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    Tashiding Monastery - The Tashiding Monastery is part of the Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit. It was built in the 17th century by Ngadak Sempa Chempo. Located between the Rathong River and the Rangit River, this monastery is surrounded by prayer flags. The monastery also comprises of many chortans that are dedicated to a few Chogyals. As per Buddhist scriptures, Guru Padmasambhava blessed Sikkim from this place in the 8th century. Droplets of the holy water that is kept in a pot inside the monastery are given to devotees once every year during the Bumchu Festival. This famous festival is held on the 14th and 15th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar. Geographically, this monastery along with the Tashiding town is bounded by four caves, which are located in four cardinal directions. Towards the east is a cave where Sharchog Bephug meditated, while in the west lies the Dechenpug Cave. Towards the south lies the cave of Khandozangphu and in the north is the Lhari Nyingphug.

     

    Khecheopalri Lake - Khecheopalri Lake is a sacred lake for both Buddhists and Hindus. Located near the Khecheopalri village, this lake is an integral part of the valley of Demazong. It is also part of the Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit, which includes Yuksom, the Dubdi Monastery in Yuksam, Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, Sanga Choeling Monastery and Tashiding Monastery. According to legend, this lake is believed to represent one of the four plexus of the human body, namely the thorax. Yuksam, Tashiding and Pemayangtse represent the other three plexes, namely the third eye, the head and the heart, respectively. Surrounded by a broad-leaved mixed temperate forest, tourists can see macrophytes, phytoplankton and zooplankton near the lake. Besides these, this lake is also home to different fish species, including Cyprinus carpio, Danio aequipinnatus and Schizothorax. Several birds that can be spotted near this lake are grebe, common teal, tufted duck and Amaurornisbi colour.

     

    Dubdi Monastery - Dubdi Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Often called as the Yuksam Monastery, this monastery was established by Chogyar Namgyal in 1701. The oldest monastery in Sikkim, Dubdi Monastery is a two storeyed structure built in stone. It has a tapering tower with a flat roof, which is made of iron sheets, with projecting eaves. Atop the roof lies a bell shaped gilded dome called the Gyaltshen. It is part of the Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit, which comprises of the Norbugang Chorten, the Pemayangtse Monastery, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, the Khecheopalri Lake, the Rabdentse ruins and the Tashiding Monastery. The monastery is also known as the Hermit's Cell after its founder Lhatsun Namkha Jigme. Situated at a height of 7000 feet, this monastery is about an hour's walk from Yuksam. It has painted interiors, with images of divinities and saints.

     

    Khangchendzonga National Park - Khangchendzonga National Park, located in the North Sikkim District, is a national park and a biosphere reserve. Earning its name from the mountain Kanchenjunga, this park spreads over an area of 849.5 sq km.

    The park is home to many mammal species and around 550 bird species. Mammals that can be spotted in this national park are musk deer, Himalayan tahr, Tibetan wild ass and wild dog, among others. Birdwatchers can spot avifauna species like blood pheasant, Himalayan griffon, satyr tragopan, Tibetan snowcock and Asian emerald cuckoo, to name a few. Besides animals and birds, there are glaciers in the park, like the extensive Zemu glacier.

     

    Norbugang Coronation Throne - The Norbugang Coronation Throne was constructed after the crowning of the first Chogyal of Sikkim in 1642. This throne is part of the Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit. Norbugang Coronation Throne stands as the witness of the historical event wherein three Lamas met and consecrated the first king of Sikkim. Norbugang Park has been created at Yuksam, which comprises a prayer hall, a prayer wheel and the Norbugang Chorten (stupa). This park also includes the supposed Coronation Throne (Norbugang), below a Cryptomeria pine. The throne is made of stone and has four seats, with the top seat intended for Lama Lhatsun Chhempo.

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    Tashiding Monastery - The Tashiding Monastery is part of the Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit. It was built in the 17th century by Ngadak Sempa Chempo. Located between the Rathong River and the Rangit River, this monastery is surrounded by prayer flags. The monastery also comprises of many chortans that are dedicated to a few Chogyals. As per Buddhist scriptures, Guru Padmasambhava blessed Sikkim from this place in the 8th century. Droplets of the holy water that is kept in a pot inside the monastery are given to devotees once every year during the Bumchu Festival. This famous festival is held on the 14th and 15th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar. Geographically, this monastery along with the Tashiding town is bounded by four caves, which are located in four cardinal directions. Towards the east is a cave where Sharchog Bephug meditated, while in the west lies the Dechenpug Cave. Towards the south lies the cave of Khandozangphu and in the north is the Lhari Nyingphug.

     

    Khecheopalri Lake - Khecheopalri Lake is a sacred lake for both Buddhists and Hindus. Located near the Khecheopalri village, this lake is an integral part of the valley of Demazong. It is also part of the Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit, which includes Yuksom, the Dubdi Monastery in Yuksam, Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, Sanga Choeling Monastery and Tashiding Monastery. According to legend, this lake is believed to represent one of the four plexus of the human body, namely the thorax. Yuksam, Tashiding and Pemayangtse represent the other three plexes, namely the third eye, the head and the heart, respectively. Surrounded by a broad-leaved mixed temperate forest, tourists can see macrophytes, phytoplankton and zooplankton near the lake. Besides these, this lake is also home to different fish species, including Cyprinus carpio, Danio aequipinnatus and Schizothorax. Several birds that can be spotted near this lake are grebe, common teal, tufted duck and Amaurornisbi colour.

     

    Dubdi Monastery - Dubdi Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Often called as the Yuksam Monastery, this monastery was established by Chogyar Namgyal in 1701. The oldest monastery in Sikkim, Dubdi Monastery is a two storeyed structure built in stone. It has a tapering tower with a flat roof, which is made of iron sheets, with projecting eaves. Atop the roof lies a bell shaped gilded dome called the Gyaltshen. It is part of the Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit, which comprises of the Norbugang Chorten, the Pemayangtse Monastery, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, the Khecheopalri Lake, the Rabdentse ruins and the Tashiding Monastery. The monastery is also known as the Hermit's Cell after its founder Lhatsun Namkha Jigme. Situated at a height of 7000 feet, this monastery is about an hour's walk from Yuksam. It has painted interiors, with images of divinities and saints.

     

    Khangchendzonga National Park - Khangchendzonga National Park, located in the North Sikkim District, is a national park and a biosphere reserve. Earning its name from the mountain Kanchenjunga, this park spreads over an area of 849.5 sq km.

    The park is home to many mammal species and around 550 bird species. Mammals that can be spotted in this national park are musk deer, Himalayan tahr, Tibetan wild ass and wild dog, among others. Birdwatchers can spot avifauna species like blood pheasant, Himalayan griffon, satyr tragopan, Tibetan snowcock and Asian emerald cuckoo, to name a few. Besides animals and birds, there are glaciers in the park, like the extensive Zemu glacier.

     

    Norbugang Coronation Throne - The Norbugang Coronation Throne was constructed after the crowning of the first Chogyal of Sikkim in 1642. This throne is part of the Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit. Norbugang Coronation Throne stands as the witness of the historical event wherein three Lamas met and consecrated the first king of Sikkim. Norbugang Park has been created at Yuksam, which comprises a prayer hall, a prayer wheel and the Norbugang Chorten (stupa). This park also includes the supposed Coronation Throne (Norbugang), below a Cryptomeria pine. The throne is made of stone and has four seats, with the top seat intended for Lama Lhatsun Chhempo.

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