Pemayngste Monastery and the Ruins of Rabdentse , Pelling India, West Bengal
Visit Pemayngtse, one of the largest and most treasured Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim and India as a whole. Founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705, the monastery was built for ta-tshang monks of pure Tibetan lineage who were celibate and without any physical abnormality. It’s a fascinating visit.
Then you will head to the ruins, of Rabdentse, once the second capital of Sikkim. Long destroyed by Bhutanese and Ghurka invasions, the ruins that remain offer a fantastic vantage point from which to enjoy stunning views of Khangchendzonga mountain.
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The one-on-one guide arranged with Experience Travel Group enabled me to get so much more from my trip to India. As well as the almost compulsory visits to the Taj Mahal and Red Fort, I was shown a variety of busy towns and mall villages, traditional crafts and skills, religious buildings and practices, architecture and wildlife, finishing with a very relaxing stay in Tikli Bottom.