Just beside the gompa and run by a local lama is Pala s Guest House (%9832471253; per person incl 3 meals 300), with more rooms available at next-door Sonam s nicer annexe. The wooden rooms are simple, but it s a great opportunity to slow things down a bit, do some hiking and even learn some meditation. plan a trip out west
This covered market is interesting for its range of traditional Himalayan produce, including churpi (dried cheese on a string), cow skin snacks, Tibetan tsampa (ground roasted barley), dried phing noodles and circular yeast patties used for brewing chhang (millet beer).
Loveable little Yuksom is historic, charming and unspoilt. Domestic tourists avoid it as it lacks the mountain views and it hasn t become a travellers plan a trip out west ghetto like Hampi or Manali. The town is the main trailhead for the treks towards Mt Khangchendzonga.
Across the road from Ganesh Tok viewpoint, a lane leads into the zoo. Red pandas, Himalayan bears and snow leopards roam around in extensive wooded enclosures so large that you ll value a car to shuttle between them.