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Pemayangtse Monastery

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Pemayangtse Monastery

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Darjeeling District is the northernmost district of the state of West Bengal in eastern India in the foothills of the Himalayas. The district is famous for its hill stations (often referred to as the Queen of the Hills) and Darjeeling tea. <br>Gangtok is in the eastern Himalayan range, at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,410 ft). The town's population of 100,000 are from different ethnicities such as Bhutia, Lepchas and Indian Gorkhas. Within the higher peaks of the Himalaya and with a year-round mild temperate climate, Gangtok is at the centre of Sikkim's tourism industry.
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Sgrg069 wrote a review Aug 2020
Gangtok, India133 contributions2 helpful votes
Considered one of the most important monastery belonging to the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism, Pemayangtse monastery said to be founded around 1647-48 AD and established fully as a monastery in the year 1705 AD is about a couple of kilometres from Pelling Town. Situated at the hill top about 2100 mtrs overlooking the surroundings areas of Pelling and other towns and villages also offers the majestic view of Mt. Khangchendzonga and its adjacent peaks. The other important factor of the monastery is about its enrollment of the monks wherein one should be from the pure Tibetan lineage to get enrolled and the head monk of the monastery was reserved the honor of crowning the Chogyals (King of Sikkim) during the time of Monarchy rules. The " Sandhokpalri" or Guru Rimpoche's heavenly abode which is a beautiful wooden masterpiece is one of the main attraction of the monastery. We, like most nature and adventure seekers preferred to take a walk from Pelling instead of driving a car. The walk in itself is enjoying and the road through tall Pine trees and many other trees all along the way is something i could say a good experience. 30-40 minutes walk will reach one to the top of the hill where the monastery is situated and tiredness goes away as soon as you reach to the main gate (my personal feeling) The monastery is truly amazing in terms of its architectures and paintings and some of the rare statues of different deity's of the monastery and the region. Its already a divine blessing to be there....!!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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musatpute wrote a review Jan 2020
Mumbai, India59 contributions9 helpful votes
It is on the way to Pelling. If morning prayers are over, vehicle is allowed upto footsteps or else will require to walk uphill road atleast 800 meters.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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lizrowley wrote a review Nov 2019
Arthog, United Kingdom287 contributions136 helpful votes
This is a very important and large monastery (built 1705) with an active community of monks. If you are lucky you will be able to hear them chanting their daily prayers as you wonder at the beautiful prayer hall. However, what makes this monastery a 'must visit' place is on the top (third) floor. The staircase up gives no hint of what you will find but you cannot help be amazed at the huge and very intricate carved piece on display when you get there. This is believed to be the work of one monk and depicts the heavenly sphere in all its stages. It is simply incredible and utterly beautiful. .
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Date of experience: November 2019
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OsdenF77 wrote a review Jul 2019
Vasai, India121 contributions46 helpful votes
One can reach the monastery by a steep curvy road. Before you plan too visit make sure you are fully clad and decently clothed. (They do not entertain men with shorts or women with revealing clothing). Enter into the multiple floors each for prayer, museum and a "gateway to heaven". The gateway to heaven is so superbly crafted with minutest carvings that it is difficult to take your eyes off it.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Mani wrote a review Jun 2019
India183 contributions43 helpful votes
The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhistmonastery in Pemayangtse, near Pelling in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, located 110 km west of Gangtok.It is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim, also the most famous in west Sikkim. The monks of this monastery are normally chosen from the Bhutias of Sikkim.Must visit place.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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