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Offbeat Places To See In Sikkim – Part 2

Often when we mention the name of Sikkim, a few well-known tourists spots such as Gangtok, Pelling or Nathula-Pass comes in our mind. However, Sikkim has loads to offer and is not limited to only these places. So next Time when you are thinking of a tour, be open to a variety of offbeat places in Sikkim which offer Grandest of nature views and unique travel experience. Let us take a look at a few of them. 

Offbeat Places To See In Sikkim 

1. Yuksom

This oldest settlement of Sikkim has high historical importance and originally used to be the capital of Sikkim. Located in the district of West Sikkim, it is also the coronation site of King Namgyal. Also known as the Khangchendzonga’s  Gateway to Eastern Himalayas, Yuksom offers great views of the Himalayas.

This village has been declared as a heritage village and has a wide number of attractions. Such as the Khecheopalri lake, Kanchendzonga National Park, Norbugang Coronation throne, Tashi Teenka and a few monasteries such as the Kartok Monastery, Dubdi, and Tashiding Monastery.

2. Kaluk

Kaluk in West Sikkim, at an altitude of about 5600 meters, is a beautiful small village with mesmerizing Himalayan mountain beauty. Known to be a very windy place, spell bounding views Kanchendzonga is what Kaluk is all about. The villagers earn their livelihood from agriculture and slowly this place is gaining popularity amongst tourists.

While in Kaluk, you may visit Singshore Bridge, Rawangla, Pelling, Geysing or stroll in Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary.

Kaluk may be visited throughout the year. Summers presents abundant blossomed colorful and vibrant Rhododendrons while winters give grand snow-capped Kangchendzonga views.

3. Gyalshing

Also known as Geyzing, this is capital of the west district of Sikkim. This small surreal town lies at an altitude of 823 meters above sea level and a very short distance from Pelling. Literally “gyalshing “means king’s Garden and it is said that it used to be the royal garden attached to Sikkim’s old capital, Rabdenste.

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With mountain peaks playing hide and seek in misty fog and fresh air, Gyalshing also has few tourists attraction apart from scenic views such as the Pemayanste Monastery and Mendang (also called the holy wall) built by king Chogyal Chador Namgyal.

Best time to visit Gyalshing is from October to early December. This old town now has a big market with all sorts of local handicrafts and souvenirs to be carried back home. It has developed a lot from and banks, cafes, police station to even football ground, all are present here.

Although offbeat, Geyzing is well in demand for tourists and thus plenty of hotels and lodges available for stay.

These offbeat places in Sikkim are the best choices to stay or have accommodation for those who look for some quiet time in their holidays. These places are nearer to main cities and staying here might even cost less. The roadways are well connected and transportation is readily available to nearby cities, New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri or Gangtok.

Featured “Photo of India China border” by Mahindra Homestays under CC By 2.0

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