Norbugang Coronation Throne:
This is one of the most important historical sites of Yuksom. The first religious king of Sikkim, Chogyal Phuntsog, was crowned here. The throne also has some historical treasures like a 300-year-old fir tree, a foot-print in front of the throne which is said to belong to Lhatsun Namkha Jigme. The Stupa near the throne is said to contain soil and water used from every part of Sikkim. Hence the site is protected by the archaeological department of India. This is said to be the meeting point of the three lamas who used to meet each other to strengthen their hold on Sikkim and to spread Buddhism. There is also a park at the coronation site, called Norbugang Park. The park encloses a prayer hall, a large prayer wheel, the Norbugang Chorten (stupa), and the Coronation Throne (Norbugang). The holy lake, Kathok near the park was used for the blessing ceremony of the first Chogyal.
Tashiding means “The Devoted Central Glory” and this monastery was built in 1641. According to historical records, the monastery was visited by the Buddhist Tantrayana master, ‘Guru Padmasambhava’ in 8th century A.D. The region witnessed continuous earthquakes in the past and hence Lamas rebuilt the monastery with the help of funds from Sikkim State Government. The monastery is home to 60-70 monks. The holy ‘Bhumchhu’ festival is also celebrated here with attendance from a large number of pilgrims around the world. The monastery is also home to a sacred Stupa called Chhoedten built in its premises. The Stupa is also called Thong-Warang- Drol which means “Saviour by mere sight”
The monastery is located on a hilltop above Yuksom surrounded by thick forest. It is an ideal place for spiritual seekers and its hilltop location is also ideal for trekkers. The Monastery has an elaborately painted interior area. Images of divinities, saints, other symbols and collection of manuscripts and texts are preserved in the monastery. The monastery also houses statues of three lamas who were responsible for establishing Yuksom. This monastery is also addressed as Yuksom Monastery. On the two side lanes of the monastery, a rare collection of manuscripts and other ritual texts are preserved.
This is the highest waterfall of Sikkim located between Yuksom and Gerethang. The waterfall presents a magnificent view during rainy season as it flows down the magnificent Khanchendzonga range with its water gushing down the rocky plateau.
Khangchendzonga National Park:
This park is spread over an area of 829.5 sq km and is rich in wildlife like musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan Tahr, wild dog, sloth bear, civet, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, Tibetan Wild Ass, Himalayan Blue Sheep, Serow, Goral, and Takin. It also serves as a shelter to varied reptiles like rat, snake and Russell’s viper. It is one of the prestigious National parks, located at high altitude. There are more than 550 species of birds in the park including Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Osprey, Himalayan Griffon, Lammergeier, Tragopan Pheasant, Green Pigeon, Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Pigeon, Impeyan Pheasant, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Sunbird, and Eagle.
This monastery is located on the opposite side of Kartok Lake. It is one of the three important monasteries of Yuksom apart from the Dubdi Monastery, Ngadak Chorling Monastery.
This is a royal complex established when Yuksom was the capital of Sikkim. The royal complex offers a 360-degree view of Yuksom city because of its location on the ridge. The view of Yuksom town from here is captivating and spellbound. One can reach here in less than 5 minutes from the tiny Gupha Dara, a sub-hamlet of around a dozen semi-traditional houses.
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