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YuksamState : Sikkim, the north east state of India.
Best Time to Travel : Mid- February to May & Mid - Sept to December.
Weather Conditions : too cold in winters and pleasant in summers.
Location : Yuksam lies on the edge of the Khanchenjunga National Park, the largest Protected area in Sikkim.

Know Yuksam (Sikkim)
Yuksam in Sikkim, the gateway to Shangri-La or Ney-Pemathang is located in the far western corner of Sikkim India, perched at the base of high, forest-covered mountains. The village and surroundings of Yuksam offer plenty of opportunity for relishing the history of Sikkim. Yuksam Sikkim is fascinating with inviting people, majestic mountain peaks and immense natural diversity.

Yuksam in Sikkim was the first capital of Sikkim. This was the place, where according to the historical records, the first Chogyal of the Kingdom of Sikkim was enthroned in 1641 AD by the three learned lamas. It is from here that the trek to Dzongri and to the base camp of Mt. Kanchenjunga begins.

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Journey to Yuksams (Sikkim)
Airport : Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri, West Bengal is 140 kms away from Yuksam. There is Daily flight from Delhi and Calcutta.

Railhead : New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal is the nearest Railway station and it is 140 kms away. It is well connected with major cities of India such as Calcutta, New Delhi and Guwahati.

Road Transport : Yuksam is well linked with all the major district of Sikkim, state West Bengal, Bhutan Border and Nepal Border. Siliguri, the main base city from where one can get various transport to Sikkim is 140 kms away.

NOTE : Foreigners need a permit to enter Sikkim (available at Siliguri).

Staying In or Around Yuksam (Sikkim)
There are only few hotels and restaurant in town which serves both local and Indian delicacies. They also provide lodging facilities for the visitors. You can also stay in Gangtok for better quality accommodation, from where you can easily reach Yuksam in Sikkim by road.

Sightseeing in Yuksam (Sikkim)
Dubdi Monastery
The first Monastery established soon after the consecration, it is located on a hill top above Yuksam surrounded by verdant forest.
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Tashiding Monastery
This Monastery is constructed on the top of a heart-shaped hill with the backdrop of the sacred Mount Kanchenjunga. It is basically known for two reasons - the Holy Chorten called 'Thong-Wa-Rang-To' and sacred water festival.

Tendong Hill
Tendong Hill is a small flat expanse of land lying at an altitude of 8,530 ft. surrounded by lush green ancient forest. Historically, this has been a place of recluse for Buddhist Lamas who spend years in meditation amidst the peaceful scenic grandeur.

Menam Hill Ravangla
At the base of Menam Hill is Ravangla, a small township and transit to various tourist destinations in South and West Sikkim. It is a transit point for trekkers to Menam Hills and Borong. A trek to 'Shar Chok Bephu' cave would be a unique experience.

Menam Hill
Menam Hill towers above Tendong Hill on the other side overlooking the Ravangla bazar settlement. Situated at an altitude of 10,300 ft. the scenic view from this height is, perhaps, unmatched in this part of the world.

Some Other Sights of Interest
Enchey Monastery, Borong, Versey, Namchi, Temi Tea Garden, Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology (SRIT), Sikkim Time Corporation Limited (SITCO), Saramsa Garden, Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, Water Garden, Tsomgo Lake, Tashi View Point

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Yuksam in Sikkim is at a distance of 140 km from Siliguri in West Bengal, 125 km away from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim and just 74 km from Darjeeling in West Bengal.
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