The first ever established capital of Sikkim in 1642 A.D. by Phuntsog Namgyal, Yuksam is a historical town in western district of Sikkim. It holds great historical importance to the Buddhist sect. Yuksam, literally meaning ‘meeting place of three lamas’, gained its named from the similar event when the three most revered Lamas collected at this place to preach Buddhism. Yuksam has made itself as the model city for ‘eco-tourism’ in India and has been promoting it very effectively by organizing festivals and events explaining the above. It is also the base camp for trekking to Mt. Khangchendzonga.
Nearest airport at Bagdogra, is 170 kilometers from Yuksom. Taxis are available for onward journey.
Nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri, around 150 kilometers from Yuksom. Taxis are available for onward journey.
Accessible easily as Yuksom is on the national road network.
Yuksom can be visited all through the year. However, to pinpoint the best climes the months of March to June can be recommended.
It is one of the largest festivals held at the Khecheopalri Lake every year for two days between the months of March and April.
This is also celebrated at the Khecheopalri Lake in the month of October every year.
Celebrated in the months of January and March, during this festival the devotees are given two droplets of the holy water kept inside the Tashiding Monastery.
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