West Sikkim’s wonderful profusion of orchid and rhododendron forests, waterfalls, terraced hillsides and river valleys, give independent walkers the opportunity to explore the region without the headache of red tape (permits) and the expense of tour operators and expedition costs.
Village Walks Sikkim a sense of peace and tranquillity washes over you when you reach Sikkim, with its calm atmosphere and quiet self-sufficient community. But it is a deceptive quiet that explodes into a miasma of stunning sights and sounds as you encounter some of nature’s best work. Sikkim, located in north eastern India, is nestled in the heart of India’s eastern Himalayan range. This thumb-shaped state shares borders with like-minded landscapes of Bhutan and Tibet. The Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkim is a land of incredible beauty, picture-perfect scenery and quiet serenity, all for display under the looming presence of the world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga (8598m).
A little uphill travel from New Baba Mandir, one will find the heaven of Tukla valley. Majestic snow covered valley during winter and blooming with red with the growth of wild blooms in autumn, this valley is situated at an elevation of 12,500 ft. The true beauty of the Tibetan Highlands can be experienced at Tukla Valley.This Tibetan highland demo-graphed beauty also gets historical importance from the war memorial built in memory of the British soldiers who fell at the Battle of Tukla. Along with this and the beauty of Sikkim falling nothing short of supply, one can also visit the regal blue Kupup lake which is located close to Tukla Valley and also renowned as Elephant lake.
The Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is located in the south-western corner of west Sikkim. It is situated at an altitude of 2200 - 4100 Mts and March-April is the best time to visit Varsay or Barsay as we find the entire valley covered with beautiful Rhododendron all around apart from it, we also get to see the numbers of flowering plants like Primula and others like magnolia etc. The 104 square kilometre Rhododendron sanctuary is really a God's own creation. A easy hike of about 1.5 hrs and then the valley covered with Rhododendron and the magnificent view of Mt. Khanchendzonga and other adjacent peaks is what we could cherish the whole life the trek to Phoktay Dara also could be done from here If you love the nature and its beauty, well this is one place everyone should go at least once in a life time
Located at a 10 km uphill drive from the new building area of Pakyong airport is Yakten village. Homestays as the only accommodation facilities present here, Yakten village can truly show you the daily happening life of hill villagers. Surrounded by lush green fields and decorated with Himalayan orchids. There are around 8 homestay facilities furnished with modern toilets and essentials, the village has seen an upward trend in incoming tourists in recent times with the homestay facilities being always occupied.
The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Pemayangtse, near Pelling in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, located 110 km west of Gangtok. Planned, designed and founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705, it is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim, also the most famous in west Sikkim. Originally built by Lhatsun Chenpo in the 17th century, as a small Lhakhang, it was subsequently enlarged during the reign of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal who was considered as Lhatsun Chenpo's third reincarnate, Jigme Pawo. The monastery follows the Nyingma Order of Tibetan Buddhism and controls all other monasteries of that Order in Sikkim. The monks of this monastery are normally chosen from the Bhutias of Sikkim.
Perched at an altitude of 13500 ft., lies the Ladakh of Sikkim, the Nathang Valley. Nathang Valley also known as Gnathang Valley is a high-altitude plateau that is surrounded by snow-mountains and is an isolated vale with a roundabout brook crisscrossing it. This valley changes shading and each season offer another aspect of its excellence.
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