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.

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Namchi Monastery & Ralang Monastery Near Tendong Hill and Samdruptse Hill

Namchi is a famous hill station town at an altitude of 1,675 meters (5500 feet) above sea level in South Sikkim district, India.

Statue of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) opposite Namchi
Statue of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) on Samdruptse hill, opposite Namchi town.

The world’s largest statue of the Buddhist Padmasambhava alias Guru Rinpoche, with a height of 118 feet, is on the Samdruptse hill, opposite Namchi. There is a Rock Garden on your way to Samdruptse hills.

Namchi means sky high in the local lanuage Sikkimese. It means ‘top of the sky’ in another local language, Bhutia. Tourists and pilgrims comes to this serene and clean place in large numbers to enjoy the beauty of nature. Mt. Kangchenjunga alias Mt. Kanchendzonga, the 3rd highest mountain peak, part of Himalayas, can be seen from here.

Ralang Monastery, Namchi Monastery and Tendong Hill are some of the important Buddhist pilgrimage centers near to the town.

Siddhesvara Dhaam is another major tourist place on the Solophok hilltop. 87 feet high Lord Shiva statue is situated here. Char Dhams (4 Dhams or 4 pilgrimage centers across country) are all replicated here.

How Do I Go to Namchi?

Namchi is at a distance of 78 kilometers from Gangtok, the state capital. Siliguri is the nearest town with railway station at around 100 kilometers distance. the nearest airport is also at Siliguri. There are regular bus and Jeep services to other cites of Sikkim and West Bengal states. Pelling, Jorethang, Kalimpong are some of the other nearby towns.

Buddhist Heritage Village Called Yuksom Where Three Lamas Established Dubdi Monastery

Yuksom is a beautiful Heritage village and Hill Station in Sikkim state, India. It was the capital city of the erstwhile Chogyal dynasty, who ruled the area for 333 years, starting from 1642 AD till 1975.

Yuksom, a Hill station town in SikkimYuksom, a Hill station town in Sikkim.

This area is known for its pristine beauty. It is also known the ‘Meeting place of Three Lamas’, as the three Lamas assembled here in 1641 and selected the first monarch of the Chogyal dynasty in 1642. The monarch was given the title “Chogyal”, which means ‘religious king’. Lutsum Chembo, Sempa Chembo and Rinzing Chembo were the three Tibetan Buddhist monks who assembled here in 1641.

The first monarch was crowned at Norbugang near Yuksom. The coronation site of the first Chogyal King, Phuntsog Namgyal and several other Chogyal monarchs are situated here. Yuksom was elected as the first capital city by Phuntsog Namgyal, the first Chogyal King. Chogyal monarchy had 12 Monarchs, from 1642 to 1975.

Dubdi Monastery alias Hermit’s Cell, the first & oldest monastery in Sikkim is situated here. Dubdi Monastery was established in the year 1701 by the Chogyals. It takes around one hour’s walk from Yuksom. Mallu Monastery, a smaller Monastery, is also situated here.

This hill station town is the top station of Khangchendzonga National Park. Yuksom and the surrounding Kanchenjunga Himalayam mountain ranges are famous for trekking. Its also the base camp for Kanchenjunga trekking by Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and is best suited for adventure holidays. Adventure tourists can go for trekking to different places like Tashiding or Dzongri peak or Goecha La alias Goechala from here.

How Do I Go to Yuksom Buddhist Heritage Village?

The nearest airport is at Bagdogra at around 170 kilometers distance, in the nearby West Bengal state. New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station in West Bengal state, is the nearest railway station at around 150 kilometers away which takes around 6 to 7 hours drive. Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim state is at around 123 kilometers away.

Lachung Monastery in Lachung Hill Station Famous for Snow Holidays

Lachung is a beautiful hill station at an altitude of 9,600 feet or 2,900 meters in North Sikkim district, India, bordering Nepal.
Lachung, Sikkim
Lachung, Sikkim.

Lachung means ‘small pass’. This Himalayan town which is known for its Himalayan beauty, lies at the confluence of the river Lachen and River Lachung, tributaries of River Teesta. October to May is the tourist season here. Lachung Monastery and Yumthang Valley are the main tourist attractions here. Yumthang Valley has beautiful flowers and hence known as valley of flowers. (This valley of flowers is not the same as the Valley of Flowers National Park in Chamoli District of Utterakhand state). Rhododendron flowers are the most famous flower here.

The hill station is covered with snow during winter season. Lachung is the base camp to Rhododendron Valley, famous for trekking, from Yumthang Valley to Lachen Valley. Skiing is a popular sports here at Phuni, near to the hill station. If you are looking for ski holiday packages or ski holidays or ski trip or ski vacations in India, Phuni near Lachung is the best location for your snow holidays .

Lachung used to be a major trading post between Tibet and Sikkim, before the Chinese military conflict in Tibet in 1950’s . There is an Indian army forward base at this town.

How Do I Go to Lachung Hill Station?

Lachung Hill station is at a distance of around 125 kilometers from Gantok, the capital of Sikkim state. It’s connected by roads to other parts of Sikkim. Jalpaiguri Railway station in West Bengal state is the nearest railway station to Sikkim at around 230 kilometers away. Silguri railway station is another major railway station at around same distance. Bagdogra airport near Silguri is the nearest airport to the hill station, at around 124 kilometers from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.

Inner Line Permits

Indian citizens need to get the Inner line Permit to visit this hill station. The permit should be applied in advance.

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills is a beautiful pilgrimage center situated at an altitude of around 5500 feet (1675 meters) above sea level in Sikkim state of India. Siddhesvara Dhaam pilgrimage center at Solophok Hills was opened in November 2011.

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok HillsStatue of 87 feet high Lord Shiva, situated in the main temple inside ‘Siddhesvara Dhaam’ at Solophok Hills

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills is unique in many ways with its temples, Char Dham and Jyotirlingas. Lord Kirateshwar statue, having a height of 16.5 feet is there in the pilgrim center at Solophok Hills. Shirdi Sai Baba temple is also there in the Siddhesvara Dhaam pilgrimage center at Solophok Hills.

The main temple at the pilgrimage center in Solophok Hills is 108 feet in height and is having a statue of Lord Shiva, which is 87 feet high, in sitting posture.

There is a replica of Chardham at pilgrim center. 12 Jyotirlingas are also replicated here for the convenience of Shiva devotees.

Char Dham is the four holy temples situated at Badrinath, Jaganath, Dwarka and Rameswaram. It is believed that visiting these four temples helps one to attain “Moksha”. The first 3 temples are dedicated to Lord Vishu; while the last temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Twelve Jyotirlingas are also replicated here for the convenience of Shiva devotees. The twelve Jyotirlingas , which are originally situated in different parts of India; Somnath in Gujarat, Mallikarjuna Swami in Srisailam, Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnathin Utterkhand,Bhimashankar in Maharastra, Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Utter Pradesh, Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Maharastra, Vaidyanath Temple at Deogarh, Aundha Nagnath Temple in Maharastra, Rameshwar temple in Tamilnadu and Ghushmeshwar in Maharastra; are replicated here.

How Do I Go to Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills?

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills, where Char Dham and Jyotirlingas are replicated,  is at a distance of 5 kilometers from Namchi town, the capital of South Sikkim district. This pilgrim center is marked as Char Dham in Google maps. There is a motorable road to the top hills.

The capital city of Gangtok is at around 78 kilometers from Namchi town. Siliguri Junction railway station in West Bengal state, is the nearest railway station to Namchi town, at around 100 kilometers distance. There are regular bus services to Gangtok, Siliguri, etc. There is a helipad at around 5 kilometers distance from Namchi town, which offers helicopter services for tourists.

Entry timings, Entry requirements for Foreigners

Siddhesvara Dhaam opens at 8 am and closes at 6 pm. Those who are not citizens of India need to obtain a 30 day Inner Line Permit (which can be extended if required), to visit the state of Sikkim, which is issued by Indian Missions abroad and also by Sikkim tourism department offices at New Delhi and Kolkotta, apart from Darjeeling, Siliguri and Rangpo District Magistrates .

Is Accommodation Available at the Siddhesvara Dhaam Pilgrim Center at Solophok Hills?

Yes; The Siddhesvara Dhaam pilgrim center at Solophok Hills offers accommodation.

There is a 96 bedded “Yatri Niwas”. There are normal rooms and VIP guest house. There are separate rooms for drivers also.

What are the Nearby Tourist Places to Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills?

Namchi Monastery, Ralong monastery, Samdruptse Monastery on Samdruptse hill, Ngadak Monastery, Tendong Hill, etc, are nearby Buddhist tourist centers. One of World’s tallest statues of Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, with a height of 36 meters or 120 feet, is situated at Samdruptse hill, close to Namchi town. The Rock Garden on the way to Samdruptse hill (where the above mentioned statue is situated) offers one of the best and magnificent views of Mount Kangchenjunga, world’s third highest mountain peak, at an altitude of 8,586 meters or 28,169 feet above sea level.

Tendong hills can be reached only by trekking from Damthang. Damthang is at 13 kilometers distance from Ravangla. Once you reach the Tendong hill top, you can view the entire Eastern Himalayas from the three storied watch tower. You need to trek through the forest for around 6 kilometers to reach the Tendong hill top.