Are You Interested in the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour to Pemayangtse Monastery?

Pemayangtse Monastery  is situated at an altitude of  2085 meters, near to Pelling town in Sikkim, India. Pemayangtse Monastery  is one of the the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. Monks at Pemayangtse Monastery are of pure Tibetan lineage and are having the title, “Ta-tshang”.

Main Shrine of Pemangytse Monastery with prayer flagsMain Shrine of Pemangytse Monastery with prayer flags

Pemayangtse Monastery  or Pemangytse gompa (Pemayangtse   means ‘Perfect Sublime Lotus’) was founded  by Lhatsun Chenpo in the 17th century. During the reign of Chakdor Namgyal, the third Chogyal, this monastery  was expanded. Pemayangtse  monastery controls all other monasteries of Nyingma Order  in Sikkim. Nyingma Order of Buddhism  was established in the 8th century by Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche.

Pemangytse gompa is a three storied structure. Eight incarnations of Padmasambahva can be seen inside the Monastery. Seven tiered wooden structure of Guru Rimpoche’s Heavenly Palace can be seen on the top floor. It is called  “Sanghthokpalri”  or “Zandog-palri”.

Pemayangtse gompa overlooks the ruins of the Rabdentse Palace. These ruins were declared as monuments of national importance. The ruins here are maintained by Archeological Society of India.

Rabdentse Palace Ruins
Rabdentse Palace Ruins

Rabdentse was the second capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim,  after Yuksom. This kingdom was earlier known as  Dremoshong. Till 1814 A.D., Rabdentse remained as the capital. This kingdom was reigned by the Chogyals (meaning righteous ruler) of the Namgyal dynasty (1642 to 16th May 1975). Head of Pemayangtse Monastery was entitled to  anoint the Chogyals, during the crowing ceremony.

The Chogyals faced constant threats from Nepalese and Bhutanese. Nepalese (Gurkha army) destroyed Rabdentse palace on one such occasion.

Dense forests surround the trekking path to the palace ruins.  There is a lake on this pathway, which passes through dense forests.

Namphogang, the stone pulpit of the judges  during the reign of the king, can be seen on the trekking route to the palace ruins. The entry point to the palace, ‘Taphap Chorten’, can be seen further down the trekking path. Fourth courtyard contains the palace ruins.

Three Chortens can be seen at the ruins site, where the royal family used to offer incense to the deities. Chorten means a Buddhist monument  or shrine or a tomb of saint.

There is a while marble stone of 7 feet by 5 feet at the ruins site, which is believed to be the original site of Risum Gompa.

Khanchendzonga, Himalayan Mountain ranges, can be seen from this area.

How Do I Go to Pemayangtse Monastery & Rabdentse Palace Ruins?

Pelling is the nearest town to Pemayangtse Monastery and the palace ruins, at around 9 kilometers distance. Around 3  kilometers trekking from the  yellow gate near on the Pelling–Geyshing road  takes you the Pemayangtse  Monastery and the nearby ruins of the palce.  It takes around 15 minute of trekking to reach this ancient palace ruins, situated on a cliff.

Gangtok, the capital of the state, is at around 140 kilometers distance. Darjeeling is at around 73 kilometers from Pelling.

New Jalpaiguri railway station is the nearest railway station at around 132 kilometers  distance from Pemayangtse Monastery.

Bagdogra airport  is  the nearest airport to Pemayangtse Monastery.  Bagdogra airport is connected to New Delhi, Kolkata, and Guwahati. This airport is at a distance of around 9 kilometers from Siliguri town and 45 kilometers from Jalpaiguri.

Are you going in for the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour to Pemayangtse Monastery?

George T. George

I am George T. George, blogger and owner of the website, This blog is for tourists, pilgrims and travelers to India. I started this blog in 2013, as a destination guide for Indian destinations. It has the information on most of the tourist and pilgrimage destinations in India. Currently, there are 435 destinations on the website, as of the last week of 2017. And the list is growing. I started with website related tasks in 1996. Initially, I worked with website design and hosting for my clients. I moved on to web programming and later on to local citations and search engine optimization. This website is my small contribution to those looking for information on Indian tourist destinations. Please mail me at [email protected] . com (remove the spaces around dot), if are looking for any additional information.

10 thoughts to “Are You Interested in the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour to Pemayangtse Monastery?”

  1. The place looks amazing considering how old it actually is! I would love to visit both the monastery and the ruins! 😀

  2. Keep it up…very good contents which are equally informative for anybody who likes travelling to various destinations in India.

  3. I first heard about Pemayangtse from a friend who visited the town for her honeymoon! It sounded very zen and relaxing. I had no clue that the place is also home to ruins. Thanks for sharing the travel time information — it’s most useful!

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