched on a narrow ridge at an altitude of 2150m with spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the surrounding ranges. It is about 115kms from Gngtok and is emerging as the second biggest tou

  • Pemayangtse monastery The Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim, and the headquarters of the Nyingmapa order of the Tibetan Buddhism. “Pema yang tse” meaning sublime perfect lotus

  • Rabdentse Ruins Rabdentse was the second capital of Sikkim till 1814 A.D., it was destroyed by the invading Gurkha army and only the ruins of the palace and the chortens are seen now. The Archaeological Society of In

  • Sangachoeling monastery Sanga Choling monastery is situated on a hill top opposite to the Pemayangtse monastery. It is about 45 minutes walk through thick forested area. Built in 1697, by Gyalwa Lhatsum Chempo, and is exce

  • Singshore bridge The Singshore suspension bridge is the highest bridge in Sikkim and the second highest bridge in Asia. It is an example of modern engineering marvel. It is about 5kms away from Pelling on the Pelling

  • Tashiding Tashiding monastery is perched on a hill top with an astounding backdrop of Mt. Kanchenjunga, over the Rathong and the Rangit River. This monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa sect and is highly revered

  • Yuksom Yuksam was the first capital of Sikkim, where according to the historical records, the first Chogyal of the Kingdom of Sikkim was consecrated in 1642 A.D. by the three learned lamas. The evidence of t