Yangtey

Yangtey is a quaint mountain hamlet in West Sikkim located just 9 km from Pelling. At an altitude of 6000 feet, Yangtey provides you some superb views of the Himalayan snow clad mountain peaks sans the hustle and bustle of popular tourist destinations. Relish a cup of tea while enjoying the panoramic view of the majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga along with other mountain peaks like Rathong, Frey, Kabru, Pandim, Narsing and Siniolchu. Occasional cover of mists and clouds make the experience even more enjoyable. A retreat amid the lofty mountains with woody fragrance of pine and conifer and a breathtaking vista of Himalayan range, Yangtey can be surely called the heaven for nature lovers.

Breathtaking view of snow-capped peaks from Yangtey

Sightseeing and Activities

Yangtey is best experienced when combined with a day excursion to Pelling. In a day's sightseeing, you can visit Pemyangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, Khecheopari Lake, Sewaro Rock Garden, Khangchendzonga Waterfalls and Rimbi Waterfalls. The Pemyangtse Monastery, belonging to the Nyingmapa sect, is well known for its exquisite sculptures and wall paintings. If you are visiting the monastery in January or February, then you can witness a religious dance called ‘Cham'. A 10 minutes walk from the monastery will take you to Rabdentse, the ruins of the second capital of the the former kingdom of Sikkim. The vantage point of Rabdentse Ruins offers a fabulous view of the Kanchenjunga range.

Another must visit attraction is the Khecheopari Lake, which is highly revered as one of the most sacred lakes in Sikkim. Although the lake is skirted by dense forest, it is astonishing to note that there is not a single leaf on the water surface of the lake. Sewaro Rock Garden is yet another tourist spot near Yangtey. It is an artificial garden decorated with flowers, fountains, ponds, cafeteria and well-maintained rocks. The spectacular Khangchendzonga Waterfalls and Rimbi Waterfalls are also worth visiting.

Best Time to Visit

Yangtey can be visited throughout the year except during the monsoons. However, the best time to witness the unparalleled views of Himalayan snowy peaks are the months of October to February.

How to Reach

Trains are running from Sealdah, Kolkata and Howrah to New Jalpaiguri. From New Jalpaiguri, you can reach Siliguri S.N.T. Bus Terminus by auto rickshaw. Shared cars are available from Siliguri to reach Pelling. It takes about 5-6 hours to reach Pelling from Siliguri. From Pelling, you can book a cab to reach Yangtey. Alternatively, you can directly reserve a car from New Jalpaiguri to Yangtey.

Accommodation

Tashighang Resort
Tariff: Rs. 2850-4850
Tel: 9775822522, 9874440003

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