Ideal duration: 1 – 2 days Major Airports: Bagdogra Airport Best time: October to May (Read More)
Nestled in the lap of nature, Geyzing a small idyllic town is popular as the capital city and serves as the main headquarter of West Sikkim. Encircled with the snow-capped Himalayan ranges, and the River Rangeet, that is flowing on its western side, the town is located at an altitude of 6,500 feet. Land of divinity has stunning sacred monasteries all around the city. One can enjoy the enthralling sight of high peaks of Himalayan ranges from here, and some significant peaks of Mt, Kanchenjunga gives you the goosebumps. Serene vicinity of this town can be enjoyed whole year due to the temperate weather.
Gyalshing has not only eye-pleasing scenic beauty but also pinch of adventure activities; small treks were organized for adventure junkies, all you have to do is to head straight to Yangtey. Other major attractions for tourist are the town has connectivity to all the other destinations of Sikkim, Pelling, Yuksom, Ravangla and Gangtok are readily accessible from Geyzing.
Although Geyzing’s weather remains pleasant throughout the year but the town is all upsurge mostly during the summertime when the temperature is all pleasing and rises in between 18°C to 25°C, making it the peak time for sightseeing blooming gardens, relax and rejuvenate in the pristine aura. Well in monsoon season the town receives a moderate rainfall, in the months of July to September, revamping the greenery of the city and magnifying the natural beauty. In winters the temperature drops downs below the zero degree and the weather is spotted dry and too chilly, it is advisable to avoid travelling in that period or carry heavy woollens accordingly.
What you will like
Geyzing has a mesmerising beauty that no doubt anyone could fall for, and with numerous attractions for tourist, one can enjoy the soul-soothing aura of amidst lush greenery, small vibrant houses, tall alpine trees and the clear blue sky. Definitely, a perfect site to spend your vacations if you are an ardent nature lover.
What you might not like
As Geyzing is a quaint town of Sikkim, one cannot expect to have all the facilities of a big city here. Though there is well connectivity to traverse around the city, one can have to plan everything before, as one might have to face difficulties in short-term planning.
Geyzing is going to offer you with a plenty of sights to explore including artistic monasteries, cascading waterfalls, shimmering lakes and an absolute peace. Undoubtedly, this place is ideal for Honeymoon couples, adventure junkies or solo travellers, and Buddha devotees too.
How to Reach
To reach Geyzing is quite accessible if you pick to travel by air, although this place is well connected by air, road and rail networks as well.
Air– Bagdogra Airport (133.8 km via NH-10) and Siliguri Airport both are the nearest airports from Geyzing. From both the airports, travellers can hire a taxi or take a shared cab to reach this town. Also, flights running from both the airports are well connected from India’s major cities Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc.
Rail– Nearest railway station from Geyzing is New Jalpaiguri Station which is about is 98 km from the main city. To reach this destination, travellers can take a train from Siliguri Railway station as well; they have to take a taxi from both the stations. These stations are well linked with different cities of the country, and therefore a large number of express and local trains stop at these stations.
Road– To traverse by road to the route of Geyzing is going to be a most exciting experience for travellers. It’s quite accessible, as Sikkim state government provide bus services for the tourist, or they can book private owned buses too. Geyzing has a well-knitted network from other tourist spots as well, Gangtok, Pelling, Yuksom, Darjeeling, Tashiding, and Siliguri, one can fill their soul by taking these eye-pleasing routes.
Getting around Geyzing
Public and private taxis are 24*7 available in Geyzing to traverse within the vicinity.
What you will like- Geyzing enjoys a temperate weather, travellers can see the location of Geyzing all year around.
A quaint town of Sikkim shares its boundaries with Pelling, gives anyone a beautiful route to discover an eye-catching view of the high alpine and conifer trees, snow-capped mountains but more than that some of the excellent and admiring sites that are worth a visit in Geyzing. Pemayangtse and Sangachoeling Monasteries near to Geyzing must be there in the top of your list. Varsey a sanctuary where rhododendrons which bloom in the months of April and March, and paints the whole aura in colourful wildflowers, a perfect site for bird watching as well. Yangtey, again a tiny village surrounded by gushing waterfalls and a super amazing panoramic view of Mt.Kanchenjunga peak and dense forest. Another major tourist attraction of this town is Rabdentse Ruins, visit this archaeological site if you want to unveil the glorious stories of Sikkim, after this you are quite the Khecheopalri Hills, a holy place whose Lake is popular site since ages for divinity and serenity as well.
Places to Stay
If you are looking out for a luxurious stay in this petite town, with comfy rooms and warm hospitality, then you don’t have to roam around, head straight to these hotels for an absolutely cherishable stay.
Norbu Ghang Resort
Club Mahindra Resort
Summit Newa Residency
Shopping at Geyzing
Geyzing which is also renowned as Gyalshing among the locals has one of the oldest markets in the enthralling vicinity. Believed to be 100 years old, this establishment was done by the Buddhist monks of Pemayangtse Monastery for the betterment of their community, as well as the residents of the villages around the Pemayangtse. Till now, this market is serving people, and now number of tourists get attracted towards the exhibition of local handicrafts and wooden crafts and variety of woolen stuff, not only this, one can see the well-developed shopping arcade here, that has a multipurpose community hall, eating joints, banks and the availability of all other public services.
Also, tourist can visit Nanchi shopping centre or Mahabir Khadiyan Kharid Bikari Kendrya, Laduram Gangaram, and lastly to City mall to shop for some exclusive souvenirs taken from this place.
The authentic dishes of Geyzing will lure you towards the famous local dish of west Sikkim , Tosha Gyari a non-vegetarian delightful meal that is served in brassware rice plate is highly recommended to try, after this other must-try dishes are Momos, and Thukpa that is bunch of delectable morsels and thin meat-based stock , spiced and simmered for hours, served over egg noodles mostly. Go out to taste flavorus Mohi, a traditional non-alcoholic buttermilk drink, which is usually served with vegetarian meals, and lastly an extra unique beverage Sol Chhyang, which is a Brewed millet beer and served in bamboo decorated with silver stripes.
You can reach Geyzing early morning and check into your hotel. Get your yourself a good meal then go out for sightseeing the picturesque of Sikkim.
Pemayangtse monastery is an ultimate destination to visit when you reach here, Dubdi Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, Yangtey, Temi tea garden, you can shop some souvenirs by the evening while strolling in a local market. For another day you plan your tour to visit yuksom other town near to geyzing or pelling one of the most visited tourist destinations of Sikkim.