Khecheopalri Lake

West Sikkim

Khecheopalri lake is considered as a sacred site of pilgrimage by the Buddhists. The lake almost looks like a volcano crater with thick wooded hills on all sides. It looked like a landscape from a fairy-tale. A Gompa greets at the entrance towards the lake. Being of utmost importance to Buddhists, the lake is left just as it was. It helps in preserving in its original state. Khecheopalri is pronounced as ‘catch-a-perry.’ It is literally translates as ‘the heaven of Padmasambhava.’ The Hindus also consider it sacred. The water in the lake is also believed to possess curative properties. They believe wishes made here too come true. One interesting thing about the lake is that there were no leaves on the water, even though it is surrounded by forest. It is believed that birds do the arduous job of removing leaves from the lake. To what extend it is true can’t be ascertained. It is a place where myth become reality and vice-versa.

Dzongri

At an altitude of 4,200 m Dzongri is among the best trekking destinations not only in Sikkim but also in India. The sights of the milky white peaks all around Dzongri are bound to keep you gazing with awe. The view from this place has too much to be recommended : a patchwork of green and gold streaked with blue - reminiscent of an abstract etching, framed by the majestic snowcapped peaks shining not very far away. The awesome presence of the great mountains thrusting their snowy peaks deciphers the strength of the Tethys Sea bulging its muscles to reach this towering height. No less than 14 of them soar majestically to 20,000 ft. plus. The centre of attraction of course remains the Kanchenjunga. Snowfall is common especially during the winter months. The trekker should be well prepared to face the cold. The temperature may go below freezing point any time around the year. The beauty of the mountain, is also guarantee, will make all the effort worthwhile once you reach here.

Rabdentse Ruins

Rabdentse Ruins is the archeological site that tells Sikkim’s story of glory. The place is a must see for the history-enthusiasts who want to dig into the state’s past in between the spectacular view of Kanchenjunga peak and the gushing river flowing through the foothills. The scenic view from the top of the ruins scanning across deep valley to the mystic heights of Kanchendzonga ranges is something to be cherished and etched in memory. Here one can visualize the remains of a once flourishing colony around the palace which was constructed after the consecration of Chogyal Phuntshog Namgyal in the 1641 AD. On walking through the chestnut trees with the mosses dripping down, one can come across a stone throne with three standing stones known as Namphogang from where the judge used to give his final judgment in those days. One can also see Taphap Chorten, from where the visitors had to take off their hats to enter the palace. During the summer season from March to May, the weather is exceptionally pleasant.

Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary

Barsey is a small town in West Sikkim and is famous for its Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. This place is not accessible by road, but one has to trek from a nearby town called Hilley to reach here. The sanctuary itself is a part of the West Sikkim and quite easy to access through road via Hilley, Dentam/Soreng from Geyzing. The trail is enriched with varied flora and raw nature and proceeds from Hilley up the hill. The Barsey Rhodonderon sanctuary has around 600 varieties of Rhododendron along with other kind of flora. Sprawled across an area of 104 sq. km, the place is renowned for being home to Red Panda and Black Bear, the rare Himalayan species. Nestled in the Singalila Range, the natural border with Nepal, the Rhododendron Sanctuary is perfect for those seeking solitude, a connection with nature and some adventure.

Hot Spring Legship

Popularly called as ‘Phu Cha Chu’ by the natives, Sulphurous Hot Spring is one of the most famous tourist destinations visited for its curative medicinal properties. Its amazingly beautiful location, amidst the thick green forest, overlooking the serene Rangit River reawakens one’s mind, body and soul. The sulphurous water of the spring is beautifully stacked by the natural arrangement of the small rugged rocks, making an organic pool by itself. Travellers can also visit the nearby Kah-dosang-phu or ‘the cave of the occult fairies’, which is one of the sacred sightseeing places in the town.Then for the spiritual awakening Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple is just abound 3 kms away through the foot suspension bridge above the banks of the enthralling Rangit River Bank

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