West Sikkim

Rabdentse Ruins

RABDENTSE RUINS This was the second capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim after Yuksum and till the year 1814 a.d., the king of Sikkim had ruled the state from this place. Today, the ruins lie hidden from the main road at a walking distance from the tourist lodge and the Pemayangtse monastery. It can be approached by following a footpath which branches off the main road. The scenic view from the top of the ruin scanning across deep valley to the mystic heights of Khanchendzonga ranges is something to be cherished and etched in memory.


Pelling is fast growing to be an urban settlement due to tourist influx. Situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft, it offers a good view of entire mountain ranges and due to this locational advantages, many hotels and lodges have mushroomed in and around Pelling offering various categories of accommodation facilities. There is a bus service which links Pelling to west district headquarter town of Gyalshing , situated at a distance of 10 kms. from Pelling.


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. Yuksum is served by all weather road from Pemayangtse which is at a distance of 32 kms. from Yuksun. Several categories of accommodations are available in Yuksum for those desiring to spend a few days there.

Yuksom to Dzongri Park


Suggested Itinerary:
1.Gangtok to Yuksom. 2.Yuksom to Tshoka.
3.Tshoka - A day rest.
4.Tshoka to Dzongri.
5.Dzongri - A day rest.
6.Dzongri to Tshoka.
7.Tshoka to Yuksom.
8.Yuksom - A day rest
sight - seeing/farewell.

Yuksom to Goechala Trek

Suggested Itinerary:
1.Gangtok to Yuksom. 2.Yuksom to Bhakim to Tshoka.
3.Tshoka a day rest.
4.Tshoka to Dzongri.
5.Dzongri a day rest.
6.Dzongri to Thangsing.
7.Thangsing to Samiti lake.
8.Samiti to Goechala to Thangsing.
9.Thangsing to Dzongri.
10. Dzongri to Tshoka.
11. Tshoka to Yuksom.
12. Yuksom a day rest/sight-seeing/farewell.

Route map for trekking lakes from West Sikkim

Sikkim perhaps has the most beuitful natural lakes in the world. It is a domain of sky lacquered lakes, glacial valleys and Chiselled peaks. The best season for the visit is from July to September and if you are trekking some other time make sure that all necessary provisions are provided.