Top 15 Places to visit in West Sikkim

Page 1 of 1 in West Sikkim

Best things to do in West Sikkim and sightseeing in West Sikkim

West Sikkim is a part of Sikkim is also known as Shikim, it is located on the Himalayan mountains and bordered by Nepal on its western side. Sikkim has the least population compared to other states in India, and is also the second smallest state in India, the first one being Goa. The center of attraction of Sikkim is the third tallest peak in the world named as Kangchenjunga. Sikkim attracts a large number of tourists throughout the year because of its amazing weather and culture. The state is covered with breath taking scenery and tourist destinations.The capital and largest city of Sikkim is Gangtok. A very major part of the state is covered up by The Khangchendzonga National Park which covers approximately 30% of Sikkim. Sikkim is among a very few Indian states which experiences regular snowfall throughout the year.

Dzongri - West Sikkim

Yuksom Dzongri Trek is one the most mainstream short high elevation trekking destination in Sikkim. Dzongri trek is a shorter variant of the Goechala Trek. This specific trek begins from Yuksam and winds up at Yuksam in 5 days. Dzongri trek is extraordinarily suitable and intended for the trekkers who needed to investigate more in shorter duration of time. Indeed Dzongri and Dzongri La is the best spot for a mountains' perspective and its extents in the Sikkim Himalayas. Alongside Mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga 8585m - The third most noteworthy mountains on the planet, the absolute beauty seen amid this trek from Dzongri, View Points from here are Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabur north, Mt. Kabur south, Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Simvo and many more. The best time to visit Dzongri is from mid March-April, and afterward from September to mid October, in order to maintain a strategic distance from snowfall and storm downpours.
Shwetha Krish

163 Followers, 11 Reviews


The next stage climbs to pleasant meadows around Dzongri (4020m). Consider another acclimatisation day here, best spent by strolling up to Dzongri La (4550m, four-hour round trip) for fabulous views of Mt Pandim (6691m). This is the last point where you will get ready to eat food stuff and warm clothes. It is actually a junction. From here the trail splits into two. One goes to HMI base camp and other to Goecha La.
SHIMOJ

229 Followers, 85 Reviews


Best time to visit
March to April
Things to do
View points,Dzongri culture
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Pemyangtse Monastery - West Sikkim

The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist religious community in Pemayangtse, close to Pelling in the north eastern Indian state of Sikkim, situated 140 kilometers west of Gangtok. About 2kms from Pelling, you can visit the principal monastery belonging to the Ngingma group (one of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism) which was implicit in the year 1705 AD. One of the first and couple of oldest monastery in Sikkim, it was fabricated by Gyalwa Lhatsun Namkha Jigme.The most important one amongst three monks, who blessed the first religious ruler of Sikkim at Yuksam in 1641 AD. These days, the child monks get a legitimate classroom and teachings by the educators in the correct monastic school called Laptha. Today numerous youngsters having a place with this religious community are in the enormous Buddhist learning centers in different states of India, such as Namdoling Monastery of H.H. Penor Rempoche (Mysore), Mindoling Monastery of Thichen Rempoche (Mousori) and inside Sikkim are Takche Dubda of Ven.
After a uphill climb I reached Pemayangtse Monastery. It is the third oldest monastery in Sikkim established almost 300 years ago in 1705. Its history was impressive. The Sangtok-Palri inside the monastery is an extraordinary masterpiece. A 3-D wooden structure of the God's celestial city. The whole structure has been put together by wooden joint, not a single nails has been used for its construction. Trekking back I reached my hotel by noon and had my lunch. (Pemayangtse + Rabdentse + Sanga Choling can be covered in a day program)
SHIMOJ

229 Followers, 85 Reviews


One of Sikkim's oldest and most significant Nyingmapa Buddhist 'gompas', or monasteries, it was founded in 1705. Named "Perfect Sublime Lotus", it is located high atop a hill surveying the surrounding valley, the location in the pine forests was spectacular. We were spurred forward up the path by the sound of a lively 'Puja' by 50 monks, complete with horns, drums, cymbals, singing, chanting and rice throwing. The hall upstairs houses fierce statues of deities, and the top floor has an intricately painted 20 ft tall carving, created by a single monk in 5 years, supposedly from one tree trunk, depicting the usual lower terrors of hell, life on middle earth, and the wonders of Padmasambhava's heavenly abode. Recently painted colored murals line the walls and Tantric, funny business involving even the less than bashful blue Buddha, are covered by 6 gold cloths, rewarding only the curious.
Nancy & Joseph Gill

543 Followers, 67 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to December
Things to do
Takche Dubda of Ven
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Khecheopalri Lake - West Sikkim

Khecheoplari Tsho is a huge lake found 27 kms from Pelling and is a very common visitor touring point. The lake is thought to be one of the sacred pools of Sikkim. The lake stays covered up in the rich forest spread. It is said that birds don't allow even a solitary leaf to glide on the Khecheoplari lake surface. There is a motorable street from Pelling straight up to the lake area. The spot is well known among trekkers. There is also a mobile trail from Pelling to Khecheoplari (5 hours). It is also possible to trek to Yuksom from Khecheoplari which takes 4 hours. For those keen on spending a night or two in this spot, there are a couple of basic inns in the town close-by. There is also a traveler's hut intended to give housing to the general population who go on pilgrimage trips to visit Khecheoplari. The tour begins at Pelling and proceeds through Darap Village and Rimbi falls before coming to Khecheoplari.
This lake is very peaceful place. It is in foot shape. Many stories are said for this great place.
Rahul Goley

3 Followers, 18 Reviews


Wanderland allert! You will check into your small room adorned with only a few words carved by tourists who stayed there and as you step outdoors you will be looking at exquisite outdoor tents with morning tea and kids basking in the early morning sun. Monks walking through the village would tour you around the lake, monastery and the ruins of stupas.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


Best time to visit
Month of February and March
Things to do
Sight seeing, Trekking, Camping
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Sachen - West Sikkim

Sachen is the spot that is not explored to the world. Discussing improvement, the city is not having numerous assets. It is the slope station having constrained convenience and facilities. Sachen is found near another slope station of Sikkim known as Goechala La Pass. Goechala is well known for trekking and experience significant others are coming to the town at incessant interims. On the off chance that you plan to reach Sachen, then you are finding the opportunity to visit Goechala also. Next close traveler spot is Yuksom that is one all the more trekking spot. Discussing Yuksom it is the chronicled town of West Sikkim set up in 1642 ADs. There are numerous base camps in Yuksom, however you need to enroll for this camp ahead of time. The seats are constrained, and individuals from diverse roots are continually attempting to reach Yuksom. One will consider themselves lucky after visiting this place.
Shwetha Krish

163 Followers, 11 Reviews


Sachen is located at about 7200 meters height above the sea level. You can see the log huts spanning all along the way. These are situated a little below the trail track. If the trekkers are more in your group, then you can always opt for the bigger huts situated along the trail. Along the night, you can hear the gushing waters of Perk waterfall. This calm bit of nature's music puts you to sleep.
SHIMOJ

229 Followers, 85 Reviews


Best time to visit
April and May
Things to do
Photography, Sightseeing, Camping
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Lamuney Camp Site - West Sikkim

A part of the Goecha La Trek, Lamuney is a place where you can set up a camp and take a break during your trek. The place is surrounded with the mighty Himalayas and the silver snow along with the brown mountains make a perfect colour combination. The scenic beauty of this place is a sight to behold absolutely and it is now a popular tourist attraction. Though it is only for the ones who take the trouble of trekking so high.
Shwetha Krish

163 Followers, 11 Reviews


It will not be difficult to traverse from Thansing to Lamuney. You have to travel along the meadows which will head towards Goechala. The path can become more adventurous as at each steep mountain and ridge will be coming closer to you. The path will be a bit rocky as you try to trek more forward. Travelling I the same direction with some climbing will lead you to the camp. The trail, which gains more altitude, leads to Samiti Lake. Now camping in the lake is no allowed so you will have to stay down. If you want, you can trek and view the lake and return to the base.
SHIMOJ

229 Followers, 85 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
camping, photography
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Samiti Lake - West Sikkim

As you climb towards Gochala Pass you can appreciate the shade of straightforward torquise of Lake Samiti-A frosty lake in the Onglathang valley. The consecrated Samiti Lake situated at an elevation of 4250 m trail is the perfect spot for outdoors and you can lose yourself in the sentimental isolation of this lake as it reflects snow topped mountains. From this small sized lake, the Teesta River takes birth as a stream scarcely a foot wide. The water in the lake plays with ice before getting solidified in winter. The impression of the mountains on the lake triples the excellence. Everything looks so ancient that you very nearly hope to see a Dinosaur pass by. A herd of birds, the cranes swims on the serene ice water of Samiti Lake. These flying creatures are migrators from Russia, China and different parts of India. If you love to trek then this is a place you must visit.
Shwetha Krish

163 Followers, 11 Reviews


As you climb towards Gochala Pass and pause to take a deep breadth, you can enjoy the colour of transparent torquise of Lake Samiti- A glacial lake in the Onglathang valley.
SHIMOJ

229 Followers, 85 Reviews


Best time to visit
Summer
Things to do
Birds Watching, Sight seeing
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Goecha La (View Point 1) - West Sikkim

Goecha La is a high mountain pass situated in Sikkim, India in the Himalayan range. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third most astounding mountain, is clearly visible from the pass, which is additionally a base camp for those seeking to scale the mountain. Goecha La trek is an popular trek which will add cherishable recollections. The trek begins from Yuksom and through Sachen pass, it joins the traditional Dzongri-Goechala trail. The Ridge is truly stunning and brimming with energizing movement though the Goecha La pass, which is the definitive destination for the brilliant sight of Mountain Kabru and Kanchenjunga. You will trail drop steep woods to the bridge on the Dzongri-Goechala track subsequent to strolling an hour from that point you will reach to Tshoka. This is a pleasant spot for individuals who don't incline towards travelling by crowded buses in the busy streets of Darjeeling.
Shwetha Krish

163 Followers, 11 Reviews


Goecha La (el. 4940 mt or 16,207 ft) is a high mountain pass in Sikkim, India in the Himalaya range. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, is viewable from the pass, which is also a base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain. From here, you can see the head-spinning Goecha La (4940m) for those incredible views of Khangchendzonga. A further viewpoint, another hour’s walk ahead, offers even closer views.
SHIMOJ

229 Followers, 85 Reviews


Best time to visit
January, February, March, Octoer, November
Things to do
Sightseeing, Photography, Trekking
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Okhrey - West Sikkim

This village is about 130kms from Siliguri, it is a popular base camp for the Varsey Rhododendron trek, a small beautiful town from where one can get to see the spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjungha range.
Away from the milling crowd, this small village of West Sikkim provides a great atmosphere to spend some days in tranquility with its balmy weather and great sunset views.
Ava Mishra

358 Followers, 21 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
N/A
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Guras Kunj - West Sikkim

Guras Kunj is well known place to stay in Sikkim.
Barsey is a beautiful place in West Sikkim mainly famous for it's Rhododendron Sanctuary. The place turns in to a riot of colors in the months of March April when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom. This place also provides great views of the Kanchenjunga range and is a nature lover's paradise.
Ava Mishra

358 Followers, 21 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Place to stay
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

The Dhungay Estate & Home Stay - West Sikkim

Dhungay Estate and Home stay is situated at the foot of Rhododendron Sanctuary at a disclosure of 1500m. This huge estate is only five minutes tough stroll from the main jeep road. The house is encompassed by terraced ranches, profound valleys, so typical of West Sikkim. The house has five people living in it. Ran Bdr is the family's Head a Retried Spice (cardamom) merchant, who now meets expectations in the ranch. His wife Deo Maya is a house wife, Ganesh is a farmer, who helps the family doing family unit tasks. Padma Chhetri instructs in adjacent schools, and at night helps family to run the homestay. The family is warm and invites you into their home as well as their group. In any case, this is not at all noisy or oblivious of one's space. There are particular dinner times in the old style family kitchen and the food served is delicious.
My evenings at the Dhungay homestay sitting by the fire in the traditional kitchen of Ganesh and his family was a highlight of my visit to Sikkim. I really enjoyed their amazing food along with the magnifiecient view of their rooms. The Hee Bermoik is an amazing village in West Sikkim on the way to the beautiful destination of Utteray which forms the border between India and Nepal. Giving you magnificent views of the world third highest mountain, Mt kanchendzonga the homestay of Dhungay is a real insight into the Chettri culture of Sikkim. Visting famous monasteries like Pemayangste amd the old forst in Pelling , monastery of Rinchenpong all are within a days reach from Hee Bermoik. Adventure lovers will love to drive to Utteray to go angling for the trout or may just buy a piece from the Fish farm. There are plenty of day treks and multi day treks in the vicinity especially in the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary ! Activities during your stay here would include life style exploration in the village, community village walks, Jungle walks, visit to houses of different ethnic groups, walks and hikes to caves, lakes and waterfalls, Walk to limboo temple, visiting to limboo study center and lake at Hee, traditional festival when they do occur in the village, local market day, Short trip to limboo study center, boat lake at Hee, Rinchenpong Buddhist Monastry, day trip out, pemayntase, Rabdtanseruins, Sangcholing Monastry to Pelling etc Other activity may include observing village life and seeing how villagers perform their everyday chores - milking cows, churning butter, weeding and harvesting cardamom, and many other activities. For generation the family gas been cultivating, the land around the house, the soil is fertile and there is abundant growth of buckwheat, ginger, maize, potato, cardamom, millet fruit like banana, orange, guana, plum, vegetable used in the house are also grown organically includes like tomato, peas, pumpkin beans, radish, carrot, squash, chilly, cucumbers etc. The house was built in 1970, and renovated in 2004. it is made of stone, bamboo, wood. It has wooden floors and ceiling. The rooms have attached western style toilets with hot and cold bath furnished lounge and mini bar. The house is surrounded by terraced farms, deep valleys, so typical of west Sikkim can be seen all around and picture view of the Mount Khangchendzonga range from the house. • Village walk • Nature walk • One Day treks • One Night Camps • Bird-watching • Learning Sikkim’s cuisines • Sightseeing tours • Butterfly Tours • Monastery Visit Tips: Ganesh Chettri is very good at explaining the village lifestyle. DO plan a trip with him and also in his farm to experience the village lifestyle first hand The homestay is at a 200 meter distance from the road so be prepared for some steep but scenic climb from the road. Sikkim is very wet, so carrying raingear is essential or even a flodable umbrella.
Ankit Sood

175 Followers, 11 Reviews


Best time to visit
October and November.
Things to do
Awesome food, Sight Seeing
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

SangaCholing Monastery - West Sikkim

The Sanga Choeling Monastery, likewise spelt Sange Choeling Monastery set up in the seventeenth century by Lama Lhatsün Chempo, is one of the most established religious communities in the Northeast Indian state of Sikkim. Sanga Cheoling Monastery, constructed in 1697, is otherwise called the spot of mystery spells.The Monastery is situated on an edge top above Pelling at a separation of 7 kilometers (4.3 mi) from Pemayangtse Monastery and is accessed by walking the lofty uneven track of 4 kilometers (2.5 mi), which navigates through rich backwoods spread. It has clay statues built back in the seventeenth century. The monastery was influenced by flame a few times and was rebuilt. On the tenth day of each month as indicated by the Tibetan calender, lamas recount songs at this Monastery. Each morning and night prayers to God are very special here. The religious community is saved for men only. The Monastery's area gives exceptionally beautiful and encompassing views all around.
The next morning, we set out in search of the SangaCholing Monastery heading up the mountain. The ascent brought us past forests, green farmland and remote villages in the valleys below, and finally up through the mist to the tiny monastery perched up in the clouds. The view was dramatic amid the fluttering prayer flags and the monks, all dressed in sweatpants and T-shirts were friendly, making up for the undistinguished little temple. We were invited over and over again to join them in their Puja the following day, but that climb isn't something we wanted to repeat.
Nancy & Joseph Gill

543 Followers, 67 Reviews


Best time to visit
Morning
Things to do
N/A
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Kanchenjunga Falls - West Sikkim

A beautiful water fall originated from Kanchenjunga. This is a great place to visit.
Rahul Goley

3 Followers, 18 Reviews


Bakhim - West Sikkim

Bakhim is found 16 km from Yuksom in West Sikkim District. It lies at an elevation of around 3100m on the Dzongri (10 km) trek course. Bakhim is a characteristic natural garden which is encompassed by thick blended woodlands of magnolia, rhododendron, orchids, and plants. Prek Chu River streams in close vicinity of Bakhim. It summons charming, heavenly perspectives of mountain peaks and profound valleys all around. Tsokha Village and Phedang are the adjacent spots of major attraction. Transportation is easily available at the Bakhim Forest House and Tourist Bungalow. A few trekkers make Bakhim to arrive first stop while in transit to Goecha La trek. Bakhim is arranged at a separation of around 3 km from Tsoka yet the entering way is tough with the height being increased near about 300m. A top priority location in the Touristers agenda. The governtment here are also very helpful towards the touristers visiting this place.
There is a forest rest house at Bakhim and some trekkers love staying at Bakhim – simply for its view of the Yuksom valley. Bakhim has some awesome tea and snack stalls where you can relish it with ease. As you will be tired enough, so go and take some rest, and then start your trek to Tshoka.
SHIMOJ

229 Followers, 85 Reviews


Best time to visit
April and May
Things to do
Photography, Sightseeing, Camping
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Kokchurong Trekkers Hut Goecha La - West Sikkim

The Goecha La is the name of a very high mountain pass in Sikkim and is a part of the Himalayas. The most attractive thing about this place is that you get a perfect, mesmerizing view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga from here. This place is also like a base camp for those who are aiming to scale the high peak of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The Kokjuong Trekkers' hut are permanent tent like things to help out the trekkers a little during their journey. It is not a luxurious living place but atleast somewhere you can escape from the strong winds and get some basic things to eat.
Kokchurang has trekkers hut but not enough space to put up your own tents. The Prekchu River flows next to the trekker's hut about 50 meters far. Banks of the river can be a perfect location to pitch up four to five tents. The space is not unlimited, but you can enjoy yourself in the confined place. As you spend the whole day travelling, give your body some rest so that you can complete your trekking successfully. During the evening, you can hear the water flowing in the river with great speed and various sounds from birds which will turn out to make your complete day more pleasing.
SHIMOJ

229 Followers, 85 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Trekking resort
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Thangsing Trekkers Hut - West Sikkim

This is a small area and a settlement in the Goecha La. People come here when they want to rest during their trek or travellers who want to enjoy the beauty of the place by taking a little time. They can provide you some basic food and hot water and the huts is otherwise not at all nice. You can otherwise opt for the food from here and stay in your own tents which are quite easy to put up here. Grom here, the closest attraction is the Samiti Lake. This is from where you can enjoy spectacular views of Pandim.
Thangsing is a small settlement on the Goecha La trek. Most trekking groups camp here and some stay for a day to acclimatise. There is a basic hut to stay but its quite badly kept. There is a good campsite here and the tents can be pitched with ease. The next destination towards Goeacha La is Samiti lake. Impressive views of Pandim are on offer along the valley in Thangsing.
SHIMOJ

229 Followers, 85 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
trekking, sight- seeing
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

17

Photos

24

Reviews

8

Been here

People who've been to West Sikkim

Shwetha Krish Travel Blogger
Shwetha Krish
SHIMOJ Travel Blogger
SHIMOJ
Nancy & Joseph Gill Travel Blogger
Nancy & Joseph Gill
Rahul Goley Travel Blogger
Rahul Goley
Sagnik Basu Travel Blogger
Sagnik Basu
Ava Mishra Travel Blogger
Ava Mishra
Ankit Sood Travel Blogger
Ankit Sood
Sumana Chakroborty Travel Blogger
Sumana Chakroborty