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Resum Gompa

If you love forgotten, naively painted temples, little Resum Gompa is likely to be one of the highlights of your monastic wanderings in Sikkim. Adding to the fun is the lack of any access road, forcing you to walk a…
Buddhist Monastery in Tashiding

Silnon Gompa

Like Tashiding Gompa way, way below, Silnon (see-non) was founded by Ngadhak Sempo Chempo, one of Yuksom's three crowning lamas. Its fairly modest central temple has a spectacular backdrop of snow-tipped mountains N…
Monastery in Tashiding

Tashiding Gompa

The ridge between Ralang and Yuksom ends with an upturned promontory (1450m) on which sits the multi-building complex of Tashiding Gompa, an important Nyingmapa monastery. At its heart, a beautifully proportioned pr…
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. Aflutter with prayer flags, the charming woodland gar…
Lake in Khecheopalri (Kechuperi) Lake

Khecheopalri Lake

Beyond a car park lined with shack restaurants, a 10-minute walk leads you through mature woodland fluttering with prayer flags, emerging at the northeast corner of this tranquil lake ringed with steep, forested rid…
Buddhist Monastery in Pelling

Pemayangtse Gompa

One of Sikkim’s oldest and most significant Nyingmapa monasteries, Pemayangtse is atmospherically backed by traditional wood-and-stone monastic cottages descending from a 2080m hilltop towards the Rabdentse ruins. T…
Buddhist Monastery in Pelling

Sanghak Choeling Gompa

At least until the vast new Chenrezig Statue is completed, this monastery complex is a calm, meditative place with fabulous views, set photogenically behind a collection of seven stone stupas, attractively unpainted…
Buddhist Monastery in Yuksom

Dubdi Gompa

High on the ridge above Yuksom, this compact, peaceful gompa is beautifully set in tended gardens, with dawn views of white peaks between high green folds of forested foothills. Established in 1647 in honour of Lhat…
Historic Site in Pelling

Rabdentse

A few partially rebuilt wall-stubs are all that remains 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. Its main selling point…
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, there's a…