Discover the spiritual side at Phensang Sangag Choding Monastery, and witness the best monastery in Sikkim. Located on an uphill, Phensang Monastery is amongst the largest monasteries in Sikkim, and has the largest number of monks. On his way to Northern zone in 1721 A.D., the 3rd Lhatsun Jigmed Pawo founded this monastery.
Later in 1840, the monastery was rebuilt and it can accommodate a large number of monks. Unfortunately, in 1947 the monastery was gutted by fire but it was restored in the same year. Again in 1983, the structure was damaged due to heavy rain, but with the help of government aid and involvement, the monastery was rebuilt again.
Currently, around 300 lamas of the Nyingmapa Buddhist order reside in Phensang Monastery. During the Sikkimese New Year, in the month of December a sacred dance is performed by all the monks.
Address: Phensang Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim, 737101, India
Best time to visit: March to late May, October to Mid-December
By Air: Nearest airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal (124 kms), from where scheduled flights operates to and fro from Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati.
By Rail: Two nearest railway stations are at Siliguri (114 km) and New Jalpaiguri (125 km) with rail links to Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati, Lucknow and other important cities in India.
By Road: Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is connected via roads to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and also to all the District headquarters within Sikkim.