A spectacular, serene, hill station located in the Western part of Sikkim, is well renowned as an abode of natural beauty. Encompassed by Sikkim Himalayas, Yuksom is an incredible ideal spot to enjoy the enthralling view of third highest mountain ranges, i.e., Kanchenjunga Peak. Yuksom which is blessed with majestic mountainous views was the first capital of Sikkim established by the Phuntsog Namgyal, the first Chogyal (religious king) of Sikkim in the year 1642 AD, is considered as one of the historic hill towns in the whole vicinity.<
Yuksom is perched at the elevation of 1780 m, that is wrapped in patches of meadows, craggy mountain ranges is also enwreathed with monasteries, and fascinating ancient history as well. The etymology of Yuksom suggests the ‘meeting place of the three monks’, and this refers to those three monks who gathered in this town from Tibet to select the maiden king of Sikkim. Along with that Yuksom has numerous tourist spots that has a historic and religious significance, such as Dubdi Monastery that was established by Chogyal Namgyal is believed to be the first monastery in the region, statues of three monks who were said to be responsible for creating Yuksom town draws the attention of considerable number of Buddhist pilgrims and travelers from all over the world. Other historical ruins remain determines the royal complex of centuries-old town as capital, now serves as an excellent vantage point, is well known as the Tashi Tenka. Kathok Wodsallin Gompa is a newly constructed monastery that is named after one of three monks who coronated the first King of Sikkim the centre of attraction of this monastery is an impressive statue of Guru Padmasambhava.
Apart from these tourist places, Hongri Gompa, Rathong Chu river, Khecheopalri Lake, Tashiding Monastery, and Phamrong waterfalls are some of the nearby areas to explore while you plan to travel to surreal town Yuksom.
Best time to Visit Yuksom
To enjoy the cool breeze and pleasant weather, visit in the months of March- June, though in winters the temperature dropdowns if you are planning to trek, avoid the monsoon season, i.e. in between the months of June-September. For sightseeing and treks its best to visit in the month of October when the weather is fantastic, amble in peaceful historical town.
How to Reach
Air– Bagdogra Domestic Airport is located at a distance of 160 km, and it serves flights from Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. You have to book a cab or bus to traverse through Yuksom.
Rail– Located at a distance of 150 km, from Yuksom, New Jalpari Railway station is considered to be the nearest one. Similarly, you have to hire a taxi or bus to the destination.
Road– By road to reach Yuksom is quite challenging and especially try to avoid to travel in night hours. Also, private cabs are the best way to commute to this town.
Getting around Yuksom
Yuksom is tiny town and to enjoy its beauty and tranquillity one must wander around on its feet.
What you will like
Lush green surroundings, snowy peaks of Himalayas, the tranquil aura of town and amiable localities.
What you might not like
No Bank or ATM facility at Yuksom and the town is deprived of providing luxurious facilities to tourist.
Adventure junkies, a perfect place for trekking and camping, or to spend your summer holidays.
Places to Stay
Take a break and halt at some reasonable yet pleasing hotels, in Yuksom that proffer the warm hospitality to their guest. You can opt for government guest houses that provide necessary facilities to tourist, or stay at comfy and medium range hotels, Hotel Red Palace, Yuksum Residency, Limboo Homestay that is considered as the best among the tourist to stay in here, other ones are Hotel Tashi Gang , Hotel Yari Gang, Hotel Demazong and Chumbi Mount Retreat.
Sightseeing and Treks
An absolutely amazing historic town of Sikkim has a beguiling beauty of snow hung Khangchendzonga mountains, or we can say this town is popular as a Gateway to Mt. Khangchendzonga. There are numerous thriving tourist attractions including ancient monasteries, monuments, lakes, and gushing waterfalls., that will make you fall in love with this teeny-weeny town.
Yuksom is widely admired and traverse by adventure junkies who eager to take a plunge for audacious treks, of Yuksom Dzongri Trek and Yuksom Dzongu Goecha La Trek. Yuksom Dzongri Trek is merely 5 days trek and known as the shorter version of Goecha La Trek and is apt for the Trekkers to explore and see the mesmerising scenic landscapes of towering peaks of Sikkim Himalayas. While Goecha La Trek is which pursue for around 11 days will give you an ultimate lifetime experience, on this tour you can spot the majestic gigantic of Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Kabru and Kabru Dome and breathtaking view of Himalayan ranges covered in snow-blanketed. Along with that, you can spot some of the exclusive mountain species Barking Deer, the Red Panda, Marbled Cat, and Black Himalayan bear or you can behold the view of thicket forest of pine, oak, spruces, maple, and chestnut.
Dialects in Yuksom
Yuksom is girded with Nepalese refugees or Bhutia community people, mostly inhabitants of this town belong to these groups, though Bhutia community is dominant since many years, still, the prominent spoken language here is Nepalese.
Shopping in Yuksom
Bustling Local markets are an ideal option to shop in Yuksom. Traditional items of clothing and dresses are the first on the list of tourist to buy then alluring old times crafted jewellery, handmade shawls, bags, wall hangings, and home decoratives.
Cuisines of Yuksom
Being the distant place from central cities, the supply of meat became scarce in Yuksom, so it’s preferable to avoid non-vegetarian dishes. Do try Yak Momos it’s a rare and taste like heaven. One cannot afford to miss such a lip-smacking fare along with Tongba ( Drink prepared from Bamboo Sticks) both are adjudged as unique cuisine here.
Eateries in Yuksom
Norting and Yak restaurant is the favourite dining places here which are located at the main junction in Yuksom, along with them there are another renowned food joints, Gupta restaurant that serves some appetizing cheese-tomato-toast and Mama’s Kitchen where various delicacies are served. Also, Lotus Bakery is highly appreciated for yummy freshly baked slices of bread, Muffins, Apple pie and Chocolate Croissant.
Reach Yuksom, check into a hotel, where you booked your stay, have breakfast then soak yourself into scenic surroundings of this town, visit the tourist spots such as Norbung Park, Tashi Tenka, Mani Hall or look out to the cascading Khangchendzonga waterfall. Then relax yourself and grab an authentic meal in any restaurant of this town and a take a trip to the captivating monasteries, rediscover yourself and adore the splendid beauty of Dubi Gompa, Hongri Gompa and Kathok Gompa or Ngadhak Changchub Choeling Gompa. To visit these places you might be needing some help of guides, do hire if you want one. By evening you can stroll around the local market or relish the beauty of the incredibly charming town. You can have a quick visit to Khangchendzonga National Park, another day and then carry on your tour to visit other tourist destinations, Pelling, Lache, Geyzing and so on.
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