Pemayangtse Monastery

Pemayangtse Monastery

Pemayangtse Monastery is situated at Pemayangtse, in the Pelling region of Sikkim. It is one of the oldest monasteries of the state, and stands tall on a hilltop overlooking the historical Rabdentse ruins, the former capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim. The word ‘Pemayangtse’ translates to 'perfect, sublime lotus' and is said to represent one of the four networks of nerves (vessels) in the human body. The monastery is dedicated to Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche who revived Buddhism in Tibet), the striking feature of this monastery are the statues of him and his consorts.


The Pemayangtse Monastery is situated at an altitude of 6840 feet and provides unmatchable serene views of snowcapped mountains, including the lofty Kanchenjunga peak. The architectural and engineering feats of the opulent monastery are impressive. The main prayer hall is spread over an area of approximately 140m2 (1500 square feet) and accommodates several statues, windows and doors adorned with vibrant colours. The main statue of Padmasambhava here portrays his wrathful form with multiple arms and heads.


Initially chalked and planned as a Lhakhang (the main temple hall with a shrine) in the 17th century by Lama Lhatsun Chempo, the building was further added on and enlarged during the reign of the third king of Sikkim - Chakdor Namgyal (1700-1717). In order to preserve Buddhist religion in Sikkim, he ordered that every three sons of a Bhutia family shall ordain as a monk at the Pemayangtse Monastery. Ever since, the regal monastery is home to 108 monks who here are traditionally chosen from a community of people of Tibetan ancestry called Bhutias. The location has been subject to several earthquakes in 1913 and 1960, which over the course wrecked its foundations. It has been renovated and rebuilt many times since.

Timings & ENTRY FEES

The timings to explore the Pemayangtse Monastery is between 9 AM to 6 PM. The entry fee is INR 20 for individuals.

Places to visit near by

Best time to visit

The Pemayangtse Monastery can be visited any time of the year. However, it is advisedagainst travelling during monsoon season as it can get quite damp. On the contrary, Summers are quite pleasant to enjoy the natural surroundings the area has to offer although winters can get pretty chilly during the months from October to February.

How to Reach

  • By Air: The nearest Airport to Pelling is Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri, which is a four-hour drive from Pelling. From here, you can take a taxi or bus to reach Pelling.
  • By Train: The nearest Railway Station from Pelling is Jalpaiguri Railway Station, which is at a distance of 170 Kms from Pelling. It is well connected to major cities like Chennai, New Delhi, Howrah, Alipur and Darjeeling through Guwahati Express, Ndls Bgp Express, Mas Njp Express and Dbrt Rajdhani.
  • By Bus: Pelling is well connected with the other cities of Sikkim via Sikkim State Road Transport Corporation (SSRTC) and some private travel services. Buses are available to get to Pelling.
Pemayangtse Monastery

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Where is Pemayangtse Monastery located?

The Monastery is located in the Pelling region of Sikkim.

What is the best time to visit the Monastery?

The best time to visit the monastery is between the months of October and February.

How to reach the Monastery?

The monastery can be reached via road, train or flight.

What are the entry charges for the Monastery?

The entry fee is INR 20 per individual.

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