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Pemayangtse Monastery in Pelling

·  Summer: March-May (8°C - 28°C)
·  Winter: December-February (-5°C - 16°C)
·  Monsoon: June-August

Best time to visit:  September-May

Opening Time: 07:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 06:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Nil

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Counted among the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim, Pemayangtse Monastery was established in 1705 by Lama Lhatsun Chenpo. Perched on a hilltop at the height of about 2,085 m. and enjoying the grandeur of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, the monastery is a three-storey structure with superlative architecture. One can relish the breathtaking views of Mount Kanchendzonga from the monastery.

Each floor of the monastery unfolds the inimitable Buddhist exhibits like idols, sculptures, scriptures and paintings. Eight incarnations of Guru Padmasambhava and his heavenly abode are depicted through spectacular art. Another highlight is the statue of Padmasambhava, flaunting multiple arms and heads, placed at the prayer hall called Lhakhang.

The monastery also marks the beginning of the thrilling 46 km. long Dzongri trek. It is also known for hosting the annual Chham Festival (in February) which is worth attending.

Road: The monastery is accessible from the towns of Geyzing and Pelling via hill roads. Possible modes include state transport buses and taxis (SUVs and jeeps). It is further connected by road to the cities like Gangtok and Darjeeling. Narrow roads at many places make the journey to the monastery time-consuming. Trekking is also an option which promises amazing sightseeing and adventure.

Railway: New Jalpaguri is the closest railway station (about 131 km.) from the monastery. Hire a taxi or jeep from the station to reach the monastery.

Airway: The closest airport to the monastery is Bagdogra (about 139 km. away). Again, the best mode for the road trip from the airport is a taxi or a jeep.