PEMAYANGTSE MONASTERY AND RABDANSTE PALACE IN RUINS

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Location: 118-km From Gangtok, Western Sikkim
Originally Built: As a Temple In The 17th By Latsun Chempo.
Belonging To: Nyingmo-Pa Sect
Significance: Second Oldest Monastery Of Sikkim.

The Monastery
Pemayangtse Monastery , SikkimAround 6-km from Gyalsing town, this monastery originally built as a small temple in the last of 17th century by Latsun Chempo, later during the reign of third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal, Jigme Pawa, the third reincarnate of Latsun Chempo extended and rebuilt the temple structure into a monastery.

The second oldest monastery, it is situated at a height of 6,840 ft is the head of all others and belonging to the Nyingma-Pa Sect. Presenting a gorgeous view of the mountain ranges, it is now equipped with 50-bed tourist lodge catering to travellers who want to visit this ancient and holy place which is an ideal base for those who would like to explore the unspoiled charms of the neighbouring spots and trek to Yuksom and Dzongri.

The main hall has an area of 1,500 sq. ft. the monastery houses religious idols and priceless antiques. On the top floor of monastery there is a wooden sculpture portraying the Mahaguri's heavenly palace Sangthokpalri. The main festival is on the 28th and 29th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan calendar, normally corresponding to the month of February.Painting In Pemayangtse Monastery, Sikkim

Ruines Palace Of Rabdanste
Rabdanste, which is couple of kilometres from Gyalsing Bazar and near the Pemayangtse monastery, was the second capital of Sikkim and was established in the late 17th century by the second Chogyal of Sikkim. It was abandoned towards the end of the 18th century because of the threat posed by the Nepalese and the capital was shifted to Tumlong. The Rabdanste Palace is in ruins and one has to trek about 2-km from the main road near Pemayangtse Monastery through a thick forest to reach it. The Chortens around the palace have however withstood the elements of nature. The ruins are now being preserved by the archaeological survey of India and have been declared as a monument.

How to get thereHOW TO GET THERE

Road: Daily buses are available from Gangtok to Gyalsing.



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