Heritage Tourism in Sikkim

Sikkim has a diverse and rich culture heritage demonstrated in its old monasteries. Dubdi Monastery, is a buddhist monastery of the nigyam sect of Tibetan Buddhist near Yuksom, which gives it its another name Yuksom Monastery. This monastery, established in 1701 by the Chogyar Namgyal, is associated with the history of creation of the state. It is located on top of the hill, from its base; Yuksom village, is claimed to be the first and the oldest monastery in Sikkim.

The heritage of Sikkim acts a major role in the Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit, starting with the Dubdi Monastery, and then comes the Rabdentse ruins; which was the second capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814. According to the pre-historic times, it was first established by Chadok Namgyal; son of Phuntsog Namgyal, in the year 1670. The Gurkha army who came to invade the place, destroyed the city, and left with the ruins of the palace and the chortens, which is now has been designated as of national importance by the Archaeological Survey of India. The vantage point of this former capital, gives a mesmerizing view of the Kanchendzonga ranges.

Close to the ruins uphill, there is another one of the oldest monastery of Sikkim- Pemayangtse Monastery, that offers an impressive view of the Himalayan ranges, the surrounding hills and the countryside. It was established by one of the revered Lamas; Lhatsun Chempo, who performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal of Sikkim.

This primeval monastery that was originally established for the high ranking monks, called the ‘Pure Monks’ (Ta-Sang), has become pre-eminent over the years. Almost all the religious function of the monarch times were performed here. The wooden structure inside the monastery depicts the celestial palace of the Maha Guru; Sang-tok-palri - a demonstration of masterwork by Dungzin Rimpoche. The Heritage of Sikkim not only reflects in its age-old monuments and monasteries but also in its people conserving age-old customs and traditions. The old-world charm is dissolved in its soft mountain breeze and serene lakes, that becomes quite evident when one visits this place and experience it by itself.

Sikkim Travel Information at a Glance