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Geyzing (Gyashaling) Tourism And Travel Guide
19.9° C / 67.8° F
April to June
2 to 3 Days
Bagdogra Airport, West Bengal (124 kms)
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (98 kms)
The district of Geyzing located in western Sikkim is one of the most sought after tourist spots in the state. Also known as Gyalshing among the locals, majority of the population here is of Nepalese origin and the Nepali language is the main tongue spoken here. Apart from being a spectacularly scenic spot that offers brilliant views of the Himalayas and the Kanchenjunga, visitors will also find a number of religious monuments here that are an intrinsic part of this region’s heritage and contribute significantly to tourism in Geyzing.
The strategic location of Geyzing promotes tourism here and makes it a key stopover town for those traveling through this part of Sikkim. While a day or two is more than enough to explore the hidden gems of this beautiful town, some tourists choose to stay longer before moving on to other regions of western Sikkim. Here is a comprehensive travel guide for those planning to vacation in Geyzing.
How to Reach
The nearest airport from Geyzing is the Bagdogra Airport located in Siliguri, West Bengal. Situated around 124 km away, Geyzing is easily accessible through a number of public and private transportation options available outside the airport.
The closest railhead from Geyzing is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in West Bengal. It is located 98 km away and is well connected to all major rail junctions around the country. The Siliguri Junction is another option for those planning to take a train to Geyzing, which is situated around 120 km away.
Geyzing is easily accessible via road from nearby areas such as Gangtok, Pelling, Yuksom, Jorethang, Darjeeling, Siliguri and Tashiding. Regular state run as well as private buses operate between these regions, along with private taxis available for hire and shared jeeps that ply through the city for a convenient travel option for all tourists.
Weather & Best Time to Visit
Summer is the best time of the year to visit Geyzing. The idyllic weather witnesses pleasant temperatures in the range of 18ᴼC-25ᴼC, with green landscapes and lush vegetation spread all over the valley. Tourists will also find the clear climate ideal for all sightseeing and outdoor activities.
Monsoons in Geyzing receive rainfall that ranges from mild to moderate annually, which is quite unlike other areas of western Sikkim and hence, witnesses tourist influx even in this season. The temperature remains pleasantly between 10ᴼC-15ᴼC, and the landscapes appear green and vibrant after being washed by the rains.
Winters in Geyzing get extremely cold and might not be the best time to travel to this region. Snowfall is quite common with temperatures that usually stay in the subzero range. Tourists are advised to travel with enough warm attire that can withstand this type of climate.
Things to Do
Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary:
The highlight of Geyzing is a plant and wildlife sanctuary that features numerous varieties of Rhododendron alone, along with being home to a number of exotic animal species that are native to this part of Sikkim. Apart from being rich in flora and fauna, Barsey also boasts a strategic location at 3000 m that offers spectacular views of the snow capped mountains and the lush landscapes.
While not brimming with options, Geyzing still offers some very scenic trails for those looking for hiking opportunities. Travellers can opt to start a hike from a trail that starts at the village of Hilley and extends to the town of Barsey that is situated at an altitude of almost 3000 m. With the promise of some beautiful views along the way, visitors often combine this trek with a trip to the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary located here.
Visit the Monasteries:
Geyzing may be most known for its scenic locations, but it is also a haven for Buddhist devotees who can visit and explore the beautiful monasteries on offer in and around Geyzing. The Pemayangtse monastery and the Sangachoeling monastery are two of the most prominent monuments in this area and undeniably worth a visit.
Explore the Local Villages:
Geyzing has no dearth of charming villages where visitors can find the opportunity to enjoy the company of the natives and learn everything there is to know about life in this part of Sikkim. Little hamlets like Yangtey and Biksthang are perfect scenic locations to enjoy the picturesque landscapes and explore the local culture.
The market of Geyzing, also known as Gyalshing Bazaar, was established initially by the local monk body to provide shopping comforts to the monks as well as the locals; businesses also flourished among the villagers who could sell their products like dairy, crops and food items. Today, it is a well established marketplace selling a number of local goods, especially handmade woolens and carpets and a variety of handicrafts that make for perfect souvenir items for tourists.