Just 10 minutes' stroll from Upper Pelling's Zero Point junction, the helipad is about the best viewpoint around, with almost 360-degree views.

The 'No Trespassing' signs are widely ignored except during emergencies or state visits, which is the only time that helicopters actually land here. During the walk up you'll have more views, notably the silhouette of Namchi's Char Dham on a far southern ridge top.

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1. Sanghak Choeling Gompa

0.57 MILES

Near the foot of the vast new Chenrezig Statue, this monastery complex is a contrastingly calm, meditative place with fabulous views, with seven stone…

2. Chenrezig Statue

0.75 MILES

Officially unveiled in November 2018, this huge, four-armed statue of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) sits around 500m beyond the attractive little Sanghak…

3. Pemayangtse Gompa

1.32 MILES

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4. Rabdentse

1.56 MILES

A few partially rebuilt wall stubs are all that remain of the palace complex at Rabdentse, which was Sikkim's royal capital from 1670 until it was sacked…

5. Phamrong Falls

3.95 MILES

The most dramatic of four waterfalls between Yuksom and Tashiding, the Phamrong's powerful flow fires itself through a high, green notch then crashes down…

6. Tashiding Gompa

4.17 MILES

The ridge between Ralang and Yuksom ends with an upturned promontory (1450m) on which sits the multibuilding complex of Tashiding Gompa, an important…

7. Chorten 'Forest'

4.17 MILES

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8. Drakar Tashiding

4.22 MILES

If you're visiting Tashiding Gompa, a minor 'extra' sight is this tiny prayer cave, accessed via 250m of mossy stairs down to a small, tin-roofed hut…