As the spring season starts in India the immense heatwave arrives in most of the places, and most of the schools start having their summer vacations. Pelling travel blog consists of the most important scenic and historical places, which have played an important role in the ancient history of sikkim.
In order to get respite from this summer most of the travelers travel to the hill stations to enjoy the cool weather and the natural beauty of the spring season in the mountains.
The roads in the Himalayas starts to open in the month of April as the snow starts to melt in the high altitudes of the Himalayas.
Pelling travel blog explains why this hill station is one of the cleanest place in India and provides some majestic views of Mountain Kanchenjunga from it’s western most part of the state.
Pelling Travel Blog – RABDENTSE RUINS:-
Rabdentse ruins is a protected place by the Archaeological society of India and is located inside a jungle which is a small bird sanctuary in the middle of the hill station. Even one will get to see rare species of Himalayan birds in the zoo built inside the park ,on the way while going to this UNESCO heritage site.
It will take approximately 20 minutes to walk and cover a steep road inside the dense forest in order to reach the site, which is of course tiring but the stress will be completely vanquished by the essence and the charisma that this historical place offers to a tourist. Rabdentse ruins is the most important destination to be covered in pelling travel blog.
The three stone pillars known as chortens are the main attraction of Rabdentse Ruins where the king and his family members used to offer prayers to their deities.
From this place where the chortens are located, panoramic views of the entire Sikkim valley and Kanchenjunga is visible. Other than this there is a northern and southern wing of this palace.
The northern wing used to be the residential place of the noble family members of the king and the southern wing used to be the assembly court where common people used to assemble in front of the king.
Pelling Travel Blog – PEMAYANGTSE MONASTERY:-
After visiting Rabdentse ruins a 10 min drive will lead us to Pemayangtse monastery which is the second oldest monastery in Sikkim ,that was built after the ruler of Sikkim in 17th century shifted his capital to Rabdentse.
This Buddhist monastery follows the Nyingma tradition which is the oldest tradition among the four Tibetan schools of knowledge. Nyingma simply means ancient because it was derived from the the early Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit.
This monastery controls every other monasteries in West Sikkim and contains monks of pure Tibetan lineage without physical abnormalities. The monastery has beautiful architectures and the main prayer hall is surrounded by the residential buildings of the monks.
The main prayer hall contains the state of Guru Rinpoche in his various forms of incarnations who is considered to have revived Buddhism in Tibet. At the entrance of the monastery a red wall containing Buddhist prayers is a major attraction for all those travelers seeking to click their photos in a colorful background.
Pelling Travel Blog – PELLING SKYWALK:-
In the evening it is a perfect time to go to the sky walk which is yet another famous Pelling sightseeing spot. which has been newly constructed by the Sikkim government and to the adjacent Sangachoeling monastery. The Pelling skywalk was opened on November 2018 and since then it has attracted numerous tourist from across the whole world.
This is a first skywalk built in India and it is transparent made of glass that adds to the adventure to this spot. The main attraction of this skywalk is the Chenrezing statue which is 134 meters tall that adorns the skies of West Sikkim as it is situated on top a mountain which is visible from almost major parts of West Sikkim.
One needs to walk up numerous steps to reach the statue from where the entire sky walk and the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas are visible. In fact such large Buddhist guru statues is very common in Sikkim which can be find in other parts of the states also,enhancing the influence of Tibetan Buddhist culture in the state.
The entry ticket costs RS 50 which also includes the entry to the Sangachoeling monastery situated beside the skywalk. The skywalk opens at 8 in the morning and closes at 6 in the evening. The entire place is well decorated with numerous statues of Buddhist culture and prayer wheels that rotates to shower the Buddhist prayers in the wind.
Pelling Travel Blog- SANGACHOELING MONASTERY :-
Sangachoeling monastery is an ancient historical archaeological site beside the skywalk which contains a main monastery and few remains of the stupas which has now been well preserved by the archaeological and tourism department of Sikkim. The stupas are made from grey colored bricks that overlooks the Pelling city when one stands in front of the platform on which the stupas are situated.
It was built in the 17th century and is known as the place of the secret spells.Like Pemayangtse monastery it belongs to the Nyngima sect and allows men monks only belonging to the this particular sect.
This charming place with rich historical values is a place of heritage for the Sikkimese people and most of the tourist visiting here are requested to remain in silence and enjoy the scenic and mystic significance of the views offered from the magnificent location of this monastery.
Due to the Chenrezing statue that sits on top of the sky walk and the monastery ,on visiting this place the relevant significance incurred due to Buddhist influences such as a monastery,prayer wheels and stupas has a deep impact on any religious traveler.
After experiencing the mystic culture I understood that the skywalk is only an added measure undertaken to attract numerous tourists but the main significant attraction is the Chenrezing statue and the preserved Sangachoeling monastery.