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Resum Gompa

This wobbly old temple is a peaceful, half-forgotten delight with appealingly naive paintings and an incredible 360-degree mountain panorama. There's no road so you'll have to walk around 20 minutes up from...

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Norbugang Park

All aflutter with prayer flags, the Norbugang 'coronation park' is a historic woodland garden containing a small temple, a huge prayer wheel, a chorten containing earth from each corner of Sikkim, and the simple...

Buddhist Monastery in Tashiding

Silnon Gompa

Like Tashiding Gompa way, way below, Silnon (see-non) was founded by Ngadhak Sempo Chempo. Its fairly modest central temple has a spectacular backdrop of snow-tipped mountains Narsing and Siniolchu and a ridge of...

Monastery in Tashiding

Tashiding Gompa

The ridge between Ralang and Yuksom ends with an upturned promontory (1450m) on which sits the multibuilding complex of Tashiding Gompa, an important Nyingmapa monastery. At its heart, a beautifully proportioned...

Buddhist Monastery in Pelling

Pemayangtse Gompa

Pemayangtse Gompa

One of Sikkim’s oldest and most significant Nyingmapa monasteries, Pemayangtse (literally ‘Perfect Sublime Lotus’) is 500m off the Geyzing road – turn north 2.2km east of Upper Pelling. It can get overwhelmed by...

Buddhist Monastery in Yuksom

Dubdi Gompa

Said to be Sikkim’s oldest still-functioning monastery, this compact, peaceful gompa is beautifully set in tended gardens on the ridge above Yuksom, with dawn views of white peaks between high green folds of...

Buddhist Monastery in Pelling

Sanghak Choeling Gompa

Near the foot of the vast new Chenrezig Statue, this monastery complex is a contrastingly calm, meditative place with fabulous views, with seven stone stupas on its south side that are attractively unpainted.

Historic Site in Pelling

Rabdentse

A few partially rebuilt wall stubs are all that remain of the palace complex at Rabdentse, which was Sikkim's royal capital from 1670 until it was sacked by Nepali forces in the 18th century. However, it's worth...

Buddhist Monastery in Kuluk & Rinchenpong

Rinchenpong Monastery

Built in the 1730s and set on a flat field surrounded by monks' quarters, Sanaienchi Gompa's main three-level prayer house has a real sense of age. Even if you can't find anyone with the key to let you in,...

Buddhist Stupa in Tashiding

Chorten 'Forest'

At the southern end of the Tashiding Gompa complex, this unusual compound contains a 2008 dharma bell, two giant Kashmir cypress trees and a series of large chortens (Tibetan stupas).

Buddhist Monument in Pelling

Chenrezig Statue

Officially unveiled in November 2018, this huge, four-armed statue of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) sits around 500m beyond the attractive little Sanghak Choeling Monastery, via a newly asphalted lane that climbs...

Waterfall in Tashiding

Phamrong Falls

The most dramatic of four waterfalls between Yuksom and Tashiding, the Phamrong's powerful flow fires itself through a high, green notch then crashes down a steep cliff.

Viewpoint in Pelling

Helipad

Just 10 minutes' stroll from Upper Pelling's Zero Point junction, the helipad is about the best viewpoint around, with almost 360-degree views.

Viewpoint in Yuksom

Tashi Tenka

When Yuksom was Sikkim’s capital, a royal palace complex known as Tashi Tenka sat on a ridge to the south of town. Essentially nothing remains, but the 360-degree views from here are superb. Access is through a...

Statue in Yuksom

Yangthang Rinpoche Statue

Just outside Norbugang's south wall, this giant, seated statue-shrine commemorates Lhatsun Chempo's 20th-century 'reincarnation'. Seen from Tashi Tenka, it's one of Yuksom's most striking structures.

Buddhist Site in Yuksom

Mani Hall

Right in the village centre, this unique creation is a glass-walled, templelike building enclosing 18 oversized prayer wheels in two close-packed rows.

Buddhist Monastery in Yuksom

Kathok Wodsalling Gompa

This relatively new gompa, accessed opposite Hotel Tashi Gang, features an impressively stern statue of Guru Padmasambhava.

Buddhist Site in Tashiding

Drakar Tashiding

If you're visiting Tashiding Gompa, a minor 'extra' sight is this tiny prayer cave, accessed via 250m of mossy stairs down to a small, tin-roofed hut building and then up beside a colourful, 1m stone portrait of...

Buddhist Monastery in Kuluk & Rinchenpong

Gurung Monastery

Well-proportioned and with a distinctively golden-russet-coloured facade, this new gompa sits on the nose of the Rinchenpong ridge, adding a distinctive flourish to the village's eastern end.