20 BEST Places to Visit in West Sikkim - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)
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Places to visit in West Sikkim includes Kanchenjunga National Park, Yuksom, Pelling, Kaecheopalri Lake, Yangtey, Geyzing, Darap, Rabdentse Ruins and many other beautiful places. 

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From wildlife parks offering the best of jungle adventure to remote Himalayan villages submerged in rustic charm, West Sikkim has no dearth of wonderful destinations.

Explore beautiful monasteries, trek on undulating terrains, befriend locals, and enjoy local delicacies you can to explore and experience. Also checkout 6 Days Thrilling Sikkim Package(Flat 29% off) to have a taste of hills!

North Sikkim also has fabulous tourist destinations like magical beauty of Lachung ,where you can witness astonishing sightseeings , so you might consider visiting North Sikkim after your visit to West Sikkim.

Here are the best places to visit in West Sikkim :

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Kanchenjunga National Park

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Kanchenjunga National Park

West Sikkim boasts of an impressive biodiversity, and the best way to explore it is paying a visit to Kanchenjunga National Park. Teeming with exotic flora and fauna species, glacial lakes, glaciers, extensive range of forests, and much more, Kanchenjunga National Park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2016. Stay in the best resorts in Sikkim to explore the lifestyle of North India.

Owing to all it houses, it is a delight for all wildlife buffs, bird watchers, and nature lovers visiting the region. The park sprawls over an area of 849 sq. km, and gives ample opportunities for wildlife exploration with species like Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, etc. residing here. 

The park encompasses Pine, Oak, Birch, Willow, and Maple forests. Furthermore,it also features numerous trails for trekking making it a paradise for trekkers.

Location: West and North Sikkim

Timings: Open 24 hours

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Khecheopalri Lake

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Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake is considered to be a sacred lake by the locals. It is situated in the dense dark forest with impressive foliage which adds to the beauty of the lake. It is believed that the leaves are not permitted to float on the lake so the birds pick them up as soon as they fall.

The legend has it that this lake fulfills wishes, so don’t forget to make a wish while you are here. One can also trek to reach this serene place and add a sense of thrill to their this trip. This lake is a perfect place to enjoy fish feeding, birding and the beauty of the raw nature. The pleasant site of the lake surrounded by the rich green forest is a sight to behold. 


Location:
Khecheopalri, West Sikkim

Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Entry Fees: INR 10 Per Person

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Pelling

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Pelling
Pelling is a hill station located at an altitude of 7,200 feet. It lies in the foothills of snow laden mountains and provides magnificent views of the peaks like Kanchenjunga, Koktang, Rathong and others. Pelling also serves as a base camp for many famous treks here.

From local monasteries, to gurgling waterfalls, rock garden and trekking trails, Pelling has everything in store for you. Places to visit here are Sanga Choeling Monastery, Rimbi Waterfall, Singshore Bridge and much more. The scenic beauty of what nature has bestowed upon this place is second to none. Pelling undoubtedly is among the best places to visit in West Sikkim. Be sure to visit this amazing place on your gangtok trip

Location: Pelling, Geyzing

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Timings: Open for 24 hours


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Yuksom

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Yuksom

One of the most popular destinations in Sikkim, Yuksom has an extensive range of attractions to amuse its visitors with which cover both man-made and natural marvels. Some of the most popular attractions in and around Yuksom are Khecheopalri Lake, Tashiding Monastery, Kanchengdzonga National Park, and Dubdi Monastery.

Established in the year 1642, the historical town was the first capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim. Also, the place offers various trekking trails that will take you through the most amazing landscapes if you are interested in some adventure on your trip. Yuksom is a perfect package of a destination for you to explore and experience.

Location: Geyzing, West Sikkim

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

Timings: 
Open for 24 hours
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Goecha La

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Goecha La
Goecha La is a high altitude pass claiming an elevation of 16,207 feet. The site exhibits a perfect blend of adventure and nature’s artistry. Explore the mighty Himalayas while trekking amidst of verdant meadows, picturesque valleys, streaming rivers, striking lakes, snow capped mountains and deep forests. While trekking to the pass, you can savour views of the imposing mountains like Khanchenjunga, Talung, Rathong and many others.

Enjoy the breathtaking and dramatic views of the sunrise and sunsets and make lifelong memories on this scenic trail. The views on the trek are worth all the efforts you make and throughout the trek you will get the rewarding sights that will leave you spell bound. Goecha La, without a doubt, is one of the best places to visit in West Sikkim.

Location: West Sikkim, Sikkim

Timings:
Open 24 hours

Entry Fees: No Entry Fee

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Pemayangtse Monastery

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Pemayangtse Monastery
Pemayangtse Monastery is situated at a hill top and enjoys an elevation of 6,840 feet. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, built in 17th century. Get drenched in the spirituality and explore the exclusive collection of Buddhist sculptures, ancient idols, scriptures, colourful paintings and antique architecture at this monastery. It's a must visit on a trip to sikkim

The monastery is set up on the scenic location of a hilltop, overlooked by the striking snow capped mountains, Besides, Rabdentse ruins add to the beauty of the site. A visit to this revered monastery is a must when you are exploring West Sikkim Tourist Spots.

Location:
Pemayangtse, Sikkim

Timings:
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Entry Fees: INR 20 Per Person
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Mount Pandim

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Mount Pandim

A pure diamond in the jewel of the Eastern Himalayas, Mount Pandim is definitely one of the most iconic places to visit in West Sikkim. When you start your trek from Dzongri to Goecha La, magnificent views of the mighty mountain accompany you throughout your journey. 

You get an opportunity to pass through the base of the mountain on the last day of Goecha la Trek. This mountain, boasting an elevation of 6691 metres, looks stunning with Mt Kanchenjunga beside it, and is a sight to behold.

Location: Eastern Himalayas

Timings: Open 24 hours

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Tashiding Monastery

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Tashiding Monastery

Tashiding Monastery marvelously sits on the top a hill between Rothong and Rangeet River. It was built during 17th century and is considered as the holiest and oldest monastery in Sikkim. The legend has it that the Guru Padmasambhava shot an arrow into the thin air and the arrow landed at the hilltop and he started meditating there. 

Later, at the same spot the monastery was built. Enjoy the colorful scroll paintings of Buddha, stone inscriptions carved with holy Buddhist mantras and Chortens. The views from the monastery are scenic and one can also have a glimpse of the towering Kanchenjunga that will leave you astonished.

Location:
Tashiding, West Sikkim

Timings: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Entry Fees: None

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Geyzing

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Geyzing

Also spelled as Gylashing, Geyzing is the capital of the West Sikkim district. The place is surrounded by a lot of tourist attractions, making it one of the best places to visit in West Sikkim. Apart from enjoying the essentially Himalayan scenic vistas, you have various monasteries and villages to explore while you are here. 

To add some more excitement to your West Sikkim trip, you can also indulge in trekking here which lets you reach vantage points offering extremely beautiful views of some popular Himalayan peaks. Varsey, Yangtey, and Rabdentse are few of the places of interest near Geyzing.

Location: 122 km from Gangtok

Entry Fee: 
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Timings: Open for 24 hours

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Darap Village

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Darap Village

Find solace in the company of nature and serenity in Darap Village located in West Sikkim. This picturesque village is bound to grab your attention with its scenic beauty while you are travelling from Pelling to Yuksom. If you wish to disconnect from the chaos of cities for a while, there are only a few destinations as good as Darap. 

Though the village lacks big tourist attractions, you can enjoy your time here by indulging in trekking, bird watching, photography, and handicraft making. Visit this place with friends or solo, stay for a while, and make memories that you will remember for a long time.

Location: 8 km, Pelling to Yuksom Road

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

Timings: 
Open for 24 

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Rabdentse Ruins

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Rabdentse Ruins

A place with a great historical importance, Rabdentse Ruins is among the most interesting places to visit in West Sikkim. Rabdentse was the second capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim and was founded by Chogyal II in the year 1670. The site, located close to Pelling, served the purpose till the year 1814 when it was destroyed during the invasion of Gurkha Army. 

The site is now limited to ruins of the complex that once constituted palace and monasteries. If you are interested in learning about the history of Sikkim, this is one of the places you must visit.

Location: Near Pelling, West Sikkim

Timing: 8 AM to 5 PM

Entry fee: Entry is free
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Yangtey

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Yangtey

A perfect holiday destination for honeymoon couples, families, and even solo travelers, Yangtey is a paradisaical hamlet sitting at an elevation of 6,000 feet in the realm of the Himalayas. The pleasant climate of the place throughout the year also plays a great part in making Yangtey one of the most popular West Sikkim tourist spots. 

Lying just 9 km away from Pelling, Yangtey is well-connected with roads. There are numerous tourist attractions in and around the place including but not limited to Khecheopalri Lake, Kanchenjunga Waterfalls, and Sewaro Rock Garden in addition to Buddhist monasteries. Most importantly, you can enjoy the magical view of Kanchenjunga Peak from here.

Location: 9 km from Pelling
Timings: Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee: No Entry fee
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Dzongri Trek

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Dzongri Trek

If you are willing to add thrill and adventure to your overall affair in West Sikkim, there cannot be a better option that Dzongri Trek. A treat for all adventure-seekers in the region, the scenic trekking trail enthralls you with spellbinding views of some prominent Himalayan mountain peaks and captivating high-altitude lakes. This is one of the best things to do in sikkim for an adventure lover. 

The adventure of Dzongri Trek offers you an opportunity to walk through verdant landscape of Kanchenjunga National Park. Apart from adventure enthusiasts, this trek is also a great option for shutterbugs seeking a chance to click Himalayan landscapes. This 7-days trek begins at Yuksom and lets you relish some magical vistas from Dzongri View Point.

Location: Yuksom to Dzongri

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

Timings: 
Open for 24 hours
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Sangachoeling Monastery

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Sangachoeling Monastery

The presence of Tibetan culture is the life of the cultural heritage of Sikkim, and one of the most prominent sites confirming the fact is Sangachoeling Monastery. One of the oldest monasteries in the region, Sangachoeling was established in the 17th century. 

The monastery complex stores valuable artefacts like ancient paintings, sculptures, scriptures, and much more. The monastery is located on a ridge in Pelling that offers panoramic views of the lush green hills and snow-capped mountains around it. If you are planning to tour West Sikkim, know that this place delivers a perfect blend of divinity and tranquility.

Location: Pelling, West Sikkim

Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM

Entry Fee: Entry is free

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Legship

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Legship

Positioned in the middle of unspoiled nature, Legship is a small Sikkimese town offering a rejuvenating experience to the visitors. The town is located on the banks of River Rangit, which makes it a great choice among those who appreciate nature and like to capture the best of it on their cameras. 

Gateway to West Sikkim is another name for Legship. Rangit Dam is one of the top attractions in the town which is frequented by locals and tourists on picnic and outing. The facility of rafting is available for thrill-seekers here. Besides, Lho Khando Sang Pho Cave and Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple are must visit places when you are in Legship.

Location: 23 km from Pelling

Entry Fee: 
No Entry Fee

Timings: 
Open for 24 hours

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Biksthang

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Biksthang

One of the most sought after West Sikkim tourist spots, Biksthang is a pure delight for all of your senses. Sitting in the lap of Himalayas, the village is also known for offering breathtaking views of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga. Mangalbarey is another name the village is known as. Another factor that adds to the natural charm of the village is Rangit River. 

Since Biksthang is located at an elevation of 4,100 feet, it features a pleasant climate throughout the year which makes it one of those places in West Sikkim that can be visited during any season. The village is located close to Pelling and Rinchenpong, so you can easily add the place to your itinerary.

Location: 17 km from Rinchenpong

Timings:
Open 24 Hours

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Uttarey

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Uttarey

Located at an elevation of 6,600 feet on a slope of Singalila Range, Uttarey is a picture-perfect village where you can consider spending a day or two while you are in Sikkim. If you like to explore offbeat, you are going to love every moment of your stay in Uttarey as it is a less-explored destination with pristine nature as its main characteristic. 

You can trek to reach various vantage points near the village that offer spellbinding views of prominent Himalayan peaks. Surrounded by hilltops, waterfalls and verdant landscapes, Uttarey is located close to Indo-Nepal border. You can easily reach here by road since this place is located at a short distance of 30 km from Pelling.

Location: 30 km from Pelling, West Sikkim 

Entry Fee: 
No Entry Fee

Timings: Open for 24 hours

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Varsey

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Varsey

If you are a nature lover who also happens to love adventure, Varsey is a place you must not miss out on your West Sikkim tour. Varsey is essentially a rhododendron sanctuary sprawling across an area of nearly 104 sq. km. A popular way to visit Varsey is to indulge in a trekking expedition that begins from Hilley and takes you to this beautiful place that is full of nature. 

The spring season brings a riot of colour to the place with vibrant rhododendrons blooming and putting on a show for the visitors to see during the months of March and April. To make the experience all the more exciting, find yourself an accommodation at Varsey. You can also check out guide on the best homestays in sikkim to stay on your trip for an unique experience. 

Location: Varsey Sanctuary, 4 km from Hilley

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

Timings: 
Open for 24 hours
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Okhrey Village

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Okhrey Village

Take the path less travelled and reach this quaint hill village on your visit to West Sikkim to undertake an unforgettable experience. Though not known to too many travellers, Okhrey is a popular name among adventure enthusiasts in the region as it serves as the base for Hilley-Varsey Rhododendron Trek. 

It is a perfect place to stay at if you are in West Sikkim in search of some adrenaline-pumping action.From tourism point of view, the village mainly encompasses scenic landscape thriving with lush greenery. Besides, the place also features a man-made tourist attraction which is a Buddhist monastery named Ugen Thon Meon Ling Monastery. 

The impressive architecture of the monastery attracts a lot of tourists visiting the region.

Location: West Sikkim, 110 km from Gangtok

Entry Fee: 
No Entry Fee

Timings: Open for 24 hours
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Rinchenpong

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Rinchenpong

Sitting at an elevation of almost 5,500 feet, Rinchenpong is a town in West Sikkim that is heavenly in its very character. The Himalayan town, with numerous attractions for tourists including monasteries and Poison Lake, is emerging as a popular destination in the region.

Apart from enjoying the untainted nature, you can also relish mesmerizing views of the snow-covered Mt. Kanchenjunga from Rinchenpong. The place is also popular as “The Silent Valley” which speaks volumes about the kind of calm you can find here. A perfect spot for those looking an escape from maddening crowds, Rinchenpong will become the highlight of your visit to West Sikkim.

Location: 40 km from Gangtok

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

Timings: 
Open for 24 hours
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20 November 2018
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About the operators: Thrillophilia ties up with trek operators for this amazing trek. The team that carries the group is well trained, well versed and allows the trekkers to focus on their trekking. To provide service at such altitude with smile on face is bliss. They also have some hidden gems planned during the trek for people to be pleasantly surprised. Our trek guide Premtuk is an old hand and lives in Yaksum region. His ability to guide the team as well as captain the support staff was fantastic. He also made sure that trekkers were absolutely taken care off. He had excellent support staff and 12 horses to make sure that we had a glitch-free day’s and nights. Tenzing, vijay and others who worked tirelessly and with laughter all the time made the time memorable. About the trek: this trek offers variety for a serious trekker. The trails and paths are not the same throughout or even different times of the year. It has varied degree of difficulty and hence one needs to be physically and mentally prepared to harness the strength. One connects to self and nature throughout and comes back rejuvenated. It’s not just the moments of seeing sunrise or the summit from various points or watching Mt Pantim alone that takes your breath away but also the journey. It’s a pilgrimage to your own inner self that one ends up discovering. Finally few words of suggestions: for city dwellers who come for this trek, it’s a great idea to come and stay In yuksam few days in advance and do some of other amazing treks. Not only it helps in acclimatisation but also allows you to soak in local culture and food.
"The beauty of this trek is all about the landscape. You start of the trek from dense forest with fresh streams and then to Rhododendron trees when you gain altitude , later which you would come across a beautiful valley overlooking Mt Kanchenjunga. Try out the local cuisine in Yuksom. Thukpa and Chang are two things you need to try out. Although the trek is not recommended for first time trekkers you can still give it a shot provided you are fit and have taken all the items in checklist. "
23 November 2019
Excellent
This was my first trip with Thrillophilia as well as with complete strangers. I must say that Thrillophilia did not disappoint me ( nobody is perfect, so be flexible to accept minute glitches) . The whole trip went so smooth , starting from the pick up from airport, the hotels we got, arrangement of permits, site seeing and drop at the airport. Special thanks to Deep ( trip coordinator from tour angle) and Ammu ( my cab driver) . P. S. : if you want to see the flower calf yumthang valley and the frozen Tsomgo and Gurudongmar lake , then the ideal time to visit north Sikkim is March-April. November is the ideal time to witness the pleasant winter of sikkim along with its untouched beauty. Looking forward to travel more with Thrillophilia. P.S: the only problem which we faced was two co- passengers who used to get late for everything and because of them we had to rush from each location because of time constraint ( I totally understand that this things isn’t in the hand of Thrillophilia)
16 October 2015
Excellent
Trekking in the state of Sikkim is very different and a unique experience that you would not gain from trekking in any other part of India. The Indian Himalayas trek in Sikkim is awesome and a must take. What we enjoyed the most were the mountains, the trek trails, the people and their unique culture. This was a sharp contrast to our habits and culture. The trek is not that difficult and it is in fact very much feasible to be taken even by a first timer as well. The trekking was very nicely planned and organized with perfect budget. Do try this trek.
01 July 2015
Suryakanta Patil Goechala Trek, Sikkim, 2020
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Located in the state of Sikkim, this Goecha La trek is my dream and desire come true. This trek is a treat to all the adventure lovers who are in our country or visit our country. This place is nestled midst colourful, unique, and vibrant flora and fauna. This trek also paves way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park that can be visited in a day. This trek is an opulent beauty as it opens doors to murky valleys, snow clad mountain peaks, astonishing lakes, and lovely rivers in Sikkim. I was just marvelled at the spectacular beauty of this place.
20 February 2020
Excellent
I booked Magpie The Chestnut Retreat from Thrillophilia at a very decent price along with the activities. The check in and check out process was also done easily with just the e-voucher of Thrillophilia. The stay was comfortable and the food served was very delicious. There we experienced activities like yak ride and ATV ride. Everything was taken care of in the beautiful resort.
21 November 2019
Excellent
The resort is pretty along with the amazing views of the place. The room were so clean along with a comfortable bed and good facilities. The staffs were professional. No doubt we would be back. Highly recommended if you are visiting Pelling.
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I was planning for a trip to Sikkim and booked this tour. It was one of the best trips ever. Everything was very well arranged for the trip. The pickup was on time and I was joined by another group for the tour. We had the most amazing guide with us. He was very informative and was giving us detailed information about each of the places.
I was planning a trip with my gang and was searching over the internet for something interesting when I saw this package. I will have to admit that this was the best trip for us. We were 6 people who went on this amazing Sikkim Tour
Excellent
I had a very nice experience with thrillophilia. They provided al the facilities as promised ion the tour.

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  1. What are the best west Sikkim tourist spots for couples?

    1. Darap village: Disconnect from the city’s chaos and find solace and serenity in the heart of Darap village that is known for its scenic beauty and cascading waterfalls. 
    2. Yangtey: Yangtey is the perfect destination of the holiday for the honeymoon couples because you can enjoy magical views of the Kanchenjunga peak, visit popular attractions like Sewaro Rock Garden.
    3. Biksthang: Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga Mountain and the Rangit River adding to the natural charm of Biksthang that is located close to other beautiful locations like Rinchenpong.
    4. Uttarey: If you are a duo that prefers an offbeat location then you are going to the picture-perfect village of Uttarey that offers spellbinding views of verdant landscapes, waterfalls, and hilltops. 
    5. Varsey: Varsey is a sanctuary of Rhododendrons that adventure and nature-loving couples cannot miss out. A visit during the months of March to April presents spellbinding views of the vibrant blooming rhododendrons. 
  2. What are the famous west Sikkim tourist spots to visit with family?

    1. Yangtey: Yangtey is a paradisiacal hamlet located in the realm of the Himalayas and is known for the numerous attractions present here. These include the Khecheopalri lake and Kanchenjunga waterfalls.
    2. Legship: For those that want to go on an outing, and arrange a picnic, then the quirky, small town of Legship can be your ideal getaway. You can go river rafting in the Rangit Dam here besides appreciating nature. 
    3. Rabdentse Ruins: Rabdentse Ruins has all the ruins of a complex that once comprised of monasteries and palace. If you are intrigued to learn about the Sikkim history then visit this place of massive historical significance.  
    4. Tashiding Monastery: Witness the colorful scroll Buddha paintings, Chortens, and the holy Buddhist mantras carved with stone inscriptions at the oldest and holiest Tashiding Monastery. 
    5. Pemayangtse Monastery: Explore the exclusive collections of scriptures, ancient idols, Buddhist Sculptures, and soak in the spirituality of the striking Pemayangtse Monastery, situated atop the hill. 

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