Pemayangtse Monastery Overview

Pemayangtse Monastery is a revered Buddhist gem founded in the early 17th century by a Buddhist Lama called Lhatsun Chempo. Pemayangtse Monastery, believed to be Sikkin’s one of the oldest monasteries, is located in the dazzling town of Pelling in West Sikkim, India. 

Preached amidst the Himalayas, Pemayangtse Monastery is a pilgrimage site where you can explore the monastery's rich history and intricate architecture from the naked eye. The architecture and design of Pemayangtse Monastery are true reflections of traditional Sikkimese craftsmanship. Colorful murals, intricate woodwork, and ornate statues adorn the monasteries' courtyards and halls. In all, this place is the heart of Sikkim, where you can learn and delve deep into spiritual practices. 

Inside the Pemayangtse Monastery, over a hundred monks continuously chant prayers and engage in spiritual ceremonies. This place continues to be one of the most revered and visited monasteries, ideal for people seeking spiritual solace. 


• Pemayangtse Monastery is an architectural splendor that gives you a glimpse of traditional Sikkimese craftsmanship and culture. 
• Experience the meditation sessions and the monks' continuous chanting of sacred text. 
• Marvel at the silk embroideries, ritual objects, and thangka paintings, along with the revered "Zangdok Palri" Thangka, for a breathtaking experience. 
• Take a stroll around the Pemayangtse Monastery to experience the beauty of nature.
• Explore Sikkim’s rich culture and history through the 17th-century Pemayangtse Monastery. 

How To Reach

By Car: Pemayangtse Monastery is located around 1.9 km from the Pelling city center. It will take around 7 minutes to reach your destination by car via the Pelling-Rimbi road.

By Foot: Pemayangtse Monastery is around 1.9 km from the Pelling city center. It will take around 26 minutes to reach your destination by foot via the Pelling-Rimbi road.

Best Time To Visit

Pemayangtse Monastery remains open all around the year for tourists and locals alike. 

Best Season: Months between March and June are considered the best time to travel to Pemayangtse Monastery. 

Best Day in the Week: Plan your Sunday tour if you want to visit this sacred site when there is a crowd. On weekdays, the crowd is lesser. 

Best Time of the Day: Mornings are considered the best time to visit Pemayangtse Monastery. You can also witness the breathtaking sunrise view. 

Other Essential Information

Visitor Tips:

1. Women and men should wear long pants and comfortable clothing. 

2. Avoid touching and sitting near the Buddha statue, which is against the rules. 

3. Avoid visiting Pemayangtse Monastery during the monsoon season due to landslides and heavy rainfall. 

4. Remove your shoes before entering the Pemayangtse Monastery, and be respectful to the monks, the places, and the people. 

5. Do not smoke or litter around the monastery. 

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Point of Interest for Pemayangtse Monastery
Sacred Relics and Artifacts

Sacred Relics and Artifacts

Pemayangtse Monastery is home to countless treasure troves of artifacts, manuscripts, and sacred relics, offering a glimpse of Tibetan Buddhist traditions and practices. Inside the monastery, witness the mesmerizing "Zangdok Palri" (Copper Palace) Thangka, Pemayangtse's most treasured possession. This Thangka is intricately crafted and depicts Guru Rinpoche’s mythical abode. Each manuscript and artifact present within the monastery holds great spiritual significance. 

Coronation Throne Of Norbugang

Coronation Throne Of Norbugang

Located 35 km from the main attraction, Pemayangtse Monastery is the famous Coronation Throne Of Norbugang. It is a historical site known to host the chair of the former king of the Western Sikkim. This site was built in the 17th century when the first Chogyal (King) of Sikkim was consecrated. The throne is carved with a single stone adorning motifs and intricate carvings reflecting Buddhist heritage and Sikkim's royal lineage. Besides being a pilgrimage spot, you may enjoy the panoramic views from the Coronation Throne Of Norbugang. 

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