West Sikkim


Pelling Is About 133 Km Away From Siliguri And 125 Km From Gangtok And Well Connected By Bus And Jeep Services. Placid Pelling Pulls Most Of The Visitors For Its Representative Status In History, Nature And Culture Of The State. Pelling Itself Consists Of Little More Than A Road Junction, Helicopter Pad And Numerous Hotels, Creating The So-Called "Bengali Boulevard".

Pemayangtse Monastery

Pemayangtse Is Situated In West Sikkim At Gyalshing (140 Kms. From Gangtok) And Commands An Impressive View Of Mt. Kanchendzonga. This Monastery Belongs To The Nyigma Order And All Other Nyigma Order Monasteries In Sikkim Are Subordinate To It. The Monks Of Pemayangtse Are Usually From The Leading Bhutia Families In Sikkim. There Are 108 Monks In This Monastery.

Rabdentse Palace

This Was The Second Capital Of The Erstwhile Kingdom Of Sikkim. Today The Ruins Lie Hidden From The Main Road At A Walking Distance. The Second Capital Of The Erstwhile King Of Sikkim. This Is Also Very Close To The Pemyangtse Monastery, A 30mins Walk From The Main Road. The Scenic View From The Top Of The Ruins Scanning Across The Deep Valley.

Sanga Choling

This Monastery Is Situated On A Ridge Above Pelling And The Famous Pemayangtse Monastery. It Is Considered To Be One Of The Oldest Monasteries In The State. In Order To Reach This Monastery One Has To Be Prepared To Spend At Least 40 Minutes Walking Up The Steep Hill Slope Which Leads Through Rich Forest Covers.

Rimbi Water Fall

Further Down At The Base Of The Pelling Hill Are The Rimbi Falls, Possible The Tallest Accessible Waterfall In Its Vicinity. Nearby Lies Melli Village, Which Is One Of The More Typical Lepcha Villages, With Its Unique Vernacular Architecture And Traditional Lifestyle.

Khechopalri Lake

Khacheodpalri, The Wishing Lake Is Considered As One Of The Sacred Lakes Of This State 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. The Hut Is Presently Managed By A Local Person And Provides Comfortable Stay Providing A Taste Of Local Cuisine Which May Include "Chang" - Brew Made Of Fermented Millet.


This Was The First Capital Of Sikkim, Where According To The Historical Records, The First Chogyal Of The Kingdom Of Sikkim Was Consecrated In 1641 A.D. By Three Learned Lamas. Since The History Of The State Began From This Place, These Areas Are Now Considered Sacred By The People Of Sikkim

Kanchenjunga Water Fall

Between Yuksom And Khecheopalri Lake Are Two Beautiful Waterfalls. The Phamrong Falls And The Khangchendzonga Falls. The Latter's Waters Come Directly From The Khangchendzonga Itself. About An Hours Drive From Pelling Is These Beautiful Water Falls. Do Not Miss It On Your Visit To West Sikkim.

Dubdi Monastery

Dubdi Monastery, One Of The Oldest Monastery In Sikkim, Is Located At The Top Of A Hill About An Hour's Walk From Yuksam. Also Known As The Hermit's Cell After Its Reclusive Founder Lhatsun Namkha Jigme. The Trail To Dubdi Winds Through Lush Forests High Above The Village, Offering Scenic Overlooks And Impressive Mountain Views. Dubdi Means 'The Retreat'


Norbu Gang Chorten And The Stone Throne Are Also At Yuksom. Yuksom Was The First Capital Of The Erstwhile Kingdom Of Sikkim. It Derives It's Name After The Three Great Lamas Who Met Here To Consecrate The First Chogyal (Yok-Meeting Of The Great Lama, Sum-Three).The First King Of Sikkim Was Coronated Hereon The Throne Made Of Stone Close To The Norbugang Monsatery And The Chorten. The Foot Print Of One Of The Lamas.

Karthok Lake

Kathok Lake, A Small Scummy Pond At The Top End Of Town Has Nothing Of The Pristine Beauty Of Sister-Lake, A Small Scummy Pond At The Top End Of Town Has Nothing Of The Pristine Beauty Of Sister Lake Khecheopalri, But Has Views Of The Snow Capped Peaks In The Distance.

Tashiding Monastery

This Is Another Important Monastery Belonging To The Nyingmapa Order And Is About 40 Kms. From Gyalshing By Road Via Legship (West Sikkim). There Are Also Many Chortans Dedicated To Some Chogyals And Some Religious Personalities Of Sikkim. Carved Skillfully On Stone Plates Surrounding Th Emonastery Are Holly Buddhist Mantras Like "Om Mane Padme Hum" By The Master Crafts Man Yanchong Lodil.


About 10 Min. Drive And On The Way To Tashiding Is The Beautiful Phamron Falls. Legend Has It That The Water Of Phamrong Falls Was The Very Place Where The Female Diety 'DORJEE PHAMO' Bathed And Mediated For The Liberation Of All Sentient Beings.