Rabdentse Ruins


14.0/5(16 Ratings)

Rabdentse Ruins Overview

Ranked 8 of 26 sightseeing in Pelling

Rabdengtse Ruins is another place to see in Pelling, which is located at a walking distance from the Pemayangtse Monastery. Surrounded by thick forests, the Rabdengtse Ruins are considered as famous destinations among the leisure tourists. Rabdengtse was the second capital of the Sikkim state after Yuksum during 1670.

The king of Sikkim  ruled  this state up to the year 1814. Today, the Rabdengtse lies in ruins and from here the  Khangchendzonga ranges can be seen.

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What travellers are saying about Rabdentse Ruins

Experience scale
  • Excellent 3
  • Good 2
  • Poor 1
  • Average 1
  • Very Good 1
  • Terrible 0
  • Below Average 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
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  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed

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Operating hours

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

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Reviews and Ratings

Ankur P

Ankur P4.6/5

60 reviews

Beautiful place to trek

From the gate (on the road from Pelling), you have to walk almost one and half kilometres through the forest, uphill and downhill, to reach these ruins of the "ancient" capital of Kingdom of Sikkim. Rabdentse was the capital of Sikkim around 17th and 18th century and has remains of the palace and monasteries of those times. The path to the ruins winds up and down through the woods with birds chirping all along - the whole route feels very peaceful and moody. The best way to enjoy the distance is to pace yourself and enjoy it as a trek (rather than as a walk to the "attraction") because the ruins themselves are not that spectacular. The ruins are neither grand nor intricate nor do they have famous myths or legends associated with them. But, combined with their setting and the views and the trek, the whole experience becomes amazing. The ruins are located on a high point amongst the hills and offer beautiful views of the surrounding area including the Pemayangtse monastery. Combined with the peace and tranquility of the area, it feels very moody There's also a bird park near the gate, but you'll find better value in Gangtok or Darjeeling zoo. There's a museum too near the ruins, but it was closed when we were there.

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  • Beautiful place to trek
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  • Beautiful place to trek

Punpun .

Punpun .4.3/5

56 reviews

Peace and Ruins

Known as the second capital of Sikkim, it is located near Pelling. A nice lonely place. Lonely place, because not much travellers have the interest of seeing the ruins. A nice walk uphill through the surrounding jungle and then reaching the actual ruins. Sunset from the location looks superb.

Nikita Bavishi

Nikita Bavishi2.9/5

7 reviews

Peaceful place but lack of travellers convenience

After a decent walk when you reach the ruins, there is no history mentioned there, just one board giving a few details. There were just 4 other females there, who seemed to be locals and having a picnic in the lush green lawn there. The view was amazing. But hope there was more historical reference given.

Basab Ray chaudhuri

Basab Ray chaudhuri3.6/5

130 reviews

A Historical Site

Rabdentse was the second capital of Sikkim. The ruines of the fort have since been renovated by ASI to rebuild the history. Located in sheltered hillside, this is a must visit place in Pelling.

Amit Ghosh

Amit Ghosh3.2/5

581 reviews

Palatial ruins

Visiting this place will call for a trek of about 1 kilometre up hill from the main bus stop. This walk takes you to the spot of the ruins of the ancient palace. This place is uncannily quiet and the walk through the forest is quite adventurous.

Abhijit Gupta

Abhijit Gupta4.3/5

284 reviews

Ruiens of a palace

It is one of the major attractions in Pelling. There was an ancient palace which was destroyed and now only the ruins of the palace are there. The scenic view all around is good.

Gowtham sarkar

Gowtham sarkar5.0/5

13 reviews

Thrilling, ropeway is in progress

The ancient capital of Sikim, re-discovered in this decade which was hidden in the dense forest. The archaeological Survey of India doing a good job for the tourist. 1 Km. trekking route from the bus road is thrilling. The work of Ropeway is in progress.

Swapan Karmakar

Swapan Karmakar4.6/5

3 reviews


Just superb after an exciting walk through the forest. A gift for photographer

Kenil usdiay

Kenil usdiay3.2/5

8 reviews

Eye opener to the history

The palace was an eye opener to the history of Darjeeling.

Parmeshwar  Kadhare

Parmeshwar Kadhare3.9/5

16 reviews

Walk down History

Walkdown few kilometers to Rabdengtse ruins through dense woods. Its very well preserved and worth visit.

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Rabdentse Ruins, Pelling

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Sanjib Dutta

Rabdentse, the second capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814
Rabdentse Ruins, Pelling

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Sanjib Dutta

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