The Valley of Wonder
West Sikkim Tourism
Crushed between Bhutan toward the east and Nepal toward the west, the mountain territory of Sikkim lies at the base of the powerful Kanchenjunga, the third most elevated mountain on the planet. Thundering waterways, verdant valleys of rhododendron and orchids and (in case you're fortunate) a haven for the imperilled red panda (the image of Sikkim), are highlights of this little however entrancing hill valley with a characteristic of the wild. The western part of this modest state can be called West Sikkim in small, mesmerizingly lovely, and a trekker's enjoyment – there are trails in the uplands as well as in the valleys of this hilly locale. West District of Sikkim is known for the real Tourist attractions of Pelling/Pemayangtse, Ravangla and Yuksom. Rest all of the spots can be visited from any of these three goals. Touring will vary because of the nearness of each spot. Hee Bermiok, Dungay Homestay and numerous such places exist here. This area saw the sanctification in the wild of 'Chogyal' or Dharma Raja, which brought the introduction of a new reign. Yuksom was the first capital of Sikkim. Gyalshing/Geyzing is the locale central station of West Sikkim. It houses extremely valuable thankas, symbols, Buddhist writings, sketches and frescos and was worked in the eighteenth century. Khecheopalri Lake is called the wishing lake or Holy Lake. This peaceful lake is encompassed by backwoods and is trusted that fowls don't allow even a solitary leaf to glide on the lake surface. Uttaray is a Small villa arranged at the outrageous southwest corner of Sikkim. Other than the cloisters, west Sikkim likewise has other intriguing spots to visit, for example, Rabdentse Ruins. This fascination is close to Pelling and it was the second capital of Sikkim before 1814 A.D. It makes an ideal goal for archaeological and history-aficionados. The wonderful landscape of perfect mountains and a thick cluster of the assortments of Rhododendron along the trekking course- makes the view charming while at the same time makes trekking adventurous at such a high elevation in the West Sikkim.
The People of Sikkim comprise of three ethnic gatherings, that is, Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali. Networks of various tones intermix uninhibitedly in Sikkim to comprise a homogenous mix. Hindu Temples exist together with Buddhist Monasteries, Churches, Mosque and Gurudwara. The prevalent Communities are Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalese. These mix of Cultures has created a quintessential Sikkimese Culture that incorporates all ways and social status, yet has likewise figured out how to save their own personality. These can be found in the different spots of Worship, Festivals and Cultural points that are commended as the year progressed. Sikkim resembles an excellent bunch that is embellished with the astonishing hues and substance of various blossoms, as alluring dances, traditions and conventions of various clans and standings. Their abundant religious celebrations carry alongside them the rituals performed by the priests with lots of vitality and enthusiasm. The swords and shining gems add to the realness of the celebration while they move to the reverberating drums and trumpeting of horns. Saga Dawa is one of such promising celebrations, celebrated by the general population who pursue Mahayana type of Buddhism. On which, they go to religious communities and offer lights alongside the supplications.
Top things do in West Sikkim
How to reach
The Transport hub and the administrative centre of West Sikkim is the Gyalshing. Various jeeps and rented taxis, state bus connect Gyalshing to Siliguri and Gangtok.
How to Reach by Flight
Pelling to Bagdogra Airport (IXB) is roughly 145 kilometres and is a 4 to 5 hours drive by NH 31. Pelling, Jorethang, Ravangla, Namchi are very much associated with Bagdogra Airport. Helicopter Service from Gangtok takes around 30 minutes to reach Bagdogra and Pelling to Gangtok is around 140 kilometres.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway station to West Sikkim will be the New Jalpaiguri Stations which is around 140 kilometres away from the destination. Various cabs and taxis are available from the station to take you to West Sikkim. The drive is almost about 4 to 5 hours.
How to Reach by Bus
Sikkim Nationalized Transport provides the State Bus transport in and around the destination. The network of the buses are available all over the State and is connected to all the major urban cities. The bus fare is cheap and can be afforded by all kinds of people.
How to Reach by Road
Despite the fact that the landscape of West Sikkim has a very difficult terrain, the network of roads around the place is very well constructed and maintained. The roads leading to West Sikkim are connected to National highway and easily accessible from any major city.
How to travel within
As the place has a difficult terrain, it is advisable to go around the place on foot or rent a jeep.
The people of Sikkim follow the traditional Sikkimese cuisine, which is a blend of Nepalese cuisine with their own. The cuisine is mainly focused on various assortments and preparations of rice dishes. The blend of the cuisine has resulted due to the fact that Sikkim is the only place with the highest number of Ethnic Nepali community residing in a place. Their most popular dishes are the Dal Bhat, which is a preparation of plain boiled rice, with a lentil soup. In special occasions, the dal bhat will be served with some vegetable dish known as ‘tarkari’ and spicy chutney. Next is the dhindo which is a traditional Nepali dish. So, if you want to feel West Sikkim at its true essence, dhindo is a must dish to try. Thukpa and Momo are the other two most famous and preferred dish in Sikkim that is sure to keep your mouth watering.
West Sikkim Itinerary
Day 1: Start your journey from Gangtok to West Sikkim. Visit Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary and explore the place. Then head to pay a visit to Darap Village and Dubdi Monastery at noon. Then head to Geyzing and Goecha La in the evening. Then visit Legship on your way back hotel.
Day 2: Start your venture of the day by visiting Permayangste Monastery and Sangachoeling Monastery in the morning. Then head to visit Kanchenjunga National Park and Rabdentse Ruins. Spend time at Khecheolpairi Lake in the evening. Head back to the hotel and take rest for the day.
Day 3: Visit Tashiding in the morning and start your day with a pleasant atmosphere. Then head to visit Yuksom and scout the place. Hit the road back to Gangtok. You will reach home in the evening.