Go here for: Hills, Adventure, Offbeat
Now a small village in the district of West Sikkim, Yuksom was once the capital of erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim. It was established by three lamas who came from Tibet and consecrated Phuntsog Namgyal as the first king of the Himalayas Kingdom. The capital later shifted to a small place near Pelling and then to Gangtok.
Once an independent kingdom with their precarious position as a small landlocked country sandwiched between China, Nepal, Bhutan and India, the people of Sikkim voted to become a part of the Indian Union in 1975. It has since remained a part of India.
Most of the people who arrive here come in anticipation of making a trek into the Kanchenjunga National Park. The trek to Dzongri and Goecha la, both inside the national park, is one of the most beautiful trekking routes in the entire Himalayans and also one of the most popular. The people of Yuksom, along with the help of a local NGO, are known for their efficient and eco-friendly management of the trek routes and ensuring that minimum damage is caused to the park ecology by the trekking groups.
Not being a major town, Yuksom is also a good place to get up close and personal with the people of Sikkim. You can stay in home-stay, take a stroll in the village and neighbouring areas and see the way Sikkimese people live.
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