Yuksom (য়াকসাম) is one of the oldest establishment of Sikkim, distance from Gangtok is 122 kms and rom Siliguri (gateway of Eastern Himalaya) 145 K.M. via NH31A and 148 K.M via Hill Cart road. Yuksom situated on 1,780 meter above sea level and distance from Pelling (Most preferred tourist destination in West Sikkim) is only 36 K.M.
Yuksom is most attractive historical place along with best trekking routes and natural beauty. The first Chogyal of Sikkim Phuntsong Namgyal established capital in Yuksom in 1641 AD. The crowing place of King Namgyal can be visited on foot after reaching in Yuksom, the entire area surrounded by low railing. Archaeology department, Gov. of India is undertaking this place.
The first and oldest monastery of Sikkim, Dubdi monastery or Yuksom monastery situated here, this is very religious and holy place for locals. You need to trek 2 K.M. stoned way surrounded by deep jungle to Monastery from main road of Yuksom, also Phamrong waterfalls can be visited on your foot from Monastery. Most of the trekking routes like Dzongri, Goechala, Bakhim and Kanchenjunga national park trek starts from Yuksom, and Yuksom attracts number of foreign tourist each year. The unusual view of the road to Yuksom from Pelling, after crossing Kanchenjunga waterfall is fantastic and scenic.
Our associate homestay is cool and calm accommodation at Yuksom. All rooms are enough spacious with all facilities like attached bath and hot water. Cleanness is our first priority, currently the homestay providing for 6-8 guests in cozy and total hygienic room. The served food is local cuisine and cultivated in local organic garden. We also can arrange bon-fire on prior request, traditional dishes also served on special occasions. Tariff starts from Rs.1000 for room only and Rs1400 per person per day with all meals (Breakfast to Dinner).
The local ‘Kanchenjunga Conservation Committee’ has started homestay to promote eco-village tourism in 2002. Initially 7 houses were included and provided basic training on how to serve the needs of the tourist, at present there are 10 homestays are running to accommodate domestic & foreign tourists. You can experience the traditional way of living and exchange of culture, also learn how to cook local cuisine or take part gardening and cultivation. Tariff is reasonable with all basic facilities home cooked food, attached bath and geyser. Contact us or send us enquiry for homestay details and price.
The nearest rail road of Yuksom is New Jalpaiguri of West Bengal and nearest airport is Bagdogra, around 150 Km. from Yuksom.
There is no direct shared transportation to Yuksom from Siliguri, Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri, get an exclusive car for Yuksom from Siliguri. Also you can visit Yuksom from Pelling in day tour our sightseen and back. Comedowns to Jorethang from Siliguri or NJP then take shared jeep to Yuksom.
Best time to visit Yuksom is mid-February to May, another pleasant weather during September to November.