Monastery in Pelling

Pemayangtse Gompa

Literally translated as ‘Perfect Sublime Lotus’, the Pemayangtse gompa is one of Sikkim’s oldest and most significant Nyingmapa gompas. Magnificently set on a hilltop (2100m) overlooking the Rabdentse ruins, the atm…
Historic Site in Pelling


The royal capital of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814, now-ruined Rabdentse consists of chunky wall-stubs with a few inset inscription stones. The selling point of the site, however, is the utterly fabulous viewpoint on whi…
Historic Site in Yuksom

Norbugang Park

Yuksom means ‘meeting place of the three lamas’, referring to the trio of Tibetan holy men who crowned the first chogyal of Sikkim at this historic site in 1641. The charming complex contains a small temple, a huge …
Monastery in Yuksom

Dubdi Gompa

High on the ridge above Yuksom, this atmospheric gompa (its name means 'hermit’s cell') is set in beautifully tended gardens behind three coarsely hewn stupas. Established in 1701, it is said to be Sikkim’s oldest m…
Monastery in Yuksom

Kathok Wodsallin Gompa

This newly contructed gompa opposite Hotel Tashi Gang has an impressively stern statue of Guru Padmasambhava surrounded by a collection of yogis, gurus and lamas in glass-fronted compartments. The coloured motifs on…
Viewpoint in Pelling


Near the helipad, this lookout point offers dramatic views of Khangchendzonga at dawn and dusk.
Lake in Pelling to Yuksom

Khecheopalri Lake

Located at 1950m, this placid natural reservoir – pronounced 'ketchup-perry' – is highly revered by both Sikkimese Buddhists and Lepcha animists who believe its shape to be akin to the footprint of the goddess Tara.…
Monastery in Tashiding

Tashiding Gompa

Founded in 1641 by one of the three Yuksom crowning lamas, the monastery’s five colourful religious buildings are strung out between monks’ quarters. Beautifully proportioned, the four-storey main prayer hall has a …
Ruins 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 with superb (almost 360-degree) views. Today, barely a stone remains but the views are still superb. To get h…
Monastery in Yuksom

Ngadhak Changchub Choling Gompa

This other new and colourful gompa is accessed through an ornate gateway opposite Hotel Yangri Gang. The main statue is of an 11-headed Chenresig, the Bodhissatva of Compassion.