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Things To Do In Yuksom
A historical town located in the Western region of Sikkim, Yuksom is a popular vacation spot for those looking for the perfect blend of nature’s glorious landmarks coupled with ancient monuments. It serves as the chief starting point for a number of trekking trails in the area, and is also home to Mt. Kanchenjunga, making it every mountaineer’s delight.
The predominantly Buddhist population of Yuksom will provide you with ample opportunities to explore the local culture and values that define the are an innate personality of the town. Though it features all the aspects of a tourist town, it still manages to keep its distance from commercial dreariness that can occasionally dull a good vacation spot. Here is a detailed guide to all the top things to do in Yuksom.
A major trekking hub in Sikkim, Yuksom is the starting point for some very well known trekking trails in the state. The Dzongri trail is great for undertaking a short trek that can be completed in about a week. The viewpoint Dzongri La offers some amazing views of mountains in the region like Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabur, Mt. Kumbhkarna, Mt. Rathong and Mt. Kokthang.
An extended trek and the most famous trail in the state is the Goecha La trail that is an extended version of the Dzongri trek and boasts brilliant up-close views of the might Mt. Kanchenjunga along with other glorious peaks in the Himalayas.
This impressive waterfall is encountered on your way to Yuksom, around 30 km away from Pelling. It is a peaceful and serene locality where you can also enjoy snacks through the local vendors while enjoying the views of the waterfall.
Kanchenjunga National Park
One of the best national parks in India, Kanchenjunga is home to exotic species like the snow leopard, red panda, sloth bear and the Himalayan black bear. It covers an area of over 820 sq. km and apart from rare wildlife, also features over 500 different species of birds and plants; an undeniable treat for all animal and nature lovers.
Shop at Yuksom Bazaar
Yuksom Bazaar is a fun way to spend some time within the markets of the area. The local four-post shops sell very basic items, so one should not expect much from the vendors; however, you will experience a lively atmosphere within the bazaar that is perfect for a simple stroll while enjoying some native snacks as well.
Try Local Food
Yuksom is a great place to try local Sikkim cuisine; for the best experience, head over to Mama’s Kitchen for authentic north-eastern delicacies including home cooked meals that are made from scratch upon pre-ordering. Gupta Restaurant is a common stopover for tourists backpacking in the area; try this locally famous joint for great thalis (platters), thukpa and curries. Native food like yak cheese and Tibetan bread should definitely be given a try.