Yuksom is a town in West Sikkim, it was the first capital of Sikkim in the 17th Century. However, it not only forms an important base point for the famous Goechala trek but also has a rich historical background. (Yuksom Tours)
We reached Yuksom and checked into Hotel Red Palace, situated 1 km uphill inside the pine forests of Yuksom bazaar. Indeed, it is one of the best hotels in this hill area offering some out of this world views of the Himalayas. The hotel offers wooden and spacious rooms starting from Rs 1600 which is, each having a wide-angle view of the West Sikkim valley. Although, the Chenrezig statue of the skywalk in Pelling is visible from the hotel and the Mount Kabru peak of the Himalayas.
How to reach Yuksom – Nearest railway station and airport in Siliguri, from there a cab will take 5 hours to reach yuksom.
Best hotel to stat hotel to stay:- Hotel red palace near Yukom bazaar. (Yuksom Tours)
1. Norbugang Coronation throne
At this time, the first tourist spot that we visited in Yuksom was the Norbugang coronation throne. Although, the spot was previously a trekking route now the spot is motorable through a cobbled road. Whereas, the tourist spot has an adjacent monastery which has a huge Buddhist statue overlooking the Yuksom valley.
The coronation throne is more like a park that has a rich history dating back to the 17th century when Yuksom was the capital of the Sikkimese king. Here the coronation of King Lhatsen Chempo happened. Not only this, the chortens, built with woods and stones collected from all parts of Sikkim. The throne known as Norbugang is below a large pine tree which is now believed to be more than three hundred years old. The coronation throne, built with stones decorated with numerous prayer flags all around. (Yuksom Tours)
2. Kathok Lake
Adjacent to this holy park there is a lake called Kathok which also derives its significance from Buddhism practiced by the lamas living in the area. However, the sanctity of the lake can be understood by the numerous prayer flags. However, they fit in with the pristine green grassland and the surrounding mountains in the vicinity of the lake. It took me to surprise, to see the colorful orange fishes inside the lake that thrive on the algae and organic plants on the lake. Although, We walked meager 50 meters through a rough terrain of rocks and roots to reach the lake. Moreover, this little effort will lead us to a wonderful location of utmost natural beauty in this part of Sikkim.
3. Dubdi Monastery
A half an hour drive in the direction of the helipad of Yuksom will lead us to the oldest monastery of Sikkim called Dubdi monastery. The road to the Dubdi monastery from Yuksom is extremely rough and patchy through dense forests. From the motorable road, one has to trek uphill for 400 meters to reach this ancient monastery. Although, the trek is through dense jungle and extremely steep so be careful to hold your breath and keep your time to reach your final destination. However, the location of the monastery is in a completely isolated place. Most of the tourists come here to spend their time in solitude.
The monastery in local language meaning the retreat, established by the first king of Sikkim in the year 1701. The monastery has a beautiful architecture that contains ancient manuscripts and the three statues of the lamas who established Yuksom as the first capital of Sikkim in the 17th century. Relevant to its historical importance the monastery, situated inside deep forest providing astounding views of the Himalayas in the background.
4. Phamrong Waterfall:-
Last but not the least, Phamrong waterfalls is the last destination in this circuit. However, Phamrong waterfall, situated deep into the forests is 7 km from Yuksom on the highway towards Tashiding. This is the highest waterfall in Sikkim. I captured the splendid view of the gushing waterfall flowing down from the Himalayas.
Whereas, For travelers seeking to get a closer view of the waterfall to have to trek around 200 steps after which there is a viewpoint. The trek is a little bit scary as the steps are almost damaged and one has to cross some precarious terrain of rocks and boulders. The pathway is through the dense jungle but after some 15 minutes of hard work. However, one gets the delightful opportunity to spend some priceless moments with the alluring scenery of the mighty waterfall. From here one gets to capture the waterfall in their photo frame from different angles and admire the greenery of the surrounding Himalayas.
After my short stay in West Sikkim, I returned back through the same route via Jorethang to Siliguri taking back beautiful memories of the most religious circuit of Sikkim. Whereas, it is also advisable to stay for another day in Yuksom. As after my numerous adventures in the Himalayas I found this quaint village as one of the most scenic and cleanest villages in North East of India. The hill station provides some stunning views of the Himalayas and is also an important gateway to the enigmatic Kanchendzonga national park.
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