West Sikkim Travel Guide

This mountain state of Sikkim blossoms with varied flora and fauna, majestic high peaks, gurgling waterfalls, calming lakes and rich wildlife. Sharing the boundary with the neighbouring country Nepal, west Sikkim’s main highlight is the majestic view of Mount Kanchenjunga. This district is home to multiple trekking trails like that of Goecha La which is also reckoned to be one of the most famous treks in Sikkim. Similarly, there are other trekking trails in west Sikkim as well such as Barsey Rhododendron Trek. This enchanting route will guide you through beautiful sights of the mountains and varieties of Rhododendron. Another famous trek in west Sikkim is Dzongri, it is a popular high altitude trek in Sikkim. You will get a spell bounding sight of the picturesque Kanchenjunga Peak and gorgeous valleys and farmstead around. Kasturi Trek on the other hand is a round trek that passes Goecha La. This trek offers panoramic mountain view of Talung Glacier and Mt Kanchenjunga.

Western Sikkim is also known for a number of popular monasteries such as Pemayangtse Monastery. This is the oldest and the most sacred Buddhist monastery in Sikkim. Another monastery located on a hilltop overlooking the Pemayangtse Monastery is the Sangachoeling Monastery. It offers a radiant view of the calming hills and valleys with flattery prayer flags and green forests around its premises. Tashiding Monastery is one of the holiest Buddhist site located on the top of a hill between Ranjit and Rathong Rivers.

Dubdi or Yuksom Monastery is an all red monastery beautifully carved in golden yellow edges and brilliant detailed work. This monastery is also an important and an oldest site. In the western district, another popular attraction is Kanchenjunga Falls. Here, activity such as zip lining can be partaken, you can feel the sprinkle of water as you slide your way crossing the fall. Apart from adventure activities and treks, west sikkim has a number of sites to visit for leisure day out such as Khecheopalri Lake. This sacred lake is near Pelling town and it is locally called as Sho Dzo. The west region is also home to the famous Kanchenjunga National Park where you can witness more than 550 species of birds, reptiles, mammals and insects. The region also houses the gorgeous Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary.

Besides the monasteries, west Sikkim also has other interesting places to visit such as Rabdentse Ruins. This attraction is near Pelling and it was the second capital of Sikkim before 1814 A.D. Perhaps, it makes a perfect destination for archeological and history-enthusiasts. You can also visit some offbeat destinations in the area like Uttarey which is located near the Indo-Nepal border. Legship town is famous for the temple of lord shiv and it sits besides Rangit river. Rinchenpong is famous for the majestic view of the Kanchenjunga range and Darap village, an unexplored gem of West Sikkim.

Sikkim Travel Information at a Glance