Yuksom / Rabdentse Ruins - Yuksom is old capital of Sikkim and Rabdantse is the ruins of coronation of the first king of Sikkim. Stay in Yuksom is advisable and from there the other places can be covered as sight seeing activity. The destinations are beautiful places ….
Yuksom - Yuksom is still now a destination with Charm and a delightful place to unwind..... Loveable Yuksom is historic, Scenic and beautiful. This destination is the main trailhead for the Khangchendzonga Trek. But unfortunately lacks direct views of the high mountains. Hence it has thus far been spared the unplanned development that’s overwhelming Pelling. Yuksom has special religious and cultural significance due to various historical monasteries around it. Being the old capital of Sikkim it is of historic importance also. It has a number of famous Buddhist monasteries and historical monuments. Being at the base of the Khangchendzonga National Park visitors and trekkers, it has large influx of mountaineers from all over the Globe.
The etymology - Yuksom means the meeting place of the three learned monks. It is said that three monks who came from Tibet selected Phuntsog Namgyal as the first King of Sikkim and gave him the title Chogyal. One of the most popular short treks is to Dzongri in the Kanchenjunga National Park. The route is through virgin rhododendron forests From the Dzongri Top - Sunrise to enjoy spectacular views of Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Kabru, Mount Pandim and many other snow capped peaks of the Himalayan range. One of the routes is Yuksom (1770 meters) - Tshoka Village (2745 meters) 15 kilometres - 6 ½ - 7 hours - Tshoka to Dzongri Ridge (4000 meters) is 12 Kilometres - 5 to 5 ½ hours - Tshoka – Yuksom. In this trek the maximum hiking altitude will be roughly Dzongri Top - 4200 meters / 13800 feet and the camping site at Dzongri roughly 4000 meters / 13200 feet. Yuksom - Goechala Trek for 10 Nights / 11 Days trek will be Yuksom to Bakhim – 15 kilometres - Bakhim to Dzongri - 12 Kilometres - Dzongri to Thangsing (3900 Meters) – 08 Kilometres - Night stay at Bakhim - Thangsing to Samiti Lake (4300 meters) – 8 Kilometres - Samiti Lake to Goechala and back – 16 Kilometres - Samiti Lake to Thansing – 8 Kilometres - Thangsing to Bakhim – 20 Kilometres - Night stay at Bakhim to Yuksom – 15 Kilometres
The route passes through moss laden forests of oak, chestnut, pine, maple, magnolia, rhododendron and many other varieties of pine culminating in the meadows of Dzongri - A naturalist's paradise. This park is home to varieties of orchids, birds and butterflies. One may come across one or many of the Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Marbled Cat, Red Panda, etc. There are a few home stay where one can get engaged in local activities, learn how to cook local cuisine or take part in agricultural activities like kitchen gardening, etc. Offbeat destinations have limited hotels, resorts or home stay hence early bookings are solicited. Vehicle for sightseeing, Stay and Transfer are all arranged by us hence to avoid disappointment.
Rabdentse Ruins - Rabdentse was the second capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim from the year 1670 to 1814. The capital city was destroyed by the invading Nepalese army and only the ruins of the palace and the chortens are seen here now. The Archaeological Survey of India has declared Rabdentse as a heritage monument and has undertaken the needed preservation and restoration measures.The ruins seen now at the Rabdentse consist mainly of chunky wall stubs and whose heritage value is enhanced by its location on a ridge. Chogyal means Religious King or The king who is right. Yuksom is also one of the sacred landscape or the Demazong (meaning a valley of rice or means the hidden country) of four religious sites blessed by Guru Padmasambhava. It is considered to be the four plexuses of the human body and Yuksom symbolically represents the third eye (Symbolic importance to Hinduism). Denjong means hidden country. The First King was crowned at Norbugang near Yuksom as the temporal and religious king of Sikkim, with the title of Chogyal. The crowning took place on a pedestal set in stones in a pine - covered hill and the king was anointed by sprinkling water from a sacred urn.
Tourist can get commanding views of Mount Kanchendzonga and the Himalayan ranges and surroundings on one side with the mountains and valleys on the opposite side. The approach to this location is from an ornamental yellow gate near the Pelling – Gyalshing /Geyzingroad walking distance of nearly 30 minutes through a lake and forested hills.
The destination is worth visiting like along the trek path from the gate - An avenue of chestnut trees with moss leads to a stone throne. There are three standing stones called as Namphogang. This was the seat of the judges from where judgments were pronounced during the king's reign from Rabdentse. Conducting tours, treks, biking, rafting trips and especially special interest tours, we follow some basic code of conduct like not to do anything detrimental to the cultural & natural heritage. There are many places of religious and historical interest like the Dubdi and Sangachoeling monasteries along with the beautiful Khecheopalri Lake considered holy. There are a few home stay. Pelling, Sanga Choling Monastery, Yuksom Khecheopalri Lakes, Dzongri Trek, Sing Shore Bridge, Dentam, Kanchendzonga falls, Goechala short and long trek, Changey waterfalls, Hongri Monastery, Pemayangtse monastery, Rock Gardens, Sing Shore Bridge, Dentam, etc. Offbeat destinations have limited hotels, resorts or home stay hence early bookings are solicited. Vehicle for sightseeing, Stay and Transfer are all arranged by us hence to avoid disappointment.