Sightseeing


Pemayangtse Monastery
The Monastery, located on a hill top at an altitude of 6840 ft. commands a magnificent panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding hills and country- side. This is one of the oldest monastary of the Nyngmapa sect of Mahanaya Buddhism, and was but by Lhatsun Chenpo during the reign of the 3rd Chogyal, Chagdor Namgyal in the 17th century. This monastary is about 6 kms from Gyalsing, the West district headquarters.

 

Rabdentse Ruins
This was the second capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Sikkim after Yuksom and till the year 1814 AD, the Kings of Sikkim had ruled the State from this place. Today, the ruins lie hidden from the main road at a walking distance from the Pemayangtse Monastery. The scenic view from the top of the ruins scanning across the deep valley to the mystic heights of Khangchendzonga ranges is something to be cherished and etched in memory.

 

Sanga-Choling Monastery
This monastery is situated on a ridge above Pelling and the famous Pemayangtse Monastery. Built in 1697 AD, it is considered to be one of the oldest monasteries in the State. In order to reach this Monastery one has to be prepared to spend at least 40 minutes walking up the steep hilly slope which leads through rich forest covers.

 

Hingsang Gompa
In west Sikkim too at a place called Hinsangang about 3kms away from Gayzing and 13kms away from Pelling towards Yangtey-Sakyong road there is a center named Hingsang Gompa where once upon a time the senior students and Monks used to practice retreat and great prayers and initiation ceremony used to be performed attracting large gathering of devotees.

At present the center is more known to be called as Hingsang Mensal Gompa, A center for development of Tibetan Herbal Medicines activated by the ven. Dzogsar Ngari Tulku one of the senior gurus and expert of Tibetan Medicine. This project is under the direction of H.H. Dzongsar Khentse Rempoche.

 

Rani Dhunga jungle Trek
The foot path heading further west of Sangachoeling monastery through the dense forest and ridge , roughly about three hours walk gets the visitors to a site named Rani Dhunga where there is a big unmoving rock. Before one gets to Rani Dhunga, one comes across a big tree with a hole through its main stump which has diverse beliefs and stories about it . Every year on the eve of Ramnawami, large number of pilgrims visit the site. The site is called Rani Dhunga, the big stone which the pilgrims believe to be the emanation of god or goddess. Once upon a time it was the boundary pillar between two portions of forests. One belonging to Rani Knowa the queen of Sikkim, therefore the stone was named was Rani Dhunga they boundary Pillar . At present the boundary, no longer exists yet the site sustains the name Rani Dhunga, Whereas the Buddhist call it Thikchuyangtse.

 

Khecheopalri Lake
Khecheopalri Lake is considered to be one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim both by the Buddhist and the Hindus. The lake remains hidden in the rich forest cover. It is believed that birds do not permit even a single leaf to float on the lake surface. There is a motorable road from Pemayangtse right up to the lake area.

 

Changay falls, Singshore bridge Uttarey village, and Dentam Bazar:
About 10kms from Pelling on the road side of Dentam Bazar is the famous Changay water falls, which is most attractive in all seasons. The water falls from the high cliff in different runs that makes visitors watch unmoved for hours. Interested visitors may climb up through gentle footpath and sit closer to the falls in a beautiful viewpoint shade when nearby they can attempt for a light bite and drink in a cafeteria. Then just a drive for about 12kms across beautiful villages and panoramic view of countryside across the river one reaches an old village market center called Dentam Bazar where the latest attraction is Alpine cheese factory of which the famous Swiss collaborated gouda cheese is all over in towns of India. One can quickly visit the temple in the main square and of course eat and drink at some restaurants, there. From there in a short distance of about 5kms towards Uttarey village is Singshore bridge the second highest in Asia, which was built about 16years ago The site has been provided with needed amenities for visitors. The bridge is being selected for bungy jumping to be started soon. A little ahead is Uttarey village which falls right near Nepal border named Chia Bhanjyang which is only a day walk from Uttarey.

 

Yuksam
This was the first capital of Sikkim, where according to the historical records, the first Chogyal of the Kingdom of Sikkim was consecrated in the 1641 AD by three learned lamas. The evidence of the consecration ceremony is still intact in Norbugang Chorten in the form of stone seats and a foot print of the Head Lama on the stone. Since the history of Sikkim began from this place, these areas are now considered sacred by the people of Sikkim. Yuksam is served by all weather road from Pemayangtse, which is at a distance of 32 kms from Yuksam. The trek to Dzongri and to the base camp of the famous Mt. Khangchendzonga begins here.

 

Tashiding Monastery
This monastery is constructed on top of a heart shaped hill with the back drop of the sacred Mt. Khang-chen-Dzonga. According to Buddhist scriptures, Guru Padma Sambhava (Guru Rimpoche) blessed the sacred land of Sikkim in the 8th century AD from the spot. The monastery, however, was built in the 18th Century AD by Ngadak Sempa Chempo, one of the three lamas who had performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal.
Tashiding is also famous for the most holy chorten known as 'Thong-Wa-rang-Dol' which literally means 'Saviours by mere sight'. It is believed that the mere act of beholding it is supposed to wash away all he sins of the devotee. Another important feature in Tashiding is the sacred water festival popularly known as 'Bhumchu'. It is a religious tradition unique to Tashiding Monastery only. Every year, on 14th and 15th day of the first Lunar Month, the Bhumchu Ceremony is celebrated with devotees coming from far and near to get the blessing of the holy water.
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