Dubdi Gompa

Buddhist Monastery in Yuksom

High on the ridge above Yuksom, this compact, peaceful gompa is beautifully set in tended gardens, with dawn views of white peaks between high green folds of forested foothills. Established in 1647 in honour of Lhatsun Chenpo, Dubdi is said to be Sikkim’s oldest still-functioning monastery, though many signs oddly misdate it to 1701.

The current prayer house was built in 1723 and essentially reconstructed after the 2011 earthquake. The access path is 400m off the Tsong road by a mossy stone footpath. That starts around 3km from Yuksom if driving; on foot it's only 1.2km using the stairway path from upper Yuksom’s primary health centre. Allow 45 minutes up (25 minutes back), past water-turned prayer wheels, trumpet lilies and some lovely mature forest.