is a small town that boasts of one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim.
Pemayangtse can be termed as a hub of religious activities of the Buddhists in
Sikkim, India. Pemayangtse Monastery gets the major attention owing to its
origin and religious significance. Elevated at the height of 2085 meters,
Pemayangtse Monastery is positioned at a distance of 6 kilometers from Geyzing,
the headquarters of West Sikkim District. One can easily reach the monastery by
taking regular buses or by hiring private taxis from Geyzing. In 1705,
Pemayangtse Monastery was built by Lhatsun Chempo (one of the Lamas who
performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal) for the 'ta-sang'
lamas (the purest of the monks). The monastery had been the leading monasteries,
where all religious activities of the monarchs took place. Made out of wood, the
edifice of the monastery looks divine along with Mt. Kanchenjunga as its
surrounding landscape. The exotic surroundings add to the spiritual ambiance of
Reasons to visit
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One of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, it was built by Lhatsun Chempo, a revered Lama, and falls in the southwestern region of Sikkim. The place is 140 km, on road, from Gangtok. The monastery stands tall, at 6840 ft, and describes a story of religion and faith that runs through the blood of pure monks. The matter of fact is that it was built mainly for the purest of monks, but later on it started serving the whole community. The Kanchen Junga is at the background, think, it is the best place to be, especially during the sunrise and sunset hours.
It is one of the oldest gompas in Sikkim after Pemayangtse Monastery. Built in 1697 Ad, Sangachoeling is highly venerated amongst the Nyingmapa. It takes around forty-five minutes to reach Sangachoeling Monastery from Pelling.
Khecheopalri Lake is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists
and considered as a wish-fulfilling lake. The tranquil and clear waters of this
lake reflect the densely wooded slopes of the surrounding hills with a monastery
above. Leaf lamps are floated in the lake with special prayers at dusk. The lake
can be reached directly by a motorable road.
Situated around 3 km at an altitude of around 2,100 metres
above sea level, Pelling is an important tourist destination of Sikkim. The
place offers some great views of mountain ranges. It is fast becoming the centre
point of tourist activity in the region. Transportation is easy to other places
from Pelling and a good range of accommodation facilities is available here.
Warm clothing, Lepcha weave bags, purses and woodworks,
Sikkimise apparel, tea, large cardamoms, liquor, silver dragon rings and
“Choktse”, collapsible wooden hand-carved tables etc.
Pemayangtse is famous for its Buddhist festivals. The
festival of Losar marking the Tibetan New Year is celebrated in the month of
February/March every year with great fanfare in the Pemayangtse monastery. The
traditional religious Kagyat Dance festival, involving mask dancing, is held
every month in the monastery. The gaiety and the rhythm of the mask dance will
haunt and enchant the traveler, once he has seen it.