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Pemayangste Monastery

 
The literal meaning of 'Pemayangtse' is a 'Perfect Sublime Lotus'. This highly revered monastery is built at a height of 2085 m and is located 6 km from Geyzing. Constructed out of wood, the Pemayangtse Monastery looks striking against the backdrop of the magnificent Kanchenjunga Mountain.

In 1705, a Lama known as Lhatsun Chempo built the Pemayangtse Monastery for the 'ta-sang' lamas (the purest of the monks). Over a period of time though, it started admitting monks from all walks of life.

Pemayangtse Monastery
is the pivot of the Nyingamapa sect, a Tantrik sect of Buddhists. The followers of this sect are distinguished by the red caps they wear; other monasteries' monks wear yellow caps.

Sangacholing Monastery

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Built in 1697, it is considered to be one of the oldest monasteries in the State. Situated on a steep hilltop the monastery needs a 40minutes trek through rich forest covers.

Khecheopalri Lake

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The Khecheopalri lake is considered a holy lake both by the Buddhist and the Hindu population. Some believe it is the footprint of Goddess Tara.

Though the lake's shores are surrounded by dense forests and towering bamboo groves, leaves never seem to fall on the waters; the lake is always clear. This is because of the sizable duck population which inhabits the lake. They pluck the leaves from the lake as soon as they fall on the water's surface, giving it a clear and untouched appearance.

Singshore Bridge

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This suspension bridge has the distinction of being the highest bridge in Sikkim.

Located about 25 km from Pemayangtse, the Singshore hanging bridge is an engineering feat made possible by connecting two hills. A trip to the bridge is worth it just for the spectacular views it offers of green hillsides and beautiful waterfalls.

The Singshore Bridge can be reached via a 20 minute drive from Uttare.

Gurudongmar

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Gurudongmar is the land of Yaks, blue ships and other high altitude animals of Sikkim and Tibet. The snow-fed milky water of the lake is one of the major sources of Tista, the most important river in Sikkim and North Bengal. To visit Gurudongmar tourists has to stay overnight at Lachen. Gurudongmar is a day tour from Lachen. It is also possible to stay at Thangu which is much closer to the lake. But choice of accommodation at Thangu is quite limited.

The name Gurudongmar is derived from the name of the Sikh Guru Padmasambhava who is thought to have visited Tibet through this area.

Phodong Monastery

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Phodong Monastery is one amongst the six most important Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim, India. Perched on an altitude of 4500 ft, Phodong Monastery belongs to the Kargyupa sect (Karmapa). Perhaps, this is regarded as the first monastery related to the Kagyupa sect to be established in Sikkim. The Monastery is to be found a kilometer ahead of Phodong on a hill.

Phodong Monastery is certainly a place worth-visiting in Sikkim.The monastery also has a rich collection of some ancient murals.

Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology (NRIT)

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The Namgyal Institute of Tibetologyin Gangtok is beautifully located in wooded regions and scenic locales. NIT architecture is primarily a blend of Tibetian and Buddhist manner of architecture. Wall paintings, which are considered an innate part of the Buddhist architecture, on the Institute’s portico portray four divine and celestial guardian king figure located in all fours directions of MT Meru. In the nearest locales of NIT is a memorial park build in honour of last Sikkim king.

The Institute is home to more than 30,000 documents, most of which are Xylographs (printed using wooden slabs embossed with text in reverse), rarefied manuscripts written on bark, and myriads of treatise of other vulnerable Buddha Scholars.

Tashi Viewpoint

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The late king of Sikkim, Tashi Namgyal, has constructed the Tashi Viewpoint. It is located 4 km away from Gangtok, from where the visitors can get a perfect view of the opposite hills, besides mount Kanchenjunga. The snow range of Kanchenjunga could be seen on clear days. From this viewpoint, the visitors can easily see the Phodong Monastery and the Labrang Monastery on the opposite hill.

A perching shed and a modest cafeteria are there at Tashi Viewpoint, which provides shelter and other comforts to the visitors. The park present near the viewpoint is a great place to savour the picnic.

Dubdi Monastery

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Dubdi Monastery, occasionally called Yuksom Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism near Yuksom, in the Geyzing subdivision of West Sikkim district, in northeastern India. The Chogyar Namgyal established the first monastery known as the Dubdi Monastery in 1701, at Yuksom in Sikkim, which is part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit involving the Norbugang Chorten, Pemayangtse Monastery, the Rabdentse ruins, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, the Khecheopalri Lake, and the Tashiding Monastery.

This was the first monastery established soon after the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal. The monastery is located on a hill top above Yuksom surrounded by verdant forest.

It can be approached by trekking only, negotiating steep slope for about half an hour. It is an ideal pin e for lame seeking meditation recluse.

Tashiding Monastery

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Tashiding Monastery is situated in the state of Sikkim. It lies at a distance of approximately 40 km from Gyalshing and 19 km to the south east of Yoksum. Perched on top of the hill rising between the Rathong River and the Rangit River, it provides breathtaking views of the scenery below. Tashiding Gompa of India dates back to the year 1717, which coincided with reign of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal. It is located on the site blessed by the great Guru Padmasambhava.

There is a bus service from Gyalshing to Tashiding. Atrekkers hut is available for the tourist at Tashiding.

Orchid Sanctuary

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Gangtok has quite a few tourist attractions as well. One such place that draws huge footfalls, is the Orchid Sanctuary. As Gangtok is well linked by air, rail and road, tourists coming to the Orchid Sanctuary Gangtok would reach the place easily. For air-travelers, Bagdora located 124 kms from Gangtok, is the nearest airhead.

The best time for visiting the Orchid Sanctuary at Gangtok is the month of April and early May in addition to the period between September and December.There is a larger orchid sanctuary called Orchidarium, off the main road to Rangpo. One can also visit the Flower Exhibition Center near White Hall which exhibits seasonal flowers, bonsai and orchids.

Enchey Monastery

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Enchey Monastery is situated in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. The monastery is approximately two hundred years old and follows the Nyingma Order. The name 'Enchey Monastery' means 'the Solitary temple'. The monastery was built with the intention that no other construction would be allowed near it. It is believed that the monastery was built on the site blessed by Lama Drupthob Karpo, a tantric master famous for his power of flying. It is also said that the Lama built a small hermitage at the site of the monastery, after he came here from Maenam Hill in South Sikkim.

Festival which is celebrated at the monastery is Pang Lhabsol, symbolizing love between the Bhutias and Lepchas.

Thangu

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Thangu in Sikkim is located at an altitude of 13000 feet. Thangu is about 30 kilometers north of Lachen. Since it is located at a high altitude, the place remains snow covered for most of the time. Specifically from October to March, the land is shrouded with the white blanket of snow.

But this whiteness turns to a collage of numerous shades in May with the commencement of the blossoming season. The alpine forests in Thangu is acclaimed as natural beauty fresh from the hand of God. Though Thangu at Sikkim is preferred by nature lovers, it has become the mecca to the adventure-maniacs.

Kabi Lungchok

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Kabi Lungchok is a historic site of significance, which is located 17 kilometres (11 mi) north of Gangtok on the Northern Highway in northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. The historicity of the site is attributed to the fact that the Lepchas, the ethnic tribals of Sikkim and Bhutias (ethnic Tibetans), the immigrants from Tibet who settled down in Sikkim from the 14th century onwards, ceremonially signed a "Treaty of Blood Brotherhood" with religious fervour.

Stone pillars mark the location where the treaty was signed. The Treaty was signed at Kabi Lungchok by the Tibetan King, Khye Bumsa representing the Bhutias and the Lepcha Chief Thekong Tek.