Also known as Geyzing, Gyalshing is the capital of the West Sikkim district. Located at an altitude of 6,500 feet above sea level, and surrounded by lofty mountains of the Himalayan range, Gyalshing also has a river Rangeet surging in the western part of the city. Besides the scenic beauty of Nature that can be witnessed from here, this capital city is also replete with a number of monasteries which make it a prime location for many tourists and travellers flocking to Sikkim.
Gyashing, meaning the King’s Garden, is believed to have been the royal gardens attached to the Palace at Rabdentse, Sikkim’s erstwhile capital till the late 18th century, and now it has become a bustling town and one of the main transit points to various tourist destinations dotted across the region. In the neighbourhood from Gyalshing are Rabdentse and Pemayangste, Sikkim’s premier monasteries. Also, opposite to the bustling Gyalshing bazaar is the longest and believed to be the holiest Mendang or Holy Wall, constructed by the third king, Chogyal Chador Namgyal. The Gyalshing bazaar is also believed to be the oldest marketplace here established under the influence of Pemayangste Monastery’s monk body for their personal shopping needs and for the public residing in the villages and small towns around the monastery. This market has been the key marketplace for all monks to conduct their monastic shopping and also a place where the villagers could sell their products. Since its inception, the Gyalshing bazaar has been the gathering place for all the villagers every Sunday to buy and sell. Today, the market has become well equipped with a variety of eateries and places where both locals and tourists alike can spend some free time buying souvenirs and trinkets.
There are also a number of places of worship for all faiths here. There are a number of tourist locations and activities in and around Gyalshing and visitors can take day excursions to nearby lakes and monasteries. People, with a more adventurous mindset, can go for hiking trips from one village to the next as almost every small village in West Sikkim has a multitude of offerings for tourists associated with nature, culture and adventure.
Gyalshing, being just 109 km from Gangtok, is very well connected with all the district sub divisions and jeep taxis operate regularly from all the neighbouring villages to Gyalshing on a daily basis. Tourists travelling from outside Sikkim can easily find themselves in Gyalshing by taking any sort of transportation from the nearest railway station or airport, which is just 136 km from Gyalshing.
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