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Geyzing: Geyzing is the beautiful capital town of West Sikkim District. Being the headquarters, Geyzing acts as the initial point in the western part of Sikkim. Geyzing is also called as Gyalshing. Located at a distance of 117 kms from Gangtok, Geyzing is the most populated area of the western region in Sikkim. In the vein of other beautiful places in the region, Geyzing too has the essence of natural beauty in its environs.
Gyalshing or Geyzing is well-connected to Gangtok by means of regular buses and jeeps. For more comfortable journey, you can also opt for private taxis that are available all over the state. Geyzing is an important town, so the place itself is also directly connected from places like Darjeeling and Kalimpong via Jorethang. Throughout the section of West Sikkim tours, we have given the directions and distance from Geyzing to keep you at ease.

Pemayangtse Monastery: Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the State. Orginally established by Lhatsun Chempo, one of the revered Lamas to have performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal (Religious Monarch) of Sikkim. This ancient monastery belongs to the Nyingma Buddhism and has been considered as one of the premier monasteries in the State, having been entrusted with the task to perform all religious functions of the erstwhile monarch. The Monastery, located on a hill top at an altitude of 6840 ft. commands a magnificent panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding hills and country-side.
 
 
     

Rabdentse Ruins: This was the second capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Sikkim after Yuksom and till the year 1814 AD, the Kings of Sikkim had ruled the State from this place. Today, the ruins lie hidden from the main road at a walking distance from the Pemayangtse Monastery. The scenic view from the top of the ruins scanning across the deep valley to the mystic heights of Khangchendzonga ranges is something to be cherished and etched in memory.

 


Sanga-Choling Monastery: This monastery is situated on a ridge above Pelling and the famous Pemayangtse Monastery. Built in 1697 AD, it is considered to be the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. In order to reach this Monastery one has to be prepared to spend at least 40 nminutes walking up the steep hilly slope which leads through rich forest covers.

Khecheopalri Lake: Khecheopalri Lake is considered to be one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim both by the Buddhist and the Hindus. The lake remains hidden in the rich forest cover. It is believed that birds do not permit even a single leaf to float on the lake surface. There is a motorable road from Pemayangtse right up to the lake area.

Yuksam: This was the first capital of Sikkim, where according to the historical records, the first Chogyal of the Kingdom of Sikkim was consecrated in the 1641 AD by three learned lamas. The evidence of the consecration ceremony is still intact in Norbugang Chorten in the form of stone seats and a foot print of the Head Lama on the stone.
Since the history of Sikkim began from this place, these areas are now considered sacred by the people of Sikkim. Yuksam is served by all weather road from Pemayangtse, which is at a distance of 32 kms from Yuksam. The trek to Dzongri and to the base camo of the famous Mt. Khangchen-Dzonga begins here.

Tashiding Monastery: This monastery is constructed on top of a heart shaped hill with the back drop of the sacred Mt. Khang-chen-Dzonga. Acoording to Buddhist scriptures, Guru Padma Sambhava (Guru Rimpoche) blessed the sacred land of Sikkim in the 8th century AD from the spot. The monastery, however, was built in the 18th Century AD by Ngadak Sempa Chempo, one of the three lamas who had performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal.

Varsey: It lies at an elevation of 10,000 ft. and has a motorable road access upto Hilley. An easy 4 kms trek from there takes one up to the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. One can also trek from Soreng or Dentam in West Sikkim. The place provides a magnificent view of the mountains. Visitors can halt at 'Guras Kunj' trekkers' hut.

Shri Kiriteshwar Temple, Legship: Situated at Legship (16kms from Gyalshing on the Gangtok-Gyalshing highway). On the banks of the River Rangit, this Hindu temple is dedicated to God Shiva. It is said that many years ago a rock in the shape of a Shiv Linga miraculously appeared at the base of a tree. The temple has been constructed at this very spot. The temple complex also houses a Dharamsala (living accommodation for worshippers) and a community kitchen.The temple is fast developing into a favorite stop over point for tourists going to Pelling and Yoksum.

Sai Mandir, Daramdin: Sai Mandir, Daramdin is a recent added attraction in the Tourism map of Sikkim. This Sarvadharma was inaugurated on April 15, 2007 by the CM of Sikkim. The temple is built keeping in mind the exact architectural design of Sai Temple, Puttaparthi. People visit this temple with great devotion to their guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Singshore Bridge: It is the highest bridge in Sikkim. This suspension bridge is located near Uttarey in West Sikkim District. It is about 25 km away from Pemayangtse.This hanging bridge is a piece of mechanical marvel done by the engineers that connects two hills. The downward view from the bridge is a mind boggling one with the sight of beautiful waterfalls. Singshore Bridge is accessible from Pelling as well as from Pemayangste by road. The bridge can be reached by a 20 min drive from Uttarey. Uttarey is a base camp for Singilela Mountain Range trek.

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