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Best Places to Visit in and around West Sikkim – Pelling
The Capital city of Sikkim, in local Bhutia language GANGTOK means “The town on the area. Gangtok is a mix of traditional hospitality and cosmopolitan outlook.(148 km from Bagdogra Airport 133 km from Njp Rly Station. 125 km from Gangtok. 125 km from Darjeeling )
Pelling situated at an altitude of 6,100 ft.a quiet village in West Sikkim. It offers the closest view of Mt. Khangchendzonga and its range. Pelling now turned into a bustling tourist destination and has come up with numerous hotels and lodges.
Top Things To Do In Pelling :
Phodong Monastery: The meaning of Phodong is “the Royal Chapel”. At a distance of 38 Km. on the way to Lachung, Phodong is a small township. The phodong monastery which belongs to the Kargyupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism is located at 1 Km. a steep climbing road from Gangtok Lachung highway. The monastery founded in the first quarter of 18th century, and one of the six major monasteries in Sikkim.
Khecheopalri Lake is considered to be one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim both by the Buddhist and the Hindus. The lake remains hidden in the rich forest cover. It is believed that birds do not permit even a single leaf to float on the lake surface. There is a motorable road from Pelling right up to the lake.
Dubdi Monastery :
Dubdi Monastery: The first Monastery established soon after the consecration of the Chogyal (King) of Sikkim, and is located on a hilltop above Yuksam village surrounded by verdant forest
This was the first capital of Sikkim, where according to the historical records; the first Chogyal of the Kingdom of Sikkim was consecrated in 1641 AD by the three learned lamas(Buddhist Preast). The evidence of the consecration ceremony can be seen at Norbugang Chorten in the form of stone seats and a foot-print of the Head-Lama on a stone. Yuksom is the point from here trek begins to Dzongri, Goechala and to the
At 17th-century main monastery was built by Pedi Wangmo, during the reign of Chakdor Namgyal and some of the statues built then still exist. The sacred objects of worship in Tashiding are the chorten Thongwa Rangdol and Bumchu (holy water). The chorten was built by the Lhatsun Chenpo and it is believed that merely to view the chorten is enough to cleanse one of all sins. Carved skillfully on flagstones surrounding the monastery are holy Buddhist mantras like ‘Om Mane Padme Hum’ by the master craftsman Yanchong Lodil. A rich environment with orange orchard and cardamom plants a perfect Sikkimese village in the setting.