Pemayangtse Monastery, Sikkim
The impressive monastery of Pemayangtse is situated at an altitude of 2,052m/6,840ft in West Sikkim, just 2 kilometres from the town of Pelling, and commands (on a clear day) a superb view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. It was originally a small Lhekhang built by Lhatsun Chenpo in the 17th century but was rebuilt and expanded later. The monastery belongs to the Nyigma order, and all other Nyigma order monasteries in Sikkim are subordinate to it. The monks of Pemayangtse are usually from the leading Bhutia families in Sikkim. There are 108 monks in this monastery, which houses numerous religious idols and other objects of worship, most of which are precious because of their antiquity.
You will also visit the nearby monastery of Sangachoeling, the second oldest monastery in Sikkim (1695) and the ruins of Rabdantse, Sikkim's former capital, founded in 1670.