Yuksom is a beautiful Heritage village and Hill Station in Sikkim state, India. It was the capital city of the erstwhile Chogyal dynasty, who ruled the area for 333 years, starting from 1642 AD till 1975.
This area is known for its pristine beauty. It is also known the ‘Meeting place of Three Lamas’, as the three Lamas assembled here in 1641 and selected the first monarch of the Chogyal dynasty in 1642. The monarch was given the title “Chogyal”, which means ‘religious king’. Lutsum Chembo, Sempa Chembo and Rinzing Chembo were the three Tibetan Buddhist monks who assembled here in 1641.
The first monarch was crowned at Norbugang near Yuksom. The coronation site of the first Chogyal King, Phuntsog Namgyal and several other Chogyal monarchs are situated here. Yuksom was elected as the first capital city by Phuntsog Namgyal, the first Chogyal King. Chogyal monarchy had 12 Monarchs, from 1642 to 1975.
Dubdi Monastery alias Hermit’s Cell, the first & oldest monastery in Sikkim is situated here. Dubdi Monastery was established in the year 1701 by the Chogyals. It takes around one hour’s walk from Yuksom. Mallu Monastery, a smaller Monastery, is also situated here.
This hill station town is the top station of Khangchendzonga National Park. Yuksom and the surrounding Kanchenjunga Himalayam mountain ranges are famous for trekking. Its also the base camp for Kanchenjunga trekking by Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and is best suited for adventure holidays. Adventure tourists can go for trekking to different places like Tashiding or Dzongri peak or Goecha La alias Goechala from here.
How Do I Go to Yuksom Buddhist Heritage Village?
The nearest airport is at Bagdogra at around 170 kilometers distance, in the nearby West Bengal state. New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station in West Bengal state, is the nearest railway station at around 150 kilometers away which takes around 6 to 7 hours drive. Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim state is at around 123 kilometers away.