West Sikkim Tourist Attractions – Take The Memories Leave Your Footprints

West Sikkim

A journey to West Sikkim answers the questions that you did not even think of asking at the beginning

West Sikkim is a part of the four districts of the state of Sikkim and is the second largest among them. Its headquarter is at Geyzing which is also known as Gyalshing. West Sikkim is packed with some gracious sightseeing destinations all around the district which are visited all around the year by lots of travelers.

Best Time to Visit

Summer is considered to be the best time to travel to West Sikkim as the weather during that season remains very comfortable. Though the winter season is generally very harsh in West Sikkim, it can be visited if you are eager to experience authentic winter. October to November is also an ideal time to visit West Sikkim as it is neither too hot nor too cold which is best for traveling around.

The route from Gangtok to West Sikkim

Gangtok To West Sikkim Route Map
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Gangtok is the capital and the basic commercial hub in the state of Sikkim and whenever you travel to Sikkim it must be and usually is the first stop where you can buy traditional souvenirs and get a taste of some traditional local food. You can now avail car rental service from NJP to Gangtok which is now provided by many car rental agencies in Siliguri, but make sure you pick the right ones.

West Sikkim is situated at a distance of approximately 118 km and it takes almost 4 hours and 25 minutes to reach by road. You do not need to worry about the routes when having NJP to Gangtok car booking service but still for your information the best route from Gangtok to West Sikkim is bulleted below:

  • Towards the South-West on Indira Bypass Rd
  • Turn right to reach NH10
  • From there turn right to stay at NH10
  • Turn towards the right-hand side to reach Nh510
  • Keep driving on NH510
  • Turn left to reach Pelling-Sakyong-Gyalshing Rd
  • Turn right and continue driving onto Pelling-Dentam Rd
  • Turn towards the right side onto Pelling-Rimbi Rd
  • Turn left to stay on Pelling-Rimbi Rd
  • Finally, you reach West Sikkim

Now that the roads have taken you to West Sikkim, let us discuss the West Sikkim tourist attractions and sightseeing destinations in for you to visit:

1-Pelling

Pelling is among the most visited hill stations in the state of Sikkim. It has an altitude of 6,800 ft and has wild thick forest which is home to numerous species of animals. It is popular for its impeccable view of the mighty Kanchenjunga and the neighboring hills and it offers the same every time you visit it.

2-Geyzing

Geyzing, Sikkim
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Situate at an elevation of 6,500 ft, Geyzing is the capital city of West Sikkim district. Located at a distance of 10 km from Pelling, Geyzing which is also popular as Gyalshing is visited by many tourists for the scenic beauty of nature. The serene monasteries in Geyzing are also another attraction for tourists.

3-Pemayangtse Monastery

Pemayangtse Monastery which is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava is located on the top of a hill overlooking the historical Rabdentse Ruins. The word Pemayangtse stands for “Perfect, Sublime Lotus”. The statues of Guru Rinpoche are the major attractions of the monastery. The picturesque view and fascinating architecture of the monastery have been alluring tourists for many years.

4-Darap Village

Darap Village, situated at an altitude of 1600 meters is a major attraction of the tourists for the extraordinary flora and fauna. It is a paradise for trekkers. Darap Village is also popular for bird-watching, handicrafts, traditional house visit, and visiting caves at Kanchenjunga National Park.

5-Rabdentse Ruins

Rabdentse was the second capital of Sikkim and today it is nothing but ruins. It is a must visit place for history-enthusiasts and offers a spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga Peak. Travelers also trek for 2 kilometers which starts from Pelling and extends up to Geyzing and reach Rabdentse Ruins.

6-Yuksom

Yuksom is among the most dynamic destinations in West Sikkim situated near the Kanchenjunga National Park. It is also among the best places for treks in Sikkim. The first Chogyal was crowned here in Yuksom is the year 1642. Visit Yuksom for experiencing the tranquility of the majestic monasteries.

7- Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary Trek

Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is situated in the small town called Barsey or Varsey. You will have to trek from a village called Hilley to reach the sanctuary as no vehicles are accessible by road. Situate at an altitude of 10,000 ft, Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is a paradise for nature lovers. The sanctuary is also a home to Black Bear, Red Panda, Wild Dogs, Himalayan Palm Civets, Jackals, and deer.

8-Goecha La

Goecha La is a mountain pass which is situated at an elevation of 4,940 meters. Travelers also use it as the base camp for the South-East face of Kanchenjunga. You will need a special permit for the access to this spot. As no mode of transport is available and accessible to reach Goecha La, you will have to trek and it takes 7 to 8 days for completing the trek and coming back.

9-Kanchenjunga National Park

Located on the border between East Nepal and Sikkim, Kanchenjunga National park is a must visit place in West Sikkim. It has altitudes ranging from 1829 meters to 8,550 meters. Like Goecha la, you will need special permits to reach there. Kanchenjunga National park is famous for the amazing fauna which includes Himalayan Tahr, Wild Dog, Red Panda, Tibetan Wild Ass, Snow Leopard, and Musk Deer. And the flora includes Rhododendron, medical plants, herbs, maple trees, fir, birch, oak etc.

10-Legship

Legship which is a small town in West Sikkim is popular for having the Rangit dam built over the River Rangit. Travelers come here to enjoy the picturesque views of the surroundings. You can indulge in fishing, rafting, and angling in the Rangit Water World. Far away from the burden of everyday life, it is a great picnic spot. According to the believers, Lord Shiva appeared in front of Arjuna and blessed his success in the war of Mahabharata right here in this spot.

11-Biksthang

Biksthang is a small farmhouse which is also known as Mangalbaray and Chuchen. Tourists visit this place for enjoying the picturesque view of the great Himalayas. It is the perfect destination to stay in Sikkim amidst the pristine beauty of nature. Biksthang is also popular for being the bird watching paradise.

12-Tashiding Monastery

Tashiding Monastery is among the holiest and oldest monasteries in Sikkim. It was built in the year 1717 and is situated at a distance of approximately 40 kilometers from Geyzing in the West Sikkim. Located at the top of the hill between Rangit and Rathong Rivers, Tashiding Monastery is a rapturous destination to have inner tranquility.

13-Dubdi Monastery

Dubdi Monastery was established in the year 1701 which is also known as Yuksom Monastery. It belongs to the Nyingma Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Located at an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level, Dubdi Monastery is a worth visiting destination in West Sikkim.

14-Sangachoeling Monastery

Sangachoeling Monastery which was established in the year 1697 is among the top sightseeing destinations in West Sikkim. You will have to walk for around 40 minutes trough forested area. It overlooks the Pemayangtse Monastery and is a wonderful destination to visit with friends and family.

15-Khecheopalri lake

Khecheolpalri Lake situated at a distance of approximately 34 kilometers from the north side of Pelling. Its original name was Kha-Chot-Palri and it is believed to be a sacred lake for both Buddhists and Hindus. If the legends are to believe, it has the power to fulfill wishes if asked with pure hearts.

It does not matter who you travel with, but the destination matters!!

And West Sikkim should be your next destination to enjoy the pristine beauty of nature on the lap of Mother Nature.

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