If there is any place on earth where one can see “heaven,” then it has to be Yuksom. Formally referred to as the ‘Gateway to Kangchendzongha’, Yuksom is consecrated by the presence of majestic snow peaked mountains, monasteries, etc. Yuksom was the ancient capital of Sikkim, and also holds the tag of being a sacred site, symbolically representing the “third eye of Sikkim”.
The literal meaning of the term “Yuksom” is “the meeting point of the three Lamas.” The Lamas came from Sikkim and established the Nyingmapa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Historically, in the year 1642 AD the first king of Sikkim Phuntsok Namgyal was consecrated here in the very place where the majestic Norbughang Stupa stands today.
Yuksom is perched at an elevation of 1780 m, and is nestled in the lap of the Himalayan Mountains. On a tour to Yuksom, tourists can go for trekking in Mt. Kangchendzongha, and enjoy the untamed wildlife sanctuary or simply relax with a glass of bamboo drink.
Here are places you should visit in Yuksom
Tashi Tenka was at one time the imperial royal residence complex on an edge toward the south of town however now it is only a ground promising a mesmerising view of the encompassing. Looking towards the south, one can recognize the Rabdentse Monastery somewhat higher to one side of the Pemayangtse Monastery. And after that observe a shady perspective of the smooth Rathong Valley streaming in the middle of the high spiked mountains, on toward the north bearing. While on the east, one can see an ideal street to Tashiding with the scenery of the forested slopes and after that there is an amazing perspective of Khecheopalri on the west.
Tashiding Monastery mirrors an old world appeal and a tranquil atmosphere that is perfect to look for some edification and otherworldliness. This monastery ties the guests with its alluring fine architecture and a cold background of excellent mountain tops. Alongside being one of the most established Buddhist Monasteries in Sikkim, it is place not to be missed by the sightseers. Tashiding Monastery has a place with the Nyingmapa and was worked in the seventeenth century over a hill between the two lovely streams, Rangit and Rathong. This monastery is accepted to purify each transgression of those looking for absolution and willing to apologize. Tashiding Monastery is also popular for its celebration of Bhumchhu, which is a holy water ceremony that is commended cheerfully amid the fourteenth and fifteenth day of the principal month as per Tibetan calendar. Encompassing the holy place are the vacillating petition banners and sacred stupas that are worked for profound advantage of the enthusiasts. Today, this monastery houses around 60 to 70 priests.
Dubdi Monastery, on the other hand known as Yuksom Monastery, is a Buddhist hallowed place of the Nyingma organization of Tibetan Buddhism. Set up in the year 1701, amid the rule of Chogyal Namgyal, this is one of the most established monastery in Sikkim. The word ‘Dubdi’ means ‘the retreat’ which can be seen validating itself through its hypnotizing surrounding in the midst of the thick chestnut backwoods. A stroll to this place acquaints you with the nature’s wonderland decorated with fine tall trees, exquisite stoned way, prompting a breath taking view of the snow crested mountains, and the distant valleys and greenery.
This intricately painted two storied stone structure, remains at a height of 2,100 meters conveying pictures of divinities, holy people, different images and gathering of original copies and messages. Alongside these, there are statues of three lamas here, who moved in the direction of the foundation of Yuksom. The ornamented chime formed plated arch over the rooftop is known as “Gyaltshen”. Dubdi is a hallowed place named as the Hermit’s Cell.
Khangchendzonga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it covers a territory of 1784 sq km. This high elevation national park in Yuksom is known for its astounding untamed life where fascinating creature species, for example, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Great Tibetan Sheep, Bharal, Musk deer and so on can be spotted. The recreation centre is home to various species of birds like the Black-necked Crane, Grus nigricollis, Satyr Tragopan, Gray Peacock Pheasant, Himalayan Monal Pheasant, Tibetan Snow Cock, Blood Pheasant, and Himalayan Snow Cock. Khangchendzonga National Park has around 18 icy masses, including Zemu Glacier, which is very celebrated for its huge size. Other than this, the national park likewise has more than 17 elevated lakes alongside a view of around 19 Himalayan mountains crests, among which is the prominent Mount Khangchendzonga.
Coronation Throne of Norbugang
Coronation Throne of Norbugang connotes where a delegation of the main Chogyal lord – Phuntsog Namgyal occurred in the year 1642. Later after the service, a divider like structure was raised and named as Norbugang chorten, which still denotes the first site. It is believed that the general population who had gone to the service offered tremendous measure of fortunes that are as yet covered underneath the Norbugang Chorten. Counting this, the site has the seats of the 3 Lamas and the lord; a place of worship comprising a colossal petition wheel; a spiritualist pine tree approaching over the chorten and the peaceful Kathok Lake from where water for crowning ordinance was taken. One can likewise see the impressions of one of the three lamas, installed in a stone. The lovely garden around this authentic site is an uncommon accumulation of indigenous trees and plants. The guests remain here for some time on this real estate parcel and walk around quietness.