Gyalshing, also known as Geyzing is the capital of the district of West Sikkim in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is located at an altitude of 2700 feet above sea level. Gyalshing, which means “king’s garden”, is said to have been the royal garden attached to the Rabdentse Palace, which was Sikkim’s capital until the late 18th century.
It is the main transit point to various tourist destinations in the country. Nepali is the main language spoken in this town.
About 10 km away from Pelling, Gyalshing also known as Gyalshing Bazar, is one of the oldest markets, established approximately about 100 years ago. This establishment was said to have been set up under the initiative of the monk body of Pemayangtse monastery for the shopping comfort of the monks and public living in the villages around Pemayangtse. Ever since the Gyalshing market was established and the first few shops were opened, it made it easier for monks to do their monastic shopping and the villagers could sell their village products like crops, dairy products, vegetables and buy clothing and other household needs from the market. Till date, the villagers gather every Sunday to do shopping or sell their products in Gyalshing Bazar. Today the market is well equipped with shops which sell almost everything, a multipurpose community hall, a library, a post office, banks, police stations, eateries, lodges, internet cafes, taxi terminus and a football ground.
There are places of worship for the people of all faith here. There is a ‘Manilhagang’, where meditation sessions for mostly Buddhist women are organized every year during the holy occasion called Saga Dawa that falls in the month of June. There is also a Devithan for Hindus, a church, and a masjid.
Opposite Gyalshing bazaar is the longest and believed to be the holiest Mendang or Holy Wall, which was constructed by the third king, Chogyal Chador Namgyal.
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