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Sikkim Tourism - The Religious Town of Yuksom

By Manoj

Yuksom, located in the western part of Sikkim, is surrounded by an array of religious sites. This small hamlet happens to be a popular tourist destination and is a favourite among trekkers too.

Although much of the region is covered in forests, travellers who come here are mesmerised by the beauty of the village.

It is a haven for nature lovers and those in search of some calm and quiet. Though there is not much to see in the village, Yuksom is primarily known as a Buddhist town for the many monasteries located here.

Monks from other monasteries of the country come to Yuksom to pay their respects and also to read through the many manuscripts that are present in these monasteries.

Buddhist devotees also come here to seek the blessings of the lord and to meditate here. Here is a guide to the places you can visit in the town of Yuksom.

Dubdi Monastery

The Dubdi Monastery is the oldest monastery of Sikkim. Established in 1701 by the Chogyals, the gompa is located on top of a hill and has beautiful and artistic interiors, painted with images of gods and saints.

The monastery is known to have a collection of Buddhist books, texts and manuscripts. Tourists coming here can explore this monastery and also learn more about Buddhism.

Dubdi Monastery

Secnic view of the Dubdi Monastery.
Photo Courtesy: Dhillan Chandramowli

Kartok Monastery

Kartok is yet another beautiful monastery in Yuksom and is situated opposite the Kartok Lake. This gompa has been named after a monk who was a part of the coronation of the maiden ruler of Sikkim.

This monastery is one of the important monasteries at Yuksom and is visited by Buddhist devotees from far and wide. Tourists coming here can visit this monastery and also head to the Kartok Lake for a picnic with their family.

Kartok Monastery

A feeling of calm at the Kartok Monastery.
Photo Courtesy: Dhillan Chandramowli

Khecheopalri Lake

This beautiful lake in Yuksom is revered by Buddhists as well as Hindus. The sacred water of this lake is known to have the power to fulfill wishes.

The beautiful lake also known by the name Kha-Chot-Palri is close to the Khecheopalri village and surrounded by the sacred Khechoedpaldri Hill.

It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava taught 64 yoginis at this pristine lake. Another legend has it that the lake is the footprint of goddess Tara, the female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism.

Accordingly, the lake even appears like a footprint from an areal view. Tourists coming here can enjoy the peacefulness that surrounds this lake and indulge in meditation here.

Khecheopalri Lake

Monks meditating on the banks of the lake.
Photo Courtesy: Shankar S

Tashiding Monastery

The Tashiding Monastery in Yuksom is said to be highly sacred as it is believed that Guru Padmasambhava blessed the place.

The monastery hosts the popular Sacred Water Festival, where the devotees are blessed with holy water. Those who are blessed by this holy water are believed to be redeemed of their sins.

Tourists coming here can explore the monastery and learn more about the culture and traditions of the people staying in the region.

Tashiding Monastery

The many chortens of Tashding Gompa.
Photo Courtesy: fabulousfabs

How to Reach Yuksom

By Air: The nearest airport to Yuksom is the one at Bagdogra, 170 km from Yuksom. It is well-connected with Siliguri and Kolkata.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Yuksom is the New Jalpaiguri, 150 km away. It is well-connected with the other railheads in Sikkim, Kolkata and Delhi.

By Road: Yuksom is well-connected by road through Gayzing and Gangtok. You can reach Yuksom by bus, car or jeep.

Sikkim Tourism - The Religious Town of Yuksom

Aerial view of Yuksom village.
Photo Courtesy: ks_bluechip

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