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Pemayangtse Monastery:

Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries of Sikkim situated at a height of 6840 feet. The monastery was conceptualized and designed by Lama Lhatsun Chhembo in the 17th century and is located on top of a hill. Pemayangtse monastery holds a special significance since it was one meant only for ‘ta-sang’ lamas or pure monks. It houses abundant traditional idols including rare artifacts, Buddhist wall paintings and sculptures. A seven tiered wooden formation on the top floor portraying the Guru Rimpoche’s Heavenly Palace ‘Santopalri’ is said to have been accomplished by the late Dungzin Rimpoche in over five years. A religious dance known as 'Cham' is performed in Pemayangtse Monastery every year between January and February depending on the Buddhist lunar calendar.

 

Sangachoeling Monastery:  

Sangachoeling Monastery is the second oldest monastery of Sikkim built in 1695. It is located at a distance of 7 km away from the Pemayangtse Monastery in the upper Pelling district. The monastery takes its name from the Buddhist word Sangacholing, which means the land of scared spell and houses a sacred three hundred year old Buddhist crematorium. Over the years, due to excessive exposure to regular earthquakes, the sculptures of this monastery had crumbled which have now been remodeled. Sangachoeling Monastery is not only famous for its spiritual importance but also provides a breathtaking view of the great Himalayan ranges including the distant Pemayangtse Monastery. The monastery holds in its embrace wonderful artifacts and Holy Scriptures. The annual holy ceremony of Mask dance ceremony is celebrated here attract devotes from across the state of Sikkim. As of today, Sangachoeling Monastery is only accessible by foot while authorities are trying to build a motor able road in the hilly terrain.

 

Rabdentse Ruins:

Rabdentse was the second capital of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814 which was destroyed by various army invasions in the past. Today the city of Rabdentse lies in ruins is situated close to Pemayangtse Monastery. The Rabdentse Ruins can be reached by a trek through a two kilometer path amidst the forest from the Pemayangtse Monastery.  Encircled by thick forests, the Rabdentse Ruins are famous among the leisure tourists as well as historical travelers and nature lovers.  Apart from its historical importance, it also offer an adrenaline pumping trekking opportunity and a breathtaking view of the massive Khangchendzonga ranges

 

 

Khecheopalri Lake:  

Khecheopalri Lake is a sacred lake of Buddhists as well as Hindus and is located in the north-western region of Pelling town. An astonishing feature of the lake is that though the Lake is surrounded by trees on all sides, leaves do not fall on the surface of the water. The leaves are picked up by birds before they can reach the water surface of the Lake. The Khecheopalri Lake is immensely popular among trekkers and adventure tourists. There are regular treks for Penning to Khecheopalri Lake which takes close to five hours.

 

Sewaro Rock Garden:

Sewaro Rock Garden is a popular tourist destination in Pelling which has is maintained by Sikkim's tourism department. The Sewaro Rock Garden as the name suggests is a picturesque garden comprising of various water bodies and pools. It also houses a zigzag walkway amongst wonderfully crafted and structured rocks. Due Sewaro Rock Garden due to its serene ambience and wonderful walkways is frequented by young and old alike and is a popular picnic spot.

 

Singshore Bridge:

Singshore Bridge also known as Uttarey is the second highest bridge in Asia with a 198 meter suspension. The bridge is located at a short distance of 5 km from Pelling town and lies nearly 300 meters above the ground with 260 meters in length. Not only is the Singshore bridge a wonderful tourist attraction, it is also helpful for trekkers to cover large distances between various mountains in a short span. Regular sightseeing trips are available from Pelling city to Singshore Bridge. The government of Sikkim is working on a proposal to allow bungee jumping activities from the Singshore ridge in the near future.

 

Rimbi Waterfalls:  

Rimbi Waterfalls are located at a distance of about 12 kms from Pelling town near the Darap Village. Rimbi River is famous for its fishing escapades and regular fishing activities are available for tourists to enjoy the pleasures of fishing fresh water fish.

 

Khangchendzonga National Park:

Khangchendzonga National Park is one of the highest national parks of India with height varying from about 1800 meters to 8600 meters above sea level. It covers an area of 850 sq. km and is home to several rare and varied species of wild animals including snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, Tibetan antelopes, wild asses, barking deer, musk deer, flying squirrels and red pandas. Entry to the park for general public is restricted and special permission is required for tourists. The Wildlife Education and Interpretation Centre at Yuksum provide tourist entry passes to the Khangchendzonga National Park after completing all formalities.

 

Changey Waterfall:  

Changey Waterfalls is one of the most popular tourist hotspots situated at a height of 300 meters on the way to Dentam Valley. The Changey Waterfalls flow through the Changey village from Ranidhunga disappearing into the natural greenery appears like a great white line making it a perfect place for photography enthusiasts.

 

Dzongri Trek:  

Dzongri trek is one of the most famous Himalayan trekking routes in Sikkim acting as a meeting point of several trails. Dzongri is at a height of 4500 m above sea level and presents close-up panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Prior permission is necessary before embarking on trekking escapades on Dzongri trek. Indian citizens can register at the local police station at Yuksam while foreign nationals need to obtain the permits at tourism offices in Gangtok city.

 

Kanchenjunga Falls: 

Kanchenjunga Falls is a perennial waterfall situated at a distance of 25 Kms from Pelling town. Kanchenjunga Falls display nature's natural beauty in its full glory while small steps leading to the base of the water fall make it a unique experience.

 

Yuksam:  

Yuksam is a small hamlet located thirty three kilometers from Pelling city. Yuksam serves as the base camp for various trekkers to Dzongri, Goechala and other trekking routes. In addition to the trekking base camp, Yuksam holds special significance in Sikkimese history as it is believed that three lamas converged here from diverse parts of the Himalayas to coronet the first Sikkim king, Chogyal Phuntsog Namgyal, in 1642.