Tumlong- Tumlong is in North Sikkim with an elevation of nearly 1473 meters / 4833 feet. Tumlong was the second capital. In the year 1894, Thutob Namgyal, the chogyal or the monarch shifted the capital from Tumlong to Gangtok. Tumlong was the third capital of Sikkim. Yuksom close to Nepal border was shifted to Tumlong as because of repeated raids by the Nepalese. In the year 1793 the capital was shifted to Tumlong by Tshudpud Namgyal. Most of the resident of the place are monks at the monastery situated at the top of the village. With a population of less than 100 the place is away from the crowd and is known for its nature’s bounty. One can reach Tumlong from Phodong Monastery in North Sikkim. Leaving the highway and proceeding uphill is Tumlong which was the previous capital of Sikkim till the late 1900’s until a British Expeditionary Force was sent to demolish the king’s palace. One can visit the Palace ruins and Labrang Monastery. If guest are lucky to have a clear sky from this Lepcha village one can enjoy the spectacular views into the horizon. Tumlong Palace exhibits a well constructed edifice with slanting walls and tiny windows/ ventilators. Irregular low rising Tibetan structure this palace is worth appreciating.
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