Pemayangtse Monastery


14.1/5(33 Ratings)

Pemayangtse Monastery Overview

Ranked 4 of 26 sightseeing in Pelling

Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist monastery,  situated at an elevation of 6840 feet. Known as one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim, it was built by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in the 17th century. Initially the monastery was built very small in size and later Jigme Pawo, who was said to be the third reincarnation of Lhatsun Chempo renovated it.

Located at a hill top of the Western district of Sikkim, the Pemayangtse Monastery is at the beginning of famous trek route of Dzongri. Around 46 km long, the Dzongri trek route is considered as the most famous trek route of Sikkim. Mount Khangchendzonga can be seen clearly from this monastery.

The Pemayangtse monastery was mainly built for ta-sang lamas or the purest monks, but it eventually grew in size and started serving all communities. The monastery houses much famous collection of ancient antiques, Buddhist idols, scriptures and sculptures. First floor of the monastery has a beautiful wooden sculpture of Sanghthokpalr.

Chaam, also known as the annual monk dance is celebrated on the 28th and 29th day of the 12th month of Tibetan lunar calendar. The lamas are dressed in beautiful costumes posing as Mahakala and Guru Drag-dmar. The festival ends on the third day when Ghyo-Ku, a giant embroidered Buddhist scroll is unrolled.

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  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
7:00 AM -6:00 PM
7:00 AM -6:00 PM
7:00 AM -6:00 PM
Public Holidays:
7:00 AM -6:00 PM

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Shamita Nag

Shamita Nag5.0/5

16 reviews

2nd oldest Monastery in Sikkim, very well maintained

I did not know what expect for a monastery which is that old . We saw prayers in progress by the Buddhist monks. It was very peaceful and we saw a lot of old museum pieces from the earlier days of the monastery.

Ankur P

Ankur P3.9/5

60 reviews

Charming place

This is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim - more than 400 years old. For most parts, it's like other monasteries in Sikkim with the white and maroon paint, rectangular design, big courtyard and adorned with beautiful Tibetan motifs, designs and colors. It is not as big or spectacular as Ranka or Rumtek in Gangtok, but it's a charming place. You'll bump into a lot of trainee monks, who will also help you with tidbits of information. Inside the building (where photos are not allowed), the mood is more somber, quiet and peaceful. The ground floor is the sanctorum with some intricate and some spectacular statues, colorful paintings and huge frescos. Upper floors host sort of a museum - with objects ranging from 400-year old utensils to paintings to old dresses to hats to decorative lamps to Buddha statues and so on.

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  • Charming place
  • Charming place
  • Charming place
  • Charming place

Biplab Ghosh

Biplab Ghosh3.9/5

2 reviews

Nice place to visit

This Tour is too good and paisa vasool.The activities are there, only visit and take the full enjoy with beautiful scenery of mountain view and lake.I'll advice to all travellers, if you want to visit Pelling, you will never get disappoint there.

Mayank talwar

Mayank talwar4.3/5

3 reviews

Good Buddhist worship place

Nice place to visit the land of Buddha. One of the must see sight seeing in Pelling, Sikkim. It is a 2 storey monastery with statues of various buddhist gods inside. No photography is allowed inside the monastery.

Shubhanjana Das

Shubhanjana Das3.9/5

14 reviews

A must visit

If you are planning your next vacation to Pelling, don't forget to add Pemayangtse Monastery to your list. This monastery, one of the oldest in the region, is replete with history, pure Buddhist culture and enthusiastic monks who are humble enough to answer your queries regarding the history of the Monastery. It's calm and peaceful although it has, over the years, been established as one of the main 'tourist spots' in the whole of Sikkim. All in all, the place is a must visit for both travellers and tourists for getting a deeper insight into the history, culture and religion of the region.

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T Roy

T Roy4.3/5

5 reviews

Silent and delightful place

This monastery situated on Mt Pandim takes you back to another era. It is cold, silent and delightfully primitive. The main chamber is beautifully decorated with deities and scrolls. Inside there is absolute silence. Even the monk issuing tickets does not speak to you. Apart from that there are grounds with smaller quarters and a breathtaking view. Definitely worth visit.

Nilay Nandy majumdar

Nilay Nandy majumdar3.9/5

4 reviews

Sightseeing places are very good

Kanchenjunga falls is the best falls at Pelling. Pemayangtse Monastery is the oldest monastery in Sikkim. Both are very good to see & worth viewing. At Pemayangtse it was very pleasant to see that lots of students are taking classes.
  • Sightseeing places are very good
  • Sightseeing places are very good

Amit Ghosh

Amit Ghosh3.2/5

581 reviews

A short trip

This monastery is just like any other monastery in Sikkim and you can visit as you recede back from Pelling. Enjoy the calm aura of this place as you can visit to the ruins of this monastery which actually dates back to an early period.

Abhinav Kaushik

Abhinav Kaushik3.9/5

8 reviews

Well maintained place

A calm and serene place, well maintained. A place for those who want to learn some lessons of Buddhism. Can be visited between 9am and 4pm. Anyone going here must spend sometime in the prayer hall to imbibe some peace.



3 reviews

Nothing much

You may visit this place on the way back from Pelling as it has nothing much to be seen of. Just like any other monastery but smaller in size. Rather try and visit the ancient ruins which are near to this monastery.
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Pemayangtse Monastery, Pelling

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Pemayangtse Monastery